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The Year in Audiobooks 2014

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"When I narrate a book, I usually learn something—vocabulary, customs, history," Myra Lucretia Taylor told us. "This time I was also reminded of some- thing—the debt we owe our ancestors, 20 20 The Year in Audiobooks 2014 Children & Family BEST VOICES TOM CHAPIN Deep in the Swamp by Donna M. Bateman (Live Oak Media) Out on the Prairie by Donna M. Bateman (Live Oak Media) JACK GANTOS The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos (Listening Library) ANGELA GOETHALS Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos, David Teague (Harper Audio) DION GRAHAM H.O.R.S.E. by Christopher Myers (Live Oak Media) Infinity Ring series by various authors (Scholastic Audiobooks) JON SCIESZKA File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket (Hachette Audio) Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka (Listening Library) NICK PODEHL The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (Brilliance Audio) MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR Under the Freedom Tree by Susan VanHecke (Recorded Books) enslaved and not, for courageously and thoughtfully bringing us ever closer to the ideals of justice and equality for all." Her dramatic performance successfully delivers the powerful message in Under the Freedom Tree, Susan VanHecke's prose poem for children. Expert modulations in pacing and tone, along with breathless whispers in moments of suspense, capture the fear and heightened emotions of the escaping slaves. Smooth and confident articulation conveys the free men's jubilation when the story culminates with the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. It's an engaging, educational, and important recording for children, thanks to Myra Lucretia's skill and care.

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