Yesterday, I offered some suggestions for audiobook gifts for romance lovers, thrill seekers, sports fans, politics lovers, and kids. Today I am offering suggestions for young children, teens, history buffs, and more.
You might have noticed that for teens, it’s all about vampires right now. If the teen on your list has not yet read the Twilight series, you might want to consider it for a gift. Teens not into vamps may enjoy Leviathan, the new novel by Scott Westerfeld and read by Alan Cumming.
This story of an alternate version of WWI takes two very different teens around the world on a whale airship. Westerfeld previously authored the Uglies series (read by Carine Montbertrand), another fantastic set of books for teens.
If you haven’t considered audio versions of kids’ books, this might change your mind. Some titles are now available with images that play on the screen of an iPod as the story is read. How cool is that?
Look for titles that have synchronized images at Audible.com. There are several titles available; including Harry Allard’s Miss Nelson is Missing (read by Cindy Haynes) and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (read by Peter Schickele).
You may have seen recent advertising for the movie, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” starring George Clooney. Would it surprise you to find that it is based on a true story written by Jon Ronson and read by Sean Mangan? Apparently, in 1979, a secret US Army unit performed experiments that dealt with the supernatural. I find this at turns alarming and humorous. Perhaps the history buff on your list will be intrigued as well.
We all know at least one person who loves to entertain. Make their holiday parties a little more fun with I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence written and read by Amy Sedaris. This hilarious “reference book” comes with PDF downloadable supplements with recipes. If you are looking for advice, recipes, and more than a little humor, this book delivers.
Aliens and More:
Do you have a science fiction fan to buy for? The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi is garnering tons of praise. The Windup Girl is not human, but an engineered being. Award winning author, Bacigalupi, takes readers on an interesting journey into a future where calories are currency and bioterrorism is a tool for corporate profits.
Hopefully, you will find the perfect holiday audiobook for each person on your list!