I love audio books! I am addicted. I admit that I had to get past the feeling that I was cheating because I wasn’t actually physically reading the book. But now that the guilt is gone; I have embraced my love of audio books. And I also have to admit that I think some audio books are probably better than reading the book myself. I’m telling you now that if you listen to Jack Gantos read Dead End in Norvelt or Neil Gaiman readThe Graveyard Book you will quickly see what I mean.
Audio books have kept me sane! True story. I have a 45 minute drive to work and it is more like an hour in the winter. There are only so many times I can listen to depressing news on NPR or “Call Me Maybe” on the radio. Audio books have saved me from my zombie like commute. And speaking of zombies….I think fourth grade boys would really enjoy the audio book I’m listening to right now entitled My Rotten Life: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie by David Lubar. Audio books have also been a blessing for keeping up with the mountain of books I want to read. During the hectic school year, I can usually listen to an audio book quicker than I can read the physical copy of the book. And like I mentioned before, when you have a great reader it can also be more entertaining then reading the book yourself.
So how can you find great audio books to read? Look no further than Twitter! My Nerdy Book Clubfriends on Twitter are a great resource for great books to read and audio books are no exception. I asked them to list some of their favorite audio books and I received an amazing list!
loves the Origami Yoda
series by Tom Angleberger. I agree 100% with this recommendation. I love them too!
favorites are The False Prince
by Jennifer Neilson, Penny From Heaven
by Jennifer Holm,Watsons Go to Birmingham, Bud, Not Buddy
and The Mighty Miss Malone
by Christopher Paul Curtis.
enjoys the audio books The True Meaning of Smekday
by Adam Rex, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healy, The Diviners
and Beauty Queens
by Libba Bray.
recommends the 26 Fairmount Avenue
series by Tomie DePaola which is read by the author. She also recommends Guys Read: Funny Business
by Jon Scieszka.
adores Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan (also one of my favorites), Harry Potter
by J.K. Rowling, The Book Thief
by Mark Zusak, Beauty Queens
by Libba Bray andMr. Popper’s Penguins
by Richard & Florence Atwalter.
is a fan of Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan, The Help
by Kathryn Stockett, The Book Thief
by Mark Zusak and After Ever After
by Jordan Sonnenblick
loves The Fudge
series (Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
) by Judy Blume and Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip
by Jordan Sonnenblick.
My parents are also avid listeners of audio books. In fact, they are listening to the mammoth audio book that isA Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. WOW!! Now that is a long audio book series! They recommend the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and The Orchid series by Stuart Woods.
I found it interesting that some of the audio books were mentioned more than once (Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Beauty Queens, The Book Thief
and Harry Potter
) and that many of the audio books listed by my friends are my favorites too. If you would love more audio book recommendations check out my Goodreads audio book shelf http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/6152323-niki?shelf=audio-book
. So what are you waiting for?
Go visit your local library and give audio books a try! I know you will love them! Happy Reading!
Niki Barnes is a 2nd
grade teacher in Michigan. Her secret inner book nerd was released when she was introduced to Twitter by Donalyn Miller
. She is a proud (library) card carrying member of the Nerdy Book Club and #virtualbookclub
. She feels very blessed to share ideas and her love of books with so many amazing authors, teachers and librarians. Follow Niki on Twitter
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