15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of Readers

Are you a YA fan who wants to check out some audiobooks on Hoopla, Libby, Scribd or Audible that feels completely overwhelmed by HOW VAST THE SELECTION IS? Well, here’s fifteen young adult audiobooks you might want to give a shot from many different genres as they might fit the bill for what you are looking for.

Are you a YA fan who wants to check out some audiobooks on Hoopla, Libby, Scribd or Audible that feels completely overwhelmed by HOW VAST THE SELECTION IS? Well, here's fifteen young adult audiobooks you might want to give a shot from many different genres as they might fit the bill for what you are looking for.

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What Did I Think Of A Crown Of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi?

I think there’s something so evocative and lush about Chokshi’s writing. Her second book A Crown Of Wishes is a companion to The Star-Touched Queen. This book stars Gauri and Vikram – who are from neighboring kingdoms that aren’t exactly BFFs. It features one of my favorite tropes – where two enemies have to team up to get what they want. There’s a competition called the Tournament of Wishes. The winner gets a wish, right. So, Gauri is up for the tournament. Meanwhile, the relationship between the two goes from hate to love, but super slow. As you all know, I am a huge fan of the slow burns.

On the whole, Chokshi’s book is beautifully written. I think that it solidifies that I expect everything she writes to be amazing. Chokshi is brimming with talent. And man, can she write the heck out of a hate to love romance. If you have not yet read anything by Chokshi, change your life. She’s got like three YA books out and I think two MG? I don’t know. There’s a few to pick from though. Myself, I am eager to begin the copy of The Gilded Wolves I have at home (thanks library!).

How’s The Narration?

So, I borrowed this audiobook via Hoopla. However, I know a bunch of books disappeared off of Hoopla, so I actually cannot guarantee this one is still on there. Anyways, the audiobook of A Crown Of Wishes is narrated by Priya Ayyar. It is 13 hours and 46 minutes long. Of course I cannot abide listening at the normal 1X speed, so I did listen to this sped up. I liked Ayyar’s narration, she has a lovely voice. She never sounds overwrought or too slow or boring. I didn’t feel like my attention was all over the place with this audiobook. Eventually, I would like to re-read via physical book in the future though.

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What Did I Think Of Want by Cindy Pon?

Years ago, I read the short story anthology Diverse Energies, where one of the stories basically was the precursor to Pon’s Want. I am really glad she took that story and really expanded upon it to write Want. Like, it was set in such an interesting world. Basically it is kind of a dystopia. The air is hard to breathe. People all over are sick. The very rich own these suits that filter the air. The main character Jason Zhou infiltrates the wealthy society with hopes of making things more fair and equitable for everyone. Along the way, he ends up catching feelings for a girl. Turns out that girl is the daughter of the billionaire who basically invented the suits.

I am glad I read this book! It really does do a fantastic job to expand upon the storyline of Pon’s short story. I think the cast of characters is brilliant. One of my favorite tropes is when a group of people band together to overcome oppression. Jason has got some great friends and well, they do have a pretty solid plan. I can appreciate just how much work goes into their plan and rebellion I guess.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Want by Cindy Pon is narrated by Roger Yeh. It is only 9 hours and 9 minutes long. I think that it is a pretty thrilling audiobook. Yeh does a superb job narrating Jason’s story. It’s my first time listening to a book that Yeh has narrated but I am sure it won’t be the last. Overall, this is a good listen if you’re looking for a quick diverse speculative fiction audiobook.

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What Did I Think Of Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao?

Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao is based on an interesting concept. Basically it is a retelling of The Evil Queen. So like, it’s set in East Asia. There’s this very beautiful girl who is a peasant. Her name is Xifeng and while she comes from humble beginnings, she has a great destiny. She is destined to be empress. Only to get there, she has to give in to her internal darkness.

