Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2021) Nominees Round Up, April 29 Edition

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Wayward Son (Simon Snow Series, Book 2) by Rainbow Rowell, narrated by Euan Morton
Macmillan Audio
Release date: 09-24-19
ISBN: 978-1250146076

A year after he’s saved the world, Simon is struggling to find his place in life.  So his boyfriend Baz and friend Penny decide to take him on a road trip in the U.S. Penny is also worried about their friend Agatha who is now in California avoiding magic.  In an epic trip across the country, they find friends and foes, and rescue Agatha from a terrible fate.

In this super fun continuation of the fan fiction spoof Rowell started in Carry On, Rowell tells of further adventures of The Chosen One after the world is saved. Euan Morton’s narration including the voices of our heroes Simon, Penelope and Baz from his recording of Carry On, is a delight.

Readers of Rainbow Rowell’s earlier books will not be disappointed here.  This book is for those who like the feel of fan fiction and those looking for road trips.  Lovers of British narration will also find joy in listening to Wayward Son.

Cathy Outten

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis; narrated by Brittany Pressley
Harper Audio
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062561626

Ashley catches her boyfriend cheating on her during a night of camping and partying in the Great Smoky Mountains. Hurt and angry, she runs off into the forest and falls into a ravine. The next day, Ashley wakes up to find herself alone and lost with a badly injured foot. Her foot is infected and the infection is spreading. Ashley knows that she must find her way out of the forest or risk losing her life.

Be Not Far From Me is a story of grit and survival. Brittany Pressley starts out narrating in a carefree tone. She intensifies her tone of voice, conveying a sense of urgency as Ashley’s situation worsens. Listeners will be riveted by this suspenseful tale of survival.

Be Not Far From Me is a great choice for teens who enjoyed Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet or Kate Alice Marshall’s I Am Still Alive. Teens who enjoy survival shows such as Man vs.Wild or Get Out Alive will also enjoy Be Not Far From Me.

-Beth Slade