Friday, October 19, 2018

AudioFile Magazine’s Picks of the Best New Young Adult Audiobooks for Autumn Listening

When it comes to discovering great audiobooks it always helps to turn to the experts! We are super excited to welcome AudioFile Magazine blogger, Aurelia C. Scott, to share some inspiring young adult audiobooks to add to your TBR pile!

Finding one’s own true way is full of challenge and reward.  Here are our picks of five great new audiobooks about making your own rules and being yourself no matter what.  Some edgy, some sweet, some joyful, some weepers.  All awesome.  The hyper-linked titles reveal AudioFile’s full review and a soundclip.  Here’s to having an audiobook in your ear - Aurelia C. Scott, AudioFile Magazine blogger.

IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner| Read by Michael Crouch
Blackstone Audio | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner

When teenage Klee wakes up in a mental health facility, it’s the start of a painful, heartening, occasionally funny effort to get back to normal, whatever that is.  Crouch provides vivid portrayals of Klee, his therapist, his mother, and Klee’s internal voice in this powerful listen.

THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE by Lauren James | Read by Lauren Ezzo
Harper Audio | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner

Imagine being Romy, the teenage daughter of scientists and the only person left alive on a spaceship headed out to colonize Earth2.  After getting used to talking only with computers, she’s fast-shipped another human – a teenage boy.  Lauren Ezzo’s portrayal of Romy in all her moods, from terrified to thrilled, is entrancing, hooking listeners all the way to the astonishing ending.

THE RUINOUS SWEEP by Tim Wynne-Jones | Read by Tim Wynne-Jones
Brilliance Audio | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner
In an unusual feat for an author, Tim Wynne-Jones offers a wonderful performance of his involving detective novel about Bee, who the only person who believes that her boyfriend did not murder his father and try to commit suicide.  But what did happen?  Using every inflection from tough to frantic to gentle, Wynne-Jones gradually unravels the gripping mystery.

FRESH INK edited by Lamar Giles | Read by Guy Lockard, Kim Mae Guest, Bahni Turpin, Dion Graham, Ron Butler et al.
Listening Library | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner

Stars of the narrating world meet stars of the YA writing world in this spot-on anthology focused on race, sexuality, and urban living.  Some of the tales are comic, some heart-rending, all them of them get it.  Plus, they’re perfectly voiced.  It’s a win.

ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian | Read by Saskia Maarleveld
Listening Library | Unabridged

Book 1 in what promises to be a trilogy will only make you want more of this epic fantasy about Princess Theo’s determination to win back the kingdom of her murdered mother.  As Maarleveld’s riveting narration makes clear, Theo’s status as a prisoner is no way going to defeat her.

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