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Audio Boom: Musical Titles & Audiobooks

Whether you play an instrument, you like to fill your ears with lyrical and deep tones, or you are curious about the wonders of music and imagination, put on your headphones and listen to our enigmatic, haunting and heart-warming book picks. Stories for children, serious adults... and grown-up children.

La Batterie de Théophile written by Jean Claverie & narrated by Joël Toussaint (Gallimard jeunesse 2008)An audiobook for children from ages 4 to 7 who love music. Théophile plays the upright bass in the jungle, but we are not so sure whether or not the crocodile, the hippo, or the boa are going to like it…

  • Le Schmat doudou written and narrated by Muriel Bloch & illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet (Syros 2013)This is a happy tale on kids’ attachment to their beloved blankies, where a loyal and loving grandpa helps to preserve his grandchild’s cherished “doudou”.

  • Diabou Ndao written and narrated by Mamadou Diallo & illustrated by Vanessa Hié (Syros 2008)This surprising and flavorful Senegalese tale recounts the story of a sweet-toothed girl in danger of being devoured by the lion… unless she eats him first!

  • Phantom of the Opera written by Gaston Leroux narrated by Ralph Snelson (LibriVox 2010)An old theatre under new management; a diva who thinks she can sing; a young ingenue who really can; a masked man who wreaks havoc if he doesn't get his own way. Secrets, intrigues, falling chandeliers! The Phantom of the Opera is here!

  • Tous les matins du monde written by Pascal Quignard & narrated by Jean-Claude Drouot (Gallimard 2011)All the world’s mornings’ story is a retelling of the apprenticeship of Marin Marais in the house of austere, recluse violist Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, obsessed with his romantic entanglements. The novel's narration has a contemplative pace, weaving in impressions of melancholy baroque music and still life paintings.

  • Too hot, too cold, too angry, too quiet, too busy, too lonely? We have the solutions here! Fun, fear and passion await. Each week, we will post thematic lists of great titles so you can let your bookworming desires run wild. Follow us on Twitter @FrenchBooksUSA and Instagram