Top 10 Awesome Audio Books July 12, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

Heading out on a road trip this summer holidays?  Rather than letting the kids plug in to their own devices to while away the hours, why not try an audio book for a shared, family experience.

Find inspiration here with 10 awesome audio books, suitable for all the family and including new tales and well-loved classics – and turn your journey into a listen-aloud adventure!

1.  Fantastic Mr Fox

A timeless adventure, Fantastic Mr Fox tells the story of a cunning fox who outsmarts the wicked local farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean in order to feed his family. Easy to follow and bursting with ingenious descriptions, children will be entertained from beginning to end. This is a triumphant and clever tale of bravery and survival!  And you can find plenty of other Roald Dahl audio books in the collection here.

2. The Worst Witch

Prepare to be spellbound by Jill Murphy’s classic story involving Mildred Hubble, the disaster-prone trainee witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy of Witches. Entertainingly-read by the wonderful Gemma Arterton, this amusing tale of magical mayhem is sure to capture everyone’s imagination.

3. The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop

Meet ten-year-old Charlie Bass who has long dreamed of owning her own horse. When she finally gets one, the magnificently-named Noble Warrior, there’s just one problem: he’s too nervous to gallop. In order to stop the family farm from being repossessed, Charlie puts her hope in Noble Warrior and aims to win the local derby. Narrated by author and racing-expert, Claire Balding, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop is a heart-warming and funny tale for all equine-mad children.

4. Dragons at Crumbling Castle

This is an unabridged collection of 14 short stories by master storyteller Terry Pratchett.  The title story features an unlikely hero, a little boy called Ralph, who dons a suit of armour and embarks on an adventure to defeat the dragons who have invaded Crumbling Castle. These are fun and thrilling tales of knights, mythical creatures, and wizards, and will be treasured by fantasy-loving kids.

5. World’s Worst Children

Ten wickedly funny and wonderfully surreal stories of truly terrible children show best-selling David Walliams’s amazing gift for spinning entertaining stories.  Each child has an obvious revolting characteristic and each of their stories is hugely disgusting, richly inventive and cheeringly anarchic. A unique take on the classic cautionary tale!

6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

An unabridged edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, brought to life by award-winning actress Sheridan Smith. Featuring magical sound effects and specially composed music, this promises to delight and enamour children and adults alike.  On an ordinary summer’s afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole, and an extraordinary adventure begins!

7. Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls

Girls can save the day too, and they always have . . . Join six adventurous girls from around the world as they use their wits, courage and strength to overcome the odds. With an introduction from award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson. Gretel and Hansel Tamasha and the Troll Tokoyo and the Sea Serpent Chandra and the Elephants Sea Girl and the Golden Key The Snow Queen Perfect for bedtime, these empowering tales show that girls can be the heroes of any story.

8. How to Train Your Dragon

The Story begins in this first volume of Hiccup’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ memoirs… Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that.
In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you’d ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet… It’s time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.

9. Finn Family Moomintroll and Other Stories 

Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa, and all their friends. Throughout the winter, the Moomins hibernate, but before they go to sleep they fill their tummies full of pine needles. In spring they wake up, ready for their fun-filled summer adventures! A lively edition of this classic tale, read by Hugh Dennis.

10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Complete and unabridged on four CDs, read by Michael York.  Lucy steps into the Professor’s wardrobe – but steps out again into a snowy forest. She’s stumbled upon the magical world of Narnia, land of unicorns, centaurs, fauns… and the wicked White Witch, who terrorises all. Lucy soon realises that Narnia, and in particular Aslan, the great Lion, needs her help if the country’s creatures are ever going to be free again…

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