Family favourites for the festive season

20th December 2017

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L Frank Baum 

You’re no longer stuck in gridlock on the way to Grandma’s, you’re skipping down the yellow brick road with Dorothy and co. Drown out the honking horns and placate the squabblers in the back seat as Patty Gibbons’ glorious storytelling brings to life the array of quirky and memorable characters in one of the world’s best-loved modern fairy tales. There’s no place like home, especially at Christmas time, and this wonderful audiobook will bring the whole family together. 

The Secret Garden

2. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Do you remember the first time you discovered The Secret Garden? Relive the magic with our unforgettable audio edition, and experience the story like never before. Pearl Hewitt’s award-nominated narration breathes new energy into this family favourite, which, despite first being published over a century ago, still captures the hearts and imaginations of even the most scrupulous and savvy of modern listeners. A true feel-good classic, which brings out the child in all of us, it makes the perfect festive listen for the entire family. 

Dangerous Skies cover

3. Dangerous Skies – Brian James 

If you can’t take another Boxing Day rerun of The Great Escape, switch on Dangerous Skies. Based on the author’s own experiences, Dangerous Skies is the gripping tale of one boy’s life during the Second World War. Described as an ‘antidote to nostalgia’, this is the perfect listen for kids (and their parents) who love adventure, drama, and gritty realism. Liam Gerrard’s evocative voice transports you to the Blitz-torn streets of London, where you’ll meet characters who show how war brings out best and worst in people. A sure-fire modern classic, this heart-warming story will give your family plenty to discuss as you learn a bit more about life in one of the most dangerous times in history. 

 

Our audiobooks are available from www.essentialaudiobooks.com as well as on Audible.

Written by Bryony Robertson

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