Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: The Hundred Dresses

I selected The Hundred Dresses to read in December because of the Dressember movement. It is a classic title that I had yet to read. I figured since I am wearing dresses all month, why not read stories about dresses, too.

Adolescent Audio Adventures reads The Hundred Dresses

This quick tale has power.

Yes, it was originally written in 1944, but it is relevant today as it was back in the day. An outsider in the classroom gets teased and then the family moves away. One classmate takes this to heart and decides to make a different. They won't stand on the sidelines again.

The Hundred Dresses is a perfect read for Dressember. Dressember is about taking a stand and helping others. It's about supporting artists that lift others up. It's a movement to end bullying, to end human trafficking, to end slavery.

It is some times the smallest tales that have the greatest impact.

I hope you've had a chance to read this story. If you haven't yet, I would highly recommend enjoying it this season.

Christina Moore narrates The Hundred Dresses. I previously heard her narrated Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr a few years ago. Her style reminds of an elementary teacher reading a book to her class.

Reviewed from a library copy.

Audio Book Details...
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Read by Christina Moore
Produced by Recorded Books, LLC
Number of Discs: 1
Total Time: 54 minutes
Release Date: 1998
ISBN: 0788795198

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes Holiday Blog Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to Day 1 of A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes Holiday Blog Tour & Giveaway!

I am thrilled to kick-off this audiobook tour! There are stops each day of the month in November to celebrate audiobooks. Be sure to stop by Audio Publishers Association website to see the complete schedule of blogs to visit. Each blogger will have great books to share - current and to-be-heard audiobooks, holiday listening, gift ideas, and books to travel with this season. Besides book recommendations, you'll also have opportunities to win audiobooks generously donated by Beacon Press, High Bridge Audio, LA Theatre Words, Macmillan Audio, Penguin Random House Audio, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Tantor Audio.

If you're still in the mood for a goulish read, I suggest Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. It's a book I have enjoyed hearing several times and there are two versions available. The original recording is read by the author Neil Gaiman and the second recording is with a full cast. Both recordings are excellent!

If you're in the mood for a giving tale, I suggest listening to Ship of Dolls by Shirley Parenteau, read by Kate Reinders. It's historical fiction set in the 1920's when dolls were exchanged between America and Japan in a friendship exchange.

If you're looking for a new audiobook this season, perhaps you'd like The Good Neighbor, The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King, narrated by LeVar Burton. This is next up on my to-be-heard shelf as it just came in at my local library!

This is just a short list of titles from this audiobook listener. Let me know what you're looking forward to listening to as 2018 wraps up. If you're looking for additional family or youth audiobook suggestions, let me know and I'll give you some more audiobook options!

Leave a comment on this blog post and include an email address to be entered to win 8 audiobooks. A winner will be randomly selected on November 15th. The codes have been provided by the Audio Publisher's Association and  Entrants are restricted to US addresses only, please. One entry per person, please.

  1. BRIDGE OF CLAY by Markus Zusak (Penguin Random House Audio)
  2. SPILL by Leigh Fondakowski (LA Theatre Works)
  3. HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE by Crystal Fleming (Beacon Press)
  4. AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones (HighBridge Audio)
  5. SALVATION by Peter F. Hamilton (Tantor Audio)
  6. THE HUNGER GAMES: Special Edition by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  7. HEAVY by Kiese Laymon Simon Audio (Simon Audio) 
  8. NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty (Macmillan Audio)

    #LoveAudiobooks #FamilyListens #TravelWithAudiobooks

    Friday, July 27, 2018

    Re-Listen: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

    The newest (and final) installment of Maryrose Wood's series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place has been released! My library copy arrived on the shelf and in the joy of seeing it, I enthusiastically checked out the entire series. I want to savor this series all over again before jumping into the end.

    My original review of Book 01, The Mysterious Howling is on my blog. In my current re-listen, I loved hearing the children again and their wolfish accents. I have a special place in my heart for the littlest Incorrigible, Cassiopeia. A highlight in the story is at the end when she raises her fists in the air and shouts, "Mayhem!"  If I could have a poster of this moment, I would hang if up in my office.

    Here is a fun review from The Sleepless Reader.

