A New Old Way to Read Books – Clean Audios for Kids


I’ve always loved audiobooks, even from way back in the day when they were on CDs. When I started driving, I quickly learned the skill of flipping out the CDs if I was going on a lengthy trip. A few years after I started writing, I looked into getting my stories published in audiobook format. It’s a very expensive process, but well-worth it.

How are audiobooks made?

I’m sure it differs for traditionally published books, but indie rights holders would follow this general path: claim the book, open auditions, choose a narrator, listen to the performance, approve the performance, pay the narrator, and wait for it to go on sale. There are a lot of details I’m skipping because this is just an overview.

Whatcha got available?

covers came from audible or amazon

If you want to check out my audiobooks, go here in the US and here for the UK site. Keep in mind though that of the 44 titles that are mine in this search, only about half are geared to YA, MG, or Children’s audiences.

I’ve hired about 16 people to bring my stories to audiobook format. Check out the samples to hear the wide variety.

Why listen to audiobooks instead of reading an ebook or a physical book?

Audiobooks are a different medium than physical books or movies. For me, it’s nice to be able to take in stories while taking a walk or doing a chore or a puzzle or something else where I don’t have to think too much. Others have long commutes. Still others like to experience stories as a family. Audiobooks let you have the best of both worlds in the sense that you can join others listening to something and get the full tale.

There’s also a performance aspect to most audiobooks that’s amazing to experience. If done well, the narrator can bring the words to life in a whole new way. I’ve experienced that even with stuff I’ve written.

For nonfiction, it can be helpful to hear things spoken aloud. Some people are auditory learners. Typically, people learn multiple ways. Auditory learners tend to soak in more if they hear something.

How does one find affordable (or free) audiobooks?

You probably noticed that audiobooks are much more expensive than ebooks or paperbacks. They cost a lot to make, so they are marked higher than the other versions. But there are definitely ways to get them cheaper.

Note: most methods apply to audios in general, not necessarily clean audios. AE is different because I run it.

Tip: Many books are whispersynced, so if you buy the ebook through amazon, you can also add the audiobook for a discounted price. This is useful if you keep on top of what books are free. If you got the free ebook from a promotion, you can still add audio for the discounted price.

If you join Audiobook Edge, you’ll receive my personalized list of clean audios every month. That means I’ve listened to each of the books listed and approved it for clean content. It comes out the first Sunday of every month. Of the 5-ish titles each month, there’s usually a pretty good chance of hearing about ones geared toward kids.

Otherwise, you can find some on free audiobook code sites, but be forewarned, those sites are NOT only for clean books. You’ll know that quickly if you see any of the covers.

Libraries. Most libraries are connected to some audiobook programs. The problem here tends to be availability. You’d then find a title by searching as you would with your library. Many libraries will let you request certain products, so if you have your heart set on a particular title, ask your library to buy it for you.

Subscription services. Some sites let you pay a monthly service to get access to their collection of audios.

Chirp has some discounted audiobooks.

Connect with the author or narrator on social media. Many have free codes for kobo, audible, or authorsdirect. The ones with the most codes available are indie titles because typically the Rights Holder is the author.

The best way to get free audiobook codes is establish yourself as a reviewer. This doesn’t necessarily have to be formal reviews that show up on amazon or audible. Go with something you know. If you have a following on a certain social media platform (Youtube, Instagram, facebook, tiktok, etc), you can probably get people to give you review copies in exchange for you sharing your thoughts with your audience.

Review codes

I have review codes for Princess Melia’s Plight, River’s Edge Ransom, The Dark Side of Science, and a few others. The first two can be requested through Story Origin. The third you can request via email (devyaschildren @ gmail.com – take out the spaces). Dark Side I still get paid for, so I’m much more willing to give those out. The first two, I’m looking for people willing to leave their honest thoughts on audible. By necessity, I’ve become much stingier with those codes because the company changed the way codes are handled and decided to make way less available. The first two are very short though, so they’re also not that expensive to buy outright.

The Age Question:

While it’s certainly useful to stick to books that are age appropriate, don’t be afraid to branch out into clean adult books too. There’s only one title of mine that I’d say is probably best reserved for late teens/ adults and that’s Scratched Off. Not because it’s gory or filled with unsuitable language (it has neither), but it does feature a serial killer and some of his thought processes.

Reading levels are guidelines, not fences.