Talk about some inner conflict, yeah? But like, is it worth it? She has to eat literal hearts of dead people to have power. Anyways, this book is pretty decent. My attention did wander from time to time, but I’ll clarify why in talking about the narration. I do think the world building is exactly on point. Still, I wasn’t invested in the romance at all. I did like the ending though. Also, I probably won’t return to check out the sequel via audiobook.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns is narrated by Kim Mai Guest. It is 13 hours and 23 minutes long. I think Guest is a fine narrator. However, for this audiobook, her reading just felt SO SLOW. Even listening at 2x. I don’t know. It’s just a personal quirk. My attention kept wandering and it was kind of hard for me to be invested or really care. I think that if you don’t need books read in a speedy manner, you will like this audiobook much more than I did. If I do read the sequel, it will not be via audio.

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What Did I Think of Fatal Throne: The Wives Of Henry VIII Tell All by M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, and Deborah Hopkinson?

I feel like I have seen Fatal Throne: The Wives Of Henry VIII Tell All by MT Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park and Deborah Hopkinson get mixed reviews. From my perspective, I really enjoyed this book. There were things about it that made me uncomfortable. However, I also think that is kind of the point. Like, I should be incredibly uncomfortable reading about Kitty Howard and how she’s trying to use her body to please Henry VIII.

For me, this book was a unique experience. I liked that different authors took on the five queens whom Henry was married to, as well as Henry and his daughter Elizabeth. My favorite perspective was from Catherine of Aragon – because I just felt so much empathy for her with regards to her pain from miscarrying so many times. I also did like reading Anne Boleyn’s perspective as well. I barely cared about Henry.

If you’re looking for a deep dive into the lives of these queens, you won’t get it with this book. It is just too short to really explore EVERYTHING about the queens. However, if you want a quick overview of the juicy bits, you will hopefully walk away pleased. I do think that the audiobook format lends itself well to this story.

How’s The Narration?

Just as the book itself has multiple authors, the audiobook of Fatal Throne has multiple narrators. The audiobook is narrated by Jayne Entwistle, Justine Eyre, Fiona Hardingham, Elliot Hill, Elizabeth Knowelden, Ann Marie Lee, Katharine McEwan, and Heather Wilds. It is 12 hours and 24 minutes. I think that the multiple narrators factors into keeping from confusing the queens with each other. I didn’t really care much for Elliot Hill’s narration, but that is because he’s Henry and Henry is the WORST, so maybe that was a factor? Regardless, give the audiobook a chance – it really genuinely is well narrated and pretty stellar caliber.

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What Did I Think Of Frostblood by Elly Blake?

Frostblood by Elly Blake has such a gorgeous cover – which aside from the blurb is what really drew me to this book. You see, the blurb talks about how the reign of ice must end. As someone who is perpetually cold, that spoke to me in a kind of deep way. Anyways, this book is about and from the point of view of a seventeen year old girl named Ruby who is special. In a kingdom of people who use ice for their magic and to control, Ruby has magic that is heat and fire related. She has kept it secret though because obviously she would be persecuted if she let that secret out.

So, okay, her mom dies protecting her and that sets off this chain of events that will bring Ruby all the way to the king. Meanwhile, there’s a bit of romance. AND THE ENDING of this book was just perfect. I was really pleased by what I read and know that at this point I’ll be back for both of the sequels. Ruby’s a great main character. The world building is just the way that I like it. The writing moves along at a great clip. Frostblood is a fantastic read on the whole.

How’s The Narration?

Frostblood‘s audiobook is narrated by Jennifer English. It is 8 hours and 30 minutes long. I borrowed it via Libby which of course is always a great life choice. Anyways, I think English does a SUPERB job. Like, I am at zero complaints over here. It is at the point where I am looking forward to listening to the next book. If you’re into fantasy audiobooks, give this one a shot. It’s worth your Libby borrow or Audible credit.

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What Did I Think of Song Of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope?

