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Artemis Fowl #4: The Opal Deception. 7.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $40; CD, $50. 800-541-5525.
Nathaniel Parker’s myriad voices and tones combine to create bumbling henchmen, an evil genius, and a teenage mastermind in Eoin Colfer’s thrilling addition to the Artemis Fowl series.
A Bear Called Paddington. 2.5hr. Harper, CD, $17.95. 800-242-7737.
Stephen Fry endearingly narrates Paddington’s story, providing the hero and each supporting character with unique and charming voices in this delightful presentation of Michael Bond’s classic.
Blues Journey. 31min. Live Oak, CS and hardcover, $25.95; CD and hardcover, $28.95. 800-788-1121.
Backed by evocative harmonica and guitar riffs, the sinuous voice of acclaimed musician Richard Allen sings, speaks, and truly brings alive Walter Dean Myers’ original blues poems.
The Cay. 7.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $23; CD, $30.
Michael Boatman’s narration of this classic survival story will captivate listeners, while the afterword by author Theodore Taylor enhances the listener’s understanding of the historical setting and writing process.
Giddyup! 30min. Prairie Dog, CD, $13.99. 888-826-9743.
Gather your little buckaroos for a rousing sing-along CD featuring western swing and bluegrass melodies that will have the whole family a--grinnin’ and a-groovin’ with Buck Howdy.
The Goose Girl. 10hr. Full Cast, CD, $45; CD, $57. 800-871-6809.
Fantasy, romance, and intrigue take wing in Shannon Hale’s stunning retelling of the Grimm fairy tale presented by a marvelous full cast, including narrator Cynthia Bishop’s outstanding lyrical performance.
Gregor the Overlander. 6.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $35; CD, $50.
Gregor and his sister Boots fall into the Underland, where they have fantastical adventures while seeking their imprisoned father, in Suzanne Collins’ story inspired by Alice in Wonderland and masterfully narrated by Paul Boehmer.
Ish. 7min. Weston Woods, CS and hardcover, $24.95; CD and hardcover, $29.95. 800-243-5020.
Ramon discovers art doesn’t always have to be completely “right,” in Peter H. Reynolds’ fable of the creative power of “ish,” expertly narrated by Chester Gregory with music by Joel Goodman.
Judy Moody Declares Independence. 2hr. Recorded Books, CS, $19.75. 800-638-1304.
Narrator Kate Forbes conveys the spunky voice of Judy Moody, who, after returning from a trip to Boston, decides to blaze her own trail of independence in this work by Megan McDonald.
The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch. 5hr. Harper, CD, $25.95.
Christopher Evan Welch narrates with controlled, chilling menace Joseph Delaney’s eerie, accessible fantasy, the first book in the Last Apprentice series, in which young Thomas Ward, newly apprenticed to the Spook, must face a terrifying witch.
The Man Who Walked between the Towers. 10min. Live Oak, CS and hardcover, $25.95; CD and hardcover, $28.95.
Author Mordicai Gerstein delivers a spellbinding narration of his Caldecott Medal winner that chronicles Philippe Petit’s memorable aerial feat against the background of a delicately evocative soundscape.
The Minister’s Daughter. 8hr. Listening Library, CS, $40; CD, $55.
Heather O’Neill’s singular narrative style transports listeners to seventeenth-century England, where young Nell is learning her grandmother’s healing lore while Grace, the minister’s daughter, tries to hide her pregnancy.
The Old Country. 3hr. Listening Library, CS, $23; CD, $30.
Tovah Feldshuh gives a spellbinding, word--perfect performance, drawing out every ounce of the humor, drama, and wisdom in Mordicai Gerstein’s fablelike novella set in an unnamed, war-ravaged “Old Country.”
A Pack of Lies. 5.5hr. BBC/Chivers, CS, $49.95. 800-621-0182.
As the mysterious storyteller MCC Berkshire, Andrew Sachs vividly creates voices for such diverse characters as a crusty Chinese potter and a vain teenage girl in Geraldine McCaughrean’s cryptic story, winner of England’s 1988 Carnegie Medal.
Private Peaceful. 5.5hr. Recorded Books, CS, $39.75; CD, $49.75.
Jeff Woodman’s voicing of the youthful protagonist of Michael Morpurgo’s moving and suspenseful tale of a family embroiled in the horrors of World War I couples with his mastery of British accents to bring depth and nuance to a notable historical novel.
Raven’s Gate. 7hr. Recorded Books, CS, $49.75; CD, $64.75.
Simon Prebble uses his voice to create a truly frightening atmosphere as Anthony Horowitz’s tale of supernatural suspense unfolds with the forces of good and evil battling for control of an ancient gate that may unleash harm to future generations.
Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex. 5.5hr. Audio Bookshelf, CS, $35.95; CD, $45.95. 800-234-1713.
This shocking survival story, which chronicles the adventures, thrills, and gruesome actions of the crew of the whale-ship Essex, is so powerfully re-created by Taylor Mali that listeners will have goose bumps and be riveted by every word.
Scat like That! 38min. Rounder Records, CD, $14.98. 800-768-6337.
Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer blend musical styles, catchy sing-along lyrics, and unobtrusive education in a CD that will bring smiles each time it is played.
Some Assembly Required. 48min. Razor & Tie, CD, $13.98. 800-581-4515.
Tom Chapin has assembled a team of high-quality musicians for this family-friendly collection of humorous and uplifting songs that speak to the emotions of all ages.
Songs from the Neighborhood. 48min. Memory Lane, CD, $18.98. 954-974-5818.
Preschoolers, grandparents, and Generation X parents alike will find songs that touch the heart in this tribute, featuring musical gems composed by Fred Rogers and sung by a collection of musical celebrities, including Jon Secada, Amy Grant, Ricky Skaggs, and Roberta Flack.
The Star of Kazan. 10.5hr. Recorded Books, CS, $65.75; CD, $94.75.
With quiet verve, her fluting voice perfect for both young heroine Annika and the elderly Rondine, Patricia Conolly reads this old-fashioned, satisfying novel set in turn-of-the-century Vienna and featuring abandoned infants, missing treasure, nefarious aristocrats, and true friends.
Tiger, Tiger. 5hr. Listening Library, CS, $30; CD, $38.
In a highly skilled performance of Lynne Reid Banks’ novel, Jan Francis demonstrates perfect pitch and flawless timing in an understated interpretation that serves to enhance the suspenseful drama of a captivating tale set in Caesar’s ancient Rome.
Urchin of the Riding Stars. 7hr. Listening Library, CS, $35; CD, $50.
Andrew Sachs’ verbal virtuosity provides an enthralling listening experience in author M. I. McAllister’s fable of treachery and intrigue set in a medieval animal kingdom.
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? 30min. Weston Woods, CS and hardcover, $24.95; CD and hardcover, $29.95.
The voice of narrator Jeff Brooks echoes author Jean Fritz’s light touch and gentle humor in this fine biography highlighting the great John Hancock’s human foibles and many accomplishments.
Wolf Brother. 6.5hr. Harper, CD, $27.95.
Ian McKellen’s polished narration draws listeners into the mystical ancient world of a hero, his animal ally, and their battle for survival in the first in a six-volume series by Michelle Paver.
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