Titles from my Audible library that are kid-friendly:

Be Thou My Vision: Hymns of the West, Book 2 by Faith Blum (Christian, historical)

Holly and the Coat Mystery: Holly Lewis Mystery Series by Diane Harmon (YA mystery)

Nickle Brickle’Bee: In the Heart of EarthWorks by Sterling Nixon (fantasy)

The Smoke (Tales From a Revolution – New-York): Tales From a Revolution, Book 3 by Lars DH Hedbor (historical; these may occasionally have a curse word or war-intense scene; good for high school)

The Collar and the Cavvarach: Krillonian Chronicles, Book 1 by Annie Lima Douglass (adventure? Not quite sure how to place the genre, it’s about a teen trying to protect his sister in a society where they’re slaves.) highly recommended

The Binding Witch and the Fortune Taker: The Kate Roark Magic Series, Book 1 by Laura Rich (fantasy)

Sensation by Kevin Hardman (Superhero)

Swim Season by Marianne Sciucco (YA contemporary)

The Case of the Missing Crown Jewels by Robert Martin and Keira Ely (Children’s, mystery)

Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns: Dragonia Empire, Volume 1 by Craig A. Price Jr. (fantasy)

The Pygmy Dragon: Shapeshifter Dragon Legends Book 1 by Marc Secchia (epic fantasy)

The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit (fantasy)

The Afterlife Academy by Frank L. Cole (Middle grade, fantasy)

The Carpenter: A Retelling of the Story of Joseph of Nazareth by S.A. Wilson (fantasy retelling)

Adana the Earth Dragon: An Elemental Tale by Debbie Manber Kupfer (Children’s)

A Turtle’s Magical Adventure by Wanda Luthman (Children’s)

The Three Royal Children and the Batty Aunt by Angela Castillo (Children’s)

Dragon’s Future: Dragon Courage, Volume 1 by Kandi J. Wyatt (fantasy)

Dragon’s Curse: The Dragon and the Scholar, Volume 1 by H.L. Burke (fantasy)

Mercy’s Prince: He Who Finds Mercy, Book 1 by Katy Huth Jones (epic Christian medieval fantasy)

Apprentice Cat by Virginia Ripple (shapeshifters, fantasy)

More Fables and Fantasies: A Five Story Collection by Dale T. Phillips

Missing: Lessons from Fiori, Book 2 by Peggy M McAloon and Aneeka Rogers (fantasy)


Audiobooks are a great way to take in stories. Sometimes it can be difficult to find clean reads, but if you know where to look and are willing to write some reviews or use your existing platforms, you can find an endless supply of great audiobooks.

If you want to hear more about some of my series, check out my website (http://www.juliecgilbert.com/) or the previous blog post from 3/3/21.

There’s lots more to come. Catch up if you need to.

March 1st Story Quest Academy

March 2nd Ellie Naomi

March 3rd Julie Gilbert

March 4th Jasmine Natasha

March 5th Liz Delton

March 6th Mark Hansen

March 7th Ian Vroon

March 8th Story Quest Academy

March 9th Nicholas Kotar

March 10th J.M. Hackman

March 11th Mark Hansen

March 12th Courtenay Kasper

March 13th Debbie Schreffler

March 14th Story Quest Academy

March 15th Steven Guglich

March 16th Laurie Lucking

March 17th Julie Gilbert

March 18th Meg Dendler

March 19th Nicholas Kotar

March 20th Courtenay Kasper

March 21st Story Quest Academy

March 22nd Molly Casperson

March 23rd D.J. Edwardson

March 24th Marty C Lee

March 25th Molly Casperson

March 26th Mark Hansen

March 27th Allison Tebo

March 28th Story Quest Academy

March 29th Debbie Schreffler

March 30th Nicholas Kotar

March 31st Molly Casperson

Interested in a fun writing course designed for teens? Check out Storyquest Academy. (Note: affiliate link – if you sign up for the class through this link, I earn a commission … you get a great deal – win-win 😉 … seriously, most writing courses are a LOT more expensive.)

Audiobook Promotions …

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is rc-1-3-audio-ad-1024x536.jpg

Many of my 44 audible titles are listed on Audiobooks Unleashed.
Whether you’re looking for mystery or suspense or fantasy, I’ve got a title for you. Free codes are probably on audiobooks unleashed.
Normal links go to audible. *The Amazon labeled links are affiliate links. That means I get a very small payment from Amazon if you go through with a purchase.*
Note: Filter by US if you’re looking for those codes as many titles are out.
Ones I think may still have US codes: Reshner’s Royal Ranger, Never Again, Innova, The Golden City Captives, The Holy War, Reclaim the Darklands, Eagle Eyes, Treachery Makes it Tense, Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts, The Dark Side of Science, Ashlynn’s Dreams, Nadia’s Tears, Malia’s Miracles, and Varick’s Quest
There are plenty of UK codes, but not many US ones left.

