Parents everywhere are looking for solutions to their annual summer dilemma… “How do we find audiobooks that the entire family – adults included – can enjoy for that long car/airplane/boat trip?” Here are a few suggestions that are guaranteed to entertain:
The Amulet of Samarkand, by Johnathan Stroud
Read by Simon Jones
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, uses his power to enlist the djinni Bartimaeus to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from his enemy, Simon Lovelace.
The Fairy-Tale Detectives, by Michael Buckley
Read by L. J. Ganser
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm discover that they are descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm and are charged with detecting and solving all fairy-tale crimes.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs
Read by George Guidall
A boy moves into his uncle’s mysterious mansion, where there is a hidden, magic clock in the walls, ticking off the minutes… Counting down the time to doomsday!
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
Read by Lynn Redgrave
Meggie’s father can “read” fictional characters to life. When one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him to read an evil creature to life, Meggie must come to his rescue.
Lion Boy, by Zizou Corder
Read by Simon Jones
In a London of the future, a boy who is able to communicate with cats escapes from a circus ship with a group of lions in an attempt to rescue his kidnapped parents.
Over Sea, Under Stone, by Susan Cooper
Read by Alex Jennings
Three children on holiday in England find an ancient manuscript and begin a dangerous quest to find King Arthur’s grail.
The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan
Read by John Keating
Will has always wanted to train as a knight, but he is rejected because of his small size. Instead, he is apprenticed as a Ranger to the mysterious Halt, the king’s master spy.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket
Read by Tim Curry
The three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when the evil Count Olaf is appointed as their guardian.
Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy
Ready by Rupert Degas
Stephanie Edgely inherits her mysterious uncle’s estate, along with a fire-throwing ace detective, who just happens to be a skeleton.
Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver
Read by Ian McKellen
Tarak and his pack brother, Wolf, set out on a dangerous journey to destroy the demon-possessed bear that killed his father and threatens the clans of the ancient world.