June is National Audiobook Month, so how about giving the old eyeballs a rest and listen to a book or two this month? There are so many reasons to love audiobooks. All you multitaskers out there listen up (ha, ha, pun intended!)-listening to a book is a great way to do two things at once! Do you have a long, boring commute? Pop a book on cd in and just see how enjoyable being stuck in traffic can be. Do you have a dog? Grab a Playaway or download a book to your MP3 player and hit the pavement. A portable device loaded with books makes any chore more enjoyable. Just not a fan of reading? Try audiobooks; it is such a treat having someone else tell you a story. Do you know a student who struggles with reading? Try listening to the book while following along.
So, now that you have decided to give audiobooks a try, what do you pick? Here are some of my favorites:
1. The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. This series has it all-high seas adventures, pirates, singing, dancing, death-defying feats of bravery, and a little romance. The narrator is brilliant and even though you’ll find these in the children’s or teen section I promise that adults will fall in love with Jacky.
2. The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. I love these charming mysteries starring the precocious, poison-loving amateur sleuth, Flavia. Start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and guarantee you’ll be charmed by narrator Jayne Entwistle’s interpretation of Flavia.
3. Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I tried to read this award-winning book. I took it home and could never get through it. I finally got the audio and immediately fell in love! The quirky characters really come to life in the audio format.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Another book that I could not get into reading, but was completely enthralled by the audio. This powerful and moving story provided plenty of “driveway moments” for me.
5. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. I listened to this on Playaway and the dog was very pleased with this selection. I was so engrossed in the story that her walks were longer than usual!
6. Anything Sarah Addison Allen. These audiobooks are pure magic and Southern charm. I feel like these stories were meant to be told out loud. Start with Garden Spells and you will want to work your way through to The Peach Keeper.
7. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. These books are actually beautifully illustrated so I recommend reading them as well, but you should listen to them because Alan Cumming is the narrator. Boy, I am a sucker for the Scottish accent…
8. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade. Jayne Entwistle brings Modo, a shape-shifting, spy-in-training, to life in this steampunk series. Teen guys will enjoy these action-packed adventures.
9. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I really enjoyed the Playaway version of this unique story about life, love, loss, and car racing-all from the point of view of a dog.
10. Finally, on my own personal To Be Listened To list-The Harry Potter series. I have read and loved the books, but I have heard that the narrator is amazing. These are perfect for long family car trips!
I hope you check out some audiobooks this month!