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August 2016 Earphones Award Winners

The award is given by AudioFile to truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text.


ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Earphones Award Winner
Science Fiction

The deep-space mining vessel MARION, with Chief Engineer Hooper (Corey Johnson) at the helm, is attacked by the same aliens who destroyed the crew of the vessel NOSTROMO 35 years earlier (in the 1979 sci-fi horror movie ALIEN). When Hooper detects another vessel heading toward them, it turns out to be none other than Ellen Ripley, the last surviving member of the NOSTROMO,... Read More

ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN
Earphones Award Winner
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator Dylan Baker affects an emotionally detached tone for Walker's new novel. This may seem an unusual choice, given the dramatic depiction of sexual assault that is at the heart of the story. But Baker uses a distant manner to build tension and take the listener inside the attack. As Walker's character, Jenny Kramer, recovers physically from being raped, she's given a... Read More

THE ARABS
Earphones Award Winner
History

Derek Perkins's powerful narration of Oxford historian Eugene Rogan's sweeping history of the Arab peoples and nations is audio listening at its very best. The pace never slackens, the hours fly by, and the story that unfolds is as dramatic and fraught as any novel. We in the West know little of the history of the Middle East and even less of its long, troubled relations with... Read More

THE BIG PICTURE
Earphones Award Winner
Contemporary Culture

Listening to theoretical physicist Sean Carroll narrate his own book is akin to hearing a brilliant college lecturer explain the mysteries of the universe. This audiobook looks at humanity's understanding of the nature of life and our place in the universe, and it all makes perfect sense, thanks to the author's sensible, grounded explanations. Carroll breaks these enormously... Read More

THE CHILDREN OF WILLESDEN LANE
Earphones Award Winner
Biography & Memoir

Lisa Jura, an Austrian Jew, was already a skilled pianist at age 14, when her parents sent far from home to escape the Nazis. Along with ten thousand other youngsters, she was part of the Kindertransport, which brought the children to London, where they found homes and built lives. The author narrates this amazing biography of her mother's life in a melodic voice. Golabek... Read More

CRUSH
Earphones Award Winner
Contemporary Culture

What's it like when you're so in love, so infatuated that you can hardly breathe? What happens when you've fallen in love with David Cassidy or James Franco or Carrie Fisher or Kim Novak? The subject of going head over heels for unreachable celebrities hardly sounds earthshaking or laugh-out-loud entertaining, but it's all that and more when narrated by the talented Kaleo... Read More

GLITTERLAND
Earphones Award Winner
Romantic Fiction

Once again, Nicholas Boulton proves he's the master of the romance genre with this moving story. Ash Winters is fighting crippling depression and anxiety, and swiftly losing hope. The last thing he wants is to fall for a dramatic stranger with a fake tan and a sparkly jacket. But the longer he spends with Darian Taylor, the more he wonders if this fearless young man is... Read More

IT'S OKAY TO LAUGH
Earphones Award Winner
Biography & Memoir

Nora McInerny Purmort tells her personal story of love, loss, and what follows in this touching, humorous, unapologetically honest memoir. Purmort loses her father and husband to cancer and a baby to a miscarriage all in the same year. But the energy and passion with which she reads her story exudes the life and magic squeezed from her trials rather than the raw pain and... Read More

MAPPING THE HEAVENS
Earphones Award Winner
Contemporary Culture

Listeners will be mesmerized by this audiobook as it unfolds its little-known cosmological booty. Using pacing, expression, and a confident tone, narrator Elisabeth Rodgers gives a flawless performance. For the armchair cosmologist the acronyms are many, and the words they represent even more mind-boggling. For instance, the big bang theory of how the universe began has been... Read More

THE MIRROR THIEF
Earphones Award Winner
Mystery & Suspense

Edoardo Ballerini's remarkable performance keeps listeners completely engrossed in Seay's sophisticated, original, elaborately plotted novel. In 2003, in Las Vegas, Curtis Stone searches for gambler Stanley Glass, who skipped out on a debt. Maybe. Flash back to Venice, California, 1958. Sixteen-year-old con artist Stanley searches for Adrian Welles, author of THE MIRROR THIEF,... Read More

NINE WOMEN, ONE DRESS
Earphones Award Winner
Fiction

A lively cast captures the personalities of diverse and entertaining characters whose lives are touched by one little black dress--the magic of which extends far beyond the nine women who wear it. Each narrator takes on the voices of the colorful characters who tell their stories, which, somehow, all include a transaction involving the dress. The individual perspectives bring... Read More

THE OEDIPUS PLAYS
Earphones Award Winner
Poetry & Drama

Classical Greek drama was performed through masks, so an audio version, depending almost entirely on the actors' voices, is not a big stretch. This outstanding full cast, and Roger Marsh's original music, serves Ian Johnston's vigorous verse translation of Sophocles very well. None of the actors can be singled out; they're all marvelous at combining the original declamatory... Read More

RADIOACTIVE!
Earphones Award Winner
Young Adult

This biography introduces young people to two early-twentieth-century physicists whose discoveries set the stage for the atomic bomb. Because of their gender, however, they were denied the recognition they deserved during their lifetimes and were all but forgotten by history. Irene Curie, daughter of Nobel physicists Marie and Pierre, and Lise Meitner, an Austrian physicist,... Read More

THE REVOLVING DOOR OF LIFE
Earphones Award Winner
Fiction

The tenth installment of the 44 Scotland Street series continues with the lives of the residents thereof. Narrator Robert Ian Mackenzie gives a perfect voice to each character, whether man, woman, or child. The book contains the same recurring characters, but the focus is more on their conversations dealing with philosophy, art, and poetry--although there is also some... Read More

SIRACUSA
Earphones Award Winner
Fiction

This stylishly written and razor-sharp novel of manners is perfect for audio since the achievement and pleasure of the book comes from the crossruff among four different voices as each tells his or her version of what happened in Siracusa. Michael and Lizzie, a childless couple from New York, travel to Italy with Taylor and Finn, a not-very-happy couple from Portland, Maine,... Read More

TWO IF BY SEA
Earphones Award Winner
Fiction

Narrator George Newbern's performance of this riveting thriller is simply spellbinding. On Christmas Eve, American Frank Mercy, who is living in Australia with his pregnant wife, watches in horror from high ground as a tsunami sweeps away his family. Heroically assisting in the rescue efforts, he saves a boy from a sinking minivan only to find he can't abandon the child to the... Read More

UNDERGROUND AIRLINES
Earphones Award Winner
Mystery & Suspense

Narrator William DeMeritt expertly captures the bleak tone of Winters's daring alternate history. A United States that never experienced Abraham Lincoln in the White House, that never fully freed the slaves--in fact, that amended the Constitution to forever protect the institution--is a nation living under a cloud of constant conflict. DeMeritt provides the shadow of that cloud... Read More

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10
Earphones Award Winner
Mystery & Suspense

Lo Blacklock is a travel writer who gets the opportunity to cover the maiden voyage of a small cruise ship, the AURORA. Imogen Church narrates Lo's story at a smooth, relaxed pace, giving warmth and charm to the character. The mystery is cleverly plotted, and listeners will question every event. Did Lo really hear a body being dropped overboard, or had she had so many cocktails... Read More

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