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Solve: The 2017 Thriller/Suspense Audie Award Nominees

Special agents, spies, and GIs, oh my! The nominees for the 2017 Thriller/Suspense Audie Awards keep listeners on the edge of their seats. James Patterson’s 23rd installment in the long-running Alex Cross series vies with Matthew FitzSimmons’s debut of Marine Gibson Vaughn. This category is chock-full of adrenaline-producing audiobooks. The full list of nominees includes:

Cross Justice

Cross Justice
by James Patterson, read by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jefferson Mays
Hachette Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

The Fall of Moscow Station

The Fall of Moscow Station
by Mark Henshaw, read by Eric G. Dove
Dreamscape Media

Hidden Bodies

Hidden Bodies
by Caroline Kepnes, read by Santino Fontana
Simon & Schuster Audio
AudioFile Earphones Award

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Home
by Harlan Coben, read by Steven Weber
Brilliance Audio

The Short Drop

The Short Drop
by Matthew FitzSimmons, read by James Patrick Cronin
Brilliance Audio

2017 Audies Finalists
The winner in this and the 25 other Audie Awards categories will be announced June 1st. In the meantime, let us know who you’re rooting for in this category. Which of these audiobooks really got your blood pumping?

Solve: The 2017 Mystery Audies Finalists!

2017 marks the 22nd year of the Audio Publishers Association’s recognition of the best in audiobook productions — The Audies. This year’s mystery category hosts some tough competition; from much beloved series to a debut, the field is varied and reflective of the genre’s wide range. The nominees include:

Crimson Shore

Crimson Shore
by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, read by Rene Auberjonois
Hachette Audio

The Crossing

The Crossing
by Michael Connelly, read by Titus Welliver
Hachette Audio

A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning
by Louise Penny, read by Robert Bathurst
Macmillan Audio
Earphones Award Winner

The Heavens May Fall

The Heavens May Fall
By Allen Eskens, read by R.C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden
Tantor Audio

IQ

IQ
by Joe Ide, read by Sulllivan Jones
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

 

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The winner in this and the other 25 categories won’t be announced until June 1st. Do you have a favorite horse in this race? Who would you like to see take home the 2017 Audie Award for Best Mystery Audiobook?

Browse all the 2017 Audie Award Finalists

 

Self: Women Work

Women Work

Women work to overcome cultural and internal barriers. Listeners will think about the abundance of career options for women today, the stubborn persistence of workplace insults and obstacles, and the empowerment women feel to break through and correct these barriers as they explore these audios. All written and performed by women, they focus on women’s continuing struggle to actualize their talents, balance their lives, and contribute in the public arena as respected, capable players.

THE BITCH IS BACK by Cathi Hanauer, read by Teri Schnaubelt, Harper Audio

DARING: My Passages by Gail Sheehy, read by Bernadette Dunn, Harper Audio/ Blackstone Audio

EARNING IT: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World, by Joann S. Lublin, read by Kirsten Potter, Harper Audio

FEMINIST FIGHT CLUB: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, by  Jessica Bennett, read by  Bahni Turpin, Harper Audio

#GIRLBOSS: How to Write Your Own Rules While Turning Heads and Turning Profits, Sophia Amoruso, read by Sara Jes Austell, Penguin Audio / Books on Tape

HOW TO WIN AT FEMINISM: The Definitive Guide to Having It All–and Then Some!, by Beth Newell,Sarah Pappalardo, read by Anna Drezen, Nicole Silverberg, Harper Audio

LEAN IN: Woman, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell, read by Elisa Donovan, Random House Audio/ Books on Tape

LEAP: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want, by Tess Vigeland, read by Tess Vigeland, Blackstone Audio

SHRILL: Notes from a Loud Woman, by Lindy West, read by Lindy West, Hachette Audio

WHAT I TOLD MY DAUGHTER: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women, by Nina Tassler, Cynthia Littleton [Eds.], read by Madeleine Maby, Janina Edwards, Fiona Hardingham, Amanda Carlin, Joy Osmanski, Simon & Schuster Audio

YEAR OF YES: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes, read by Shonda Rhimes, Simon & Schuster Audio

YOU ARE A BADASS: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Live an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero, read by Jen Sincero, Tantor Media

A few of the writers are accomplished female executives, like television producer Nina Tassler (WHAT I TOLD MY DAUGHTER), screenwriter Shonda Rhimes (YEAR OF YES), and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg (LEAN IN). Some are by younger authors whose snappy writing and counter-culture tone make their messages sound revolutionary, energizing, impossible to ignore. Combining such messages with the distinctive power of the human voice creates audiobooks that go beyond intellectual stimulation; they’ll help a lot of women take notice, take names, and take on anyone who gets in their way.

What makes the audio productions of these books so arresting is that the stories they tell are not only personal but also delivered by voices that sound engaged and empowered by what they are sharing. These voices make the audiobooks sound as authentic as they are enlightening.

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Behind the Mic: Expiration Day

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Gabrielle de Cuirand we hear how this powerful audiobook has the potential to strike chords within us all. William Campbell Powell’s debut novel, EXPIRATION DAY, is not just for teens, and Gabrielle tells us why.

“The book deals with the issue of what it means to be human, and I don’t think there’s anything quite as powerful as that.” —Narrator Gabrielle de Cuir

Expiration Day

EXPIRATION DAY
by William Campbell Powell, read by Gabrielle de Cuir
Blackstone Audio/ Skyboat Media
Earphones Award Winner

Listeners follow Tania Deeley from age 11 to age 18 through her diary entries. She lives in a future world where most children are androids—teknoids—and exist only until their eighteenth birthday. Gabrielle’s narration makes this eerie future come alive and feel real. Hear a sound clip and read AudioFile’s full review here.

More audiobooks from Gabrielle!

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Gabrielle de Cuir

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Outspoken Women

Celebrating Women’s History

This March we celebrate audiobooks about the women who inspire us—women who lead, who inspire, who change the world. Since we’re in the world of sound, let’s hear from these six Outspoken Women through their audiobooks.

SOCIETY’S CHILD
by Janis Ian, read by Janis Ian
Audible Inc/Brilliance Audio

Grammy Award winner Janis Ian shares her journey as an American singer-songwriter who first entered the music scene in the mid-1960s. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

I AM MALALA
by Malala Yousafzai, read by Archie Panjabi
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir of the Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

BOSSYPANTS
by Tina Fey, read by Tina Fey
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Part personal story, part comedy, and part career advice, Tina Fey’s memoir  is full of her signature smart and self-deprecating humor. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

RISING STRONG
by Brené Brown, read by Brené Brown
Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Highly personal stories and Brené Brown’s gut-wrenching honesty contribute to the intensity and work well to illustrate her step-by-step formula for rising above shame and hurt. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

MY LIFE ON THE ROAD
by Gloria Steinem, read by Debra Winger, Gloria Steinem
Random House Audio/ Books on Tape

Gloria Steinem recounts the struggles and joys she found in her literal and metaphorical journeys as a feminist leader and journalist. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

THE ART OF ASKING
by Amanda Palmer, read by Amanda Palmer
Hachette Audio
Earphones Award Winner

Amanda Palmer’s resonant yet intimate reading is captivating—but in a way that keeps listeners wondering whether it’s her wisdom about emotional connections or her outspoken self-promotion that makes this audio so powerful. Read AudioFile’s full review here.

This is just a sample of audiobooks by and about inspiring women. Explore many more in AudioFile’s biography & memoir reviews.

Leave us a comment with YOUR favorite audiobook by or about an outspoken woman.