2014 Audies Award Finalists


Awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

Audio Drama

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CIVIL WAR

Stuart Moore, Read by a Full Cast

Forty-nine actors come together in a tour de force to create an amazing audiobook version of Marvel Comics' game-changing series Civil War. Non-comic fans may enjoy it, and comic fans will love it. Ev... Read More

THE FALL OF THE KINGS

Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Read by Ellen Kushner, Neil Gaiman, Katherine Kellgren, Simon Jones, Richard Ferrone, Robert Fass, et al.

The third installment in Ellen Kushner's Riverside series is flush with all the intrigue, sex, and politics of its predecessors. A young man with royal blood seeks refuge in the confines of the Univer... Read More

HOLLYWOOD SAID NO!

Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Brian Posehn, Read by Bob Odenkirk, David Cross and a Full Cast

Sketch comedians Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Brian Posehn, and a host of other people chip in to make this audio production a much richer experience than the book will ever be. Pulling together differe... Read More

OLIVER TWIST

Charles Dickens, Paul McCusker [Adapt.], Read by Joe Joe Holgate, Henry Goodman, Bill Sykes, Geoffrey Palmer, Roy Hudd, Finty Williams, and a Full Cast

Review pending.

SCREAMING WITH THE CANNIBALS

Lee Maynard, Read by Ross Ballard II

Review pending.

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

M.J. Elliott, H.G. Wells, Read by David Ault, Fred Robbins, J.T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players

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Biography/Memoir

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[SIC]: A MEMOIR

Joshua Cody, Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Review pending.

THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER

Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence, Read by Simon Vance

In 1999, Lawrence Anthony welcomed some troubled wild elephants to his game reserve. Simon Vance's British voice takes on a gentle reminiscing tone that makes for an inviting account of a man's growin... Read More

I AM MALALA

Malala Yousafzai, Read by Archie Panjabi

Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir of the Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban. Her voice is youthful, lilting, and buoyant, invoking the key qualities of the ... Read More

MY BELOVED WORLD

Sonia Sotomayor, Read by Rita Moreno

When people talk about the United States being a land of opportunity where anyone with enough talent and gumption can achieve his or her goals, they are talking about someone exactly like Supreme Cour... Read More

WORLD ON A STRING

John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff, Read by John Pizzarelli, Joseph Cosgriff

This look at the life of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli begins with an introduction written and voiced by the imperious Sirius/XM Radio deejay Jonathan Schwartz. The bulk of the work is narrated by Pi... Read More

Business/Educational

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THE EVERYTHING STORE

Brad Stone, Read by Pete Larkin

In an authoritative and evenhanded performance, narrator Pete Larkin steers this audiobook like he’s driving a big rig—staying in low gear for the first few chapters and then picking up speed as the A... Read More

THE INVISIBLE HEART

Russell D. Roberts, Read by Kirby Heyborne

Review pending.

LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF THE SALVATION ARMY

Robert Watson, Ben Brown, Read by Bob Souer

Review pending.

LEADING APPLE WITH STEVE JOBS

Jay Elliot, Read by Richard Davidson

Review pending.

NAKED STATISTICS

Charles Wheelan, Read by Jonathan Davis

Review pending.

WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION

Alexis Ohanian, Read by Alexis Ohanian

Review pending.

Children's Titles - Ages 8-12

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A LONG WALK TO WATER

Linda Sue Park, Read by David Baker, Cynthia Bishop

A stirring performance by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop conveys the dramatic stories of two 11-year-old children who lived 10 years apart in war-torn South Sudan. Baker portrays the boy, Salva, with ... Read More

MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT

Caroline Carlson, Read by Katherine Kellgren

Hooray for Katherine Kellgren! In another young people's pirate adventure, Kellgren invents new voices that fit but do not copy her other award-winning pirate character, Jacky Faber. In this tale of h... Read More

MATILDA

Roald Dahl, Read by Kate Winslet

Who better than Kate Winslet to narrate Dahl’s beloved children’s classic in its 25th-anniversary year? Winslet draws on her impressive experience to bring precocious Matilda and her crusade against i... Read More

SUGAR

Jewell Parker Rhodes, Read by Bahni Turpin

On a Louisiana plantation during Reconstruction, 10-year-old Sugar challenges the limits of freedom and the meaning of family as she befriends the owner's son as well as the recently arrived Chinese l... Read More

THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP

Kathi Appelt, Read by Lyle Lovett

As narrator, Lyle Lovett creates a mesmerizing bayou setting with his smooth and fluid reading. He aptly conveys the descriptive and down-to-earth quality of these interwoven stories about two raccoon... Read More

Children's Titles - Ages Up to 8

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BETTY BUNNY LOVES CHOCOLATE CAKE

Michael Kaplan, Read by Katherine Kellgren

Oh, how Betty Bunny comes to love the taste of chocolate cake! She can think of nothing else—certainly not the fact that she will need to eat a healthy dinner before she can have a piece or that a pie... Read More

CREEPY CARROTS!

