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Best audiobooks for holiday travel

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What are the year's "must-hears"? The best audiobooks don't just have great stories -- they have great voices to bring them to life. 

Comedian Amy Poehler narrates her memoir for the audiobook "Yes Please," one of the year's top sellers:

AudioFile Magazine's founder and editor, Robin Whitten, joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the best audiobooks, and the best voices, of 2014. Pamela Klinger-Horn, from Magers & Quinn Booksellers, will also join the discussion.

Books recommended on air:

For The Family

• "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman
• The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale
• "The Golden Hour" by Maiya Williams
• "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio
• "The Declaration" by Gemma Malley
• "Peter and the Starcatchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
• "The Trumpet of the Swan" by E.B. White
• "How To Train Your Dragon" series by Cressida Cowell
• "The Boggart" by Susan Cooper
• "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson

For Older Teens

• "Midwinterblood" by Marcus Sedgwick

Nonfiction

• "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande
• "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand, read by Edward Herrmann
• "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride" written and read by Cary Elwes
• "Have a Little Faith" by Mitch Albom
• "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Memoir

• "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler
• "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)"  by Betty White
• "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris

Fiction

• "Red Moon" written and read by Minnesota author Benjamin Percy
• "The Dresden Files" series by Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters
• "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
• "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
• "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein
• "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henriquez
• The re-released James Bond series by Ian Fleming
• "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, read by Allan Corduner

More audiobook recommendations to keep you company on your holiday travels:

• 7 Amazing Audiobooks That Make Time Disappear
• Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
• Best Audiobooks on GoodReads
• Latest Audiobook Reviews from AudioFile
• 2014 Notable Children's Audiobooks
• Free audiobooks: Librivox.org