I do NOT love audiobooks. I love the IDEA of audiobooks, but personally, I don't really enjoy them nearly as much as reading the page. Maybe cause I'm a visual person, or maybe because I am (apparently) super picky about my readers/narrators.
I'm okay with most things just being narrated, but when it comes to dialogue, I am picky. Some readers make seriously unnatural inflection happen during conversation. I'm sure they've heard people talk before, right? Who talks like that?
Pet Peeve: When men (esp. British Men?) voice women and the only difference is DRAAWING out the words to make them sound whiney (whingey?). Really? Is that how you think all women talk? Uncool.
Anyway, we've discovered that the redhead really likes audiobooks. While his sibs flew through the Harry Potter series, he is working on listening to them. Audiobooks is what made him get into chapter books, actually. We listened to Winnie the Pooh ones when he was tiny, but it really started with the Magic Tree House series (read by the author!) that we got in Wendy's kids meals years ago. We collected a handful of them (Bravo Wendy's! Excellent prize, do it again!) and he went from listening them to reading them.
More recently, he LOVED (not kidding, LOVED) Stink & the Great Guinea Pig Express (read by Nancy Cartwright AKA Bart Simpson - she does a FABULOUS job!). We all loved this book and the Solar System Superhero one. The boys had already read some Stink and Judy Moody books, so it wasn't a jumping-off point, but still so fun.
During our study of the Civil War, I found the American Girl - Addy books on my library website. This reader was excellent as well. This was a cool find, because I could login to the website on my ipad while in the house/garage (wifi only), then plug it in to the van radio and listen while we drove. We did some of the Story of Us (great reader!) this way as well (yay for libraries!).
Most recently, the boys have been listening to the Spiderwick Chronicles (read by Mark Hamill AKA Luke Skywalker - the kids LOVED that little fact and he does a great job).
Now, on to ones I haven't liked.
Number 1 (kinda): The Story of the World. Darn it, we wanted to like this one, but after checking out the Modern History one last fall and trying it for all of 4 minutes... none of us could take it longer. We couldn't STAND that reader. None of us. BUT. Good news is that I decided to try again, and checked out the Ancient History one, we tried it today and the boys totally liked it. Weird. I found the reader less irritating this time as well. So I ordered it.
Number 2 (kinda): Harry Potter. Ok, I know this will be disagreed with, but I don't love this Jim Dale guy. He's just ok. Once again, his dialogue is weird, esp. with girl voices, but it's not horrible, and I can understand why people like him. The kids don't have a problem with him at all.
Number 3 (definitely!!!): Fablehaven. Whoa. This guy. NUTS. Has he ever had a conversation before? Because it does NOT sound like it. Crazy inflections. HOWEVER since the other sibs love the Fablehaven series, the redhead likes this enough to listen to it and 'catch up'. The second book isn't AS bad as the first so far... or we're getting desensitized.
I've been thinking of audiobooks a lot because the redhead will be in the car a bunch this year back and forth to physical therapy (and maybe OT as well). SO... audiobooks will be perfect. Also while he is a reader, he gets intimidated by the thick chapter books that his siblings devour and may have some cognitive/LD issues that we haven't quite found yet.
So I'm looking for more audiobooks!
I found a few we hadn't heard of on this post, so we will be checking those out.
What others should we look for?