Aaron Reynolds, Read by James Naughton

Narrator James Naughton uses his considerable skills to heighten the suspenseful mood of this story. Carrot-loving Jasper Rabbit nourishes his craving several times each day from the luscious supply i... Read More

THE DARK

Lemony Snicket, Read by Neil Gaiman

Is the dark really as scary as it seems? When Neil Gaiman begins to narrate as if he's telling a spooky bedtime story, listeners might think so. The spine-tingles are the best kind, though, with Gaima... Read More

HOORAY FOR ANNA HIBISCUS

Atinuke, Read by Mutiyat Ade-Salu

Review pending.

NELSON MANDELA

Kadir Nelson, Read by Forest Whitaker

An unobtrusive narrator, Forest Whitaker has a firm and evenly modulated voice that underscores the Nelson Mandela’s determination throughout his life—from his days as a student to his twenty-seven ye... Read More

STINK AND THE FREAKY FROG FREAKOUT

Megan McDonald, Read by Barbara Rosenblat

When young listeners start experimenting with croaking sounds, you'll know that this has been the audiobook of the moment. In this latest adventure, Stink faces his fear of swimming underwater, discov... Read More

Classic

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COMING OF AGE IN MISSISSIPPI

Anne Moody, Read by Lisa Renee Pitts

This memoir poses significant challenges for the narrator. She must capture the essence of the author from an unschooled 4-year-old to a polished adult writer. Lisa Renee Pitts carries it off well. In... Read More

THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Read by Simon Vance

Simon Vance can hardly be equaled as a Holmes narrator. He carries the stories with cultured British upper-crust intonation, merging seamlessly into characterizations that are distinct, believable, an... Read More

FRANKENSTEIN

Mary Shelley, Read by Dan Stevens

Review pending.

THE GREAT GATSBY

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Read by Jake Gyllenhaal

Combining a deeply loved classic like THE GREAT GATSBY with a well-known Hollywood voice like Jake Gyllenhaal’s could create magic or disaster. Could there be competition between the two? Which side w... Read More

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA

Gabriel García Márquez, Read by Armando Durán

Armando Durán’s bold performance of this much loved novel is infused with energy and enthusiasm. His voice is clear, with just a touch of appealing huskiness, which lends an air of realism to the lov... Read More

Erotica

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CARRIE'S STORY

Molly Weatherfield, Read by Shana Savage

A doctoral-candidate-turned-sex slave is preparing to be sold at auction in this graphic novel featuring extensive passages of beating and humiliation. Shana Savage's low, sensuous voice is ideally su... Read More

FALLEN TOO FAR

Abbi Glines, Read by Jennifer Bronstein

When her mother and grandmother die and her long absent father marries a wealthy widow, homeless 19-year-old Blair seeks shelter with her absent parent. But her new stepbrother proves to be a distract... Read More

THE KILLER WORE LEATHER

Laura Antoniou, Read by Lauren Fortgang

A leather convention? Seriously? Deadly serious as it turns out. Rivalry in the competition to see who can reign in the coming year's promotional publicity and jealousy over previous years' contests p... Read More

RELEASE ME

J. Kenner, Read by Sofia Willingham

Nikkie Fairchild, fresh out of college and looking for a career in the tech world, is introduced to billionaire Damien Stark. Graphic erotica results. Sofia Willingham narrates this blatant 50 SHADES ... Read More

THIS MAN

Jodi Ellen Malpas, Read by Edita Brychta

Edita Brychta brings freshness to this 50 Shades knockoff with her light voice and British accent. Young and gifted interior decorator Ava O'Shea heads out on a routine consultation for a new and expe... Read More

WUTHERING NIGHTS

Emily Bronte, I.J. Miller, Read by Joy Pratt

We all knew Catherine and Heathcliff indulged in more than smoldering glances. Here at last are the missing details. Blending her naughty bits with the actual text of the original WUTHERING HEIGHTS, M... Read More

Fantasy

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KILL CITY BLUES

Richard Kadrey, Read by MacLeod Andrews

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, the once-dead half-human/half-angel and former contract killer for the Devil, narrates this gritty tale, delivered in a deep, snarky voice by MacLeod Andrews. Stark sear... Read More

THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES

Scott Lynch, Read by Michael Page

Review pending.

