Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More Good Audiobooks For Guys

Audiobooks are great!! If you're going to be a car for a long time or if you have some time to kill, nothing's better than books on CD. I took a weekend trip with the family to the North Caorlina Museum of Natural Sciences, an extremely cool place, and, since it's 3 hours and more from here to Raleigh, we took a couple of audiobooks with us. We enjoyed them a lot.

The first was The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis, read by David Pittu. In this one, the third in the 39 Clues series, Dan and Amy Cahill have to go to Tokyo and Korea to find the third Clue that will make them the richest and most pwerful people on earth. Along the way they have to dodge yakusa (deadly Japanese gangsters), ninja throwing stars, oncoming subway trains, and more! This audiobook really kept us glued to our seats. The reader makes the characters come alive (except he couldn't get a good voice for Nellie Gomez) and also makes the story move right along. Really good.

The other one was The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, read by David Hyde-Pierce. Oh, man, did we enjoy this one!! It's FUNNY, with LOTS of unbelievalbe puns and there's lots of fantasy and adventure. Young Milo is a boy who's bored all the time until a mysterious blue box appears in his room along a message telling him how to use the Phantom Tollbooth. Milo hops into the car that comes with it, goes through the tollbooth and finds---well, what he finds is beyond belief!! You've got to either get the book or this audiobook! And David Hyde-Pierce reads this book perfectly, finding all the humor and adventure and making you feel a part of it. This audiobook was so good that I sat in my garage listening to the last disc so I could hear the end!

So go get these two and happy listening! And click on the "audiobooks" label under this post to find out about more.



Jaymie said...

I thought David Hyde Pierce was absolute perfection on The Phantom Tollbooth. He was the whole reason I bought the audio book. Love the story and love the inflections and comedic timing he brought to the story.

Carl said...

You are so right. And how he created different voices for each character and kept them all distinct was amazing. Especially when he had those 5 Ministers in Dictionopolis speak right after each other!!

Watch The Lightning Thief said...

Thanks for the audio-books. Looking for the book of this to read while listening on it. :)