So, okay,  I don’t necessarily think that Song Of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope truly would fall in the young adult audiobook category. HOWEVER, I do think that it does have some pretty massive crossover appeal, hence including it on this list of young adult audiobooks. Song Of Blood & Stone is the first of the Earthsinger Chronicles series. It’s a wildly interesting book about a girl named Jasminda who is an orphan.

She has this gift called earthsinging which helps her to determine if people are lying to her or not, among other things. Anyways, the tax man comes knocking and Jasminda gets drawn into this war. On the whole, this is a pretty superb audiobook and I find myself interested in what comes next. I thought that the magic in this book seemed cool. And yes, magic does have to seem cool for me to be interested. Jasminda is someone I care about and felt invested in as a reader. L. Penelope certainly has got talent.

How Is The Narration?

The audiobook of Song Of Blood & Stone is narrated by Allyson Johnson. It is 9 hours and 34 minutes long. For an adult book that works as a crossover, I feel like the audiobook is pretty short. I liked listening to this audiobook. Sometimes my attention wandered, I just have a lot on my mind. But when I was completely tuned in, it was very enjoyable. Johnson has a relaxing sounding voice. It is devoid of annoying tones. So, a good audiobook if you just need to relax and want some solid fantasy to listen to.

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What Did I Think Of Invictus by Ryan Graudin?

I was not really sure what to expect out of Invictus by Ryan Graudin. I went into the book pretty unaware. Like, I did not actually realize it was a time travel book when I started it. So, the book begins on this really action packed foot. Basically this woman is in Rome and there are gladiators. She’s about to go into labor. She ends up having a son, Faraway, only she has him outside of time basically. Then the book skips ahead and Far is a teenager who is about to try to become a certified time traveler.

Only his test goes wrong. He gets an offer from a shady sort to hijack artifacts. Far takes up the shady guy on his offer and has his best friends join the crew. When they go to the Titanic to grab something, there’s a person who should not be there. This person, Elliott, is the key to a bigger mystery. On the whole this book is rather intense. There’s so much action and it never really lets up. In addition, we also get to see a lot of romance. I found that pleasing. However, I am really coming to the realization that very few time travel books are my wheelhouse, and well, Invictus, was not 100% my wheelhouse.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Invictus by Ryan Graudin is narrated by Maxwell Hamilton. It is 13 hours and 46 minutes long. I’ll admit that at moments, I FELT the length of this audiobook. It feels long. I do think that Hamilton is a pretty appropriate narrator given how much of the book revolves around Far. I do wish the parts revolving around Priya and Elliot were narrated by women. Still, this is a decent audiobook with good production values. Time travel fanatics should be pleased at least. It’s a good bang for your buck too.

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What Did I Think Of Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd?

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd has an incredible cover and a pretty incredible concept. Set in Paris, it is about Anouk who is a Beastie. That means she was an animal but then she has been enchanted by a witch to be human. She wants more, she wants to explore the world beyond the confines of the Parisian world she shares with four other Beasties. She just may get her wish when the witch that she lives with is brutally murdered. I mean, she’s allowed to leave. Only the enchantment that keeps her human only has a couple days and then if she doesn’t get someone to re do the spell, she turns back into an animal.

Okay, so I really wanted to love this book. It is set in Paris, there’s magic, and an animal element. Plus kind of a multiple characters coming together to solve a mystery element. Only, I didn’t. I guess there’s a few things I found jarring. First of which being that there’s some modern technology here. I guess that’s my fault in that I was expecting like old world fantasy. Not modern day fantasy. I guess when I say old world, I mean like Moulin Rouge era Paris. Not 2019 era Paris.

