Listening to Audiobooks: A Thanksgiving Activity

Thanksgiving means marathon days of cooking and preparation and time spent with family and friends. Whether you’re planning a family dinner or a friendsgiving, you have hours of busy work ahead of you. And once the big meal is ready and eaten, there’s that delightful post-meal daze, where everyone rests together around the house. All of these moments are perfect ones in which listening to an audiobook can be a group activity.

Here are nine audiobooks about connecting with others that listeners of all ages will enjoy.

For families and friends with young listeners:

Circus Mirandus

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus. Fans of Peter Pan and Roald Dahl will fall in love with this story.
Listen to an excerpt Circus Mirandus

Greetings from Witness Protection!

Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals’ best bet to keep a family alive. The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. The bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.
Listen to an excerpt Greetings from Witness Protection

Snow & Rose

New York Times‒bestselling author-illustrator brings readers into the woods to meet two young sisters and a strange bit of magic in this reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.”
Listen to an excerpt Snow & Rose

For families and friends with teenage listeners:

Denton Little's Deathdate
Author: Lance Rubin
Read By: Lance Rubin

Get ready to die laughing: this is an outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.
Listen to an excerpt Denton Little’s Deathdate

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud-funny contemporary YA novel about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home. 
Listen to an excerpt I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

The Smell of Other People's Houses

In Alaska in 1970, being a teenager isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Four very different lives are about to become entangled. This unforgettable book is about people who try to save each other—and how sometimes, when they least expect it, they succeed.
Listen to an excerpt The Smell of Other People’s Houses

For families and friends with adult listeners:

Seven Days of Us

A family can’t escape their secrets when they’re forced to spend the Christmas holiday in quarantine. This is the perfect listen for your own holiday gatherings. 
Listen to an excerpt Seven Days of Us

Author: John Hodgman
Read By: John Hodgman

Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, John Hodgman shares a poignant and sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men in particular must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are.
Listen to an excerpt Vacationland

The Wildling Sisters
Author: Eve Chase
Read By: Clare Corbett and Emilia Fox

Four sisters. One summer. A lifetime of secrets. This audiobook is a gorgeous and breathtaking journey through the bonds that unite a family, and into the darkest secrets of the human heart.
Listen to an excerpt The Wildling Sisters