Thursday, May 6, 2010

Top 20

Well, I'm three books behind on posting here, so I'll start with the easy stuff. The AudioSynced monthly roundup (blog reviews of audiobooks) is located this month at the Stacked blog. Thanks Kelly!

Stacked mentions the Recorded Books Top 20 children's audiobooks (which I'm going to interpret to mean young adult as well) poll currently taking nominations. Not enough listeners have contributed to this (myself included), but you have until the end of the month. Here's what I (am about to) submit. My list is profoundly skewed to the 21st century (since that's really when I began listening), and doesn't include very many for the under-8 set. I've linked to my blog thoughts where I had them.

20. The Wrong Hands by Nigel Richardson. A book you've likely never heard of, but it's so good. The audio, read by Euan Morton, is brilliant!

19. Mimus by Lilli Thal. Another personal favorite no one's heard of that will reward (nearly) all listeners. I want more Maxwell Caulfield!

18. King Dork by Frank Portman. This never got on the AAYA list, and I do go on about it. I want everyone to listen to King Dork!

17. Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman. The audiobook gives voice to the voiceless Shawn.

16. Feed by M.T. Anderson. The first audiobook in my listening to truly use the aural experience: The feed is indeed inside your head.

15. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Atmospheric and spooky, with just a touch of irony.

14. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. What's not to love about Natalie Moore's D.J. Schwenk?

13. The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. Simon Jones' smart, snarky Bartimaeus is one for the ages.

12. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson. A listener doesn’t miss Nelson’s wonderful paintings because Dion Graham is painting word pictures.

11. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy. A wonderful opportunity to hear the difference between storytelling and story reading. They're both great!

10. The Last Apprentice (and sequels) by Joseph Delaney. Even though Christopher Evan Welch isn't British, he skillfully creates some scary times out in the English countryside.

9. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. The first is the best! The late, great Lynn Redgrave relishes every word of this magnificent ode to the power of reading.

8. Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo. In what I will always think of as "my" Odyssey book, Barbara Rosenblat takes that French hen to some exciting places.

7. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. A perfect use of the audio medium: Hannah is speaking to Clay over his earphones, and we are listening in.

6. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. I love any audiobook where songs are actually sung, and they are here. This is not the same book as the one you read ... it's much, much better.

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Sherman Alexie is the only reader who could have brought his alterego, Arnold Spirit Jr., so vividly to life.

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Technically not for young adults, I can still hear Jeff Woodman's tentative, yet confident voicing of the autistic Christopher.

3. Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson. A brilliant performance by Jenna Lamia, who skillfully demonstrates the difference between 17-year-old Jean’s internal and external voices.

2. Bloody Jack (and sequels) by L.A. Meyer. Bloody Jack – hotheaded, impetuous, affectionate, smart – all that and more of her starring personality are embodied in Katherine Kellgren’s vivid interpretation.

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Narrator Jim Dale sets the bar very high with his masterful performance of this series. No one does fantasy vocal characterizations like Mr. Dale.

(This post was supposed to take five minutes ... )

1 comment:

recordedbooks said...

Thanks so much for submitting your list! I'm a fan of King Dork, too. Great picks!