Redeemer Chronicles (Fantasy)

Awakening – Redeemer Chronicles Book 1, MG fantasy (Amazon) (free codes)
The Holy War – Redeemer Chronicles Book 2, MG fantasy (Amazon) (free codes)
Reclaim the Darklands – Redeemer Chronicles Book 3, MG fantasy (Amazon) (free codes)
River’s Edge Ransom – Prequel to Redeemer Chronicles (Amazon) (email devyaschildren @ gmail.com for free codes)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is DC-set-ad-1024x536.jpg

Devya’s Children Series Links:

Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts – short stories featuring Jillian. (Amazon) (free codes)
The Dark Side of Science – official prequel to Devya’s Children; Genetically altered kids fight for the right to live. (Amazon) (Please email devyaschildren @ gmail.com for free codes)
Ashlynn’s Dreams – Genetically altered Dream Shaper learns her gift. (Amazon) (free codes)
Nadia’s Tears – Jillian tries to awaken her sister, Nadia, from a coma. (Amazon) (free codes)
Malia’s Miracles – Jillian and her siblings try to save a friend’s mother. (Amazon) (free codes)
Varick’s Quest – Jillian and Danielle get kidnapped. Nadia’s also in trouble. (Amazon) (free codes)
More Scifi:
Reshner’s Royal Ranger (epic sci-fi) just made it there. (Amazon) (free codes)

Guardian Angel Files:

Spirit’s Bane – Allister and Mina are training to be Guardians. Satan’s out to get them. (Amazon) (free codes)
Kindred Spirits – Mina’s exiled to Earth. Allister’s stuck in the Heavens. (Amazon) (free codes)

Reshner Series/ Scifi and Fantasy Playlist Walkthrough


The explanations here contain some spoilers if you have not read the Reshner Series.


Instead of creating a list for each individual story, I decided to try for key moments throughout the series as a whole.

It’s Got my Name on it by Tommee Profitt and Sarah Reeves

The song’s probably about a competition crown and fighting hard to get it, but I love to think of it as Mavis Altran’s theme song. Most of the plotpoints in the trilogy get driven by her ambition for the crown.

Goldie’s Goldie by The Sidh, Colin Goldie

Fast-paced, light-hearted, and fun, this song is great for kicking off the Kireshana, the royal guard training exercise where the candidates basically tour a large section of the northern continent.

Drama Refinement by Leo Moody

I very rarely get flow right, but coming from Goldie’s Goldie, this song works out pretty well. It covers the switch to “things get dangerous” nicely. The prince gets ambushed.

The Legend of Lya by Philter

Prince Terosh meets Reia, the Ranger sent to shadow him and make sure he stays safe on the journey. They decide to travel together.

Dragonflies by Svrcina

The very beginnings of a forbidden romance.

Incendiary (Instrumental) by Tommee Profitt

A continuation of the dangers that can be encountered during the journey. Hidden dangers from people conspiring against the crown.

Tiger Battle by Steven Price

Second korver attack (A korver is sort of like a wolf.) More danger from unseen sources.

War of Hearts by Ruelle

The prince and the Ranger acknowledge that they love each other but it’s very complicated.

Homecoming by Thomas Bergersen

Prince Terosh finishes his renewing fire journey and returns to the palace.

The Prophecy by Tony Anderson and Aubrey Prunty

Reia gets drawn into a trap ultimately meant to draw out the prince.

Magic of Love by Thomas Bergersen

When things settle down for a second, the two lovers realize that what they have is worth the risks.

Windchimes by Michael Logozar

A nice, peaceful theme for the hopeful beginning of a new era. If there was an end of book one, this would be it.

Guardians at the Gate by Audiomachine

Book two starts off fairly calm, but things quickly turn dangerous. Threats loom large.

Requiem for a Tower

There’s a moment in the second book where the main character enters a friendly duel with his cousin, but things go terribly wrong. This song was probably meant for the siege of a castle, but it works for spiritual and emotional warfare as well.

The Other Side by Ruelle

A song of longing and fear of loss perfectly encompasses the mindset of the queen facing the possibility of ruling alone if her husband dies after the dueling accident.

Breaking Through by London Music Works

I think this song fits just before Reia attempts to heal her husband from his arena wounds.

Miracles by Two Steps from Hell, Thomas Bergersen

A good song to cover the wait time for the healing to take place. Sometimes, the miracles take place over time and take plenty of patience.

Chrono Cross – “Scars of Time” performed by Video Games Live

Wind instruments are good in representing the world as a whole. Reshner in the world language means “restful place.” Midway through things switch over to more exciting and dangerous, which also happens in this sort of really long adventure story.

