MacBeth's Audio Opinion
(...a very messy shelf, in association with Amazon)
Some of these are tape, and some are CD, if available. Read the fine print carefully before ordering to ensure satisfaction! Happy listening!
New! Swallows and Amazons unabridged cassette!
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Dahl's classic, unabridged (despite description), read by Eric Idle!
City of Ember People of Sparks
City of Ember is a top-rate sci-fi adventure for the mid-grades. At 12, classmates Lena (girl) and Doon (boy) have graduated from school and have been assigned jobs...but supplies are running low in the City of Ember, the only world they know. Will they solve the problem before it's too late, and the city goes dark forever?
People of Sparks is a lively and thoughtful sequel. How will the Emberites fit into the new world they have just discovered? This novel concerns the prejudices that occur in human society. It includes some discussion of war, and a few short violent scenes. Young Adults.
Click here for a complete list of Newbery Award winners available in audio format!
Little House books are now becoming available in audio format, wonderfully read by actress Cherry Jones!
C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien
Click here for my review of the Dark is Rising Sequence
(recommended with reservations)
Unabridged Classics for all:
Just added! Half Magic (what if wishes were only half granted?)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (runaway kids live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
A Wrinkle in Time (sci-fi; kids must save father)
The Wind in the Willows (Adventures of Rat and Mole, read by Terry Jones)
Just So Stories (Kipling's short stories)
Island of the Blue Dolphins (survival alone)
The Secret Garden (friendship and discovery, out of doors)
Tuck Everlasting (would you choose to live forever?)
The Sign of the Beaver (alone in the wilderness; Indians for neighbors)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ian Fleming's classic; better than the movie)
Stuart Little (small mouse, big family)
Charlotte's Web (spider, pig and friends)
The Trumpet of the Swan (swan and some music)
Witch of Blackbird Pond (colonial puritans)
Johnny Tremain (colonial intrigue)
Anne of Green Gables (Canadian classic)
Call It Courage (islander comes of age)
I, Juan De Pareja (art and faith)
The Door in the Wall (plague and faith)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Audio (top-notch fantasy)
The Wonderful O (Thurber at his best--fun with language!)
Gone-Away Lake (time travel fantasy)
Thimble Summer (a thimble brings luck...or does it?)
The Princess and Curdie (hear what Lewis liked to read)
Paddle-to-the-Sea (Holling C. Holling's classic!)
Oliver Twist (Dickens, unabridged!)
Best Christmas Pageant Ever (heartwarming)
The Moffats (Family fun)
The Children's Homer (Colum's classic retelling)
Castle in the Attic (magic miniaturization)
Tom Sawyer (a delightful unabridged reading)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (ditto)
Rascal (a boy and his pet raccoon)
The Bronze Bow (historical fiction in the time of Christ)
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates (noble boyhood)
The Cay (slightly abridged for racist language, and read by Levar Burton--wonderful!!!)
Jane Eyre (so much better than any movie version)
By Brian Jacques
All Creatures Great and Small (a bit graphic for the younger crowd, and has an occasional colorful expression)
More from Herriot:
All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Things Wise and Wonderful
The Lord God Made them All
Fully dramatized radio plays from "Alien Voices:"
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The First Men in the Moon
The Time Machine
The Lost World
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Beowulf (Seamus Heany, translator)
NEW! Links to free audio:
Magic Word for audio of a few poems read aloud, including "When the Frost is on the Punkin'", "Jabberwocky," and "Casey at the Bat," all free to hear.
Audio Books For Free has some free formats, with better formats not-for-free. Adds new books frequently. Tons of "Father Brown." You may apply a "no adult" filter as you search titles (and there are many classics) . Do NOT click on the rifle.
Bible audio brought to you by the K. of C. of Oklahoma.
More great Catholic audio online.
Find more great audio productions from Bethlehem Books!
Retold Stories on tape or CD:
Jim Weiss's Mystery! Mystery!
(includes a "Father Brown" mystery)
Shakespeare for Children (adaptations of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Taming of the Shrew)
Sherlock Holmes for Children (four episodes, including The Speckled Band and The Musgrave Ritual)
Spooky Classics for Children (Includes The Canterville Ghost, Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, the Sending of Dana Da--all not-too-spooky!)
Egyptian Treasures: Mummies and Myths
D'Aulaire's Greek Myths (Paul Newman, Kathleen Turner, Matthew Broderick, and Sidney Poitier)
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (Same as above, but UNABRIDGED, and on CD)
And try these Audio tapes from BBC productions (these radio plays are gently abridged, but the wonderful, full cast performances with sound effects make these a favorite for long car rides):
The Jungle Book
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