So, every time there’s talk about cell phones and cars, I sort of felt jarred out of the story. That is my own personal quirk though, so if you read this book you won’t walk in with that expectation. Second of all, I did have trouble keeping track of all the characters. However, I could easily chalk that up to listening to the audiobook and not reading the physical book, so that is totally normal. I also didn’t really feel all that invested in Anouk, but again, that’s just a me thing, I think.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Grim Lovelies is narrated by Gabrielle Baker. It is 12 hours and 16 minutes long and produced by Tantor. It’s an okay audiobook. I’ve never listened to Baker before, but was not at all bothered by her narration. She’s got a pretty old world, classy kind of voice HENCE WHY I WAS JARRED by the modern technology. Again, this is totally a me quirk and not at all a reflection on the book. I think that I’d probably pursue more audiobooks narrated by Baker, however. On the whole, not a bad listen at all. I will, however, give the caveat that I listened to this at a very sped up rate because it was due in a matter of days and all these other library audiobook holds were coming in, so that 100% did impact my view of this book and audiobook.

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What Did I Think Of Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus?

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus is a fun follow up to One Of Us Is Lying. This book follows the dual narration of Ellery and Malcolm. Ellery is a girl who is new to Echo Ridge. She moved there with her brother after their mother is basically in rehab. Meanwhile, Malcolm is Echo Ridge born and raised. Previously there were some murders around the homecoming queen. Malcolm’s brother was under suspicion and so, his family lives under that cloud. Meanwhile, Ellery is obsessed with true crime but somehow gets nominated to homecoming court.

So, okay, putting on my adult hat, I found myself wondering why the town didn’t just cancel homecoming given the penchant the event has for murder. Granted, a character responds to that question that if they do, the killer wins. Which, lol, what? No, if you cancel, no one gets killed. So, if you have adult logic, parts of Two Can Keep A Secret may not work for you. Otherwise, yeah, it works for me when it comes to suspense. It’s not really gory. The pace is fast. The two main characters are interesting and people I was okay being invested in.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Two  Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus is narrated by Sophie Amoss and Kirby Heyborne. It is 10 hours and 6 minutes long. Honestly, Sophie’s voice reminded me a lot of Emma Galvin which is not something I would ever complain about. She has a wonderful style of narrating. Meanwhile, Heyborne is a narrator I have long been familiar with and I enjoyed his narration as well. This was 100% worth the borrow and I’d say is a good use of an Audible credit as well. If you’re an audiobook beginner, both of Karen McManus’s books are good listens and easy to follow.

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What Did I Think Of Beasts Made Of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi?

Beasts Made Of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi is actually a pretty intriguing audiobook based upon a fantastic premise. Basically it stars Taj who is an aki meaning he eats sins and gets paid for it. It is his goal to be able to support his family through this endeavor. It sounds easy enough right? Wrong. So, if you eat a sin, your skin becomes tattooed as a result and you have to live through the sin in your mind. It is a process that drives many to madness. Taj wants to help his family though and he’s young and thinks that he is invisible. Unfortunately, he is about to get caught up in some treachery involving the Royals and his land of Kos and the girl he loves.

Well, the world building in Beasts Made Of Night is excellent. I thought the concept of sin eating was very well done. It is magic with consequences — which is something I enjoy when reading fantasy books. I really felt a strong sense of place and magic while reading this book.

As for the romance, I’ll admit I was not very invested. I cared more about Taj and his family dynamic. And it did seem like it took awhile to get to the point with the royals, the princess, and the romance. But yeah, I am old and boring so maybe that is why I cared about the family more.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Beasts Made Of Night is narrated by Prentice Onayemi. It is nine hours and seventeen minutes long. It goes by quick though. I thought Onayemi really brings the story and Kos to life. The audiobook made Onyebuchi’s debut feel like a much more immersive experience. I especially liked the accent Onayemi added. It felt quite authentic. In all, if you’re going to read this story, go for the audiobook version.

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What Did I Think Of Impostors by Scott Westerfeld?

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld is basically a sci-fi/dystopian book set in the world of Uglies. Friends, I have only read the first book in that Uglies series. There’s a reference or two to Tally and maybe a few other references that just flew under my radar? Anyways, I felt mostly comfortable in this world, in that I wasn’t super confused about what was going on. I did not feel as though I needed that solid background of the previous series.

