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Audiobook of the Year
MY LIFE, By Bill Clinton
Narrated by Bill Clinton
(Random House)


President Bill Clinton’s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts to serving the public. It is the fullest, most detailed and nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact his work and his ideals have had on America and on the world. We see his career shaped by his unfaltering commitment to civil rights and his exceptional understanding of the practicalities of political life. And we come to understand the emotional pressures of his youth which led him at times into damaging patterns of behavior. Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions. Filled with fascinating moments and insights, it is told openly, directly, in President Clinton’s own completely recognizable voice.
Nominated Titles
  A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
    narrated by Tim Curry
    (Harper Audio)
  Ulysses, by James Joyce, narrated by Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan
    (Naxos AudioBooks)



Judges Award: Language Learning
INSTANT IMMERSION HAWAIIAN , By Kaliko Beamer-Trapp and Kiele Akana-Gooch
Narrated by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp and Kiele Akana-Gooch
(Topics Entertainment)


Holiday in Honolulu? Meetings on Maui? Now, with Instant Immersion Hawaiian, you can bask in the language, culture, and spirit of Hawaii while gaining proficiency and insights you can use on the beach or in the boardroom. Vibrant, effective, and listener-friendly, this unique and comprehensive audio suite blends Hawaiian vocabulary and grammar with informative notes on each island. Written, produced, and recorded in Hawaii, Instant ImmersionHawaiian features respected Hawaiian speakers and champions of the effort to keep this proud language alive. Instant Immersion Hawaiian is the topical, tropical way to pono Hawaiian instruction. Mahalo!
Fiction, Abridged
BRIMSTONE , By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Narrated by René Auberjonois
(Time Warner AudioBooks)


Behind the gates of a fabulous Hampton estate, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers the carnage of a gruesome crime, a nightmare of seemingly supernatural origin. The smoldering remains of infamous art critic Jeremy Grove, a melted cross branding his chest, are found in a locked, barricaded attic. The hoofprint singed into the floorboards and the smell of brimstone recall the legendary horrors that befall those who make a pact with the Devil. Pendergast combs New York hoping for a simple explanation: a villain who is merely a man. But his search takes him beyond the exclusive clubs and luxury penthouses of Manhattan to a crumbling, legend-shrouded castle in the Italian countryside, where thirty years ago four men conjured something...unspeakable.
Nominated Titles
  Hissy Fit, by Mary Kay Andrews, narrated by Isabel Keating
    (Audio Rennaisance)
  I Am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe, narrated by Dylan Baker
    (Audio Rennaisance)
  The Last Crossing, by Guy Vanderhaegh, narrated by John Henry Cox, John Keating,
    Colin Lane, Tom McKeon, Simon Prebble, and Chelsey Rives
    (HighBridge Audio)
  Transmission, by Hari Kunzru, narrated by Hari Kunzru
    (Simon & Schuster Audio)



Fiction, Unabridged
THE DARLING, by Russell Banks
Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt
(BBC Audiobooks America)


Hannah Musgrave, a wanted radical political activist connected with the Weather Underground, flees her native America for West Africa in the mid-seventies. She marries a government official and makes her home in Liberia, where her life charts a new course as political unrest becomes the order of the day. Hannah and her husband assist in the rebellions of the notorious warlord Charles Taylor, their friend and colleague, and Hannah establishes a chimpanzee sanctuary. Then in the late 1980s, Hannah and her family get caught up in the civil war. Her husband is killed by government agents, and her now teenaged sons join the rebels to avenge their father. As an American who's offered safe haven by the US embassy and a flight home, Hannah faces a heart rending choice: abandon her sons and her beloved chimps, or stay and go down with them.
Nominated Titles
  Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs
    (Harper Audio)
  I Am Charlotte Simmon, by Tom Wolfe, narrated by Dylan Baker
    (Audio Rennaisance)
  Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke, narrated Simon Prebble
    (Audio Rennaisance)
  Our Sunshine, by Robert Drewe, narrated by Michael Veitch
    (Bolinda Audio)



Mystery (Fiction)
TWISTED: Selected Unabridged Stories of Jeffrey Deaver , by Jeffery Deaver
Narrated by Boyd Gaines, Michele Pawk and Frederick Weller
(Simon & Schuster Audio)


