Teen/YA audiobook/ E book recommendations ?
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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.
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 :)
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.
>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.
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.
Audible...more user friendly than the mighty amazon?
And mote ideas...awesome.
Thank you guys .
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.
The YA link sounds a good source too. Thanks.
Amazon..it really does get everywhere!
Bloody Jack series
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
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).
Some recommendations ... red rock ranch, home for peculiar children, the god of animals
Could someone tell me why one of those was flagged though ? :(