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In their Own Voice

Audiobooks narrated by their authors

When books are recorded as audiobooks, a voice actor is usually hired to bring it to life. Sometimes, though, the best person to narrate an audiobook is the author themselves. Most often this happens with memoirs but it can also happen in other genres as well. Here are some audiobooks across multiple genres narrated with particular skill by their authors.

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Many Voices

Audiobooks with a full cast of narrators

When books are recorded as audiobooks they generally only have one narrator, occasionally two if there are two main characters, but some books lend themselves well to having many more narrators giving voice to the book's characters. These full cast productions that often also include music and sound effects can provide a rich immersive listening experience. Here are a few that the library has available.

Sabriel cover in which a pale young woman with long black hair in black and blue fantasy clothes wields a bandolier of bells and a sword.

Of Gods and Magic

High Fantasy in YA

Good and evil. Dragons and magic. Whether the fantasy world involves wizards or werewolves, high fantasy always involves high stakes. The following are all YA high fantasy novels set in a variety of worlds and about all kinds of characters, some taken more seriously than others. 

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Fantasy by Female Authors (audiobooks)

Here's a short list of fantasy titles, all written by female authors. These audio books delve into fantasy worlds with unbelievable tests, heroism and clear references to aspects of the human experience.  Adult titles

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

What to read next

The A Court of Thorns and Roses series (often referred to by the online book community as ACOTAR) cu

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Teen Movie Review: Spirited Away

Elijah Butts, SYEP employee, shares his thoughts on one of the most popular Miyazai films

Review by Elijah Butts, 2020 MBSYEP Employee I've never been one for Disney movies and other animated movies aimed at kids that are often in theaters now. So deciding to watch Spirited Away, I was feeling pretty unenthusiastic but its glowing reviews and Studio Ghibli’s reputation pushed me to still watch it.

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Strong Appeal

Books I Put on Recent Recommendation Lists for Both my Mom and Sister

I like to think there are many perks to having a librarian in the family. My arts and crafts skills are impeccable, I can organize like nobody’s business, and, provided I know you well, I can produce book recommendations at the drop of a hat. That is why, for the last few years, I have gotten into the habit of creating recommended reading lists for my immediate family members for birthdays and other holidays. With Mother’s Day having recently passed, and my sister’s birthday coming up soon, I thought I’d share some of the books I recently recommended to both of them.

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Reign Like Victoria, Part 2

More strong teen queens who rule

I've enjoyed the historical drama series Victoria on PBS, telling the story of Queen Victoria's early years on the throne. To follow up on my previous list of young Queens coming to the throne in a fantasy kingdom or an alternate historical timeline, below are a selection of similar titles I've more recently enjoyed.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Current Favorite YA Fantasy Books!

Five binge worthy fantasy books!

I think that fantasy novels are a great way to distract yourself from stress, life, or whatever it is you would like to avoid. They also allow you to completely immerse yourself into a world that is different than your own. Allowing you to pretend to be a warrior, a witch, or even a demon. The five books discussed here are the first books in series. So, if you enjoy the series for the world-building, the characters, the action, the romance, or the drama, you can continue to read more books that each author has published in the worlds. 

The Golem and the Jinni

Jewish Speculative Fiction

There have been some high profile hot takes and rebuttals about whether Jewish themes in speculative fiction lend themselves to the Fantasy or Sci-fi genre.

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