Spring Break is right around the corner. Are you ready for that 10-hour car trip? Audiobooks are the best way to turn a day in the car into a non-stop thrill ride. Check out these recommendations.
For young ones, picture book authors often have an entire collection of their stories on a single disc offering several tales about a favorite character or a variety of different adventures. The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection is a great example of the latter. Stories like The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls are brilliant pieces with unexpected twists and turns all read in Gaiman's sweet lilting voice.
Narrator and actor Tim Curry delights in the darkness of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Start with The Bad Beginning to hear how the three clever Baudelaire orphans find themselves in the care of the conniving Count Olaf, who wishes to claim their vast inheritance. No one else seems to notice Olaf's scheme, so Violet, Klaus and Sunny must use their individual talents to outwit the unfit foster parent and escape his clutches. Snicket's dry sense of humor pairs well with Curry's deep British accent.
Philip Pullman's terrific action-fantasy novel The Golden Compass was turned into a movie a few years ago, but the best adaptation is actually this wonderfully produced audiobook. Lyra Belacqua journeys from her home in Oxford to the far north so that she can save her best friend and many other children from being kidnapped. Along the way she meets armor-clad polar bears and unexpected villains. This audiobook, which is read by a full cast, makes for a more dramatic and exciting experience. For those who get hung up on one narrator reading every character's voice, The Golden Compass is a wonderful gem.