THE RITHMATIST

Brandon Sanderson , Read by Michael Kramer

If wishing could make it true, Joel would be a rithmatist, a wizard who creates magic through chalk drawings. Nonetheless, he’s determined to learn as much as he can about the art. When young rithmati... Read More

SWORDS OF WAAR

Nathan Long, Read by Dina Pearlman

Review pending.

WISP OF A THING

Alex Bledsoe, Read by Stefan Rudnicki

A famous musician recovering from a recent tragedy seeks solace and anonymity in Appalachia. He finds himself embroiled in local trouble of a very strange sort, for there is magic as well as music in ... Read More

Fiction

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DOCTOR SLEEP

Stephen King, Read by Will Patton

Will Patton’s delivery enhances King’s prose in ways that make King’s work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it. This sequel to THE SHINING finds Danny Torrence, now middle-aged, retur... Read More

THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

Helene Wecker, Read by George Guidall

The pleasures of this novel lie in its slow unfolding, its careful details of life (both historical and fantastical) in New York's immigrant communities on the cusp of the twentieth century. The plot ... Read More

THE GOOD HOUSE

Ann Leary , Read by Mary Beth Hurt

Hildy Good is many things: a grandmother, a descendant of one of the women hanged in the Salem witch trials, and a once incredibly successful real estate agent. For most of the people who love her, th... Read More

THE IMPOSTER BRIDE

Nancy Richler, Read by Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert’s performance of this audiobook is strong and easy to absorb. The imposter of the title is a mystery woman who has taken the identity of another, and taken her place in Montreal after le... Read More

JACOB'S OATH

Martin Fletcher, Read by George Guidall

Review pending.

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

Neil Gaiman, Read by Neil Gaiman

"How long have you been 11 for?" That’s just one of the mysteries in THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, where otherworldly things might be strange but aren't in the least impossible. As the 7-year-old ... Read More

History

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C.C. PYLE'S AMAZING FOOT RACE

Geoff Williams, Read by Robertson Dean

In the 1920s, Americans embraced endurance contests— from marathon dances to flagpole sitting and more. In 1928, publicist C.C. Pyle, armed with big dreams as well as a big mouth, organized an ambitio... Read More

DEVIL IN THE GROVE

Gilbert King, Read by Peter Francis James

This biography of Thurgood Marshall uses as its centerpiece a tragic case in central Florida that put the civil rights lawyer at great personal risk. Peter Francis James offers a solid and, at times, ... Read More

FROZEN IN TIME

Mitchell Zuckoff, Read by Mitchell Zuckoff

This book is two adventure stories in one: First, there’s the crash on the Greenland icecap of a WWII cargo plane, followed by the disappearance of a B-17 sent to rescue survivors four days later. The... Read More

THE HOUR OF PERIL

Daniel Stashower, Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Lively writing and lively reading make THE HOUR OF PERIL worth hearing—even for those who feel overwhelmed by everything Honest Abe. Daniel Stashower chronicles the unsuccessful plot to assassinate Li... Read More

NERO'S KILLING MACHINE

Stephen Dando-Collins, Read by Robert Fass

In a clear, strong voice, Robert Fass narrates this history of the ill-fated Roman 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion, from the campaigns under Julius Caesar in 54 B.C. Britain, to their campaigns in G... Read More

ONE SUMMER

Bill Bryson, Read by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson offers up a chronicle of an eventful summer in American history: the summer of 1927. Bryson is an engaging narrator because of his evident interest in— indeed, fascination with—the subject... Read More

Humor

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HOW I SLEPT MY WAY TO THE MIDDLE

Kevin Pollak, Read by Kevin Pollak

Review pending.

LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

David Sedaris, Read by David Sedaris

David Sedaris's familiar voice and delivery make everything he writes funnier, odder, and more poignant. (And if his voice isn't familiar, run, don't walk, to find any of his recordings.) In this late... Read More

SOMEONE COULD GET HURT

Drew Magary, Read by Drew Magary

The GQ correspondent, blogger, and author of MEN WITH BALLS narrates this hipster-father memoir at such a fast clip that it sounds forced--not like anybody's natural speech. His words and phrases are ... Read More

THE STENCH OF HONOLULU

Jack Handey, Read by Jack Handey

Review pending.

STILL FOOLIN' 'EM

Billy Crystal, Read by Billy Crystal

At 65, Billy Crystal is a master of comic timing, as he demonstrates during his narration of STILL FOOLIN' 'EM. A fine actor and nine-time Oscar host, Crystal knows exactly how to deliver his artful b... Read More

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction

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THE ICECUTTER'S DAUGHTER

Tracie Peterson, Read by Stina Nielsen

Review pending.

ILLUMINATIONS

Mary Sharratt, Read by Tavia Gilbert

Review pending.