Bird Song – Femke Remix by Through Juniper Vale

The song doesn’t quite ring true for the whole series, but if it was a movie, this would be the perfect second song of the credits.

“…when our hearts beat slow together”

Redemption by Zach Hemsey

The title doesn’t quite line up, but the soft, contemplative theme is great for wrapping up an epic saga.

Victory by Two Steps from Hell

If credits had to stretch quite a bit, then this one fits for the end. It also fits for the end of the third book’s events.


This one has a lot more instrumental music than the other two lists for modern stories. I think instrumental music is more suited for science fiction and fantasy as a genre. Hope you find something to love on here.

Associate Links:

(If you click through and buy something, there’s the chance I’ll earn like $0.04 ….)

Amazon Prime

The Collins Case – 2 FBI agents track down a kidnapped family. Kid friendly.

If fantasy’s more your thing, go Redeemer Chronicles. The first, Awakening, is available as an audiobook.

Ashlynn’s Dreams Shorts – a kid deals with her parents’ divorce, bullies, and the wonder of discovery.

Try The Dark Side of Science – Genetically altered kids fight for the right to live.


Awesome Audiobooks 4.5/5 Stars: Murder at the Kinnen Hotel by Brian McClellan (Narrated by Julie Hoverson)

4.5/5 stars Awesome Introduction to an Intriguing World

Murder at the Kinnen Hotel by Brian McClellan (Narrated by Julie Hoverson)


A young policeman with a gift for remembering everything struggles to solve several murders, save a friend from the guillotine, and preserve his own career before the rich and powerful destroy him.

Additional Comments:

– I’ve never read the Powder Mage series, but this is a nice introduction to that world.

– 5/5 stars world-building: Fantasy of this sort hinges on creating a world at once familiar yet fantastically and fundamentally different. Brian McClellan does both. It probably helps that he already did the heavy lifting in the regular series, so he’s very comfortable describing his world to us.

– 4/5 stars characters: Adamat’s the sort of guy one can root for. Captain Hewi seems competent. Lieutenant Dorry’s somebody you’d love to hate. Adamat’s friend (the businessman) comes across as a useless lout, which is unfortunate because I think we’re supposed to like him. I don’t even remember his name and I finished the book yesterday. The cabal lady was suitably scary and awesome at the same time.

– 4.5/5 Plot: Things work out and tie up nicely. I liked the pieces where Adamat could explain stuff he’d read in newspapers several weeks ago. Kind of reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes’ moment.

– Content warning: standard fantasy violence. A few descriptions of blood and gore but nothing that would shake most genre fans.


Not sure where this fits in the grand scheme of the world, but it’s a cool introduction all the same. (Also not sure I’d invest $2.99 per subsequent 75 page novella … I’d probably wait for a combo book.)

Associate links to follow…

Amazon Prime


Audible – If you’d like some free codes, please email me at [email protected] with requests for any of my works.

Audiobook Reviews: 3.5/5 The Journey of the Bell by Spencer Hawke

I pulled the picture from Audible.


A very short novella about two men and a secret society.

Additional Comments:

  • I heard the audiobook. The author has a very nice reading voice.
  • The book’s mostly a setup for the rest of the series, so in that sense, this is a prequel. However, I personally didn’t like that twenty minutes of this book are actually an excerpt from a different book.
  • Historical fiction always takes liberties with facts and public figures. The Eyes of Athena are probably supposed to be the Masons. I probably missed something but I sort of wish I knew more about how the fictional counterpart got its name.
  • It’s all right, but I think it would be more enjoyable as a prequel, meaning as something to fill in gaps and give greater depth to things for current fans of the regular series. It’s really about the setup of the secret society and two random early members, not about Ari.
  • The skipping around in the timeline threw me a bit.


A story geared more toward fans of the Ari Cohen series. It’s also light historical fiction. If you’re looking for a quick read, it’s a decent fit.

*I received a copy of the audio free. I chose to review it.*

As Always …

If you want the chance to get the audiobook for free, please join Audiobook Readers’ Edge.

If you’re an author (or a narrator) with an audiobook you’d like featured, sign up for Audiobook Authors’ Edge.

Thanks for your time.


Julie C. Gilbert

Audiobook Edge and it’s Matchmaker Program are completely free now, but if you wanna donate anyway, go for it 😉

Er, just do it as a friend b/c otherwise, you’re basically just paying paypal.

Prime Student – Oh, how I wish I was still a student.

Kindle Unlimited

Free Kindle Reading App