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Teen/YA audiobook/ E book recommendations ?

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1RuthieD
oct. 18, 2013, 11:01am

Hi
I have a 15 yr old daughter who has Irlens Syndrome ( a visual perception disorder). Just got her kitted out with filters and a kindle.She is now relishing listening to her kindle but were stuck for ideas for audiobook / e reader suggestions.
She's currently listening to Queenie by Jackie Wilson.Finding it a bit depressing. I started reading Perks of being a wallflower to her, but I lost her.
Any ideas?
I'd say I'm also a YA reader to.. the reader bit but alas not the young...as when I've read to her, I usually get hooked on the book myself :)

2Marissa_Doyle
oct. 18, 2013, 11:26am

What kind of stories does she like--contemporary? Fantasy? Science fiction? More romance or less?

3Cailiosa
Editat: oct. 18, 2013, 3:53pm

I don't listen to too many audiobooks, as I'm super picky about narrators, but here are some I've been pleased with:

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: this one is my absolute favorite. It has three narrators and each of their voices are perfect. There is some language in the book, if you take issue with that, but otherwise it's a fun story (I don't mind reading books with some choice words in them, but it's sometimes a bit different hearing it blasted out of your car stereo).

Leviathan and sequels by Scott Westerfeld: The actor Alan Cumming narrates these and he does a fantastic job.

I really didn't like the American narrator for Finnikin of the Rock ( the Australian edition narrated by Tom Wren is available on Audible; it might be worth your while giving that version a go), but the narrator for On the Jellicoe Road was quite good (though her male voices were a bit wonky sometimes). You really can't go wrong with Melina Marchetta.

ETA: It looks like Rebecca Macauley, the narrator for Jellicoe Road, also narrated Saving Francesca, another excellent Melina Marchetta book. You might want to check that out as well.

4RuthieD
oct. 18, 2013, 5:08pm

Thank you both very much for replying :) :)
>2 Marissa_Doyle: Her favourite all time film is (or was) Angus Thongs and perfect Snogging. So I'd say contemporary, though she was going through an Artemis Fowl phase. I was gutted when I lost her with Philip Ardough? Might of had her at Johnny and the bomb but lost her
> Some really good ideas thankies. I said I'd buy her another audiobook next week so I'll get her to look at these. We'd been struggling.

5Cailiosa
oct. 18, 2013, 5:41pm

RuthieD: You might check with your library to see what they have to offer if you don't want to have to buy audio books all the time (they can be pricey, I know). Our teen librarian is really good about keeping the teen audio collection updated. In fact, she listens to a lot of audio books, so I will check with her to see if she has any suggestions for some good contemporary books on audio.

6TimSharrock
oct. 18, 2013, 5:49pm

I have found the Audible subscriptions much more affordable than the individual Pratchett-on-CDs that I used to buy, but still not cheap

7BookLizard
oct. 18, 2013, 8:02pm

The audiobook for The Fault in Our Stars was really well done. If you haven't read it, it sounds like a tear-jerker, but it's really more funny and life-affirming.

The Golden Compass, read by the author Philip Pullman, was great. So were the sequels.

Skip the audiobook for The Scorpio Races - the male voice just sounds too old.

8RuthieD
oct. 19, 2013, 3:50pm

I guess she could play an actual physical audiobook Cd in v.her DVD. But with the cutbacks they're decimating all their stock. I could get her to look.
Audible...more user friendly than the mighty amazon?
And mote ideas...awesome.
Thank you guys .

9AngelaCinVA
oct. 19, 2013, 4:18pm

The Young Adult Library Services Association chooses what they consider the best audio books for young adults every year. You can find more information and links to the lists here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/amazing-audiobooks

10TimSharrock
oct. 19, 2013, 4:53pm

audible.co.uk.... an Amazon company... it is hard to escape the behemoth

11bluesalamanders
oct. 19, 2013, 10:40pm

I liked the audiobook for The Scorpio Races, actually. I wasn't as happy about the audiobook for The Raven Boys, though (opposite problem - the way the women sounded was just weird).

I enjoyed listening to the Anne of Green Gables series on audio. They're available free (along with a lot of other public domain books) at http://www.ccprose.com/booklist.

The Lives of Christopher Chant and other Chrestomanci books by Diana Wynne Jones are fun (contemporary British fantasy).

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques is entertaining as well (fantasy with talking animals but not magic).

The audiobooks for Tamora Pierce's books are generally very well done. I particularly like the Full Cast Audio versions of the new books. Those are pseudo-historical fantasy with fantastic female characters (the books are not without flaws, but almost all the protagonists are female characters who have or create strong relationships with other female characters, which is, unfortunately, a somewhat unusual thing to find).

I don't know about audiobooks of Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, but there are ebooks available at her website.

I mostly read f/sf but for contemporary YA fiction, I would second any suggestion for John Green - although if she doesn't want to read a depressing book, I strongly recommend against The Fault in our Stars. It is a wonderful book. Happy, it ain't.

Also, So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld, My most excellent year by Steve Kluger, and authors E. Lockhart, David Levithan, and Maureen Johnson.

12RuthieD
oct. 20, 2013, 5:15pm

Some really good food for thought here. Am going o write all these down and let her have a look.
The YA link sounds a good source too. Thanks.
Amazon..it really does get everywhere!

13Cailiosa
oct. 22, 2013, 6:42pm

I talked to our teen librarian, and she recommended the following:

Bloody Jack series

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Personal Effects

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

Marcello in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (I haven't listened to the audio, but I can attest that the book is excellent -- spooky, yet hilarious)

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

She hasn't listened to them on audio, but if your daughter likes Contemporary novels, you might check out any of Sarah Dessen's books. I'll second John Green as well.

I just checked out Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave on audio, so I'll let you know how that is (the reviews in several pub. magazines make it seem like it will be good -- I already know the book is excellent).

14brittneyjoy
nov. 1, 2013, 3:50pm

Aquest missatge ha estat marcat com abús per més d'un usuari i ja no es pot veure (mostra)
Does the Kindle make any ebook into an Audio book? I didn't know about that - very neat.

Some recommendations ... red rock ranch, home for peculiar children, the god of animals

15Nathan_MD
nov. 1, 2013, 3:54pm

Just about anything by E.J. Wesley is good in the YA/NA genre. http://www.amazon.com/E.J.-Wesley/e/B009GI10B0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1383335589&...

16RuthieD
nov. 2, 2013, 9:59am

Thank you! ,)
Could someone tell me why one of those was flagged though ? :(

17RuthieD
nov. 2, 2013, 10:00am

Thank you :)

18pwaites
nov. 2, 2013, 10:52am

16> It looks like they were an author recommending their own book.