Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2020) Nominees Round Up, March 13 Edition

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus; Narrated by Sophie Amoss and Kirby Heyborne
Random House, Inc., Listening Library
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
ISBN: 9781984882370

True crime fan, Ellery, and her twin brother Ezra move to live with their grandmother in a town where two girls have gone missing or been killed near homecoming, including Ellery and Ezra’s aunt. Five years ago, a girl was found dead after homecoming, and the murderer was never caught. Malcolm has not had any easy go at high school, his brother was dating the girl who was killed five years ago and was the prime suspect. Since then, Malcolm and his family have been outcasts within the small town. When new threats start to appear near homecoming, Malcolm is suspected and Ellery could be in danger.

The dual narration of Sophie Amoss and Kirby Heyborne brings this book to life. Amoss and Heyborne both bring distinctive yet complimentary narration alive making each character easy to recognize and authentic. Their skilled narration adds to the atmospheric mystery – the town’s amusement park used to be called Murder Town – as well as bring clear emotions, struggles, and just the right amount of creepy.

Give Two Can Keep a Secret to fans of McManus’ first book, One of Us is Lying, other young adult mysteries with teens trying to solve crimes such as The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas. Teens who couldn’t get enough of Sadie by Courtney Summers might also enjoy the atmospheric creepy mystery. Teens interested in true crime might find a kindred spirit in Ellery and enjoy this title.

–Cyndi Hamann


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Makers, Mysteries and Magic by Mark Salisbury,  Hana Walker-Brown; Narrated by Dan Fogler
Pottermore Publishing
Publication Date: November 16, 2018
ISBN: 978178101452

This unique audiobook book is an audio-documentary of the making of The Crimes of Grindelwald narrated by actor, Dan Folger. The audiobook provides a backstage view of the film with on-site interviews of cast and crew. Dan Folger, as narrator, provides a humorous and animated tour of movie-making magic for the Wizarding World.

With over a hundred hours of interviews with cast and crews, listeners are in for a unique adventure. Over nine chapters, the listener will explore sets, props, wands, costumes, soundtrack development, and character development. The audiobook is filled with contributions from Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Zoe Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), as well as director David Yates and producer David Heyman.This production is only available as an audiobook.

This audiobook would be perfect for any fan of Harry Potter and Wizarding World. Furthermore, fans of film production from the perspective of cast or crew would delight at this backstage view.

–Brittany Garcia