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Amazing Audiobook Nominees

More of YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks nominees have been announced. I’m excited for this on multiple accounts because…

  1. I have a helpful list of audiobooks to track down and add to my “to read” list.
  2. I can share it with my audio-reluctant friends so they too can know the joy of reading while commuting.
  3. I’ve already listened and loved some of the titles on the list like The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, read by Jonathan Davis.

Max and Alicia Carver move with their parents to a seaside town in 1943. War is breaking out around them but the move offers the family a haven in a large old house. Max and Alicia even make new friends, including a boy their age, Roland. But not everything is as it appears. The house hides the mystery of the tragic death of a young boy, Jacob, who used to live there. When the three friends begin to look for answers they find a sinister magician and an old debt yet to be collected. The danger rises and challenges the three to solve the mystery before its too late.

A large congratulations to both Zafon for writing such a nuanced story that slowly builds the tension so you don’t realize you’re scared until it’s too late and to Davis for conveying all that in his narration. The production on this title is also excellent with a subtle layering of music and sound effects. WARNING: Do NOT listen to Prince of Mist while driving alone on a dark country road. From experience it is not advisable. If that isn’t a recommendation I don’t know what is.

What other titles on the nominee list are not to miss? Was something awesome left off? Nominate a title!

— Amanda Margis, reading A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner and listening to Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.

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  1. I *loved* this book, and I’m glad to hear that the audio version does it justice — now I’m tempted to read it all over again.

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