Junior Audiobook Month 2019

Audiobooks are a great way to continue to enjoy books while on the go! Whether it’s on the way to or from school, on a longer car, bus or train journey or just to relax before bed; audiobooks will ensure you can continue to enjoy books, even if you don’t have the time to sit down and read them.
Not only do we have CDs, MP3 CDs and playaways that you can borrow from the library, you’re also able to download eAudiobooks straight to your tablet or mobile device using the BorrowBox app!

There are audiobooks for everyone and there is so much choice!
CDs or MP3 CDs that you can put into a CD player or computer to listen to.
Playaways where all you need is an AAA battery and headphones and you’re good to go – the playaway is even small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, in your pocket or bag.
eAudiobooks from BorrowBox, that you can download straight into your phone and bring with you wherever you go.

Here’s just some of the awesome books you can find as audiobooks through Hampshire Libraries:

A Treasury of Animal Stories
Written by Holly Webb
Read by Phyllida Nash
Suitable for 5+
A Treasury of Animal Stories

A scruffy pup eagerly awaits a new home just in time for Christmas, a little girl discovers an adorable kitten in her garden, a dog makes an unlikely new friend, a hamster makes a daring escape and a girl tries to help a family of fluffy ducklings.

Chloe centre stage
Written by Holly Webb
Read by Rosie Jones
Suitable for 6+

Chloe may have passed the audition for the Shine School for Performing Arts with flying colours, but that’s only the first challenge. As Chloe strives to stand out, her first term is more dramatic than she could ever have imagined.

Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare
Written by G. M. Berrow
Read by Tracey Petrillo
Suitable for 6+
Rainbow Dash and the Daring Do Double Dare

Rainbow Dash is a huge fan of the Daring Do book series, but after the newest book comes out, she’s not alone! Suddenly, every pony in Ponyville is reading the books! To prove she’s the ultimate fan, Rainbow Dash decides to show her friends that she can be just as brave and ‘daring’ as her hero.

Amelia Fang and the half moon holiday
Written by Laura Ellen Anderson
Read by Zoe Thorne
Suitable for 7+

Amelia and her friends are back in Nocturnia, but there’s a new villain to battle! This evil creature is stealing everyone’s memories. How can Amelia save Nocturnia when no one can remember who she is?

Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy. Part 1, The night of the nasty nostril nuggets
Written by Dav Pilkey
Read by Len Forgione, Dazjon Freeman and Ben D’Amico
Suitable for 7+
Captain Underpants #6

George and Harold are back – in another truly icky adventure. When class boffin Melvin Sneedly goes too far with his latest amazing invention, the Bionic Booger Boy comes to sticky, snotty, really bad-tempered life.

Diary of a wimpy kid series
Written by Jeff Kinney
Read by Dan Russell
Suitable for 8+
The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 9)

Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into a new year and a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. Greg is happy to have his sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. When Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s popularity to his own advantage.

The Burning Bridge
Written by John Flanagan
Read by William Zappa
Suitable for 8+
The Burning Bridge

As the Kingdom of Araluen prepares for war against Morgarath, Will and Horace accompany the Ranger Gilan on a mission to Celtica. But Celtica’s villages and mines are silent. Only an exhausted and starving girl called Evanlyn can tell them why: Morgarath has sent his foul creatures to enslave the Celts. While Gilan rides swiftly back to Araluen to report this news to the King, Will and Horace discover the true purpose behind Morgarath’s actions. The Kingdom is sure to be defeated in a surprise three-sided attack – unless they can find a way to prevent it.

The wicked king
Written by Holly Black
Read by Caitlin Kelly
Suitable for 13+
The Wicked King

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world. Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends with contemporary storytelling to create a fully realised world, filled with magic, politics and treachery.

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead
Written by Rick Riordan
Read by Michael Crouch
Suitable for 13+
Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead

Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now he’s readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It’s up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki’s plans, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it’s ready to sail on Midsummer’s Day.