    Book 02, The Hidden Gallery takes the Incorrigibles and Penelope (as well as the Ashtons) to London! The mysterious happenings in book one continue in book two, but with additional characters put in the mix. The little mysteries throughout the story (or should I say stories), continue to captivate. It seems that as soon as one mystery could be solved another crops up! I'm looking forward to hearing about the new characters of Simon and the Gypsy fortune-teller. I also enjoyed the silliness of a pirate play in the book.

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    Review: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

    Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly was a GoodReads Choice Award Nominee for Middle Grade & Children's in 2017. That was very intriguing to me. I was also interested to see if the story would follow the Disney version of Beauty and Beast. I can share that the main characters are the same, but the story is uniquely written. If you're a fan of fantasy, Disney, or fairy tales, I think you'll enjoy this story.

    Adolescent Audio Adventures reviews Beauty and the Beast Lost in a Book
    Here is the book description from Disney:

    "Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

    The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever."

    The audiobook narrator for Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book is Jenna Augen. This is the second Beauty and the Beast book she has narrated, but the first one I have heard her narrate. It was a very enjoyable voice to hear. Her natural British accent added the perfect charm to this fairy tale story. There was a mix of male and female voices throughout the story as well as a variety of ages. I thought Augen did a great job. I was able to hear the differences between characters and her male voices were well done. I would listen to her read again.

    Reviewed from a Blackstone Audio copy. Thank you, Audiobook Jukebox!
    I received this audiobook for free and wrote an honest review.

    Audio Book Details...
    Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
    Read by Jenna Augen
    Produced by Disney / Blackstone Audio
    Number of Discs: MP3 download (69 parts)
    Total Time: 7 hours, 19 minutes
    Release Date: March 2017
    ISBN: 9781538468739

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    June is Audiobook Month Blog Tour

    Welcome to Day 8 of June is Audiobook Month Blog Tour! Thanks for visiting Adolescent Audio Adventures. As a children's librarian, I love to hear stories for families and children. Audiobooks give me an opportunity to read more books as I travel, workout, and complete chores during the year. Whether it's a quick ten minutes or a lengthy six hour trip, there's a story (or part of a story) to enjoy!

    Planning a family road trip this summer?
    Here are a few mystery suggestions for your travels this summer:

    The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series by Jordan Stratford
    Book 1, The Case of the Missing Moonstone
    Book 2, The Case of the Girl in Grey
    Book 3, The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals
    Read by Nicola Barber
    Produced by HighBridge Audio
    Quick review: Hilarious historical fiction with a mystery


    The Brixton Brothers series by Mac Barnett
    Book 1, The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity
    Book 2, The Ghostwriter Secret
    Book 3, It Happened on a Train
    Read by Arte Johnson
    Produced by Listening Library
    Quick review: Hilarious series with a flavor of an old school mystery


    Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series by Andrew Clements
    Book 1, We the Children
    Book 2, Fear Itself
    Book 3, The Whites of Their Eyes
    Book 4,  In Harm's Way
    Book 5, We Hold These Truths
    Read by Kevin Nobbs
    Produced by Simon & Schuster Audio
    Quick review: Modern school mystery series about a group of students trying to save their historic school.

    Thank for stopping by Adolescent Audio Adventures! Huge thanks to Audio Publishers Association for putting this blog tour together for June is Audiobook Month. They also shared with me a fun giveaway! A collection of 8 audiobooks that have been generously donated by Blackstone Publishing, High Bridge Audio, Hachette Audio, LA Theatre Works, Macmillan Audio, Post Hypnotic Press Audiobooks, Scholastic, and Tantor Audio. One winner will be chosen from the comments on this post. (Limited to the USA only.) The books will be available on

    What are you listening to OR hope to listen to this summer?

    Comment for a chance to win. No purchase is necessary. The giveaway is open until Saturday, June 30 at 8am (CT). One winner will be chosen. The codes have been provided by the Audio Publisher’s Association and Entrants are restricted to USA only, please. One entry per person, please.

