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Science Fiction
MARKET FORCES, by Richard K. Morgan
Narrated by Simon Vance
(Tantor Media, Inc.))


Thirty years into the future, the big players in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money now is in conflict investment. The corporations keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They gauge who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence, and power—in return for a slice of the action when the war is won. The reward? A stake in the new nation. It's cynical, brutal, and it has nothing to do with democracy and the rule of law. So what else is new? The executives in this lethal game bid for contracts, fight for promotion, and secure their lives on the roads, fighting lethal duels in heavily armored cars on the empty motorways of the future. Chris Faulkener has a lethal reputation and a new job at Shorn Associates. Has he got what it takes to make a real killing?
Nominated Titles
  Dragonsblood, by Todd McCaffrey, narrated by Dick Hill
    (Brilliance Audio)
  Shadow of the Giant, by Orson Scott Card;
    narrated by David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki,
    Moira Quirk and Carrington MacDuffie
    (Audio Renaissance)
  The Rolling Stones, by Robert A. Heinlein, narrated by David Baker
    (Full Cast Audio)
  The Vor Game, by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner
    (Blackstone Audio)



Romance
ORIGIN IN DEATH, by Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
(Brilliance Audio)


Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Wilfred B. Icove has been found murdered, with one chillingly efficient stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security discs show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building: the good doctor’s final appointment. But who is the mystery woman, and what was her relationship with the good doctor? Dr. Icove has a spotless reputation, but Dallas suspects he was hiding something, and that his son, his successor, knows what it is. Then, the young Dr. Icove is killed…with the same deadly precision. As Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves’ pasts, she discovers men driven to create perfection—playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity.
Nominated Titles
  A Good Yarn, by Debbie Macomber, narrated by Linda Emond
    (HarperCollins Publishers)
  Chill Factor, by Sandra Brown, narrated by Stephen Lang
    (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  Rosie Dunne, by Cecilia Ahern; narrated by Roger Rees, Moira Quirk,
    Rosalyn Landor and Russell Copley
    (Hyperion AudioBooks)
  The Tea House on Mulberry Street, by Sharon Owens, narrated by Caroline Winterson
    (Listen and Live Audio, Inc.)




Mystery (Fiction)
SERPENT ON THE CROWN, by Elizabeth Peters
Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
(HarperCollins Publishers)


With the world finally at peace and Egypt’s ancient treasures opened to them once more, the renowned family of archaeologists and adventurers are plunged again into a storm of secrets, treachery, and murder by a widow's strange story and even stranger request. A woman implores Amelia Peabody to accept a priceless relic that was delivered to her home, insisting the statue is cursed and has already killed her husband. Further, she warns, unless it is returned to the tomb from which it was stolen, more will surely die. As the family investigates the truth behind the small golden stature, each step reveals a new peril, suggesting this curse is no mere superstition. And the next victim could be any member of the close-knit clan—perhaps even Amelia herself.
Nominated Titles
  Away with the Fairies, by Kerry Greenwood, narrated by Stephanie Daniel
    (Bolinda Audio)
  Hidden River, by Adrian McKinty, narrated by Gerard Doyle
    (Blackstone Audio)
  Hot Kid, by Elmore Leonard, narrated by Arliss Howard
    (HarperCollins Publishers)
  One Dangerous Lady, by Jane Stanton Hitchcock, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
    (Blackstone Audio)



Original Work
FAMOUS COMPOSERS, by Darren Henley
Narrated by Marin Alsop
(Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.)


Darren Henley and Marin Alsop, authors of The Story of Classical Musicc, combine forces once again to tell, in more detail, the life stories of six key composers: Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Shostakovich. Their colorful lives and their love of music are told against the backdrop of some of their finest works.
Nominated Titles
  Billy Collins Live, by Billy Collins
    (Random House Audio)
  Eyewitness: 1940-1949, by Professor Joanna Burke, research by Mark Jones;
    narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
    (BBC Audiobooks America)
  Eyewitness: 1950-1959, by Professor Joanna Burke, research by Mark Jones;
    narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
    (BBC Audiobooks America)
  Eyewitness: 1960-1969, by Professor Joanna Burke, research by Mark Jones;
    narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
    (BBC Audiobooks America)



Short Stories/ Collections
RUNAWAY, by Alice Munro
Narrated by Kymberly Dakin
(BBC Audiobooks America)


