In my post about listening in the car, I mentioned some great audiobooks for all ages — for families to listen to together, whether traveling around town or further afield. Some qualities they share are they often are episodic in nature and often humorous. This list is a work in progress — I’ll be adding as our family listens together and welcome any suggestions.
Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats. Full Cast Audio, 2006. Narrated by Cynthia Bishop. My children especially enjoyed the different voices in this recording — full cast means the children’s voices are articulated by children, etc., much like a play instead of a straight reading. I can still hear Jane’s distinctive little voice in my head! This was a little different and very enjoyable listening experience for them.
Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and their Problems. Random House, 2004. Read by Julie Halston.
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking. Listening Library, 2007. Read by Esther Benson.
Lowry, Lois. The Willoughbys. Listening Library, 2009. Read by Arte Johnson.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Listening Library. Read by Jim Dale.The first three volumes of the series make for excellent family listening. Beyond that the themes become darker and more mature so I recommend parents consider the ages/sensitivities of their children. Try Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org) for further explanations and recommendations.
Mary Poppins meets Lemony Snicket in this story of a young governess, Penelope Lumley, sent to a remote country manor, Ashton Place, to tutor three wild (literally) children. But is the mysterious howling of the title actually referring to the children who have been raised by wolves? Lots of clever asides (we have a good understanding of hyperbole now) add to the experience. You’ll learn what irony is . . . and enjoy it!