Mike Becvar
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October 16, 2012

Books on CD

Filed under: entertainment, Life in General — Mike @ 8:02 am

I got my first book on CD several years ago to help keep me entertained on a car trip from Washington, DC to Chicago. At the time, I hadn’t read a book in years and didn’t really know what type of book I might like. I had enjoyed the first Harry Potter movie and knew a lot of people were reading the books, so that is where I started. For a year or two, I only listened to books on CD when I went on long car trips. I am not exactly sure when or how that changed. I know that I sometimes had a few hours of a book left after the trip or a new book that I couldn’t wait to listen to. Eventually, I learned that books on CD could keep me entertained on my daily commute to and from work and even on shorter trips to the store.

Now, it seems that I will listen to the books on CD almost every time I drive my car. It has been hard to constantly find new titles. I try to stick to books that are at least 5 hours long with a few being more than 20 hours long. Since my daily commute takes a little less than an hour in the morning and more than an hour in the afternoon, I can go through 8-12 hours per week. I will often listen to several books in the same series or by the same author back to back. It really helps me become attached to their characters. When a new book in the series comes out, I will sometimes go back to the prior books to review the story but otherwise, I mainly listen to each book only once.

Initially, I purchased all of the books on CD. But, I had found one series, Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk, by Angie Sage where I couldn’t find the remaining books online for a reasonable price. I was hired to do balloons at one of the local libraries and since I was there a little early, I wandered their shelves. I was amazed by how many books on CD they had in their collection and happened to find they had the full Septimus Heap series available on CD (or at least all of the books that had been published at that time). I didn’t have a library card, but decided I needed one. After that time, I started getting more and more books from the library.

Most of the books I have listened to fall in the Young Adult or Juvenile Fiction category. Most involve fantasy worlds, magic, dragons, or other such themes. I have mixed in a few classics (like Dickens). After struggling to find a new series to start, I decided I needed to make a list of books and authors to use as a starting point. Here is my current list of books (in no particular order)

Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk, by Angie Sage
Septimus Heap, Book Two: Flyte, by Angie Sage
Septimus Heap, Book Three: Physik, by Angie Sage
Septimus Heap, Book Four: Queste, by Angie Sage
Septimus Heap, Book Five: Syren, by Angie Sage
Septimus Heap, Book Six: Darke, by Angie Sage

Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
Inkspell , by Cornelia Funke
The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke
Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke

The Navigator, by Eoin McNamee
The Navigator: City of Time, by Eoin McNamee
The Navigator: The Frost Child, by Eoin McNamee

Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper, by Michael Reisman
Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect, by Michael Reisman

Bartimaeus Sequence: The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud
Bartimaeus Sequence: The Golem’s Eye, by Jonathan Stroud
Bartimaeus Sequence: Ptolemy’s Gate, by Jonathan Stroud
Bartimaeus Sequence: The Ring of Solomon, by Jonathan Stroud
The Last Siege, by Jonathan Stroud
Heroes of the Valley, by Jonathan Stroud

The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas
The Magic Thief: Lost, by Sarah Prineas
The Magic Thief: Found, by Sarah Prineas

Dragons of the dwarven depths, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan
The Titan’s Curse, by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan
The Throne of Fire, by Rick Riordan
The Serpent’s Shadow, by Rick Riordan

Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison, by Brandon Mull

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes, by Brandon Mull
Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion, by Brandon Mull

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire
Son of a Witch, by Gregory Maguire

The Magicians, by Lev Grossman

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
Eldest, by Christopher Paolini
Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini
Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini

Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, by Obert Skye
Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret, by Obert Skye
Leven Thumps and the Eyes of The Want, by Obert Skye

Tiger, by Jeff Stone
Monkey, by Jeff Stone
Snake, by Jeff Stone
Crane, by Jeff Stone
Eagle, by Jeff Stone
Mouse, by Jeff Stone
Dragon, by Jeff Stone

DragonFire (DragonKeeper Chronicles), by Donita K. Paul
DragonKnight (DragonKeeper Chronicles), by Donita K. Paul
DragonSpell (DragonKeeper Chronicles), by Donita K. Paul
DragonQuest (DragonKeeper Chronicles), by Donita K. Paul
DragonLight (DragonKeeper Chronicles), by Donita K. Paul

The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber

The Warrior Heir, by Cinda Williams Chima
The Wizard Heir, by Cinda Williams Chima
The Dragon Heir, by Cinda Williams Chima

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling

Beyond the Deepwoods, by Paul Stewart
Stormchaser, by Paul Stewart
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, by Paul Stewart

Here, There Be Dragons, by James A Owen
Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
Half Moon Investigations, by Eoin Colfer

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