Best audiobook for 8yr old boy

(27 Posts)
lookout Sat 27-Oct-12 15:45:35

He loves reading Roald Dahl, have bought him some Mr Gum to read, but would like to get him an audiobook too. Any recommendations?

Silverlace Sat 27-Oct-12 20:41:38

Cressida Cowell's How To Train Your Dragon series is excellent. We all love them, so funny and brilliant stories. They are narrated by David Tennant and he does it very well.

MrsShrek3 Sat 27-Oct-12 20:51:26

Ds2 who's 9 (just) has in the past few months listened to hitchikers guide to the galaxy / mostly harmless/ restaurant at the end of the universe etc. as audiobooks (-actually on cd then put on his Mp3) He's also read all the Cressida Cowell books (yes, all) grin and we're trying to decide what audiobooks next too!!

HoneyDragon Sat 27-Oct-12 20:55:41

Skullduggary Pleasant Series

Percy Jackson series

Terry Prathett Johnny books

Indian in the Cupboard

And if you can remortgage, the Harry Potter series

MrsShrek3 Sat 27-Oct-12 21:05:29

Ahh forgot - Terry Pratchett can be downloaded for free wink

Shoshe Sat 27-Oct-12 21:10:03

I just bought a disc from eBay by e Nesbit with lots on. They are in data so would need to be converted if burned to disc . I put them on my iPhone and the kids listen in the car. We are currently listening to 5 children and it

lookout Sun 28-Oct-12 07:42:00

Thanks for all the suggestions!

I looked at Skullduggery - not too scary? He's quite sensitive smile

I want to read him HP before he listens

Will look into the Terry Pratchett and How to Train your Dragon (he loved the film).

Takver Sun 28-Oct-12 13:47:36

I order them from our library (free to order from anywhere in the county) & it costs 50p for 3 weeks - much cheaper than buying them even if you don't finish in 3 weeks & need to renew them!

lookout Sun 28-Oct-12 15:14:24

You have to pay £1 for all reservations in our county, but even so, agree it would be cheaper! This is for a Christmas present though smile

Takver Mon 29-Oct-12 11:38:39

Remembered another good audio book - Lionboy by Zizou Corder. Its an adventure type story with a boy who can talk to cats (and lions!).

OddBoots Mon 29-Oct-12 11:46:00

We love the David Walliams ones - they are very Dahl in format.

lookout Mon 29-Oct-12 14:46:25

I've had a look at the David Walliams ones too, not sure of the content though...

maillotjaune Tue 30-Oct-12 22:21:06

What worries you about the content of Walliams? DS1 has read them aged 8 and 9 and although he only read about 50% to me, I thought they were just a more modern version of Dahl rather than anything to worry about.

I love the fact there is a boy wearing dresses, a "tramp" who turns out to be anything bit, terribly snobby politicians - and DS doesn't (yet) view these things as anything other than a cracking story.

maillotjaune Tue 30-Oct-12 22:22:24

Oh, and if you read His Dark Materials the audiobooks are great - joined Audible on trial offer just to get them for £3.99 each.

iseenodust Wed 31-Oct-12 13:22:40

CIA - Cows in action series

lookout Wed 31-Oct-12 19:41:22

I had heard there were references to porn mags which I might have difficulty in explaining if asked grin. Otherwise, I'm intrigued, I have to say. I have decided to go for the How to Train Your Dragon for now, thanks for the ideas all, they are stored on the Amazon wishlist!

Choufleur Wed 31-Oct-12 19:42:49

There is more than one Mr Gum book - Ds loves them and the audiobooks make long journeys so much better.

lookout Thu 01-Nov-12 14:02:42

Ds1 read the first one at school, we've got him the second one for Christmas. Will be a useful series I think!

neolara Mon 05-Nov-12 23:24:09

I know you have bought some Mr Gum books but they are worth getting on audio cd as well. They are one of the few books that can be listened to again and again and again. There are so many gags and intricate wordplay - it's like listening to a very clever stand up routine. The book people are selling the first 3 Mr Gum books as cds for £5 [http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100&productId=304192&searchTerm=audio+book+mr+gum here].

neolara Mon 05-Nov-12 23:25:23

Hmm. Let's try that Mr Gum link again

here

lookout Wed 07-Nov-12 14:34:15

Thanks neolara, have had a look. Am very tempted, I must say, even though we've got him all his presents for Christmas!

charlesvald Wed 07-Nov-12 20:14:31

I don't know what borough you are in, but in ours (Barnet) you can rent for free digital audiobook downloads of children's books from the library and its a very large selection.

Google your local library and search for digital download. Why it's in some boroughs and not others I do not know, and why they offer this services I do not know either smile but I shouldn't complain.

lookout Thu 08-Nov-12 13:05:18

You can in my area, but not to a kindle, which is what I have sad

WE have the Mr Gum set packed away for Christmas. I would also recommend The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle. Very funny!

lookout Fri 09-Nov-12 22:18:14

Well, I got the Mr Gum set and How to train Your Dragon in the end. Thanks for all the suggestions, really appreciate your help smile

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