Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder – Audiobook Review

Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder, narrated by Laurel Snyder
Published in audio by Laurel Snyder; published in print by Yearling, an imprint of Random House


Rebecca knows that things have been rocky between her mother and father for some time now, but she doesn’t know how bad things really are until her mother packs her up – along with her younger brother – and drives to Rebecca’s grandmother’s house in Atlanta. In a new city and at a new school is not where Rebecca wants to be, but there is something that makes up for the inconvenience, at least a little. Shortly after arriving at her grandmother’s house, Rebecca finds a bread box in the attic. It quickly becomes apparent that there is something magical about the bread box when things Rebecca wishes for begin materializing inside of it. Soon Rebecca will find out, though, whether getting everything you want is really all it is cracked up to be.

Thoughts on the story:

I really enjoyed Bigger Than a Bread Box. Rebecca is a great character, just the right mix of stereotypical preteen and good who just wants to do the right thing. If Snyder had gone too far in either direction Rebecca might have been a bit hard to stand, but as it was, she was very sympathetic. The structure and pacing are just right, as well. The story always moves along when it needs to, and never before, making Bigger ThanĀ  a Bread Box a highly satisfying book.

Thoughts on the audio production:

This audio is self-published and read by the author, and it is GREAT! I’m not sure whether Snyder just had a great director (she at least had a very proficient producer) or whether she just has a natural facility for narration, but she voices Rebecca with a confidence that many authors-turned-narrators lack. Her voice is youthful and vibrant, and she knows her book so intimately that she captures Rebecca’s myriad emotions beautifully.


I’ve previously always been skeptical of self-published audiobooks, but Snyder proves that it can be done very well – although it likely helps that the book was originally published by Random House’s Yearling imprint. I imagine it would be wonderful in print, but it was delightful in audio.

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11 comments to Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder – Audiobook Review

  • I didn’t realize there are self published audios out there. I’m glad this one’s a winner!

  • While this doesn’t really seem like my kind of book, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I had no idea there was even such a thing as self-published audiobooks.

  • I read that book last year and absolutely loved it even though fantasy is not my thing. However, it had enough reality that it was a great balance for me. Glad to hear you liked the audio book! :)


  • This sounds really good. Maybe a little Indian in the Cupboardish? I don’t read enough middle-grade fiction. I wonder if this would be available from the library.

  • This sounds like a very satisfying middle-grade read. I don’t listen to many audiobooks because a) I lack the attention and need the visual of reading the words to help me focus, and b) it is really hard to find good narrators. I wonder if books I tried on audio I would have liked if I had read instead of listened to the monotone, emotionless reader. I am impressed that the author was able to be a good narrator for her own story, which is always preferable if they can pull it off. :)

  • We are seeing an explosion in the number of self-published audiobooks, primarily due to the ACX program at Audible. Some are for books that were published in print through traditional publishers, where the author held the audio rights. Some are vanity press. At the same time, there is a slew of narrator wannabees new on the scene doing a lot of this narration work (nearly all royalty-share, no pay up front), with less than good narration and production skills. It is really muddying the water as ACX rapidly expands.