A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US

Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Read by Keith David, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey

More detailed than the TV series, this novel recounts the Bible's stories and major subject matter with the help of Keith David's strong and theatrical voice. David showcases his authoritative and pas... Read More

TRUTH-STAINED LIES

Terri Blackstock, Read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Review pending.

UNVEILED: TAMAR

Francine Rivers, Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Barbara Rosenblat has uphill work bringing conviction and narrative drive to this thin and padded story, not Rivers’s best. In it, the Canaanite Tamar, an ancestor of Jesus, is married much against he... Read More

Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction

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BREAK OUT!

Joel Osteen, Read by Joel Osteen

Review pending.

CALLED TO THE FIRE

Cheston M. Bush, Read by David Cochran Heath

Like a reluctant Old Testament prophet, the Reverend Charles Johnson resisted going to serve as pastor of a small church in Meridian, Mississippi, in the early years of the Civil Rights struggle. But,... Read More

GRACE HAPPENS HERE

Max Lucado, Read by Wayne Shepherd, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels

Review pending.

KEEPING HOPE ALIVE

Dr. Hawa Abdi, Sarah J. Robbins, Read by Robin Miles

Hawa Abdi is an amazing woman who has stuck to her mission despite an almost daily battle with famine, poverty, and war. Although Abdi was raised in a traditional society in Somalia, she went to medic... Read More

SPARKLY GREEN EARRINGS

Melanie Shankle, Read by Melanie Shankle

Review pending.

Literary Fiction

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AMY FALLS DOWN

Jincy Willett, Read by Amy McFadden

Amy McFadden taps her outstanding comedic talent to become Amy Gallup, a 62-year-old novelist and writing instructor from California whose trip and fall while trying to plant a Norfolk pine results in... Read More

THE CURIOSITY

Stephen P. Kiernan, Read by Kate Udall, George Guidall, Jason Culp, Erik Bergmann

This mesmerizing book is well written and superbly narrated—a possible best audiobook of the year. Scientists are shocked to find a man frozen in a massive iceberg. The story is told from the perspect... Read More

THE GOLDFINCH

Donna Tartt, Read by David Pittu

Bestselling novelist Donna Tartt (THE SECRET HISTORY) draws on Dickensian themes in her new work. Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening exper... Read More

THE SON

Philipp Meyer, Read by Will Patton, Scott Shepherd, Kate Mulgrew, Clifton Collins, Jr.

The story of a Western family ranges from the mid-1800s to the present day and is told through three alternating voices of McCulloughs. Philipp Meyer’s wonderful novel employs beautiful turns of phras... Read More

THE TESTAMENT OF MARY

Colm Tóibín, Read by Meryl Streep

Between them, author Colm Tóibín and narrator Meryl Streep have created an audio experience worthy of all the popular awards put together. Winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize, THE TESTAMENT OF MARY de... Read More

WHITE DOG FELL FROM THE SKY

Eleanor Morse, Read by Carla Mercer-Meyer

After witnessing the murder of a friend in apartheid-torn South Africa, medical student Isaac Muthethe flees to Botswana. There he meets Alice Mendelssohn, an American who hires him as a gardener. Mor... Read More

Multi-Voiced Performance

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ENDER'S GAME ALIVE

Orson Scott Card, Read by Kirby Heyborne, Stefan Rudnicki, Theodore Bikel, Scott Brick, Samantha Eggar, Harlan Ellison, Susan Hanfield, Roxanne Hernandez, Janis Ian, Rex Linn, Richard McGonagle, Jim Meskimen, Emily Rankin, John Rubinstein, Christian Rummel, and a Full Cast

In this specially written full-cast audio adaptation, Orson Scott Card draws heavily from his novel’s original dialogue to concentrate on some of ENDER’S GAME’s most powerful moments. The adults, play... Read More

THE FALL OF THE KINGS

Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Read by Ellen Kushner, Neil Gaiman, Katherine Kellgren, Simon Jones, Richard Ferrone, Robert Fass, et al.

The third installment in Ellen Kushner's Riverside series is flush with all the intrigue, sex, and politics of its predecessors. A young man with royal blood seeks refuge in the confines of the Univer... Read More

SNOWBOUND

Richard S. Wheeler, Read by Brian Hutchison, T. Ryder Smith, Robert Ian Mackenzie, et al.

Explorer John C. Fremont's expedition to San Francisco to map out a railroad route along the 38th parallel in the winter of 1849 came to a halt in the snow. Multiple voices take on the task of telling... Read More

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S STAR WARS

Ian Doescher, Read by Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, January LaVoy, Marc Thompson

Review pending.

