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Best Audiobooks for Tweens in 2023

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Looking for some fun, adventurous, or interesting audiobooks for your tween to read? There are so many different audiobooks available that it can be hard to choose which ones your child might be interested in.

Some tweens have already made a choice as to their favorite writing style, their favorite author, or their favorite genre. That makes it a little easier but when they are still trying to figure that out, it’s a little more difficult to know where to begin.

What we love about audiobooks is their accessibility to kids of all reading abilities. Our dyslexic tween can easily access books and try new authors that can be challenging with the written word alone.

Tween audiobooks need to not only entertain but engage the imagination, introduce new vocabulary and transport the reader to another time and place. Our section here of audiobooks for tweens will do just that, let’s see which may suit your tween best.

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Best Audiobooks for Tweens

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A classic to many, Mossflower follows some fun and unique characters on their journey as Tsarmina becomes ruler of the woods and is determined to govern the woodlanders. While many aren’t happy, two do escape and are determined to end Tsarmina’s tyrannical rule.

Author and Narrator: Brian Jacques

My Side of the Mountain

Unhappy about living in New York City, Sam runs away to the Catskill Mountains so that he can live in the woods. This is a story about independence and survival as Sam faces some of the worst dangers in the wilderness.

Author: Jean Craighead George

Narrator: Michael Crouch

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Morrigan Crow was born on the unluckiest day and has now been cursed. She’s blamed for any bad or terrible thing that has happened and will soon need to face her fate. As she awaits her fate, a strange man visits and whisks her away to a secret magical city so that she’s safe. While there, she must compete in four trials to see if she will be allowed to stay.

Author: Jessica Townsend

Narrator: Gemma Whelan

The Angel Experiment

Max isn’t like the other kids; she and her friends can fly and soar through the sky. While many might think this might be the best thing in the world, Max’s life can change from good to bad at any time. This story follows Max through her adventures as she discovers that her real purpose is to save the world.

Author: James Patterson

Narrator: Evan Rachel Wood

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

The girls of St. Etheldreda’s school are keeping a deep dark secret that they can’t let anyone know about. Will they be able to convince their neighbors and everyone at school that nothing is wrong?

Author: Julie Berry

Narrator: Jayne Entwistle

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Is it really his fault though? He can’t help it if he must protect himself from his teacher that turns into a monster or help protect his friends from the bully that terrorizes them.

Author: Rick Riordan

Narrator: Jesse Bernstein


Eragon, a 15-year-old boy, has believed he was just a poor farm boy his whole life until one day, his real destiny comes to life. Gifted with an ancient sword and a loyal dragon, Eragon finds out that is destiny is so much more than what he thought.

Author: Christopher Paolini

Narrator: Gerard Doyle

City Spies

Sara is a hacker, and she recently broke into the foster care system to expose her foster parents. She thought she would be considered a hero when she shows everyone that her foster parents were nothing but criminals. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a whole lot of trouble and must try to get herself out.

Author: James Ponti

Narrator: Lisa Flanagan

Walking with Miss Millie

While Alice is upset about moving to a new boring place, she gets put in charge of walking her neighbor’s (Miss Millie) dog, Clarence. He doesn’t seem to want to budge without Miss Mille, so her and Alice walk together and come across some unique characters and stories along the way.

Author: Tamara Bundy

Narrator: Catherine Taber

Middle School: Escape to Australia

Rafe isn’t exactly a hero, or a winner, at the Hills Village Middle School but that is about to change. He’s won an art competition that is about to set him up with trip to Australia and make everyone jealous of him. He soon finds out that Australia isn’t the easiest place to live and that his host family isn’t very welcoming.

Authors: James Patterson, Martin Chatterton

Narrator: Michael Crouch

No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address is a heartwarming story about family and friendship as it follows the story of 12-year-old Felix Knuttson. On the brink of his family losing everything, their struggles make Felix more determined to win a competition to help the family.

Author: Susin Nielsen

Narrator: Nissae Isen

Alida’s Song

A 14-year-old boy goes to visit his grandmother to escape his harsh and painful family life. While he is visiting, he learns that good food, hard work, and peaceful evenings give him strength and faith in himself.

Author: Gary Paulsen

Narrator: Luke Daniels

A Wrinkle in Time

The classic story that has been read and is loved by millions, A Wrinkle in Time follows a brother and sister who find that there is such a thing as time travel. This “wrinkle” has sent away their father and they search space trying to outwit the evil they come across so that they can find him and bring him back home.

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Narrators: Madeleine L’Engle, Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Charlotte Jones Voiklis

Among the Hidden

The government has outlawed families with more than 2 children so Luke, the third child, has spent his entire life hiding. One day, he meets another third child and begins to question the government’s policies and wants to change the law.

Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Narrator: Steven Boyer

Spy School

Even though Ripley is in middle school, he still knows that his dream job is working as a spy for the CIA. Unfortunately, he doesn’t quite meet the characteristics of a spy but when he finds that his life is in danger, he needs to learn how to become one of the best agents there is.

Author: Stuart Gibbs

Narrator: Gibson Frazier

We hope you’ve found an audiobook from this selection that will pique your tweens interests.

A subscription to Audible Premium Plus can be the perfect gift to buy for a tween if you’re unsure of their favorite author or genre, let them explore the extensive online catalog and give a gift they can continue to enjoy throughout the year.

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