Alice Munro delivers some of her finest prose in this stunning collection of short stories, demonstrating once again her astounding insights into humanity. In "Runaway," a neighbor helps a wife escape from her husband; in "Passion," alcoholism disrupts a young woman's first love affair; in "Trespasses," 14-year old Lauren learns a disturbing secret about her birth; and in "Tricks," a woman falls for a stranger and agrees to meet him in the same place the following year. The trilogy "Chance," "Soon," and "Silence" depicts a young teacher, Juliet, who meets her lover on a train and then, by terrible chance, visits his home on the day after his wife’s funeral. The concluding story, "Powers," spans 50 years, several towns, and four characters, including Tessa, whose psychic powers take her on the vaudeville circuit.
Nominated Titles
  Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, by Yann Martel; narrated by Jeff Woodman,
  Johnny Strange, John Randolph Jones, Barbara Caruso and David Ledoux
    (HighBridge Audio)
  Fairy Tales, narrated by Kate Reading and Richard Matthews
    (Penguin Audio)
  Girl Who Married a Lion, by Alexander McCall Smith; narrated by Lisette Lecat,
    Davina Porter, Danai Gurira, Nyambi Nyambi and Steven Crossley
    (Recorded Books LLC)
  The Noel Coward CD Audio, by Noel Coward, narrated by Simon Jones
    (HarperCollins Publishers)
  Traveling Home for Christmas, narrated by a Full Cast
    (Tyndale/ Focus on the Family)



Classics
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, by Jules Verne
Narrated by Jim Dale
(Listening Library)


Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune on an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter who is certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber. Combining exploration, adventure, and a thrilling race against time, Around the World in 80 Dayss gripped audiences upon its original publication and remains hugely popular to this day.
Nominated Titles
  A Tale of Two Cities , by Charles Dickens, narrated by Anton Lesser
    (Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.)
  The Mystery of Edwin Drood, by Charles Dickens, narrated by David Thorn
    (Alcazar AudioWorks)
  The Noel Coward CD Audio Collection, by Noel Coward, narrated by Simon Jones
    (HarperCollins Publishers)
  The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux, narrated by Ralph Cosham
    (Blackstone Audio)



Audiobook Adapted from another Medium
HIDDEN KITCHENS: Stories and More from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters, by Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva
Narrated by Frances McDormand, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva
(Audio Renaissance)


The popular and highly acclaimed NPR radio series Hidden Kitchens now comes to CD in this audio adaptation of on the new book Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes & More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters. Produced by the Peabody Award-winning radio team The Kitchen Sisters, Hidden Kitchens explores the world of street corner cooking, kitchen traditions and visionaries, and how communities come together through food. The world of secret, underground, unofficial and off-the-radar kitchens comes alive in these sound-rich stories full of an array of voices, music, and archival audio. From the saga of the Chili Queens of San Antonio to NASCAR kitchens tucked away in the crew pits at race tracks to the story of the unexpected George Foreman Grill, these stories from around the country capture a strong sense of place and time.
Nominated Titles
  Essential Dylan Thomas, by Dylan Thomas; narrated by Richard Burton,
    Dylan Thomas and a Full Cast
    (Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.)
  King of Shadows, by Adrian Mitchell; narrated by Terry Jones,
    P.J. Verhoest and a Full Cast
    (Family Classic Audio Books)
  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Quandary Phase, by Douglas Adams,
    adaptation by Dirk Maggs; narrated by Simon Jones, Geofreey McGovern, et al
    (BBC Audiobooks America)



Audio Drama
THE SHERLOCK HOLMES THEATRE, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Gillette, and Yuri Rasovsky
Narrated by a Full Cast
(Blackstone Audio)


Blackstone is pleased to present this specially commissioned audio production of the only two Holmes plays written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarity, the Napoleon of crime, plots with would-be blackmailers to have Holmes killed, and the normally love-proof Holmes falls for an exceptional woman. In The Speckled Band, Holmes must save a helpless girl from certain death by solving the secret meaning of her sister’s mysterious dying words. Finally, producer-director Yuri Rasovsky offers a new one-act comic spoof, Ghastly Double Murder in Famed Detective’s Flat, in which Watson must fight off mobsters who want the cash he owes them—or his blood. This award-winning production is a unique must-have audio for all Sherlockians.
Nominated Titles
  At the Back of the North Wind, by George MacDonald, narrated by a Full Cast
    (Tyndale/ Focus on the Family)
  Frozen, by Byrony Lavery; narrated by Rosalind Ayres,
    Jeffrey Donovan and Laila Robins
    (L.A. Theatre Works)
  The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood,
    dramatized by Michael O’Brien, narrated by Various
    (BTC Adiobooks)
  The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom, narrated by a Full Cast
    (Tyndale/ Focus on the Family)



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