WORLD WAR Z: THE COMPLETE EDITION

Max Brooks, Read by Martin Scorsese, Alfred Molina, and a Full Cast

What happens after the end of the world as we know it? Humanity rebuilds, and Kirby Impoinvil (Max Brooks) is there to help survivors make sense of what happened the day the zombies came. Helping aut... Read More

Mystery

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DEATH AND THE LIT CHICK

G.M. Malliet, Read by Davina Porter

This is a classic story of murder at a country house—but with the twist that most of the suspects are crime writers. It’s full of clichés but deliberately self-mocking. This enjoyable cozy is set in S... Read More

THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY

Richard Bard, Read by R.C. Bray

Review pending.

HEIRS AND GRACES

Rhys Bowen, Read by Katherine Kellgren

Lady Georgiana is called upon by Her Majesty the Queen to tap her considerable sophistication and manners to gently train a royal duke's newly discovered heir—born and bred in Australia's Outback. Kat... Read More

HE'S GONE

Deb Caletti, Read by Cassandra Campbell

This audiobook combines popular women’s fiction with a mystery. When Dani Keller wakes to find her husband missing, the search for him is punctuated by flashbacks of their life together. Cassandra Cam... Read More

RAGE AGAINST THE DYING

Becky Masterman, Read by Judy Kaye

Brigid Quinn is the 59-year-old funny but grim heroine of this debut mystery filled with serial killers, fast-paced action, FBI procedures, and an engaging romantic subplot. Judy Kaye delivers Brigid’... Read More

UNLEASHED

David Rosenfelt, Read by Grover Gardner

Being independently wealthy, attorney Andy Carpenter doesn't take on clients lightly. Narrator Grover Gardner’s wry delivery reveals Andy's reluctant bemusement with his trade. Andy would prefer to di... Read More

Narration by the Author or Authors

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GRACE

Grace Coddington, Read by Grace Coddington

Review pending.

I, RHODA

Valerie Harper, Read by Valerie Harper

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Valerie Harper tells her life story in an entertaining, informal way. Harper’s tone is energetic, positive, and friendly—and especially so when she recounts the fortunate ... Read More

LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH

David Rakoff, Read by David Rakoff

The late David Rakoff was a writer, actor, and regular contributor to “This American Life.” His last novel, written in verse, is sensationally clever, intricately made, funny, gritty, and moving. It ... Read More

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

Neil Gaiman, Read by Neil Gaiman

"How long have you been 11 for?" That’s just one of the mysteries in THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, where otherworldly things might be strange but aren't in the least impossible. As the 7-year-old ... Read More

SHIRLEY JONES

Shirley Jones, Read by Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones’s singing voice sounded operatic and wholly American all at once. At the age of 19, she was the first and only singer to be placed under personal contract to Rodgers and Hammerstein. She... Read More

STILL FOOLIN' 'EM

Billy Crystal, Read by Billy Crystal

At 65, Billy Crystal is a master of comic timing, as he demonstrates during his narration of STILL FOOLIN' 'EM. A fine actor and nine-time Oscar host, Crystal knows exactly how to deliver his artful b... Read More

Non-Fiction

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BEYOND BELIEF

Jenna Miscavige Hill, Read by Sandy Rustin

Review pending.

DAVID AND GOLIATH

Malcolm Gladwell, Read by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell has long proven to be a capable narrator of his own books, and this production reflects his continued success. The work posits that personal obstacles may not always be detrimental—that they ... Read More

THE END OF NATURE

Bill McKibben, Read by Jeff Woodman

McKibben's environmental classic, written 25 years ago and just released as an audiobook, is now more history than current reporting. Narrator Jeff Woodman does an excellent job of conveying McKibben'... Read More

THE TELLING ROOM

Michael Paterniti, Read by L.J. Ganser

When author Paterniti went to Spain to find Ambrosio, the man who once crafted the world's most expensive cheese, he was surprised by the simplicity and the drama of life in Castile. Narrator L.J. Gan... Read More

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

David Finkel, Read by Arthur Bishop, David Finkel (Introduction)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning WASHINGTON POST reporter and recent recipient of a MacArthur Award details the harrowing experiences of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and their return to American society. Narrator ... Read More

Original Work

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ENDER'S GAME ALIVE

Orson Scott Card, Read by Kirby Heyborne, Stefan Rudnicki, Theodore Bikel, Scott Brick, Samantha Eggar, Harlan Ellison, Susan Hanfield, Roxanne Hernandez, Janis Ian, Rex Linn, Richard McGonagle, Jim Meskimen, Emily Rankin, John Rubinstein, Christian Rummel, and a Full Cast

In this specially written full-cast audio adaptation, Orson Scott Card draws heavily from his novel’s original dialogue to concentrate on some of ENDER’S GAME’s most powerful moments. The adults, play... Read More

LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL

Martin Luther King, Jr., Read by Dion Graham

April 1963 found Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, for his leadership role in a Civil Rights protest there. Eight local religious leaders publicly admonished him for his... Read More

METATROPOLIS: GREEN SPACE

Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, Seannan McGuire, Tobias S. Buckell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Scholes, Read by Dion Graham, Robin Miles, Mark Boyett, et al.

