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7 YA Audiobooks You Need To Listen To

I know what you’re thinking. Are audiobooks even a thing??!? Hear me out. YAASSS They are. I know, I know. Audiobooks get a bad rep.  Every time someone mentions the word audiobook, I immediately think of a self-help tape stuck in the stereo of a car on a long road trip.  Oddly specific?  Is that just me?  But trust me, guys.  It doesn’t have to be that way. Check out these 6 YA audiobooks that you’ll fall in love with and let us know what you think!

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Some books are impactful as is.  But this book, listening to this book elevates it times ten.  Don’t believe me?  Listen to the preview.  Don’t let any excuses stop you from reading or listening to this book.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Not only is this story hilarious, but they’re talking in British accents.  It’s also narrated with a British accent.  And who does this lush voice belong to?  VOLDEMORT!!!  But, like, pre-nose slit Voldemort.  From Chamber of Secrets Voldemort.  Did I mention British accent?

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm

Okay so not totally YA but this is the HEART of retellings so we can’t leave it our. Remember how your parents would read you fairy tales?  Remember how if they were super into it, they’d start doing voices?  Remember how you wished that someone would still read them to you like that, but you’re ‘too old’ now.  Pfft.  How is anyone too old for fairy-tales?  Anyway, now you can listen to an Award-Winning Cast of narrators read you your favorite stories.  Ha, too old my butt.

Read by a cast of award-winning narrators, this collection from Listening Library contains some of the most timeless and enchanting folk and fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm. Audiobook cover artwork by Divya Srinivasan.

The Brothers Grimm collected the original fairy tales that Americans are most familiar with today. Lyrically translated and beautifully narrated by an all-star cast, these 21 tales are selected from The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales and presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

The Brothers Grimm collected the original fairy tales that Americans are most familiar with today. Lyrically translated and beautifully narrated by an all-star cast, these 21 tales are selected from The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales and presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

How does Gansey sound when he commands a room?  How do people say Ronan’s name with all those underlying connotations?  What exactly is a Henrietta accent?  I can’t be the only one curious.

There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love. . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Do you ever want to watch a T.V. show, but you don’t know what to watch?  Or you’re too tired to keep your eyes open?  Or you’ve just watched too much Netflix that your eyeballs feel fried?  Try listening to Nimona read by a full cast.  It’s T.V. in your mind.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta.

As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

Explosions will be involved. Science and sharks will be, too.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Okay, first, it’s Austin Butler.  Second, it’s Emily Rankin.  Third, if you have no idea who they are, check out this blog post and then come back.

Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both.

When Akos and Cyra are caught in the middle of a raging rebellion, everything they’ve been led to believe about their world and themselves must be called into question. But fighting for what’s right might mean betraying their countries, their families, and each other.

When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?

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Have you totally been convinced yet?  If not, then check out this list of even more awesomely narrated YA books.  (They narrators may or may not be super famous).


What other YA audiobooks would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below! 

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