A few audio book favorites

We recently took a monster road trip (two, actually) and occupied nearly 4000 miles with good audio books. What a gift an audio book is!  I especially love listening to a book I’ve read previously- hearing it in someone else’s voice always gives me a richer perspective on it.

A few of our favorites were:

The Westing Game The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. We have read and listened to this as a family three times now- it just keeps getting better. The CD recording read by Jeff Woodman is particularly charming. His Sydelle Pulaski voice is my favorite.

The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery was the first Inspector Gamache book I read, before diving into the whole series like a kid into a ball pit. This one is still my favorite.  My 10 and 14 year-olds weren’t interested (which is okay, because there’s some tough stuff in this book), my 15 year-old kept asking us to hit play.

Listening to it gave me a new appreciation for the symmetry in the three stories Penny weaves together into one story. Fabulous.

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1   The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2   The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3

My older kids have all previously read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, but this was the first time my youngest has heard them. Every time I thought, “grrr…. middle school humor,” I’d hear my 10 year-old laughing from the back seat and decided I needed more middle school humor in my life. (I am going to draw the line at The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, though. I’m not listening to that one again.)

Any recommendations for us? We don’t have another road trip coming up, but it’s a long drive to church…



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