Written by Lauren Kate
Read by Justine Eyre
Suitable for 14+

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?
Seventeen-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Birdy Flynn
Written by Helen Donohoe
Read by Caroline Lennon
Suitable for 15+
Birdy Flynn

There is the secret of Birdy’s dead grandmother’s cat – how the boys tortured it and Birdy Flynn had to drown her in the river to stop her suffering. There’s the secret of Mrs Cope, the popular teacher, who touched Birdy in the cupboard. There’s the secret of the gypsy girl at school who Birdy likes, but she can’t tell anyone. Because Birdy’s other secret is that while she plays and fights as good as the boys, she is a girl, and she doesn’t always feel like a girl is supposed to.

There’s even more amazing audiobooks to discover through the library or through the BorrowBox app; there’s something for all ages! Download the app today or visit your local library to get started!

Audiobook month!

June is Audiobook Month!

We love books! Reading them, holding them, smelling them – we just love books! But like many others in the 21st Century we sometimes struggle to find the time to sit down with a book. There are just too many things that needs doing; housework, homework, walking the dog, taking the kids to swimming or football, cooking – the list goes on!

But don’t despair! We have found the solution; audiobooks!
These books on tapes, CDs, playaways and downloadable files are the answer to every busy booklover’s book-despair.
Through the Libby app you can download eAudiobooks straight to your phone, tablet or memory stick to enjoy on your way to work, while taking the dog for a walk or any time you want to read a book but adulthood is getting in the way.

From libraries you can borrow audiobooks on cassette, CDs, MP3 CDs or playaways – brilliant to use while doing housework or even on those long car journeys with the family.

There are audiobooks for everyone and there is so much choice!

There are so many different ways to listen to audiobooks; cassettes, CDs, MP3 CDs that you can put into a CD player or computer to listen to.

Playaways where all you need is an AAA battery and headphones and you’re good to go – the playaway is even small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, in your pocket or bag.

And the downloadable eAudiobooks from Libby, that you can download straight into your phone and bring with you wherever you go.

All these different formats mean audiobooks are available to an even greater audience then it ever has been. From young children to elderly, from busy parents to not-as-busy-but-still-busy adults – there is something for everyone!

Not only do we have a wide range of audiobooks, eAudiobooks are free to download through the Libby app – and Libby is also free from the app store!
Children’s audiobooks, in all formats, are completely free for everyone and are brilliant on those long car journeys.

We have audiobooks on CD, cassettes, MP3 CDs and playaways  that you borrow from the library for £1.25 and you can borrow them for 4 weeks! And there are hundreds of titles to choose from.

If you, like us, tend to go through quite few audiobooks every month, then the annual audiobook membership is for you! It’s £20 for a year, and you can take out an unlimited number of audiobooks in a year, and a maximum of 5 audiobooks at a time.
Check out this link for more details, or nip into your local library for more information: https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/membershipschemes/audiobookmembership

Are you more of a magazine or newspaper kind of person? Then you might be interested in one of our other great audio service available from libraries in Hampshire; National Talking Newspapers and Magazines!
This service is available for anyone that struggle reading printed text and all that one need to do is bring a USB stick into a Hampshire Library and us which of the 90+ titles you would like to have and it will be added to the memory stick for you to enjoy at home. It’s another amazing free service offered in libraries.

We just love audiobooks, and we want to share it with you! Before we go, here are three great audiobooks that we have listened to and enjoyed:

The Holocaust, A New History by Laurence Rees

and read by Jonathan Keeble



We know, we know – a very heavy subject, but it’s written incredibly well and is read equally well. This has become one of the best audibooks we’ve read this year.
Written in a very clear, straight forward way, Laurence Rees tries to answer two fundamental questions in history – how, and why, did the Holocaust happen.

The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett and read by Richard Mitchley


We really enjoyed this short book by Terry Pratchett, the way everyday items is described from the point of view of small beings living in our world is not only interesting and funny but done very well too.

This children’s book is about small beings called carpet people, that lives in a carpet and their journey as the world, as they know it, starts to change.

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure and read by Mark Bramhall


We stumbled across this novel by chance while browsing Libby. While the cover was eye-catching and intriguing the blurb almost put us off, but we decided to give it a go – and boy are we glad we did! It’s sad yet heart-warming, captivating story that will leave you sat on the edge of your seat. With some true facts thrown in, this book transports you to the 1940’s

If you haven’t yet tried audiobooks why not let June be the month when you give it a go?