Review pending.

RIP-OFF!

Gardner Dozois [Ed.], John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Robert Charles Wilson, et al., Read by Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, et al.

Thirteen authors, eight narrators—this themed anthology has something for everyone. Each author, from Elizabeth Bear to John Scalzi, uses a famous opening line from a classic work of fiction to spur a... Read More

THE STORM KING

Pete Seeger, Jeff Haynes [Ed.], Read by Pete Seeger

This marvelous presentation of Pete Seeger’s words and music is a gift to all lovers of folk music, as well as anyone interested in the history of civil protest in America. The program combines Seeger... Read More

THIRTEEN

Scott Harrison, Dan Abnett, Cavan Scott, Kim Newman, Kaaron Warren, George Mann, Simon Clark, Read by Gemma Arterton, Laila Ward, Frances Barber, Barnaby Edwards, Samuel West, Greg Wise, Arthur Darvill

Review pending.

Package Design

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THE CANYON

Jack Warner Schaefer, Read by Eric Dove

Review pending.

CLOCKWORK ANGELS: THE WATCHMAKER'S EDITION

Kevin J. Anderson, Read by Neil Peart

The Canadian rock band Rush has never shied away from pseudo-mythological trappings, and in this literary adaptation of their latest album sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson further pushes the envelope. ... Read More

THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY AUDIOBOOK LIBRARY

Ernest Hemingway, Read by Donald Sutherland, William Hurt, John Slattery, Campbell Scott, et al.

Review pending.

NPR LAUGHTER THERAPY

NPR, Read by Peter Sagal [Host]

This well-harvested collection of NPR interviews, April Fool’s news reports, and other skits is bound to garner smiles and inspire thoughts about comedy for any listener. From Drew Carey to Phyllis Di... Read More

SOLD

Patricia McCormick, Read by Justine Eyre

This stunning novel by the gifted McCormick centers on 13-year-old Lakshmi, who lives with her family in the mountains of Nepal and is tricked into a life of prostitution. Raw, bitter, honest, and unn... Read More

THE TIME MACHINE

H.G. Wells, Read by Derek Jacobi

Step into THE TIME MACHINE and be transported to the future with Sir Derek Jacobi guiding the way. This revered British actor (listeners may recognize his voice from the BBC’s "Cadfael" or "I, Claudiu... Read More

Paranormal

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EVER AFTER

Kim Harrison, Read by Marguerite Gavin

The lines are damaged, the ever after is shrinking, and witch demon Rachel Morgan must fix the problem or die for her part in causing it, while falling in love with a complicated elf. Marguerite Gavin... Read More

INFERNO

Sherrilyn Kenyon , Read by Holter Graham

Teenage demon Nick Gautier wants to heed the advice of his future self and avoid killing his beloved mom, but will he be able to pull it off? Holter Graham delivers a masterful narration of the ongoin... Read More

RED MOON

Benjamin Percy, Read by Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy delivers a ponderous narration for this very long story set in a parallel universe in which lycans (wolf shape-shifters) live openly, register with the government, and face discriminati... Read More

REVIVER

Seth Patrick , Read by Ari Fliakos

Jonah Miller can bring people back from the dead, briefly, to say goodbye or bear witness to crimes. A routine forensic revival reveals a terrifying side to this practice, and uncovers a sinister plot... Read More

WARBOUND

Larry Correia, Read by Bronson Pinchot

Review pending.

Personal Development

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DREAM MORE

Dolly Parton, Read by Dolly Parton

Expanding on a 2009 inspirational commencement speech at the University of Tennessee, the well-known entertainer Dolly Parton provides an effervescent sip of champagne, (rather than moonshine) in this... Read More

FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL

Vinnie Tortorich, Read by Vinnie Tortorich

Review pending.

GET THE GUY

Matthew Hussey, Read by Matthew Hussey

Review pending.

HAPPY THIS YEAR!

Will Bowen, Read by Will Bowen

Review pending.

THE SECRET TO SUCCESS

Eric Thomas, Read by Charles Arrington, Eric Thomas

Review pending.

YOU ARE A BADASS

Jen Sincero, Read by Jen Sincero

Life coach and author Jen Sincero throws a lot of passion into her reading of her spunky advice on how to stop holding yourself back from the life you deserve. She sounds fresh and totally spontaneous... Read More

Romance

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THE DARKEST CRAVING

Gena Showalter, Read by Max Bellmore

Review pending.

