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Audiobook of the Year
Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience: New Testament
Narrated by Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and a Full Cast
(Zondervan)


Like never before, experience the beauty, the drama, and the life-changing power of the Bible with Inspired By...The Bible Experience. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. Using Today's New International Version translation, The Bible Experience features a cross-generational and cross-cultural roster of talent that represents a wide variety of entertainment genres and celebrities. With more than 200 notable personalities recorded, this historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value.
Nominated Titles
  This I Believe, by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, [Eds.], narrated by Bill Gates,
  Martha Graham, et al.
    (Audio Renaissance)
  To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, narrated by Sissy Spacek
    (Harper Audio / Caedmon)
  World War Z, by Max Brooks, narrated by Alan Alda, Mark Hamill,
  Carl Reiner, and a full cast
    (Random House Audio)



Judges Award: Politics
Hubris, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
(Blackstone Audio, Inc.)


This fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative tells the inside story of how the Bush administration used bad intelligence to sell-and then justify-the Iraq war. Veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn take the reader behind the scenes at the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress, where controversial decisions and turf battles were fought in the highest circles of the Bush administration.
Hubris connects the dots between George W. Bush's determination to get rid of Saddam Hussein, the role of the neoconservatives in pushing the case for war, and the outing of a CIA officer, which led to the indictment of a top White House official. It's a news-making account of conspiracy, backstabbing, ineptitude, and, perhaps most especially, arrogance.
Nominated Titles
  Faith and Politics, by Senator John Danforth, narrated by Senator John Danforth
    (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)
  In Time of War, by Pierce O'Donnell, narrated by Raymond Todd
    (Blackstone Audio Inc.)
  The One Percent Doctrine, by Ron Suskind, narrated by Ed Herrmann
    (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  Wake Up Call, by Kristin Breitweiser, narrated by Kristin Breitweiser
    (Hachette Audio)




Fiction, Abridged
Restless, by William Boyd
Narrated by Rosemund Pike
(Audio Renaissance)


For the past thirty years, Sally has been haunted by her experiences during the Second World War. Now living in the idyllic English countryside in 1976, she suspects that someone is trying to kill her. With mounting fear, Sally reveals to her daughter, Ruth, a bombshell secret: she is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited as a spy by the British prior to the Second World War.
Through a series of written chapters for a planned book, Eva reveals to her daughter how she was trained the art of espionage by the enigmatic spymaster Lucas Romer. Above all, she was taught 'Rule Number One' of spying: trust no one-a rule broken when she and Romer began a dangerous love affair, which had tragic consequences. Thirty years later, Eva's confession may be entangling Ruth in one final mission-a showdown with Eva's past betrayer.
Nominated Titles
  Motor Mouth, by Janet Evanovich, narrated by C.J. Critt
    (Harper Audio)
  Paint It Black, by Janet Fitch, narrated by Jennifer Jason Leigh
    (Hachette Audio)
  The Book of the Dead, by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston,
  narrated by Rene Auberjonois
    (Hachette Audio)
  The Sad Truth About Happiness, by Ann Giardini, narrated by Suleka Mathew
    (Goose Lane Editions/BTC Audiobooks)



Fiction, Unabridged
Rise and Shine, by Anna Quindlen
Narrated by Carol Monda
(Recorded Books, LLC)


A household name as the host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan Fitzmaurice has the perfect life-until one morning, she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. In an instant, it's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, but also for her younger sister, Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow. The effect of Meghan's on-air truth telling reverberates through both their lives, affecting Meghan's family, friends, and fans, and changing Bridget's perception of her sister, their complex childhood, and herself. In their own very different ways, the Fitzmaurice women learn to adapt, survive, and to bring the whole teeming world of New York to heel by dint of their smart mouths, quick wits, and the powerful connection between them that even the worst tragedy cannot shatter.
Nominated Titles
  Restless, by William Boyd, narrated by Rosemund Pike
    (Audio Renaissance)
  Telegraph Days, by Larry McMurtry, narrated by Annie Potts
    (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  The Prestige, by Christopher Priest, narrated by Simon Vance
    (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
  The Two-Minute Rule, by Robert Crais, narrated by Christopher Graybill
    (Brilliance Audio)
  Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen, narrated by David LeDoux
  and John Randolph-Jones
    (HighBridge Audio)



Mystery
Echo Park, by Michael Connelly
Narrated by Len Cariou
(Hachette Audio)