New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver has long thrilled fans with tales of masterful villains and their nefarious ways, and the brilliant minds who bring them to justice. Now, he has collected for the first time his award-winning, spine-tingling stories of suspense in a collection that exhibits his amazing range and signature plot twists. A beautiful woman goes to extremes to rid herself of her stalker; a daughter begs her father not to go fishing in an area where there have been a series of brutal killings; a contemporary of the playwright William Shakespeare vows to avenge his family's ruin; and Jeffery Deaver's most beloved character, criminalist Lincoln Rhyme, is back to solve a chilling Christmastime disappearance. Diverse, provocative, eerie, and inspired, this collection pulses with subtle intrigue and Deaver's incomparable imagination.
Nominated Titles
  Brimstone, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, narrated by René Auberjonois
    (Time Warner AudioBooks)
  Double Homicide, by Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman, narrated by John
    Rubinstein and Lou Diamond Phillips
    (Time Warner AudioBooks)
  Hark!, by Ed McBain, narrated by Ron McLarty
    (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  The Man in My Basement, by Walter Mosley, narrated by Ernie Hudson
    (Time Warner AudioBooks)



Romance
KISS ME WHILE I SLEEP , by Linda Howard
Narrated by Joyce Bean and Dick Hill
(Brilliance Audio)


It’s a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can’t be touched by the law. But now, after nineteen years of service, Lily has been drawn into a dangerous game that hasn’t been sanctioned, seeking vengeance for her own reasons. Each move bolder than the next, she is compromising her superiors, drawing unwanted attention, and endangering her very life. A CIA agent himself, Lucas Swain recognizes the signs of trauma in the line of fire. His orders: either bring her in or bring her down. Yet he too is drawn into the game with Lily Mansfield. Keeping laser focus on the task at hand while vigilantly watching her back, Mansfield never sees the peril that lies directly in her path…and how loyalty has a price
Nominated Titles
  Invitation to Provence, by Elizabeth Adler, narrated by Carrington MacDuffie
    (BBC Audiobooks America)
  Sam's Letters to Jennifer, by James Patterson
    narrated by Anne Heche and Jane Alexander
    (Brilliance Audio)
  The Perfect Lover, by Stephanie Laurens, narrated by Simon Prebble
    (Recorded Books)
  The Summer I Dared, by Barbara Delinsky, narrated by Linda Emond
    (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  The Virgin's Lover, by Philippa Gregory, narrated by Graeme Malcolm
    (Simon & Schuster Audio)



Classics
A CHRISTMAS CAROL , By Charles Dickens
Narrated by John Lee
(Listening Library)


Ebeneezer Scrooge is the meanest, stingiest, greediest, most uncharitable person in the whole town. But on this special Christmas Eve, ghostly visitors from the past, present and future have come to show him the error of his selfish ways. As Scrooge revisits the most important moments of his own life, he sees the foolishness of choosing money over love and gains compassion for himself and others. Is it too late for Scrooge to mend his mistakes, now that he understands the true meaning of Christmas?
Nominated Titles
  Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya, narrated by Robert Ramirez
    (Recorded Books)
  The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari, narrated by Charlton Griffin
    (Audio Connoisseur)
  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, narrated by Cherry Jones
    (Harper Audio)
  Ulysses, by James Joyce, narrated by Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan
    (Naxos AudioBooks)



Non-Fiction, Abridged
CHASING THE DEVIL: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River, By David Reichert
Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
(Time Warner AudioBooks)


It began with the discovery of three women’s bodies found near Seattle’s Green River in 1982. Soon more human remains would be found, some as far as Oregon. They were teenage runaways or other women whose anonymous lifestyles had made them easy, vulnerable targets—and they were all the victims of a faceless murderer whose rampage would span two decades and take as many as forty-nine lives. For twenty long years, Sheriff David Reichert played a cat and mouse game with the Green River killer, who managed to stay one step ahead of Reichert, the local authorities, and even the FBI. But Reichert had no doubt in his mind that he was going to find the Green River killer—no matter how long it took. With startling insider disclosures and the fascinating forensic details of the relentless manhunt itself, Chasing the Devil exposes the heart of true evil and reveals the dauntless efforts behind one man’s quest to chase it.
Nominated Titles
  Ask Not, by Thurston Clarke, narrated by Edward Herrmann
    (Audio Renaissance)
  Caddy for Life, by John Feinstein, narrated by John Feinstein
    (Time Warner AudioBooks)
  Running with the Bulls, by Valerie Hemingway, narrated by Anne Flosnik
    (Brilliance Audio)
  The Culture of Fear, by Barry Glassner, narrated by Barry Glassner and Michael Moore
    (Audio Partners)
  They Made America, by Harold Evans with Gail Buckland and David Lefer, narrated by
    Harold Evans
    (Time Warner AudioBooks)



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