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Fall For These Outstanding Listens

September 14, 2012

Today, we’re pleased to welcome back our friend Jodie from Listening Library. She’s here to share a few of her favorite fall audiobooks. These are terrific listens for classrooms, road trips or even your daily commute. And don’t miss details at the end of the post on a special CD sampler giveaway!

fire chronicle

Every audio read by Jim Dale is a true gem, and The Fire Chronicle, the eagerly-awaited sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Emerald Atlas is brought to life by award-winning narrator Jim Dale. Listeners of all ages will want to jump back into this adventure series as Kate, Michael, and Emma continue on their quest to find their parents and harness the power of the Books of Beginning, find their parents, and save the world.

This title has received the following starred reviews:

“Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Wizards, dwarfs, enemies, witches, and more appear in this fantasy story, impressively read by Dale, well-known to listeners as the impeccable voice of the Harry Potter titles…expect high demand.” —Booklist, starred review

Click here to watch a video of Jim Dale recording The Fire Chronicle in the studio.


The Diviners is New York Times bestselling and Printz Medal-winning author Libba Bray’s magical coming-of-age story, which will remind listeners of the Gemma Doyle trilogy that launched her career. The Diviners is set during the roaring 20s and, as to be expected, there’s witty dialog and imaginative twists and romance.  It’s also has a nice & creepy supernatural storyline and January LaVoy does a perfect job of capturing the era and tone in her narration. The story follows a group of young New Yorkers who have mysterious powers that allow them to “divine” things. Libba Bray reads the introduction to this title which already received three starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal.

“An absolutely terrific read and, thankfully, the first in a planned series.”— School Library Journal, starred review

“The book is big and wants to be the kind of thing you can lose yourself in. Does it succeed? It’s jake, baby.”—Booklist, starred review

paladin prophecy

I’m so excited about The Paladin Prophecy. This is the young adult fiction debut from Mark Frost, the co-creator of the hit TV show Twin Peaks and this title features many of the elements that made that show such a phenomenon: riveting action, suspense, mystery and the supernatural. Nick Chamian reads this title with intensity, which coupled with the fast moving pace is sure to grip reluctant readers from the beginning. Plus, The Paladin Prophecy has huge cross-over appeal as it’s a sophisticated adventure that will hook listeners to the very end.

Action Adventure CD Sampler Give Away

We have so many great action adventure titles this fall that we’ve created a special CD Sampler which includes first chapter excerpts from a few of our thrilling listens. The sampler includes John Stephens’ The Fire Chronicle, read by Jim Dale. It also includes Super, which is written and read by Matthew Cody.  Super is perfectly paced with nonstop action and suspense. It’s a mystery adventure tale that celebrates superheroes and comic books. Super is the follow-up to Powerless, which Booklist described as, “A mystery and adventure treat for middle-school boys, who will clamor for a sequel.”  Lastly, it has the first chapter of The Drowned Vault by N. D. Wilson, which is read by Thomas Vincent Kelly. This second title in the Ashtown Burials series delivers adventure, excitement, and suspense. This story comes to life on audio; School Library Journal raves in a starred review, “Narrator Thomas Vincent Kelly makes the imaginative cast of characters three dimensional.”

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What have you been listening to recently? We’d love to hear your audiobook recommendations!

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