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Road Trip! Audiobooks for the Whole Family

Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours with people of our own ages and interests, with one big exception: the time we spend with our families. If you’ll be hitting the road with yours this summer, here are suggestions for audiobooks to entertain a carload of various ages:

Ages 12 and up

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by L.A. Meyer (2008 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults)
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of 18th Century London, 13-year-old orphan Mary Faber disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship. Read by award-winning narrator Katherine Kellgren, this first book in the Bloody Jack adventure series features rip-roaring action, romance, and cheeky humor.

The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick
In late 18th Century Europe, the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve were said to be “dead days,” when the line between the spirit and corporeal worlds blurred. In those few days, the magician and alchemist Valerian must search graveyards, churches, and underground waterways for a book he hopes will save him from a pact he made with evil. His unwilling accomplices are Boy (a child with no past) and the orphan girl Willow. Tony Award winner Roger Rees narrates this eerie Gothic tale.

Over the river and through the wood to Grandmother’s house we go!

With the holidays coming up, that could mean lots of travel time for everyone. Whether it’s by car, plane, or train, there will be plenty of time to read a book this holiday season without having to make extra time for it! Have you tried an exciting audiobook lately? YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults lists are chock full of great recommendations for a perfect adventure over the holidays. Forget traveling to grandma’s house or being stuck listening to boring stories from your relatives. Pop in your earbuds and listen to a story to get away from all the holiday hubbub (and those annoying relatives!)

Some of my recent favorite audio listens include Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, read by Ilyana Kadushin and Matthew Brown. You’ll leave planet Earth in this space adventure. When Waverly is kidnapped to another ship, her world is shattered forever by the revelations she discovers. This is not your grandma’s story-telling.