All of the "Ramona" books recorded by Stockard Channing
Age 7 through adult.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (13 volumes!)
I think these incredibly creative books are better listened to than read. Language is so important in these stories -- so hearing the words spoken is even better than reading them on the page. Maybe you need to have a dry sense of humor to really "get" these books, I don't know. My family thinks they are hysterical (and also sometimes kinda sad... but in a good way.)
Here are the titles with their original book publication dates. Most of the audio books are read by actor Tim Curry athough the author Daniel Handler (as Lemony Snicket) reads books 3 to 5.
- The Bad Beginning (1999)
- The Reptile Room (1999)
- The Wide Window (2000)
- The Miserable Mill (2000)
- The Austere Academy (2000)
- The Ersatz Elevator (2001)
- The Vile Village (2001)
- The Hostile Hospital (2001)
- The Carnivorous Carnival (2002)
- The Slippery Slope (2003)
- The Grim Grotto (2004)
- The Penultimate Peril (2005)
- The End (2006)
The Chronicles of Narnia -- Focus on the Family Radio Theatre
Ages 8 through adult.
It seems there are a lot of versions of this classic story out on CD. The one we've enjoyed is narrated by Barbara Caruso.
Age 10 through adult.
What are your family's favorites?