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20 20 The Year in Audiobooks 2014 BEST VOICES Julia Whelan has skillfully and sensitively narrated some of the year's best young adult audiobooks, including Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun and Laurie Halse Anderson's The Impossible Knife of Memory. In Dana Reinhardt's We Are the Goldens, Whelan delivers a first-person narrative that is voiced as a plea from Nell to her older sister. Nell's characteri- zation demands a nuanced reading, and Whelan's layered portrayal is perfect. She delivers teen vulnerability and attitude in equal measure, always allowing them to be real, diverse, and three-dimensional characters rather than teenaged caricatures. We applaud and appreciate her authentic performances and her emotive readings, which help connect listeners to these fraught, often emotionally intense YA stories. LAUREN FORTGANG The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor (Harper Audio) KIRBY HEYBORNE Scowler by Daniel Kraus (Listening Library) Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Blackstone Audiobooks) JORJEANA MARIE Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (Listening Library) JULIAN RHIND-TUTT Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Listening Library) JULIA WHELAN I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Brilliance Audio) We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt (Brilliance Audio) Young Adult Photo by Kei Moreno

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