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Dec 11, 2019

We continue our 2019 Best Audiobooks celebrations with Children & Family Listening. Anthony Rey Perez narrated Carlos Hernandez’s SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE, an audiobook that blends realistic and fantastic events—and plenty of humor and heart. Anthony joined AudioFile’s Robin Whitten to talk about narrating complex books for kids and teen listeners, growing up as a first generation Cuban-American in Miami, and his appreciation for Hernandez’s imaginative characters. Published by Listening Library.

Anthony Rey Perez

2019 Best Children & Family Listening Audiobooks:
ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS by Andrea Beaty, read by Bahni Turpin
OTHER WORDS FOR HOME by Jasmine Warga, read by Vaneh Assadourian
SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE by Carlos Hernandez, read by Anthony Rey Perez
CHARLOTTE'S WEB by E.B. White, read by Meryl Streep, January LaVoy, Kirby Heyborne, MacLeod Andrews, and a Full Cast
WE ARE GRATEFUL: OTSALIHELIGA by Traci Sorell, read by Lauren Hummingbird, Agalisiga (Choogie) Mackey, Ryan Mackey, Traci Sorell, Tonia Weavel
LOOK BOTH WAYS by Jason Reynolds, read by Heather Alicia Simms, Chris Chalk, Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo, Kevin R. Free, JD Jackson, Guy Lockard, January LaVoy, David Sadzin, Jason Reynolds

For the full list of AudioFile’s 2019 Best Audiobooks, visit

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