Sonja Cole

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Sonja Cole

As a former middle school librarian and author of Booktalking Around the World: Great Global Reads for Ages 9-14, Sonja’s mission is to get kids excited about books. For her, the best thing about audiobooks is that she can listen and knit at the same time.

Sonja's Recent Reviews

    • Aru Shah and the End of Time

    • A Pandava Novel, Book 1
    • By: Roshani Chokshi
    • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184

    Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about 12-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful book for strong girls

    • By L. McCullough on 04-14-18
    • A Pandava Novel, Book 1
    • By: Roshani Chokshi
    • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
    • Series: The Pandava Quartet, Book 1
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 03-27-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 200 ratings
    • “Aru Shah is about to explode your head.” —Rick Riordan
    • When 12-year-old Aru accidentally triggers the end of time by lighting a sacred lamp, her hilarious animal sidekick, Subala the pigeon, suddenly appears to guide her on her hero’s quest to save the world. This inaugural book of Rick Riordan’s imprint brings Ancient Hindu mythology into the real world much like Percy Jackson brought Greek mythology alive. The action only stops long enough for funny one-liners from Subala to keep the story light and fun. Give this to Riordan’s many fans.
    • The Journey of Little Charlie

    • By: Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated by: Christopher Paul Curtis, Michael Crouch
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to the story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history's cruelest evils....

    • By: Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated by: Christopher Paul Curtis, Michael Crouch
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 01-30-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 19 ratings
    • From the award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy
    • One of my all-time favorites, Christopher Paul Curtis, can make me laugh and cry in the same sentence. Twelve-year-old Charlie, son of a white sharecropper, gets swindled into joining an evil plantation overseer on a journey to capture escaped slaves. Charlie is a product of his environment, yet bravely struggles to do right in the face of the evil he sees. Based on an actual incident, this story is sometimes brutal, but redemptive and even funny in a way that only Curtis can manage. It begs to be listened to so kids can hear Charlie’s dialect as it was meant to sound.
    • Refugee

    • By: Alan Gratz
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, Assaf Cohen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 635
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 576

    This timely and powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intended for 5-8th graders, but it is good for adults too

    • By Lisa on 12-21-17
    • By: Alan Gratz
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, Assaf Cohen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 08-01-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 635 ratings
    • Three harrowing stories from three time periods come together in alternating chapters: Josef, a 12-year-old Jew in Nazi Germany, Isabel in 1990s, poverty-stricken Cuba, and Mahmoud in current-day, war-torn Syria. Based on the true stories of actual refugees, Gratz weaves the three characters’ lives and histories together in a fascinating way, while leaving you on the edge of your seat as they all desperately journey to safety. While not gratuitously so, the stories are quite violent, so parents should use discretion with kids under 10.
    • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

    • By: L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a 1902 children's book, written by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic story, great narrator.

    • By Stephanie on 12-20-17
    • By: L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 12-05-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 90 ratings
    • Santa’s origin story
    • This story includes all the adventure and magic you would expect from L. Frank Baum, the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: an enchanted forest ruled by the Master Woodsman of the World, a foundling baby adopted by wood nymphs, a war with dragons and giants, and of course, the toys, the reindeer, and the sleigh. This is the perfect audiobook to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit, but it’s especially wonderful for kids with questions about the whys and hows of Santa Claus.
    • Undefeated

    • Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
    • By: Steve Sheinkin
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 63

    When superstar athlete Jim Thorpe and football legend Pop Warner met in 1904 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I don't even like sports.

    • By Melmonie on 03-12-18
    • Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
    • By: Steve Sheinkin
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 01-17-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 73 ratings
    • I will read anything by Steve Sheinkin, so while not a football fan, I devoured this audiobook. It is both a history of football from the first Rutgers-Princeton game in 1888 (so brutal!), and the story of coach Pop Warner and the Native American high schoolers (including Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe) who changed the game forever. This audiobook is perfect for sports fans, but it doesn’t gloss over the prejudice against Indians, and definitely made me think about the Washington Redskins name controversy.
    • The Magic Misfits

    • By: Neil Patrick Harris
    • Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314

    When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A kids book EVERYONE will enjoy

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-02-17
    • By: Neil Patrick Harris
    • Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
    • Series: The Magic Misfits, Book 1
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 11-21-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 335 ratings
    • The Ever Charming Neil Patrick Harris
    • Neil Patrick Harris’s first book is full of the usual Dickensian clichés so common in children’s books--a poor orphan and crooked, greedy adults trying to exploit him—but Harris makes it his own by adding legit magic tricks and endearing personal asides to the audience. The story is light and fun, and fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events will love it. But the best part is Harris’s narration. His charm and charisma come through in full force, making you feel like you are his best friend and he is telling the story just for you.
    • Ghosts of Greenglass House

    • By: Kate Milford
    • Narrated by: Chris Henry Coffey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    Welcome back to the irresistible world of Greenglass House, where 13-year-old Milo is, once again, spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better Than What I Expected

    • By RFRMAC on 10-11-17
    • By: Kate Milford
    • Narrated by: Chris Henry Coffey
    • Series: Greenglass House, Book 2
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 10-03-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 100 ratings
    • Cozy Family Mystery
    • This sequel to the Edgar Award winning Greenglass House picks up one year later, and now 13-year-old Milo has a new mystery to solve over winter break. What I love most about this series is the coziness of house itself: stately and elegant with hidden reading nooks by the fireplace, frost glistening in the woods outside, and an attic full of old treasures. Unlike so many child characters, Milo has loving and supportive parents to talk to and bring him hot chocolate, so even while he is struggling to puzzle together clues, he is always safe in the embrace of his family. It is possible to listen to this without knowing the first book, but it will reveal a major plot spoiler if you listen out of order.
    • Word of Mouse

    • By: James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated by: Nate Begle
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky - which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right - Isaiah can read, and write....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By momofthree on 06-04-18
    • By: James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated by: Nate Begle
    • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 12-12-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 41 ratings
    • James Patterson's Silly Side
    • Isaiah has been separated from his family while running away from their captors. He is traumatized knowing that his family didn’t escape while he, the youngest of them all, did. And now he’s on his own with no family to take care of him. Did I mention that Isaiah is bright blue laboratory mouse? He soon finds that life on the outside is extremely dangerous, but also more exciting than he could have imagined. The narrator captures the youthful enthusiasm of our intrepid and hilarious hero as he navigates his brand new world on his own.