In 1995, 22-year-old Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Detective Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the woman was never found. Now, Bosch is in the Open-Unsolved Unit, where he still keeps the Gesto file on his desk, when the DA calls. A man accused of two heinous killings is willing to come clean about several others, including the murder of Marie Gesto. Bosch must now take the confession of the man he has sought-and hated-for eleven years. But when Bosch learns that he and his partner missed a clue back in 1995 that could have led them to Gesto's killer-and stopped nine murders that followed-his whole being as a cop begins to crack.
Nominated Titles
  A Field of Darkness, by Cornelia Read, narrated by Hilary Huber
    (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
  Dark Tort, by Diane Mott Davidsonh, narrated by Elizabeth Marvel
    (Harper Audio)
  Dead Center, by David Rosenfelt, narrated by Grover Gardner
    (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)
  Definitely Dead, by Charlaine Harris, narrated by Johanna Parker
    (Recorded Books, LLC)
  The Crimes of Jordan Wise, by Bill Pronzini, narrated by Richard Ferrone
    (BBC Audiobooks America)



Thriller/Suspense
The Dead Yard, by Adrian McKinty
Narrated by Gerard Doyle
(Blackstone Audio, Inc.)


In this sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and possibly his own execution.
Michael is on holiday in Spain when a soccer riot escalates out of control and he winds up in a Spanish prison. Enter Samantha, a beautiful British Intelligence agent. She makes Michael an offer he can't refuse: instead of extradition to Mexico to serve time for a prison break, he can infiltrate an IRA sleeper cell in the United States. Thrust into the nightmare world of men known for their distinctive brands of torture and revenge, Michael crosses and double-crosses key players, narrowly escapes his own lies, loses his only ally, and falls for the daughter of his enemy.
Nominated Titles
  Night of the Jaguar, by Michael Gruber, narrated by Jonathan Davis
    (BBC Audiobooks America)
  Surrender, by Sonya Hartnett, narrated by Humphrey Bower
    (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)
  The Foreign Correspondent, by Alan Furst, narrated by Alfred Molina
    (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  The Wall, by Jeff Long , narrated by Grover Gardner
    (Tantor Media, Inc.)



Romance
If You Could See Me Now, by Cecelia Ahern
Narrated by Susan Lynch and Rupert Degas
(Hyperion Audio)


This lighthearted yet insightful story offers a modern heroine who is entirely believable, and the new man in her life who is, well, slightly less so. Elizabeth Egan's life runs on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room for spontaneity. It's how she counteracts the chaos of her family-an alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father, and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother's footsteps, leaving her own six-year old son, Luke, in Elizabeth's care. When Ivan, Luke's mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth doesn't know quite what to make of him. With his penchant for adventure and colorful take on things large and small, Ivan opens Elizabeth's eyes to a whole new way of living. But is it for real? Is Ivan for real?
Nominated Titles
  Born in Death, by J.D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen
    (Brilliance Audio)
  Darkfever, by Karen Marie Moning, narrated by Joyce Bean
    (Brilliance Audio)
  Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks, narrated by Holter Graham
    (Hachette Audio)
  The Tavern on Maple Street, by Sharon Owens, narrated by Caroline Winterson
    (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)



Science Fiction
Stolen Child, by Keith Donohue
Narrated by Andy Paris and Jeff Woodman
(Recorded Books, LLC)


Inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem that tempts a child from home to the waters and the wild, this modern fairy tale is a literary fable of remarkable depth and strange delights. On a summer night, Henry Day runs away from home and is spirited away by the changelings, an unaging tribe of wild children who live in darkness and in secret. Stuck forever as a child, Henry-now named Aniday-struggles to remember the life he left behind and to fit into this shadow land, as modern life encroaches upon myth and nature.
In his place, the changelings leave a double, a boy who steals Henry's life and must adjust to a modern culture while hiding his true identity. But the new Henry can't hide his extraordinary talent for the piano, which prompts his father to suspect that his son is an imposter. As he ages, the new Henry becomes haunted by vague memories of another time and place, when he, too, had been a stolen child. Both Henry and Aniday obsessively search for who they once were before they changed places.
Nominated Titles
  Callahan's Legacy, by Spider Robinson, narrated by Spider Robinson
    (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
  Street Magic, by Tamora Pierce, narrated by Bruce Coville and a full cast
    (Full Cast Audio)
  The Incredible Shrinking Man, Richard Matheson, narrated by Yuri Rasovsky
    (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
  Voyagers, by Ben Bova, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
    (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)



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