Category Archives: audiobooks

Family-friendly audiobooks!

Going on a road trip? Or just looking for a great book the whole family will enjoy? We’ve got you covered!


  • Adventures in Odyssey – An adventurous Christian drama read by a full cast!
  • The Boxcar Children– The classic tale of four orphaned brothers and sisters.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – various readers; Patrick Stewart reads The Last Battle
  • Fablehaven – A fun fantasy series for fans of Harry Potter
  • The False Prince– An action-packed story about an orphan who is chosen to be a “false prince.”
  • Guardians of Ga’Hoole– Fantasy fiction with owls!
  • Hank the Cowdog –  A rollicking good time that’s guaranteed to have the whole family laughing! Read by the author, John R. Erickson
  • The Hardy Boys – The classic boy detectives solve crimes.
  • Harry Potter – The fantastical tale is read by the illustrious Jim Dale.
  • Infinity Ring – An adventurous series similar to The 39 Clues
  • Lamplighter (publisher) – Various Christian-themed stories read by a full cast
  • Nancy Drew – Everyone’s favorite sleuth solves mysteries.
  • Percy Jackson – The popular fantasy series comes alive in the audiobooks.
  • Peter Pan – The timeless story read by Jim Dale.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events – This strange and wonderful series will be a hit with the whole family. Read by Tim Curry
  • Seven Wonders – A sci-fi story about an ordinary boy with extraordinary problems.
  • The 39 Clues – A brother and sister team up to solve a mystery using 39 clues.
  • Wildwood – A magical story about a girl who searches for her brother who was kidnapped by crows.




2012 Odyssey Audiobook Award!

The Odyssey Award is given each year to “producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.”


This year’s winner is Rotters by Daniel Kraus, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House. The production is narrated by Kirby Heybourne. From the publisher:

“Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.”


Honorable mention was given to the following audiobook productions:


Ghetto Cowboy, written by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson and produced by Brilliance Audio.


Okay for Now, written by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House.


The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham and produced by Scholastic Inc.


Young Fredle, written by Cynthia Voigt, narrated by Wendy Carter and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House.

New juvenile audiobook & eBook downloads!

Have you used KY Unbound yet? With your library card number, you can download audio & eBooks for free! Click here for a refresher.


Now, check out this list of new audiobook downloads for kids and young adults:

Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell – mp3 audiobook

Further Chronicles of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, Avonlea series, book 2) by L.M. Montgomery – mp3 audiobook

Magic Tree House, books 30-32 by Mary Pope Osborne – WMA audiobook

Magic Tree House, books 33-35 by Mary Pope Osborne – WMA audiobook

Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume – WMA audiobook

The Burning (Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, book 6) by Kathryn Lasky – mp3 audiobook

When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne – mp3 audiobook

The Close Shave (Thomas and Friends) by Rev. W. Awdry – eBook

Faerie Wars (Faeries Wars series, book 1) by Herbie Brennan – eBook

Curious George Flies a Kite by H.A. Rey –  eBook

Divergent (Divergent series, book 1) by Veronica Roth – WMA audiobook

Angel Burn (Angel trilogy, book 1) by L.A. (Lee) Weatherly – eBook

The Dark City (Relic Master series, book 1) by Catherine Fisher – eBook

Bedtime Bunnies by Wendy Watson – eBook

The Best Time of Day by Eileen Spinelli – eBook

KY Unbound – free downloads!

Have you heard of KY Unbound? It is an electronic database that is available to you for free as a McCracken County Library cardholder. Downloads include music, audiobooks, e-books, and movies.

To download these items you will need the following:

  • a current MCPL card
  • Internet access*
  • a computer or device (such as a smartphone or mp3 player) that meets the system requirements for the particular file
  • and the KY Unbound free software that you must download to your device.

*If you do not have Internet access at home, we offer 2 download stations available on the 1st floor and 2nd floor of the library.

  • Click here to view the current list of compatible electronic devices.
  • Click here to download the software.
  • Click here to view the borrowing policies, such as how many items you can check out at a time and how long you can keep them.

You may also submit a request online here or in-person if you would like to see more of these downloads available at the McCracken County Public Library.

KY Unbound is great not only for those looking for more audio and electronic resources, but also for certain items that may not be available in another format. An example is the popular YA series The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith which is not currently available in a physical audiobook format for the library to purchase; it is only available to download and KY Unbound has it!

If you have more questions concerning the downloadable media available, please feel free to ask us on your next trip to the library or give us a call at 270-442.2510 at extensions 122, 140 or 150.