FOR MY LADY'S HEART

Laura Kinsale, Read by Nicholas Boulton

Nicholas Boulton's deep British voice vividly brings to life this intriguing tale of the perfect, mysterious "Green Knight," Ruck, who swears allegiance to the beautiful, wiley widow, Princess Melanth... Read More

KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE

Bella Andre, Read by Eva Kaminsky

Review pending.

THE LONGEST RIDE

Nicholas Sparks, Read by January LaVoy, Ron McLarty

Nicholas Sparks’s redemptive, emotionally charged novel is an enjoyable change of pace for fans. Thanks to nuanced performances by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy, it’s also an instantly engrossing list... Read More

THE WANDERER

Robyn Carr, Read by Therese Plummer

Therese Plummer's quietly appealing voice is the perfect choice for this lovely tale of what a small town can be and come to mean. When a friend mysteriously dies, Hank Cooper discovers that he has be... Read More

Science Fiction

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CAPTAIN VORPATRIL'S ALLIANCE

Lois McMaster Bujold, Read by Grover Gardner

Grover Gardner gives a top-notch performance of another book in Bujold's long-running Miles Vorkosigan saga, this time starring Miles's cousin, Ivan. The complicated plot involves a forced marriage, a... Read More

EXTINCTION MACHINE

Jonathan Maberry , Read by Ray Porter

Review pending.

MADDADDAM

Margaret Atwood, Read by Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond

Earnest, cynical, scathing: With these varied narrative approaches, Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, and Robbie Daymond perfectly capture the complexities of Atwood’s last installment in her MaddAddam Tr... Read More

THE MARTIAN

Andy Weir, Read by R.C. Bray

R.C. Bray's deep,gravelly voice blends well Mark Watney's first-person account as he struggles to survive on a desolate Mars after his crew left him behind. Though he finds ingenious ways to survive d... Read More

PROTECTOR

C.J. Cherryh, Read by Daniel Thomas May

Narrator Daniel Thomas May navigates Cherryh's complicated science-fiction universe with aplomb. He introduces the intricate political world that threatens to impinge on noble Cajeiri's upcoming eight... Read More

SHAMAN

Kim Stanley Robinson, Read by Graeme Malcolm

Review pending.

Short Stories/Collections

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THE BALLAD OF THE SAD CAFE

Carson McCullers, Read by David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, Therese Plummer, Kevin Pariseau, Suzanne Toren, Edoardo Ballerini, Barbara Rosenblat

McCullers is one of the least prolific of American writers; this is her only collection of stories, and they revolve mostly around the impossibilities of love—in one case, a girl's love of music, but ... Read More

THE CAGE KEEPER, AND OTHER STORIES

Andre Dubus III, Read by Andre Dubus III

With his gritty narrative style, author Dubus adds a final dimension of realism to the rough men and women who populate this collection of tightly written stories. Both the language and the characters... Read More

NINE INCHES

Tom Perrotta, Read by William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, Rupert Degas

Perrotta is better known as a novelist (ELECTION, LITTLE CHILDREN), but his stories cover much the same territory--unhappy, damaged people in the New Jersey suburbs. That may sound depressing, but, es... Read More

NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY

Ron Rash, Read by Alexander Cendese, Robert Petkoff, Prentice Onayemi, Christian Baskous, Phoebe Strole

An uneven collection of stories is told by multiple narrators in multiple styles. The listener may find that shifting back and forth between character readings and straight narration can be unsettling... Read More

SHERLOCK HOLMES IN AMERICA

Jon L. Lellenberg, Martin H. Greenberg, Daniel Stashower [Eds.], Read by Graeme Malcolm

As you might expect, this Sherlock Holmes anthology finds the detective in New York City. Often, though, it takes him farther--out west to Utah, San Diego, and San Antonio. Graeme Malcolm tells the st... Read More

WE LIVE IN WATER

Jess Walter, Read by Edoardo Ballerini

The 13 stories in this collection are mostly set in the Pacific Northwest. All are told by men who are down on their luck. Many of them have served in the military, all have broken relationships, and ... Read More

Solo Narration - Female

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HEARTBURN

Nora Ephron, Read by Meryl Streep

News flash: Meryl Streep is a genius. I know this will come as a surprise to you. Performing the late, great Nora Ephron’s seriocomic novel HEARTBURN, Streep is so sensitive to nuance, so gifted at ma... Read More

MY BELOVED WORLD

Sonia Sotomayor, Read by Rita Moreno

When people talk about the United States being a land of opportunity where anyone with enough talent and gumption can achieve his or her goals, they are talking about someone exactly like Supreme Cour... Read More

