Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: Dragon Captives

Unwanteds, the New Quests!

The final installment of The Unwanteds: Island of Dragons came out last year (April 2016). Such a wonderful, fantastic series. With great anticipation (with a hint of unease), a new Unwanteds series has arrived! The Unwanteds Quests by Lisa McMann, narrated by Fiona Hardingham.

Journey back to Artime and say hello to familiar friends.

Adolescent Audio Adventures reviews Dragon Captives audiobook
Dragon Captives takes place several years after Island of Dragons. The sister twins, Fifer and Thisbe, are older and bolder. They want to strike out on their own and use their unknown, magical powers. When an old friend, Hux the ice-blue dragon, arrives on Artime's shore, new adventure calls out to the girls. They can help Hux as wells as their brother.

Author McMann truly returns to the world of Artime and the surrounding islands. Time has passed, but she captures the feelings and tone of her previous series. There is humor, seriousness, twists, and a good cliffhanger. I cannot wait to hear the next book!

Narrator Fiona Hardingham reads the story. After several books with narrator Steve West, this change of narrator was a bit of a shift. It makes sense to change from a gentleman reader to a lady because of the shift of characters from brothers to sisters, but I miss you Mr. West. Hardingham does a fine job of sharing the story. Only one character made me cringe while listening - Simba. His voice is low and gravely and it can very difficult to capture. It takes strength to maintain a voice, but he sounded like he had Southern accent. I look forward to book two and we'll see if Hardingham returns to narrate the next installment.

Reviewed from a Simon and Schuster copy. Thank you, Simon and Schuster!
I received this audiobook for free from Simon and Schuster for an honest review.

Audio Book Details...
Dragon Captives by Lisa McMann
Series: Book 1, The Unwanteds Quests
Read by Fiona Hardingham
Produced by Simon & Schuster Audio
Number of Discs: 7
Total Time: 8 hours, 8 minutes
Release Date: February 2017
ISBN: 9781508227960

Monday, June 12, 2017

June is Audiobook Month 2017

Welcome to Day 12 of June is Audiobook Month Blog Tour! Thanks for visiting Adolescent Audio Adventures. As a children's librarian, I love to share stories as well as listen to stories. Audiobooks help feed my reading appetite because I can always have a book with me! Audiobooks are also great for trips. It doesn't matter if it's a quick commute or a long family road trip. They can be shared to an audience of one or more. I love it! And we have a whole month to celebrate!

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

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The Hero's Guide Series by Christopher Healy, read by Bronson Pinchot
Quick review: Funny, fairytale remix with a fantastic reader!

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman OR by Full Cast
Quick review: Slightly scary tale with two different production styles!

Ralph S. Mouse series by Beverly Cleary
Quick review: Classic trilogy to enjoy again or introduce to someone new!

Wonder by R. J. Palacio, ready by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
Quick review: A new classic that can be read before the movie comes to theaters in November 2017.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren
Quick review: Hilarious historical fiction with a mystery that is still unfolding!

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 - earbuds and 3 free audiobook downloads from Comment below for your chance to win.

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 17 at 8am (CT). One winner will be chosen. The prize is a pair of earbuds and 3 free audiobook downloads at (approximate value: up to US$45.00), which expires July 15, 2017. 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.

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