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Post by ChrisG » May 1st, 2019, 3:53 pm

I have a close friend who wants to learn English better, and audio books as we know can be a big help.
I looked for teenage books but didn't find any, can anyone suggest some for her to listen to?

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Post by KevinS » May 1st, 2019, 4:28 pm

That's a surprisingly hard question to answer.

I'm not sure that works published before 1924---the greatest bulk of LibriVox's library---were written for what we would call today a teenager's interest.

There are things like https://librivox.org/the-red-badge-of-courage-by-stephen-crane/. That might be good for someone interested in the American Civil War.

If you want your friend to simply listen, without a text, there are many, many recordings of Old Time Radio available on the Net. These can be quite fun. I would look at the BBC, too, as they run some great stories from their Web site.

I bet someone more knowledgeable than I will chime in with suggestions!
E agora, José?

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Post by annise » May 1st, 2019, 5:44 pm


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Post by KevinS » May 1st, 2019, 6:11 pm

annise wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 5:44 pm
I listen to some of the teenage series we have like https://librivox.org/author/10769?primary_key=10769&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results
That's a GREAT suggestion!
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Post by moniaqua » May 1st, 2019, 9:57 pm

It is listed as childrens book, but I think I read the "Anne of ..." series from Lucy Maud Montgomery when I was a teenager. Maybe there are other books, too?
https://librivox.org/author/75?primary_key=75&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

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Post by ChrisG » May 1st, 2019, 10:23 pm

Thank you for your suggestions, I will pass these on and give more feedback later.

A good way to learn also, is reading books or sections of books, and recording them.

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Post by annise » May 1st, 2019, 10:57 pm

We don't actually have a "teen fiction" section, it's included in the children genre but the series books published by syndicates I'd describe as easier English than "Anne" - they were more a type of pulp fiction - the Anne books are literature. So if people find the syndicate stuff too easy, they could move up to them.

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Post by mightyfelix » May 2nd, 2019, 9:49 pm

annise wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 5:44 pm
I listen to some of the teenage series we have like https://librivox.org/author/10769?primary_key=10769&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results
I never knew Carolyn Keene was a pen name! :shock: I've never heard of these books, but Nancy Drew was my idol when I was young! I'll need to check some of these out.

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Post by lurcherlover » May 2nd, 2019, 11:28 pm

I have recorded four books of adventure stories (Biff Brewster series) which are aimed at teenagers as well as adults. You can look under my username (lurcherlover). One is called "The Mystery of the Chinese Ring."

Also my Project Catalogue is:-
https://librivox.org/reader/11274

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Post by annise » May 3rd, 2019, 12:34 am

:oops: For some reason I thought the friend was a girl .
There are a number of boys series - Submarine Boys, Airplane Boys, Radio Boys , Scouts of various description. Rover Boys etc

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Yes he does say that - I was right

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Post by Penumbra » May 3rd, 2019, 5:51 pm

The books by Roy J. Snell are all aimed at children and young adults. LV currently has 5 of the more than 30 he wrote.
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Post by TriciaG » May 4th, 2019, 6:08 pm

annise wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 12:34 am
:oops: For some reason I thought the friend was a girl .
There are a number of boys series - Submarine Boys, Airplane Boys, Radio Boys , Scouts of various description. Rover Boys etc
The OP asks for books "for her to listen to". :)

How about the Aunt Jane's Nieces series? https://librivox.org/group/479
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