Impostors follows Frey who is a twin to Rafi. Frey basically can fight very well and Rafi is charming. Frey’s been raised as a body double to Rafi and to protect Rafi. The two are very close. Unfortunately, Frey ends up going in Rafi’s place to be part of a deal. No big deal though because everyone thinks Frey is Rafi.

EXCEPT that this guy, Col, who is the son of like the opposition is starting to figure things out and things are clicking into place for him. The story, FYI is kind of high octane. There’s so much action and I feel like if I give even a piece away that would be unfair to you. Overall, this book is enjoyable and I feel like I am going to be back for the sequel. Assuming there is a sequel, based on the ending that is what my guess would be.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Impostors is narrated by Therese Plummer. If you’ve listened to Plummer before, you know what to expect. She has a wonderful voice for narrating and just really nails the characters and story. The audiobook is 8 hours and 40 minutes long. It is still currently available via Hoopla, but who knows how long that will last. So, I’d say give the audiobook a shot if you can because it is a fairly compelling action packed listen.

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What Did I Think Of Lovely War by Julie Berry?

Lovely War by Julie Berry is a gorgeous book. I think that at this point it is going to be one of my top books of 2019. It is so beautifully written and also quite unique. I am just obsessed with this book. You can’t help but FALL for it, and fall hard. Maybe that is Aphrodite at work? Regardless, I am just here today to push, push, push this book at you — if you’re similar in taste to me at all.

Lovely War is set in 1917 in Europe during The Great War, World War I. The story is framed by a trial conducted by Greek gods. You see, Aphrodite has been caught in a hotel room with Ares by her husband Hephaestus. So, Aphrodite stands trial and begins to tell a story of love set against the machines of war. Aphrodite’s story is the story of Hazel and James – a young pianist and an architect from England who meet at a dance just before James goes to the front.

Intersecting with the story of Hazel and James is that of Colette and Aubrey. Aubrey is a musician who has played in places of renown. He’s also a member of an all Black regiment, the famed Harlem Hellfighters (fyi that history is fascinating). Colette is Belgian and well, has been through a lot thanks to the Germans. She’s a singer. Her connection with Aubrey is just spectacular. And so, this book follows love and war and I can’t say more except that IT IS PERFECT.

How’s The Narration?

Honestly, I think that the audiobook of Lovely War is a masterpiece. It is SO well narrated. Normally when there’s several narrators, there ends up being one person where I am like, ugh I don’t like you, let’s get on to the next person. In this case, I just thoroughly enjoyed my time with every narrator. The audiobook of Lovely War is narrated by a full cast including Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, John Lee, Dion Graham, Nathaniel Parker, Steve West and Julie Berry. It also has original music which ADDS to the story not detracts. I think that anyone who is new to audiobooks should try this one because it is flawless. I just have nothing but positive things to say. Listen to it now. Or if you’ve already read Lovely War, reread by listening to the audiobook.

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What Did I Think Of The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks?

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks is a book that I listened to FOREVER AGO. Like, back when Hoopla still had the good Harper Teen audiobooks (pour one out for no longer having that subscription plan at my library). Anyways, I feel like The Lifeboat Clique made enough of an impression that I want to review it today and talk about this wonderfully weird audiobook.

Many moons ago, I read Life Of Pi, because there was a period of my life when I was pretentious and wanted to read all the books that were recognized for being super deep. Anyways, I liked Life Of Pi, and found myself looking forward to The Lifeboat Clique because it was described as being Life of Pi meets Mean Girls. I am HERE for that.

So, Kathy Parks’ The Lifeboat Clique follows this girl named Denver who has horrendous luck. You see, she goes to this beach house party even though her former best friend turned worst enemy Abigail was going to be there, because she wants to meet up with a boy named Croix. Unfortunately the party gets hit by a tsunami and almost everyone dies except Denver and a few other popular kids who go to the roof. They all escape in a lifeboat. Soon though, some more people die. Denver and the other teens she ends up with are adrift and running low on food and supplies. Also, Abigail is on the same boat and she just may end up killing Denver.

