Category Archives: Teens

2015 Teens Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Teens Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Lucy at The Reading Date. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp; Narrated by Steve West from Macmillan Audio
  • Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren from Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler from Macmillan Audio
  • Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger; Narrated by Moira Quirk from Hachette Audio
  • Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire; Narrated by Michael Page from Brilliance Publishing
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson; Narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels from Brilliance Publishing

2014 Teens Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Teens Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Lucy from The Reading Date. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • Eleanor & Park (by Rainbow Rowell; Narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra; Listening Library)
  • Far Far Away (by Tom McNeal; Narrated by W. Morgan Sheppard; Listening Library)
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (by Matthew Quick; Narrated by Noah Galvin; Hachette Audio)
  • Rose Under Fire (by Elizabeth Wein; Narrated by Sasha Pick; Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd)
  • Viva Jacquelina (Bloody Jack, Book #10; by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren; Listen & Live Audio)

2013 Teens Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Teens Category. This category is being reviewed by Orchid from The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia, Krista from Cubicle Blindess Reviews, Melanie from Overreader, and Lucy from  The Reading Date. Would you like to join the crowd? Sign up here.

Diviners

The Diviners by Libba Bray and narrated by January LaVoy

Reviews

Cubicle Blindness

With stories told from an ensemble of characters. Evie O’Neill is the main focus of this epic sized new story from Libba Bray. Set in a historical 1920’s New York City, with a paranormal twist.

Overreader

January LaVoy’s narration is sweet and she handled the tension really well, but there is something a little too plummy about her voice that keeps me at a distance. I felt that this book – which takes place in the world of flappers and mysterious happenings in 1920s New York – should have had a narrator whose voice was younger and a little rawer.

Dodger

Dodger by Terry Pratchett and narrated by Stephen Briggs

Reviews

Overreader

I know Pratchett to be a clever, quick teller of tales, and go into his novels expecting a romp both silly and smart. And Dodger is a superb character. I want to live in a world where I can encounter Dodgers at the most unexpected and delightful times.

Enchanted

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis and narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Reviews

Overreader

Oh, Sunday! Such a classic misunderstood youngest sibling with a secret. She’s the 7th daughter of a 7th daughter in a kingdom where magic is fairly commonplace, so really she shouldn’t need to pour out her troubles to the frog at her local fairy well to make herself feel better. Nevertheless, Sunday does end up sharing her diary with Grumble the talking frog, who they both know is enchanted, but who doesn’t change when Sunday kisses him. Until, one day, he does, but she doesn’t know it.

FaultinOurStars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd

Reviews

Overreader

The Fault In Our Stars is a gorgeous, emotion-packed, wry, deep, fun book. About kids with cancer.

The Reading Date

Kate Rudd sounds the way I imagined the characters to sound, and expertly handles different ages, genders and accents. Though her interpretation of Hazel and Augustus was spot on, it was also a treat to hear her rendition of Peter Van Houten, and the Dutch accent of his assistant. Rudd puts a lot of emotion and heart into her narration, and the joys as well as the pain were felt even more than in the print edition. The sad parts of the book felt sadder listening to the audiobook, perhaps because I knew what to expect. At the end of the audiobook John Green talks about the book, so that was a nice surprise. I think this is a great starter audiobook for readers that want to try out the audiobook experience, even/especially if you’ve already read the book. I really enjoyed revisiting this book and appreciate it even more.

Inheritance

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini and narrated by Gerard Doyle

Reviews

Overreader

It’s not Gerard Doyle’s fault – I’ve enjoyed his narration of the Eragon series, he’s great with tension and emotion and all the funny names involved. But this book didn’t need to be 31 hours long.