    1. Seven by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz
    2. Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman, narrated by MacLeod Andrews
    3. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris, narrated by Kevin Hely and Cathleen McCarron
    4. Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland, narrated by Shannon MacManus
    5. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan, narrated by Todd McLaren
    6. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan, narrated by David Shih
    7. A Girl Stands at the Door by Rachel Devlin, narrated by Robin Miles
    8. Torn from Troy, Book 1 in the Odyssey of a Slave Trilogy by Patrick Bowman, narrated by Gerard Doyle

    #LoveAudiobooks #TravelWithAudiobooks #FamilyListens #Mysteries

    Friday, June 1, 2018

    June is Audiobook Month 2018

    Welcome to June 2018! Welcome to Audiobook Month!

    I look forward to the month of June every year. I get to celebrate audiobooks for an entire month! I also connect with readers, publishers, and organizations who are passionate about audiobooks. It's a great kick-off to Summer.

    June is Audiobook Month 2018 at Adolescent Audio Adventures

    How can you celebrate Audiobook Month?
    1. Visit your local library and check out an audiobook
    2. Visit a digital library, like Hoopla or Overdrive, and check out an audiobook
    3. Visit the June is Audiobook Month blog tour and giveaway put together by Audio Publishers Association
    4. Visit AudiobookSYNC and enjoy some free audiobooks
    5. Join the fun this month by blogging, tweeting, or instagramming about audiobooks or interacting with audiobook enthusiasts. Some hashtags to keep in mind are #JuneIsAudiobookMonth, #JIAM, #AudiobookMonth, or #LoveAudiobooks.
    I am looking forward to talking audiobooks with you this month!

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Review: Trolled

    Trolled by Bruce Coville is the third installment in the series, The Enchanted Files. The first books is Cursed (or Diary of a Mad Brownie) and book two is Hatched.

    Ned is a troll living and working in New York City. Cody is a sixth-grader living in New York City. How did they meet? Ned and Cody's father work at Grand Central Terminal (otherwise known as Grand Central Station). Their worlds collide with family history and enchantments.

    Listen to a sample on the Listening Library website!

    If you enjoyed the first two titles, you will be sure to enjoy this third installment of The Enchanted Files. I appreciated the links between the characters in book one, Cursed, and book three, Trolled. The story was engaging because it was a diary or log setup with interesting side stories or documents. The variety of voices helps the listener understand all the different parts of the books - journaling, stories, documents, reports, etc. One "setback" to this audiobook would be there are no illustrations, but they are not a highlight in the story. I personally didn't care for characters saying, "OMG" in the story or the talk of farts. I'm sure it won't bother other readers or listeners.

    The full cast audio is a great way to tell a story with multiple voices. I applaud all the readers because they had to have their character voice, but also characterize the other characters they interacted with during their part of the story. I could distinguish the characters and they were enjoyable to hear. I wish that all the readers were listed on the audiobook cover, but alas they are not. I couldn't find a complete list on the Listening Library website either. One strange sound effect during the story was during texts between characters. Their was a keyboard typing noise with a zoom noise at the end. The zoom noise was find, but the keyboard typing was very out of place. It brought to mind AOL Instant Messanger messaging rather than phone messaging.

    Reviewed from a library copy.

    Audio Book Details...
    Trolled by Bruce Coville
    Series: Book 03, The Enchanted Files
    Read by Barbara Rosenblat, Kivlighan de Monebello, and a full cast
    Produced by Listening Library
    Number of Discs: 5
    Total Time: 5 Hours, 21 Minutes
    Release Date: September 2017
    ISBN: 9781524782610

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    Audies 2018

    Today was the day the Audio Publishers Association announced this year's Audie Award Finalists! It's an exciting day for publishers, writers, narrators, and audiobook lovers. The Audies are called the Oscars of audiobooks. This year's hashtag is #Audies2018. The winners will be announced during the Gala in New York on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

    Adolescent Audio Adventures primarily focuses on listens for younger readers. Here are the nominations for Young Listeners, Middle Grade, and Young Adult. For a complete listing of the 2018 Audie Award Finalists, check out the AudioFile Magazine press release.