This was such a strange, weird, compelling book. I liked it though. I am a reader who is ALWAYS down for drama and cliques. Plus there’s the survivalist element. It has been awhile so I can’t really tell you all the juicy details. Just know I liked it for how weird and different and unique it was. I think readers will go either way with this book.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of The Lifeboat Clique is narrated by Allyson Ryan. It is 7 hours and 20 minutes unabridged. This is the kind of audiobook you could listen to very quickly. Ryan does a pretty decent job with her narration, nothing really stuck out as annoying or a dealbreaker to me. I’d recommend if you have the ability to be able to pay attention, to listen to this audiobook. If you think you’re going to tune in and out, maybe read the physical book instead.

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What Did I Think Of Geek Girl by Holly Smale?

Do you remember that movie from the 1990s/early 2000s called Model Behavior? Justin Timberlake was in it? Anyways, I got some pretty serious Model Behavior vibes from Geek Girl by Holly Smale even though the premise is totally different. The only thing in common is a teenage girl who becomes a model. So, Geek Girl follows Harriet Manners who is a total nerd. She just doesn’t fit right. One day, though, her life changes because she’s spotted by a top agent and offered a chance to be a model. So, Harriet jumps at it and learns to just change herself. Meanwhile, she’s dealing with some friend drama, and some school bully drama.

Okay, so this was such a fun, light sort of read. I did end up actually listening to the next book in the series because it was just such a fun sort of read. Is it a life changer? Absolutely not. But, it gave me enjoyment the whole time I spent with it. I thought Harriet was easy to relate to because she’s vulnerable and socially awkward and oh, boy, have I been there in that socially awkward position. I think too, that as discussion take place about YA and who the audience is, this book kind of fits. It is aimed at the younger YA crowd for sure. I think they would be able to relate to the characteristics Harriet has.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Geek Girl is narrated by Katey Sobey. Sobey is completely new to me. It is 8 hours and 3 minutes long. Given that this is a UK YA book, Sobey narrated with a British accent. I think that can be a little bit hard to understand so this might not be the best book to listen to at 2x speed. It is a good book to listen to that won’t ask a whole lot out of the listener and is compelling. I think I’d recommend it if you want an audiobook to bring you back to those awkward days of early teenhood.

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What Did I Think Of Solitaire by Alice Oseman?

It has been nearly a year since I borrowed the audiobook of Solitaire by Alice Oseman from Hoopla and listened to it. Apparently it did not really make a huge enough impression for me to immediately review and talk about it. Not even to talk about it for almost a whole year. Objectively though, I can say that there’s a lot of appeal to Solitaire and I think it has an audience for sure. I just am not entirely a part of that audience.

So, Solitaire is about this girl named Tori Spring who is super introverted. She’s into sleeping and blogging. That’s about it. Apparently a couple things happened pertaining to her brother Charlie who is going through some serious stuff. This causes Tori to really retreat from her friend group and just isolate herself. Intersecting with this is that at the same time there’s a group of people called Solitaire who are doing pranks at Tori’s school. The pranks are escalating in seriousness. Tori really doesn’t care until this guy Michael Holden kind of convinces her to care (after a lot of trying).

On the whole, I think that for me that plot wasn’t quite what I had expected — at least pace-wise. I do think that this is a very introspective sort of book. It will probably resonate with people who are very introverted and have had close family or friends go through something. It can be hard to witness that and some people deal by numbing or disengaging which if I remember correctly is kind of how Tori deals with all the Charlie stuff.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Solitaire is narrated by Jayne Entwistle. Jayne is quite talented for sure. I mean she does the voice of Tori so well and so sort of subdued and holding back. It feels so authentic. The audiobook is nine hours and fifteen minutes long. It’s not a terrible listen. I think people who are in the thick of adolescence will relate to this more than those of us who are not.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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