NOS4A2

Joe Hill, Read by Kate Mulgrew

Writer Joe Hill has proven to be as adept at writing horror as his father, Stephen King, and this may be his best work yet. It's made even better by the performance of narrator Kate Mulgrew. The title... Read More

THE TESTAMENT OF MARY

Colm Tóibín, Read by Meryl Streep

Between them, author Colm Tóibín and narrator Meryl Streep have created an audio experience worthy of all the popular awards put together. Winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize, THE TESTAMENT OF MARY de... Read More

THE TWELVE CLUES OF CHRISTMAS

Rhys Bowen, Read by Katherine Kellgren

In Tiddleton-Under-Lovey, Lady Georgiana lands a job as a social hostess. The idyllic Dickensian village—where the sleuthing Georgi is joined by her mother, an actress; famed playwright Noel Coward; ... Read More

Solo Narration - Male

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DIMENSION OF MIRACLES

Robert Sheckley, Read by John Hodgman

As narrator, John Hodgman effectively balances the mundane and the outrageous. His straightforward voice and matter-of-fact tone contrast perfectly with the zaniness of Tom Carmody’s adventures in spa... Read More

DOCTOR SLEEP

Stephen King, Read by Will Patton

Will Patton’s delivery enhances King’s prose in ways that make King’s work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it. This sequel to THE SHINING finds Danny Torrence, now middle-aged, retur... Read More

FRANKENSTEIN

Mary Shelley, Read by Dan Stevens

Review pending.

THE GOLDFINCH

Donna Tartt, Read by David Pittu

Bestselling novelist Donna Tartt (THE SECRET HISTORY) draws on Dickensian themes in her new work. Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening exper... Read More

IN A GLASS GRIMMLY

Adam Gidwitz, Read by Johnny Heller

In this combination fairy tale and nursery rhyme, the once predictable Jack and Jill find themselves tested by obstacles far more dangerous than any hill. Johnny Heller narrates this grisly send-up of... Read More

WARBOUND

Larry Correia, Read by Bronson Pinchot

Review pending.

Teens

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ELEANOR & PARK

Rainbow Rowell, Read by Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra

Two narrators tell the nuanced story of an unlikely first love. The actors excel at differentiating the multiple shifting viewpoints within each chapter of the story. More importantly, they give full ... Read More

FAR FAR AWAY

Tom McNeal, Read by W. Morgan Sheppard

From the first word, this rich recording envelops the listener. Both the production quality and the performance are superb. W. Morgan Sheppard's narration is a vehicle of otherworldly transport that t... Read More

FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK

Matthew Quick, Read by Noah Galvin

Leonard Peacock is a complicated character, and narrator Noah Galvin quickly conveys his disturbing emotions. On his eighteenth birthday, a day his mother forgets to remember, Leonard plans to kill hi... Read More

ROSE UNDER FIRE

Elizabeth Wein, Read by Sasha Pick

Rose Justice, a young American pilot ferrying planes in Britain as part of the Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII, finds herself captured and sent to Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp—but that’s... Read More

VIVA JACQUELINA!

L.A. Meyer, Read by Katherine Kellgren

Jacky Faber is a spy, romantic, adventurer, and tomboy who’s also tough and tenderhearted. Narrator Katherine Kellgren captures each of Jacky’s personas to perfection. As a spy, Jacky spends time in S... Read More

Thriller/Suspense

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THE BOOK OF OBEAH

Sandra Carrington-Smith, Read by Dave Fennoy

Dave Fennoy's narration makes this audiobook! When Melody Bennet embarks to fulfill her grandmother's final wish to have her ashes scattered in a remote bayou in Louisiana, she has no idea of her fami... Read More

THE FIFTH ASSASSIN

Brad Meltzer, Read by Scott Brick

The United States has had four murdered presidents since Abraham Lincoln. Were these assassinations connected? Is the current sitting president in danger? And what of the super secret Culper Ring crea... Read More

THE HIT

David Baldacci, Read by Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy

Agent Will Robie is a master of killing, and David Baldacci’s thriller is an excellent match for audio. Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy prove a formidable team in ramping up the tension as Robie, a hig... Read More

SUSPECT

Robert Crais, Read by MacLeod Andrews

There's no doubt that this is one of Crais's best. Teamed with MacLeod Andrews’s narration, it will bring tears to listeners’ eyes. It's the story of a German Shepherd named Maggie, a former military... Read More

SYCAMORE ROW

John Grisham, Read by Michael Beck

Michael Beck's masterful narration of John Grisham's engaging novel about the validity of a handwritten will offers more than a courtroom battle. Beck expertly guides the story through myriad surprise... Read More

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