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Subject: Recommended audio CD's for the family
Date Posted: 11/13/2009 9:30 AM ET
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Hi everyone, I changed the subject title because I had misplaced my comment. 

Anyway, does anyone have any good audio CD's they would like to recommend to us?  I have tried a few kids' audio books, but was unimpressed with the quality of reading.   We have really enjoyed some of Focus on the Family's, such as Anne of Green Gables, Little Women and The Secret Garden.

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Date Posted: 11/13/2009 12:10 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/20/2009 1:30 AM ET
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We LOVE Focus on the Family's Radio Theater productions.  My library actually has some of them, which saves me a bit of money.  We also love listening to episodes of Adventures in Odyssey--which are 1/2 hour radio shows also produced by Focus on the Family.   (My library carries some of those, too.)

We also love the audio versions of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.  If you get the unabridged versions recorded by Brian Jacques in his Liverpool studio, they are recorded with multiple character voices, music, and sound effects and make very good listening.  Keep in mind that an unabridged Redwall book can be from 11 to 14 hours on tape or cd.  (We love them for long trips, though.)  Again--these can be expensive, so check your library.  These books include some tense battle scenes, so they should be reserved for older kids.  (Don't be fooled by the animals on the cover...)

I seem to recall really enjoying some of the Wayside School stories on cassette tape when my daughter was younger.  (That series is by Louis Sachar.)

Another direction to try is old-time radio comedy shows.  When my daughter was younger, we listened to Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, and Abbot & Costello.  You can download mp3 files of some of these programs for free here:  http://www.radiolovers.com/

Date Posted: 11/24/2009 7:04 PM ET
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Our famiy loves the Focus on the Family productions too.

If you're checking audiobooks out from the library, look for ones that are "Full Cast Audio."  Those have been great because there are different voices for each character.   Our favorite one is "By the Great Horn Spoon."  Funny, historical, and an adventure all rolled into one.

Subject: Listening Library Random House
Date Posted: 12/6/2009 12:28 PM ET
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has high quality audio books. I usually borrow these from the libary as the retail can be up to $75 per book and we usually only listen once. Which explains why I don't usually post them here for swapping--I don't own them! You can easily identify these on the covers of the audio books if in a library and looking at them in your hands. If you want to get some here on PBS browse titles on the publisher's website here--


Good luck and enjoy your audio book listening adventures!

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 3:48 PM ET
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We love the CDs by Jim Weiss-he has the classics plus some contemporary stories as well. My whole family enjoys listening to him! We love Greek Heroes, Greek Myths, Tom Sawyer, and Sherlock Holmes. We many others that we just have not gotten to yet.

Most libraries have some of these too.


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Date Posted: 12/11/2009 10:51 PM ET
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The Narnia series by Harper audio is incredible!  It is performed by great actors-it's a must!

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Jonathan Park series (Creation-based radio series)

Johnny Tremain (Revolutionary War)

Witch of Blackbird Pond

Adventures in Odyssey

Story of the World

Bud and Me (true story of a 5yo and 9yo that ride across USA on horseback by themselves)

Mike Anderson (Great story teller)

The Penderwicks

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