Methinks the only thing that might make some of these popular authors' books better is to hear them read by a professional who can really get into to the voices behind the casts of the horrible or fantastic characters. I'd love to try Zombie Baseball Beatdown out on some 5th and 6th grade guys. Or play a bit of Jasper Fforde's Last Dragonslayer to some middleschoolers. Check out the descriptions on this list of the Top 10. Something for everybody grades 3 to 12, if you like the weird, wonderful and scary! Katie
For any of you who love hearing a good story in audio format, be it tape, CD, or now a download to your phone, here is a great article by a mom who appreciates the importance of starting children off with these kinds of great stories.
"A Storied Childhood: Bedtime Books on Tape Spool Memories of Africa" by Kate Chambers, Christian Science Monitor Weekly, March 17, 2014.
And if you don't own or even know what a cassette player is, or have a CD player for audio books in that format, be sure to check out the small but growing collection of audio books we have available to secondary students and all district staff on OverDrive (use your f# or s# and district password) as well as the larger collection of audio books available through Listen Alaska. (here you'll need your public library card number)
One other alternative for audio adventures is the growing world of podcasts. Here is my 23 year old daughter's (who grew up with audio books mind you) list of favorite podcasts. Bear in mind these are not all suitable for children!
On Being (social and spiritual based conversations)
TED Talks (individual audio from various talks)
America's Test Kitchen (cooking, obviously)
TED Radio Hour (a mixture and more in depth interviews of TED speakers around a certain topic)
Snap Judgment (stories around a theme-NPR_)
Pop Culture Happy Hour (discussion about books, movies, and other pop culture events-NPR)
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me (news radio quiz, very funny-NPR)
RadioLab (science show/stories)
Stuff You Should Know (science, history)
History Chicks (focus on female historical figures)
The Monti (live storytelling)
Freakonomics Radio (from the guys who wrote the book)
The Moth (stories)
The Book Pod (book reviews, suggestions, and readings)
This...Is Interesting (social and political conversations)
99% Invisible (architecture and design based)
Unfictional (factual stories)
I hope you find numerous sources of great audio entertainment for yourself as well as possible additions to share with friends, family, patrons or to add diversity to a LibGuide. Enjoy! Katie
Not only does the Books Should Be Free site have a wide variety of public domain books in audio format, if you select a book and scroll to the bottom of the page the title is available as an ebook in several different formats...for your kindle, ipod/ipad, nook, Macs, PCs etc. The site has tabs for popular titles and different genres for quick searching. One can also find some titles in 28 + different languages. Very slick! Katie