Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....
"I don't really know where to start; I can't say enough good things about this book. It's classified as young adult, but it is far more complex than much of YA literature, and holds its own as adult lit. The story itself is riveting, and the performances could not be better. The two protagonists are voiced perfectly. If the story itself weren't so compelling (which it is), you could just get lost in the characterizations. It's that beautiful. Neither narrator hits a wrong note. The writing is lovely, the story is intense and heartbreaking, and the two women are so *present* and believable. Just go listen to it!" -Bonny, Listener Since 2011
Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She's alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see.
"This book should be read, even more so heard. The story itself is a work of art rooted in the sad circumstances of war that has been built with and given wings with language that creates 4 dimensions of experience. A story that will make you feel more human, so touched by the experience and views of one girl and her Swallow Man." -Ck, Listener Since 2014
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
"I've never heard of John Green nor did I know this was a Young Adult book or I may have passed on it completely. I chose it because of all the 5 star ratings. There's no way to sugarcoat this. This book is about teenagers with cancer. Hazel Grace Lancaster, the narrator, is 16 and carries an oxygen tank with her everywhere. Augustus Waters lost his leg to cancer. These two teens meet in a support group and eventually fall in love. Although the disease is always front and center, Green does an excellent job of creating an adventure that is not related to their illness. . . .These two teenagers are so inspiring they treat cancer like more of an inconvenience than a life sentence, a real life lesson on many different levels. . . ." -Ella, Listener Since 2005
Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead. To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle.
"This story has a lot in common with The Da Vinci Code: thriller style novel about secret societies and historically based clues, set on a global stage. It's admittedly for a younger audience, but I'm an adult and I enjoyed it more than The Da Vinci Code, probably because of the presence of the strong female lead and the lack of the supposedly brilliant and enigmatic main man that all the ladies can't help falling for. Nothing against Dan Brown, but I enjoy the fresh take presented here." -Annabelle, Listener Since 2014
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And so, when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now, the fierce Evaline and the logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, in order to navigate the advances of not just one, but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab.
"This is a fun YA. I've read several of Gleason's adult books so was looking forward to this. It didn't miss in the witty dialogue that I've come to expect from her books. . . .The two young women [Holmes and Stoker] are employed by a member of the royal court to help find a missing girl. There are hijinks-a-plenty in this light-hearted romp that stays true to the steampunk genre by including gadgetries. But there is also magic here so, as Holmes is wont to say, 'The game is afoot.'" -Arwen, Listener Since 2011
For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.
"I love books that suck you in from the beginning, and this is one of them. I have listened to all of the Selection series and as a 30+ year old woman I can honestly say that this isn't just for young girls, this really keeps you coming back for more. The story is a great one with highs and lows and I found myself many times giggling along or stressed out like I was right there in the story." -Sek1179, Listener Since 2017
His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different - but that's what he likes about himself. Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated - and not sure that she's quite like other girls.
"I usually don't read YA books, but if it's narrated by Julia Whelan, then I'll have to read it because it'll be good . . . and also the story sounded good! This book was so real as to what 'socially challenged' kiddos are like. I liked the storyline, characters, and dialogue. Fantastic book! I wish the author had more books!" -Ematnau, Listener Since 2014
Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.
"I don't usually listen/read science fiction, but the reviews for Ender's Game Alive were so good that I thought I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did! With having absolutely no background with the book, author and really even the genre, this audio book came alive and was a great listen. It was like listening to an acclaimed movie . . . very entertaining." -Ann, Listener Since 2009
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
"Shadow and Bone is one of the best Fantasy books I’ve read in a really long time! The dark, twisted, magical world that Leigh Bardugo created sucked me in from the very beginning, and I couldn’t get enough! . . .The fantasy world that Leigh created is truly unique. It’s been a while since I’ve read a high fantasy book, and I forgot how much I truly enjoy them. And Leigh made it especially enjoyable because every moment while reading I had no idea what to expect, and that is what made reading Shadow and Bone so fun. . . ." -M. Herbert, Listener Since 2012