Listen Up: Audiobooks for Teens

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While I love reading, sometimes I think a book sounds better when someone reads it to me. Take Neil Gaiman reading The Graveyard Book for example. Pretty great, right?

If you're going on a road trip over summer break, or if you want to relax and listen from the comfort of your home, pick up these audiobooks! The narrators perfectly capture and embody each character's thoughts and attitudes.

In Every Day, A wakes up in a different body every morning, but only for a day. A knows to never get too attached, but all that changes when A falls for Rhiannon, the girlfriend of the person whose body A is occupying. The narrator, while female, has a gender neutral voice, making it easy to envision A in any body, while still having a distinct personality.

Every Day is available in other formats.

During Tim's senior year at boarding school, he discovers that the room's previous resident, Duncan, left a recorded tape of his own personal tragedy in The Tragedy Paper. Listening to this on audiobook is essential because you hear Duncan telling his story, as Tim listens to the tape. If you like that, it is done very similarly in the audiobook of Th1rteen R3asons Why.

The Tragedy Paper is available in other formats.

The Knife of Never Letting Go takes place on a planet where all women have died from disease and men can hear each other's thoughts. But when Todd discovers a girl his age, he realizes that things are not as they seem. This audiobook demonstrates what it would be like if you constantly had to hear other people's thoughts, and it isn't as much fun as it may seem!

The Knife of Never Letting Go is available in other formats.

1920s, flappers, New York City, murder, supernatural powers...The Diviners has it all! It’s the perfect mix of fun and creepiness. Even though it is a hefty book, listening as the narrator perfectly captures Evie's sass will make you realize you never want it to end! The second book in the series, Lair of Dreams, comes out in August!

The Diviners is available in other formats.

Once you're done with those, explore even more audiobook suggestions!

Is there an actor or actress you wish would narrate your favorite book?

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