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    Review: That Touch of Ink

    That Touch of Ink is the second book in Diane Vallere's Mad for Mod / Madison Night mystery series. If you haven't read book one, Pillow Stalk, I would highly recommend starting at the beginning. That Touch of Ink picks up after Pillow Stalk ends with new characters and as well as familiar ones. Here is the book description from Dreamscape Media:

    "When a rare $5,000 bill arrives in the mail, interior decorator Madison Night knows it's a message from her past. In happier times, she once joked that she could be bought for $5,000 - how could she deny a bill with her name on it? Suspecting the bill indicates trouble, she consults a numismatist. They set up a meet, but upon arrival she finds an abandoned office, a scared dog...and a dead body in the kitchen. The twist? The victim isn't the numismatist; it's a John Doe. The police, led by Lt. Tex Allen, are on the case. But before long, Madison uncovers a kidnapping plot, a unique counterfeit operation, and the true price of her own independence."

    I was so excited to hear the adventures of Madison, the Doris Day super fan / mod interior designer. The mystery unfolded unexpectedly with some romance along the way. There wasn't a big teaser at the end of That Touch of Ink as much as there was in Pillow Stalk, but I'm still interested in hearing more! I loved how character names would pop up throughout the story that I could link to characters in the Doris Day films. Hearing those little details help make the book. It's like a fun little secret for a Doris Day fan.

    Susan Berneis returned to read That Touch of Ink. I love it when narrators continue the series! Her consistency was fantastic. It's been a few months since I heard book one, but I felt that I was right back in the world of Madison Night with her reading. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Ms. Berneis!

    Reviewed from a Dreamscape Media copy. Thank you, Audiobook Jukebox!
    I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

    Audio Book Details...
    That Touch of Ink by Diane Vallere
    Series: Book 2, Mad for Mod Mystery
    Read by Susan Berneis
    Produced by Dreamscape Media
    Number of Discs: 6
    Total Time: 7 hours, 28 minutes
    Release Date: January 2017
    ISBN: 9781520063911

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    Voices on the Road Blog Tour & Giveaway!

    Welcome to Adolescent Audio Adventures! 

    Today I am sharing audiobook titles you can take on a road trip with your family. Visit the whole tour by stopping at Audio Publishers Association website. You can find recommendations for all listeners.

    I love listening to a great narrator and an interesting story while traveling. An excellent book makes travel time fly by! It's hard to not share all the books I've enjoyed while road tripping solo or with others. Here are a few titles that also share a road trips in the story...

    The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
    Read by Mark Turetsky
    Produced by Scholastic Audiobooks
    Number of Discs: 3
    Total Time: 3 Hours, 48 Minutes
    Release Date: October 2016
    ISBN: 9781338160789
    Genre: Historical Fiction

    The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
    Read by Bahni Turpin
    Produced by Listening Library
    Number of Discs: 7
    Total Time: 7 hours, 59 minutes
    ISBN: 9780307968227
    Genre: Historical Fiction

    Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
    Read by Mark BramhallDavid de VriesMacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler
    Music by Corky Siegel
    Produced by Scholastic Audiobooks
    Number of Discs: 1
    Total Time: 10 Hours, 22 Minutes
    Release Date: March 2015
    ISBN: 9780545788366
    Genre: Historical Fiction

    All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
    Read by Michael Crouch and Kathleen McInerney
    Produced by Harper Audio
    Number of Discs: MP3 download (8 parts)
    Total Time: 9 hours, 41 minute
    Release Date: March 2016
    ISBN: 9780062448187
    Genre: Realistic Fiction

    Find these titles and more at publisher's websites or your local library! Thank you, Audio Publishers Assocation for putting this fun Voices on the Road blog tour together. Share with me one of your favorite road trip audiobooks in the comments below!


    Want to win some amazing audiobooks for your next traveling adventure?

    Fill out the Google Form for your chance to win! No purchase is necessary. The giveaway is open until Thursday, November 30 at 11:59pm (CT). One winner will be chosen. The prize is a pack of 10 audiobooks from amazing audiobook publishers including Galaxy Press, Hachette Audio, Harper Audio, High Bridge Audio, Macmillan Audio, Penguin Random House Audio, Post Hypnotic Press, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Audio and Tantor Audio. (Thank you for your generosity publishers!!!) Entrants are restricted to USA or Canada mailing addresses only, please. One entry per person. Once the winner is confirmed all personal data will be deleted. Good luck!

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