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Normal People author Sally Rooney's Two Stories is one of Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall's recommended audiobooks




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes for the Indie about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. Audiobooks help children to develop their listening skills and concentration whilst firing their imaginations with music and sound effects to make the stories even more magical.

If you are planning a staycation this year I can assure you, from personal experience, they make long car journeys that bit less stressful!

Here are some of the best audiobooks to listen to this week...

Babies and toddlers

Favourite Stories by Campbell Books, read by Floella Benjamin

Favourite Stories by Campbell Books, read by Floella Benjamin (38528987)
Favourite Stories by Campbell Books, read by Floella Benjamin (38528987)

This delightful collection of 10 fairy tales is read by Playschool presenter Floella Benjamin and features added sound effects and music for extra fun.

All your favourite stories are here, from The Princess and the Pea to Snow White.

This collection is perfect for keeping younger children entertained in the car or at home.

Ages 5-8

The Complete Mr Gum by Andy Stanton, read by Andy Stanton

Shabba me whiskers! It's a bumper box set of stories featuring that old rotter Mr Gum!

And not just him - there's also his trusty sidekick Billy William the Third, the little girl called Polly, the very wise man Friday O'Leary, the gingerbread man named Alan Taylor and the angry fairy who lives in Mr Gum's bathtub.

The Complete Mr Gum by Andy Stanton, read by Andy Stanton (38528984)
The Complete Mr Gum by Andy Stanton, read by Andy Stanton (38528984)

So step into the weird and wonderful world of Lamonic Bibber for some barking bonkers adventures!

Ages 9-12

Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell Boyce, read by Ben Bailey Smith

This funny, heart-warming adventure from award-winning children's author Frank Cottrell Boyce is about two best friends helping to put each other back together.

Alfie finds a lot more than he bargained for when he visits airport lost property – in the form of a giant robot called Eric!

Eric is sure he's the latest technology when he's actually about to be consigned to the scrapheap. Can Alfie find a way to save Eric?

Kids certainly won't be arguing over what to listen to with this sweet, funny audiobook on hand.

Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell Boyce, read by Ben Bailey Smith (38528981)
Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell Boyce, read by Ben Bailey Smith (38528981)

Tweens

La Belle Sauvage; The Book of Dust Vol 1 by Philip Pullman, read by Michael Sheen

The long-awaited follow-up to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy features the protagonist of those books, Lyra Belacqua, but much earlier in life.

The action of the first part of this new trilogy The Book of Dust follows Malcolm Polstead, an 11-year-old living on the outskirts of Oxford, as he's swept away in a flood of biblical proportions while trying to protect the infant Lyra from mysterious assailants.

The audiobook is read by Michael Sheen, who brings his customary energy to this book.

La Belle Sauvage; The Book of Dust Vol 1 by Philip Pullman, read by Michael Sheen (38528977)
La Belle Sauvage; The Book of Dust Vol 1 by Philip Pullman, read by Michael Sheen (38528977)

Teens

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell

Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during the Second World War: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends.

But then a vital mission goes wrong and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war…

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (38528975)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (38528975)

Adults (for when the little ones finally doze off)

Two Stories by Sally Rooney, read by Aoife McMahon and Sam O'Mahony

If you mainlined Normal People and then devoured Sally Rooney's back catalogue of novels, this audiobook is for you.

These two stories are about the uncertainties of attraction.

Mr Salary is Nathan. Sukie moved in with him years ago because her mother was dead and her father was difficult, and she had nowhere else to go. Now they are on the brink of the inevitable.

"My love for him felt so total and so annihilating that it was often impossible for me to see him clearly at all."

In Colour and Light, Aidan and Pauline watch a firework display together. They are almost strangers. But their stumbling connection pains Aidan more than any casual flirtation.

"He now feels utterly confused as to why they seem to be arguing, confused to the point of abrupt despair."

Two Stories by Sally Rooney, read by Aoife McMahon and Sam O'Mahony (38528972)
Two Stories by Sally Rooney, read by Aoife McMahon and Sam O'Mahony (38528972)

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