In Eric Lindstrom’s ‘Not If I See You First’ our main character, Parker, is blind. She never lets this stop her for too long though, she goes out to run every morning, walking along a field to make sure there’s nothing to trip over, she taps her way through the mall with a cane and talks to the shop assistants, helping her to buy what she needs, and she reads, even if she has to listen to every website, every text message, and every text book for school. In honour of Parker Grant we thought we would recommend you our top five audiobooks, to read with your ears.
‘His Dark Materials’ by Philip Pullman. Read by Philip Pullman and cast.
Already we’re recommending you three books in one spot, what great value for your money you’re getting right here. The ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, consisting of ‘Northern Lights’ (‘The Golden Compass’ if you’re American), ‘The Subtle Knife’ and ‘The Amber Spyglass’ and are adventure of magic, mystery and growing up. It’s the story of dust, demons and a knife that can cut its way between worlds. As well as just generally being great books though, these are also fantastic stories to listen to. With Pullman himself narrating the majority of the work, and a full cast of amazing actors playing the different characters you can close your eyes and just be there, fleeing Bolvangar, on a Gyptian ship, or watching a mighty Armoured Bear fight to the death.
This is another one that’s read by the author, and thus she makes it the most perfect audiobook. No one is better placed than Libba Bray herself to pull off the deadpan, dark humour; to pause at the exact right comedic times; to make this hilarious, but also challenging and altogether different story, of a plane crash full of teen Miss America contestants struggling to survive on a desert island, one of the best audiobooks out there.
‘The Scorpio Races’. Written by Maggie Stiefvater. Read by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham.
This epic story of racing for not just your life, but much more, is even better as an audiobook. Enhanced by music composed by the actors as well as Maggie Stiefvater herself, you’re even more on the edge of your seat, even more with your heart in your throat. It’s a story in which you become so emotionally involved.
‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’. Written by Annabel Pitcher. Read by David Tennant.
David Tennant is the perfect narrator for this. His lilting Scottish accent is just beautiful and he tells this very sensitive, very emotive story, of ten-year old Matthew dealing with the death of his twin sister and their family’s supposed new start, in personable and lyrical tones.
Harry Potter. Written by JK Rowling. Read by Stephen Fry.
Now we all know that no one actually has the time to reread Harry Potter as many times as we all actually want to. This is why you need the audiobooks, so you’ll be able to listen to them during every spare second of every day. Now that the audiobooks are available on audible they’re really easy to get hold of and we recommend Stephen Fry’s narrative. He just has the most beautifully soothing voice, it’s like having the smoothest of honey slowly dripped into your ears.
As a little bonus let us tell you that Eric Lindstrom’s ‘Not If I See You First’ is also available as an audiobook, read by the fantastic Kathryn Griffiths (who also read Derek Landy’s ‘Demon Road’).
What did you think of our top five audiobooks? Where there any you think we missed out on? Tell us at @maximumpopbooks.
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