Monday, July 9, 2012

Audiobook Flash Reviews

I love to listen to audiobooks (I'm seriously addicted to Audible!). So when I realized I had listened to a ton of audiobooks but never  reviewed them, I thought I'd do some audiobook flash reviews. Have any audiobooks I should check out? I'd love suggestions!!

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Book: Taylor was abandoned by her mother years ago on the Jellicoe Road. Now at seventeen, the one adult Taylor could trust, Hannah, has disappeared. Taylor searches for answers about who she is and her story is interwoven with a group of teens who lived on the Jellicoe Road years before.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I remember when this book won the Printz-I didn't know much about it. And I'm embarrassed that it took me so long to read it! Jellicoe Road is one of my new favorite YA novels-it's emotional and beautifully written and everything I want a book to be. The audiobook narrator does a fantastic job keeping the reader engaged-even when things start to get a bit tricky with the stories going back and forth. (The audiobook uses a very cool musical sound to designate the change). It's a book I highly recommend and one I'll listen to again.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Book: On the island of Thisby, November means The Scorpio Races-a race of water horses where not everyone comes out alive. Sean Kendrick is a returning champion and one of the best racers. He is competing this year in the hopes of winning his horse as his own. Puck Connolly didn't mean to enter the races, especially with the only non-water horse to compete, but she needs the money. The races are dangerous and often deadly and neither one is prepared for what will come.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: If you want a fantastically rich story that takes place on a made up island that you are so sure has to be real, than read The Scorpio Races. And if you want magical narrators that transport you from your listening to Thisby and right into the story, Steve West and Fiona Hardingham are perfect. While this would be a great book to read, it made an excellent audiobook. The narrators added to the richness to the story. The book itself is full of adventure and romance and incredible details about a world that is so imaginative and amazing, it's a bit sad to know it's all fictional. Also, without the audiobook, I never would have pronounced "capill uisce" correctly! (It's pronounced 'kapal-ishka')

7 comments:

  1. I loved both of those on audio too! :)

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  2. I just had to return Jellicoe Road to the library because I had to many other books, I always forget I can do audio too.

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  3. Audio books TOTALLY count! Keep posting them! :-)

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  4. Part of a summer homework assignment I passed out is for my students to read Printz novels. I'm reading along with them this summer, and I love audiobooks, so I'm happy you reviewed these two books because I haven't read them yet. I listen to audiobooks when I'm out walking, so I'll have to download these two to stay caught up with my students this summer.

    I've listened to a couple great audiobooks lately. One that I really enjoyed is Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick and The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman.

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  5. Absolutely loved The Scorpio Races! And I've been meaning to get to Jellicoe Road for a while...maybe this is the summer!

    Shelley

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  6. Kristen-Yay! I love when others read and love the books I've read! :)

    Connie-Yes-audiobooks are wonderful. And it helps me read even more each year because I listen to them as I get ready for work and while I'm driving.

    Ilana-Good-I have a long list to post about! :)

    Sarah-That's awesome. I'd be interested in what your students have to say about the novels they read. Thanks for the suggestions-I'll check them out!

    Shelley-Isn't Scorpio Races so good? And I put off Jellicoe Road for a long time and I was kicking myself after I read it-it was wonderful.

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  7. I'm glad to hear that you really liked this one! I have both of these, but I was hesitant to start them. Now I'm kind of looking forward to it! Thanks so much! :)

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