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Al Capone Does My Shirts. 5.5hr. Recorded Books, CS, $54.75. 800-638-1304.
Johnny Heller’s youthful narration convincingly portrays the voices of Moose and his sister, Natalie, who is autistic, in Gennifer Choldenko’s humorous story set on Alcatraz Island in 1935.
Beethoven’s Wig 2: More Sing-Along Symphonies. 40min. Rounder Kids, CD, $12.98. 800-768-6337.
Kids and adults alike will come away singing humorous renditions of classic melodies after listening to Richard Perlmutter’s entertaining CD. Symphonic performances of all pieces are included.
Bucking the Sarge. 6hr. Listening Library, CS, $35; CD, $45. 800-541-5525.
Michael Boatman’s voice and delivery perfectly convey young Luther T. Farrell’s inherent decency and sense of humor, while giving authentic voice to the eccentric supporting characters.
Dragon Rider. 11.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $50; CD, $70.
Brendan Fraser’s remarkable versatility in creating a unique voice and accent for every character in Cornelia Funke’s fantasy makes for an engrossing listening experience.
Duck for President. 14min. Weston Woods, CS and hardcover, $24.95; CD and hardcover, $29.95. 800-243-5020.
With music and sound effects to enhance his tongue-in-cheek reading, Randy Travis brings us the next installment of Doreen Cronin’s farm saga, in which Duck decides to get into politics. Jorge Pupo’s satirical reading of the Spanish edition will have you laughing out loud.
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey. 15min. Live Oak, CS and hardcover, $25.95; CD and hardcover, $28.95. 800-788-1121.
Judd Hirsch’s distinctive New York accent, along with the judicious use of sound effects, perfectly complement Maira Kalman’s story of the contribution to 9/11 heroism from a nearly scrapped fireboat and its crew.
Flipped. 7hr. Recorded Books, CS, $46.75.
Andy Paris and Carine Montbertrand bring Wendelin Van Draanen’s characters to life in this coming-of-age story about love, friendship, and self-identity.
Heartbeat. 1.5hr. Harper, CS, $18; CD, $17.95. 800-242-7737.
The rhythms of 12-year-old Annie’s reflections on her grandfather’s failing memory, her mother’s pregnancy, and her friendship with Max are extended far beyond the written word in Mandy Siegfried’s sensitive reading of Sharon Creech’s story-in-poems.
A House of Tailors. 3.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $23; CD, $30.
Blair Brown gives authentic voice to the characters in Patricia Reilly Giff’s story about German immigrants in America in the 1870s.
I Lost My Bear. 9min. Weston Woods, CS and hardcover, $24.95; CD and hardcover, $29.95.
Narrator Kristen Hahn gives a theatrical reading of Jules Feiffer’s story about a young girl’s anguished search for her favorite bear.
I Stink! 7min. Weston Woods, CS, and hardcover, $24.95; CD and hardcover, $29.95.
If a city garbage truck could talk, it would undoubtedly have the gruff, streetwise voice Andy Richter uses to read Kate and Jim McMullan’s picture book.
Ida B. 3hr. Listening Library, CS, $23; CD, $30.
Lili Taylor’s childlike reading captures Ida B’s trials and tribulations as she comes to terms with her mother’s illness in Katherine Hannigan’s lighthearted novel.
The Last Holiday Concert. 3hr. Listening Library, CS, $23; CD, $30.
Fred Berman’s youthful narration perfectly voices Andrew Clements’ humorous story featuring popular student Hart Evans and his beleaguered music teacher.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. 51min. Simon & Simon, CD, $16.98. 866-432-7624.
Magic Maestro Music presents a musically extended version of Virginia Lee Burton’s classic story.
More Perfect Than the Moon. 1hr. Harper, CD, $13.95.
With sensitivity and warmth, Glenn Close reads Patricia MacLachlan’s fourth book about Sarah and her family.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! 11min. Live Oak, CS and hardcover, $25.95; CD and hardcover, $28.95.
The music, sound effects, and William Dufris’ voice augment this humorous picture book about three young veggie-loving bunnies and the farmer they outwit.
No More Nasty. 3.5hr. Recorded Books, CS, $28.75.
Johnny Heller’s deadpan narration lends credibility to Amy MacDonald’s humorous story of what happens when Aunt Mattie becomes the substitute teacher in Simon’s fifth-grade class.
Pincus and the Pig: A Klezmer Tale. 45min. Tzadik, CD, $15.98. 212-334-8427.
Maurice Sendak narrates his Yiddish retelling of “Peter and the Wolf,” with musical accompaniment by the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.
The Pot That Juan Built. 13min. Weston Woods, CS and hardcover, $24.95; CD and hardcover, $29.95.
Music, sound effects, and Alfred Molina’s perfectly accented reading make this poem and the story of artist Juan Quezada come alive.
Princess in Pink. 7.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $45; CD, $55.
Narrator Clea Lewis captures Meg Cabot’s Princess Mia as she contrives to go to the prom, endures her mother’s pregnancy, and ponders global concerns.
Rhinoceros Tap. 42min. Workman, CD and hardcover, $16.95. 800-722-7202.
Adam Bryant entices listeners to sing along to16 seriously silly songs including an R & B lament, a piano ballad, and more.
The Ruby in the Smoke. 6.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $35.
Philip Pullman’s tale of Sally Lockhart’s quest to unravel the mystery of her father’s death is made terrifyingly intense through Anton Lesser’s range of accents portraying both pleasant and unsavory characters in 1870s London.
Sing Along with Putumayo. 40min. Putumayo, CD, $15.98. 800-995-9588.
A variety of talented singers perform delightful folk and blues classics.
The Teacher’s Funeral. 4.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $30; CD, $45.
Dylan Baker’s folksy voice complements Richard Peck’s comic account of life in rural Indiana in the early 1900s.
When Marian Sang. 29min. Live Oak, CS and hardcover, $25.95; CD and hardcover, $28.95.
Gail Nelson’s reading and singer Marian Anderson’s voice hit a high note in this powerful and inspiring story.
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