Have you Heard? Adventure Stories
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Have you Heard? Adventure Stories

Go on an action-packed adventure this spring and summer by checking out these adventure stories, including fiction and nonfiction, from the Plano Public Library.

Below you’ll find audiobook recommendations from the Plano Public Library. This is just a sample of the audiobooks in our collection, and you can visit a library location for assistance in finding personalized recommendations.


Lost in the Valley of Death: a Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas written and narrated by Harley Rustad. In the vein of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, a riveting work of narrative nonfiction centering on the unsolved disappearance of an American backpacker in India—one of at least two dozen tourists who have met a similar fate in the remote and storied Parvati Valley. Print / Playaway / eBook.

The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom, narrated by Robertson Dean. Groom has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond. Print / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family’s Search for the American Dream written and narrated by Bryan Mealer. In 1892, Bryan Mealer’s great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history. Print / Playaway / Large print / eBook.

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca, narrated by David Bendena. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the incredible true life story of Mrs. Grace Humiston, the New York lawyer and detective who solved the famous cold case of Ruth Cruger, an 18-year-old girl who disappeared in 1917.  Print / Book on CD / Large print / eBook.

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, narrated by Jonathan Keeble. In the middle years of the ninth century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until only one realm remained. Suddenly the fate of all England–and the course of history–depended upon one man, one king. Print / eAudiobook / eBook / TV Series.

The Deserter by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille, narrated by Scott Brick. A taut, psychologically suspenseful military thriller about two army investigators on the hunt in Venezuela for an army deserter who might know too much about a secret Pentagon operation. Print / Playaway / Large Print / eBook.

Clanlands: Whiskey, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure like no Other written and narrated by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. From their faithful camper van to boats, kayaks, bicycles, and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference, as two Scotsmen explore a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history, and warfare. Print / Book on CD.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, narrated by Scott Brick. 1932, Minnesota. The Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Print / Playaway / Large Print / eBook.

Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick, narrated by Louisa Jane Underwood. Barely escaping a would-be abductor who has left a trail of victims in his wake, world traveler Miss Amity Doncaster discovers that her attacker has become obsessed with gossip that ties Amity to scientist Benedict Stanbridge, a spy for the throne who resolves to bring the killer to justice. Print / Playaway / Book on CD / Large print / eAudiobook / eBook.

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard, narrated by Simon Vance. Winston Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899 to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels and jumpstart his political career. But just two weeks later, Churchill was taken prisoner.  Remarkably, he pulled off a daring escape—traversing hundreds of miles of enemy territory, alone, with nothing but a crumpled wad of cash, four slabs of chocolate, and his wits to guide him. Print / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook.


The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, narrated by Emily Lawrence. When a little girl is lost in a 750,000-acre national park, a family of search-and-rescue professionals reunites and three generations of secrets are uncovered. Print / Book on CD / eAudiobook.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery by Steve Sheinkin, narrated by Mark Bramhall. An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution. Print / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook.

Warcross by Marie Lu, narrated by Nancy Wu. When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. Print / Playaway / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook / Large print.

Miles Morales: Spider-man by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard. Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity–and deal with a villainous teacher–as the new Spider Man. Print / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook.

Death on the river of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Amazon Adventure by Samantha Seiple, narrated by David de Vries. In October 1913, Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a tour of South America. The thrill-seeking adventurer had no idea that he would soon receive an offer he couldn’t refuse: the chance to lead an expedition deep into the Amazon jungle to chart an unmapped river with his son Kermit and renowned Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon. Print / Playaway.

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood, narrated by Bahni Turpin. Crisscross America–on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains–from pirate ships off the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today on a thrill ride through history with American girls driving their own stories. Print / Playaway / eBook.

Zero Day by Jan Gangsei, narrated by Andi Arndt. Eight years after being kidnapped Addie Webster, now sixteen, resurfaces under mysterious circumstances, significantly changed, and her childhood best friend, Darrow Fergusson, is asked by a national security advisor to spy on her to uncover whether she is a threat to her father’s Presidency or the nation. Print / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan, narrated by Robbie Daymond. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. Print / Playaway / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook / Large print.

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman, narrated by Julia Whelan. Elizabeth has a new job at an unusual library, a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That’s where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairytales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, and Snow White’s stepmother’s sinister mirror that talks in riddles. Print / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Two worlds collide in this sweeping, romantic novel about a love that crosses centuries by bestselling author of the Darkest Minds series. Print / Playaway / eBook.


A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry, narrated by Kirby Heyborne. A young wolf cub, separated from his pack, journeys 1000 miles across the Pacific Northwest, dealing with forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before finding a new home. Based on the true story of a wolf called OR-7. Print / Playaway / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook.

Secret Soldiers by Keely Hutton, narrated by Raphael Corkhill. In 1917, Thomas, a thirteen-year-old coal miner seeking his missing brother, James, joins the clay kickers, who tunnel beneath the battlefields of the Western Front as they learn to be men. Print / Playaway / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook.

Shuri by Nic Stone, narrated by Anika Noni Rose. Shuri is a skilled martial artist, a genius and a master of science and technology. But she’s also a teenager. And a princess. This story follows Shuri as she sets out on a quest to save her homeland of Wakanda. Print / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook.

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly, narrated by Lulu Lam. Twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest–how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago? Print / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook.

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles, narrated by Ruffin Prentiss. When adventurous cousins Otto and Sheed Alston accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets between the unmoving seconds are not as much fun as they expected. Print / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook / Large print.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, narrated by Kim Mai Guest. Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces. Print / Playaway / eAudiobook / eBook / Large print.

Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older, narrated by Channie Waites. It’s 1863 and dinosaurs roam the streets of New York as the Civil War rages between raptor-mounted armies down South. Magdalys Roca and her friends from the Colored Orphan Asylum are on a field trip when the Draft Riots break out, and a number of their fellow orphans are kidnapped by an evil magistrate, Richard Riker. Together with the Vigilance Committee, Magdalys and her friends train to fly on dactylback, discover new friends and amazing dinosaurs, and plot to take down Riker. Print / Playaway.

The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos, narrated by Johnny Heller. Conscripted into the dangerous Adventurers Guild, best friends Zed and Brock must defend what is left of humanity against terrible monsters in this epic fantasy. Print / Playaway / eBook.

The Serpent’s Secret written and narrated by Sayantani DasGupta. Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension. Print / Playaway / Book on CD / eAudiobook / eBook.

Peter Powers and His Not-so-Super Powers! By Kent Clark, narrated by Sean Druegger. When Captain Tornado begins robbing banks, will Peter Powers and his totally lame superpowers step up to save the day? Print / Wonderbook.

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