Does your library offer the best children’s and young adults titles on audio? Listen to clips from our 2017 all-star audios on “Best Of” lists pulled from the country’s top publications, including School Library Journal, The New York Times, Booklist, AudioFile, and more.
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View the complete list of Editors’ Choice audiobooks here.
“The long-awaited follow-up to Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, this deceptively straightforward adventure yarn is inspired by Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, just as the earlier three books were based on Milton’s Paradise Lost. Pullman’s storytelling gifts remain in top form, and distinguished film actor [Michael] Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) is a full cast in a single man, delivering complete performances of everyone from the humble yet brave innkeeper’s son at the center of the novel to a female Oxford scholar, sinister Church operatives, a drunken waterman, even an actual fairy queen. Without a doubt, this is the finest audiobook narration I listened to in 2017.”
View Audible’s full list of Best of the Year picks here.
“This is the story of a 10-year-old Muslim girl and the red oak tree who witnesses her loneliness in an unwelcoming town. Red (the tree) decides to make a difference in the girl’s life and what follows is a magical portrait of friendship in the face of fear, and kindness in the face of hatred. Written by Newbery Medal winner Katherine Applegate, this is truly a book for all ages, with plant, animal, and human characters who are warm, funny, and full of heart. Like Wonder and Charlotte’s Web, the exquisitely expressed theme of kindness to outsiders makes this a universal and timeless children’s classic.”—Sonja Cole, Audible Editor