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Audiobook Week on Out of the Box

We’re celebrating audiobooks all week long, with reviews of recommended audiobooks, discussion of what works (and what doesn’t) in audio adaptations, and even a sneak peek at the upcoming From Norvelt to Nowhere audiobook.

We kick things off today with reviews of audio adaptations of two heavily visual books. Elissa finds Listening Library’s take on Deborah Wiles’s Countdown “effective” and “convincing” despite the lack of the printed book’s many archival photos. Meanwhile, intern Jen suggests that an app version of Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano’s A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole might have been a better choice for adaptation than Listening Library’s less-than-stellar audiobook.

Stay tuned — there’s lots more to come! If you love audiobooks as much as we do, please feel free to share your favorites in the comments.


P.S. Did you know that The Horn Book Magazine reviews audiobooks in every other issue?

This post is part of Audiobook Week on Out of the Box. For more, click on the audiobooks tag.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. My daughter and I love audiobooks. I think my current favorite is The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex. Bahni Turpin is amazing.

    We also like Polly Horvath’s reading of her own (translated) work, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire!

  2. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Commenter Rachael Stein is being modest by not mentioning that she wrote an amazing piece for us about audiobooks:

  3. I love this series of all things audiobook! Even the headphone heart is awesome. Elissa, you might enjoy this look at the making of Countdown:

  4. I agree with Rachael, the audiobook for The True Meaning of Smekday is always on in the car whenever our family go for a long drive. A fun alien invasion story and Bahni Turpin’s narration makes this audiobook a great listening experience.

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