The Ten Best Children's Audio Books
Keep kids occupied throughout the summer holidays with our choice of children's audio books
Tuesday 01 July 2008
Meltdown - Robert Rigby/Andy McNab
Deadly drugs, gangland hideouts and criminal masterminds may not sound suitable for children, but this is an updated Boy's Own adventure that younger teens - and dads - will love.
Narrated by Daniel Weyman; £14.99
Tunnels - Roderick Gordon/Brian Williams
A thrilling romp through a world of tunnels that snake beneath London. When Will Burrows' father vanishes, he heads underground to find him but discovers more than he bargained for.
Narrated by Jack Davenport; £9.99
Best of Paddington - Michael Bond
Here's a double-whammy of national treasures: Stephen Fry reading the adventures of Britain's favourite bear. Fifty this year, Paddington is still going strong - as these stories prove.
Narrated by Stephen Fry; £19.99
Tamar - Mal Peet
Set in Holland in the Second World War, this Carnegie Medal-winner explores how two young soldiers' actions affect their families' futures.
Narrated by Anton Lesser and Anna Maxwell Martin; £24.99
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean - Lauren Child
Unlike the best-selling Clarice Bean picture books, this CD is based on a novel-length story, so there's plenty of action - and giggles - in this addictive listen aimed at those over six.
Narrated by Claire Skinner; £9.99
A Giant Slice of Horrid Henry - Francesca Simon
Packed with 12 stories detailing the atrocious antics of the world's naughtiest boy, this CD should keep any little horrors of your acquaintance quiet during long car journeys.
Narrated by Miranda Richardson; £14.99
Akimbo... - Alexander McCall Smith
From the creator of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, this story is aimed at the over-fours, but will delight elephant-lovers of all ages. At its heart is a message of conservation.
Narrated by Paterson Joseph; £5.99
The Worst Witch to the Rescue - Jill Murphy
Anyone who has ever felt clumsy or out of place will warm to the wonderful - if unlucky - Mildred Hubble, whose days at Miss Cackle's Academy are marked by regular doses of chaos.
Narrated by Barbara Flynn; £9.99
Anne of Green Gables - L M Montgomery
This is the perfect way for little listeners to become acquainted with Anne, the red-headed whirlwind who shakes up Avonlea. Also a great listen for nostalgic mothers.
BBC Radio 4 full cast; £9.99
Prince Caspian - C S Lewis
If your offspring enjoyed the film version of this tale, try slipping this into the CD player. If it's a winner, go for broke with adaptations of the previous three Narnia books.
Narrated by Lynn Redgrave; £14.99
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Does the path to true love really lie in these 36 questions?
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Presidential optical illusion offers clues to how brain processes faces
- 5 Roald Dahl letter warning student to 'eschew beastly adjectives' rediscovered after 35 years