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Great Audiobooks

If you are looking for some great audiobooks to listen to in the car with your kids I have some for you to try. I sometimes have a hard time just sitting down and reading a children’s book, even as a librarian, but I never have a problem when I listen to a well-narrated one. We know that a lot of families are going to be travelling with their families for the holidays so here are some of my favorite audiobook series that are good for a family with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

1. Any of the original Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. There is a fourth book now but I haven’t listened to that one yet. The narrator of these books is Simon Jones; he uses different voices for all of the different characters and does a really nice job. I listened to all three of them in a row, and that doesn’t usually happen for me, I often need a break:

The Amulet of Samarkand (Book 1)

The Golem’s Eye (Book 2)

Ptolemy’s Gate (Book 3)

2. The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld is another really good series for listening in the car. This book is actually found in the teen section. The narrator is Alan Cummings, and apparently he and Scott Westerfeld really got along well while Cummings was recording the books, which influenced the way that Westerfeld wrote the later books in the series.

Leviathan  (Book 1)

Behemoth (Book 2)

Goliath (Book 3)


3. I really enjoyed the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. This is another series by the woman who wrote The Hunger Games trilogy, but  for younger readers. They are read by Paul Boehmer, and you probably won’t want to leave your car when you are listening to these books.

Gregor the Overlander (Book 1)

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Book 2)

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Book 3)

Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Book 4)

Gregor and the Code of Claw (Book 5)

4. You can never go wrong with the Harry Potter audiobooks. The narrator Jim Dale does a really lovely job and they are great for long car rides.  As you know, the later books get a little more sad but his reading certainly does them justice.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  (Book 7)


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