October/November 2015

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@AudioFileMag Sharing with the very young THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY Simms Tabak, read by Tom Chapin This just-right delivery of the traditional folktale, with Chapin singing the folk song at the story's close, models the luxury of unfolding a well-known story deliberately. Live Oak Media Book & Recording Trade Ed.: CD TIMELESS TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER Beatrix Potter, read by Katherine Kellgren Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and the rest of the ingenious small animal society are fully voiced, offering the opportunity to share one or two stories across multiple reading-together snuggle sessions. Tantor Media Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, MP3, DD Library Ed.: CD Sharing with story-hungry kids who are still building text literacy skills CLEMENTINE Sara Pennypacker, read by Jessica Almasy This and the several follow-up audiobooks (all read by Almasy) are good comfort food for those in the early grades who can't seem to perform as spectacularly as they imag- ine—and try, whether it involves behavior, schoolwork, or even—sigh—best friendship. Recorded Books Unabridged Library Ed.: CD, DD JUST SO STORIES Rudyard Kipling, read by Jim Weiss This collection of classic animal tales comes to life as master storyteller Weiss gives every creature its voice to deliver Kipling's rhythmic, clever lines. Listening Library Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Library Ed.: CD, DD THE UNDECIDED MOLECULE Norman Corwin, performed by a Full Cast Radio theater meets comic verse meets zaniness that has a rich metaphoric edge in this sound effects-embellished fantasy about a molecule's refusal to agree to its material assignment. L.A. Theatre Works Audio Program Trade Ed.: DD For tweens and teens to explore in private DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? Randa Abdel-Fattah, read by Rebecca Macauley One of several excellent and engaging novels by an author who explores her protagonist's struggle to connect all the cultural identity details in her life, ranging from her Palestinian Muslim father to her fashion-conscious Australian friends. Bolinda Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, MP3, DD Library Ed. CD IMPULSE Ellen Hopkins, read by Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Steve Combs Three teens who meet in a psychiatric hos- pital while being treated after their suicide attempts are provided full and complex emotional ranges by both the author's free verse narrative and the individual perform- ing talents of the narrators. HighBridge Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD JERK, CALIFORNIA Jonathan Friesen, read by Andy Paris A teen with Tourette's Syndrome and a step- father who despises him takes to the road in this authentically voiced story of beating challenges both physical and societal. Recorded Books Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Library Ed.: CD, DD, PRE October/November 2015 n 69 Tweens and parents listening together TIME STOPS FOR NO MOUSE Michael Hoeye, read by Campbell Scott You probably know the excellent full-cast audio editions of Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series. More cosmopolitan and richer in punstering is this series opener about Hermux Tantamoq, watchmaker mouse, and his friends, enemies, and adventures. Listening Library Unabridged Trade Ed.: DD Library Ed.: DD THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES Arthur Conan Doyle, read by David Timson Several volumes of the classic Holmes detective stories are available from this producer and narrator, who enhance their oral performance with excellent pacing and mood-setting incidental music. Naxos AudioBooks Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD THE COMEDY OF ERRORS William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast Shakespeare's shortest play is a romp involv- ing confused identities. Listening to it together can break down both generations' possible trepidation about being able to understand the Bard and why he still engages today. Blackstone Audio Audio Program Trade Ed.: CD, DD Library Ed.: CD Family listening with teens FEAR: 13 STORIES OF SUSPENSE AND HORROR R.L. Stine [Ed.], read by a Full Cast "Goosebumps" author Stine brings together a baker's dozen of variously-themed horror tales, each read by a different actor who dredges it for maximum adrenalin effects on listeners. Brilliance Audio Unabridged Trade Ed.: CD, DD Library Ed.: CD

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