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!


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017 #AudiobooksForTheFuture

Welcome to the FINAL day of Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017!

Thank you for tuning in and taking part. I'm all ready looking forward to next year!

We're wrapping up the week with a look at the future. In the next year, I am looking forward to the final installment of Maryrose Wood's Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 6, The Long-Lost Home. I thought it was coming out at the end of 2017, but it looks like it will be coming in 2018. Such a delightful series that Katherine Kellgren truly brings to life. I'm also looking forward to Brandon Mull's newest books as well as the next Unwanteds Quests by Lisa McMann.

As far as blogging in the future, I want to blog more! (Doesn't every blogger want to blog more?) I want to keep true to sharing audiobooks for youth and families on this blog. Perhaps add more picture book or easy reader reviews instead of mostly chapter books. I would also like to share my love of children's music. I took the A to Z Challenge with music last year and I would like to share music again. (Perhaps not with the A to Z Challenge.)

What books are you looking forward to hearing? Any blogging updates you'd like to share? Let me know with a comment below!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017 #ThrowbackThursday

Welcome to day five of Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017!

Are there audiobooks who love to hear? Do you have an audiobook you play on repeat or wish you could play on repeat? For me, there is always so many books on the horizon it's difficult to go back and enjoy another listen to a great book. Here's my short list of books I would love to enjoy all over again!

Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull, narrated by E. B. Stevens
The Hero's Guide Series by Christopher Healy, narrated by Bronson Pinchot
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis, narrated By Caroll Spinney

What are your top listens? I would love to know!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017 #TravelTuesday

Welcome to day three of Audiobook Bloggers Week!

I love taking audiobooks on the road with me. That's how I consume most of my audiobooks is during my commute time between work, errands, and trips to see family and friends. I'm still giddy to admit that I have a multiple disc player in my car! It's so fantastic to fill it with a book and let it play!

Not all my audiobooks come on discs, so I also have an MP3 player that is one of my old smart phones. I would highly recommend using an old phone as a player. A big benefit of taking an audiobook on my player is that when I leave the car, the story can continue as I move around the house or go on a walk.

I typically only have one audiobook in the car at a time. Depending on the size of files, I always have multiple digital books on the MP3 player. I currently have three (two finished and one ready to go) on my player. Since I listen to children's stories, I can sometimes bring along five books with me which can be nice if I finish one quickly or need to change it up because I'm not into the story.

Do you like keeping a stack of audiobooks around you? Are you better with one story at a time? How do you listen while on the go?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017 #MotivationMonday

Happy Day Two of Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017!

When I jumped into blogging, Tasha Saecker was my inspiration. She maintained two blogs Waking Brain Cells as well as Sites and Soundbytes. She was encouraging and offered tips and networks when I got started. Thank you, Tasha!

My goal has been to be a voice for children's audio and I still believe in sharing that voice. I would like to do more as a blogger, but I think all bloggers feel that way, too. I saw a niche when I started and still believe that I have a special area to share my love audiobooks for young listeners.

Have you been a visitor to Adolescent Audio Adventures? Is there something you'd like to see or read? What audiobook would you recommend to me?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017: #SunnyHello

Welcome to Adolescent Audio Adventures!

At Adolescent Audio Adventures, I share audiobooks for children, teens, and adults. Most of the books found on this blog can typically be found in the Juvenile section of the library. Every once in a while I do like a branch out with some adult fiction or non-fiction. I typically read chapter books for elementary or middle school age students. I occasionally will hear stories for young children or teens. I think other readers or librarians can understand that there is never enough time to read all the books! My to-be-read list is an ongoing process and sometimes battle against the read list.

In the last couple months, I have enjoyed listening to some adult non-fiction. I finished Radium Girls, Hidden Figures, and Goodbye, Things. I have a couple more nonfiction titles on the my playlist to read including Compassionate Soldier and The Happiest Kids in the World.

What was your last listen? What do you plan on listening to next?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Audiobook Bloggers Week 2017 is Coming!

It's our second year of celebrating audiobook bloggers! I hope you will join me and other bloggers as we talk about audiobooks and blogging. You may use the logo I created for your posts if you'd like. Here are some blogging thoughts for the week ...

Sunday - #SunnyHello - Introduce yourself and your blog. (You can refer to original introductions/welcomes as well.) What books are you currently reading? Do you change up genres throughout the year?

Monday - #MotivationMonday - Who do you find motivating as a blogger and/or audiobook listener? OR What book motivated you to start your blog?

Tuesday - #TravelTuesday - Let's talk travel and how to travel with books and audiobooks. Do you have a preferred format? Do you pack a certain number of books while you travel?

Wednesday - #WednesdayWhere - Have you found a new place to find audiobooks? How do you share audiobooks with those closest to you?

Thursday - #ThrowbackThursday - Go back in your feed and pick a few titles that you'd love to hear again!

Friday - #FridayListens - What are you currently enjoying in audiobook form? OR What's next up on your "to-be-heard" pile?

Saturday - #AudiobooksForTheFuture - In the next year, what are you excited about? New audiobooks, new blog ideas, etc. Let's keep the excitement going!

I hope you're able to join us for the second #AudiobookBloggersWeek! Be sure to stop by fellow audiobook bloggers to say hi! I'm looking forward to hearing from you! Want to join the fun? Comment below with your audiobook blog.

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