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Audiobook of the Year
THE END OF THE AFFAIR
By Graham Greene
Narrated by Colin Firth
(Audible, Inc.)


Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

The End of the Affair, set in London during and just after World War II, is the story of a flourishing love affair between Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles. After a violent episode at Maurice's apartment, Sarah suddenly-and without explanation-breaks off the affair. This very intimate story about what actually constitutes love is enhanced by Mr. Firth's narration, who said "this book struck me very, very particularly at the time when I read it and I thought my familiarity with it would give the journey a personal slant."

"I'm grateful for this honor," Firth said when this production was recognized by the Audie Awards as Audiobook of the Year for 2013, "and grateful for the opportunity to narrate one of my favorite stories. A great novel told in the first person makes for the best script an actor could imagine. None better than The End of the Affair.... Theater and film each offer their own challenges and rewards, but narration is a new practice for me and the audiobook performance provides exhilarating possibilities for both actors and listeners. I'm thrilled to be involved in bringing this remarkable work of fiction to a wider audience, and thankful to Audible for offering me the opportunity to perform it and to engage with so many who share my passion for storytelling."
Finalist Titles
  AMERICAN GROWN: THE STORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE KITCHEN AND GARDEN, By Michelle Obama, narrated by Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, Christeta Comerford, Sam Kass, Bill Yosses, and a Full Cast (Random House Audio)
BEAUTIFUL RUINS,By Jess Walter, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (HarperAudio)
KILLING KENNEDY: THE END OF CAMELOT, By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, narrated by Bill O’Reilly (Macmillan Audio)
 
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
DRACULA
By Bram Stoker
Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, Simon Prebble, James Adams, Victor Villar-Hauser, Nicola Barber, and Marc Vietor
(Audible, Inc.)


Because of the widespread awareness of the story of the evil Transylvanian count and the success of numerous film adaptations that have been created over the years, the modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, this production recaptures its originally intended horror and power.

The Dracula story is presented by an incredible assemblage of narrating talent, including Emmy Award nominees Alan Cumming as Dr. Seward and Tim Curry as Van Helsing, plus an all-star cast of Audie award-winners like Simon Vance as Jonathan Harker, Katherine Kellgren as Mina Murrya/Harker, Susan Duerden as Lucy Westenra, John Lee with the introductory paragraph and various letters and customer favorites Graeme Malcolm as the Dailygraph correspondent), Steven Crossley as the Zookeepers’ account and reporter, Simon Prebble as Varna, James Adams as Patrick Hennessey, Nicola Barber as Sister Agatha, Victor Villar-Hauser as Arthur Holmwood, and Marc Vietor as Quincey Morris.

"Listening to this full-cast performance turns out to be remarkably suspenseful and chilling…The superlative cast lends this powerful production the diversity that is required by the structure of the novel…Each actor employs various accents, infusing into the characters vibrant emphasis, urgency, and dread." AudioFile Magazine
Finalist Titles
  SHADOW SHOW: ALL NEW STORIES IN CELEBRATION OF RAY BRADBURY, Edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, stories by Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Audrey Niffenegger, Dave Eggers, and others, Narrated by George Takei, Edward Herrmann, Kate Mulgrew, F. Murray Abraham, Neil Gaiman, Peter Appel, and James Urbaniak (HarperAudio)
SOCIETY’S CHILD: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY, By Janis Ian, narrated by Janis Ian (Audible, Inc.)
WE ARE AMERICA: A TRIBUTE FROM THE HEART, By Walter Dean Myers, narrated by Macleod Andrews, Olivia DuFord, Dion Graham, Lizann Mitchell, Christopher Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Johanna Parker, Adriana Sananes, and Kaipo Schwab (Live Oak Media)

 
SOLO NARRATION — FEMALE

THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE
By Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
(AudioGO)


Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend Karin leaves Nina a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet. Because inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive. Nina's natural instinct is to rescue the boy, but she knows the situation is risky. Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is hunting him down. When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too.

“Narrator Katherine Kellgren expertly depicts Danish and Lithuanian doctors, nurses, prostitutes, parents, and children as Nina tries to reunite the boy she finds in a suitcase with his mother. Kellgren increases the intensity of her delivery as Nina realizes no one is what he or she seems and makes her voice more bold as Nina slowly discovers what she's dealing with. The tense story is expertly enhanced by this dazzling audio presentation.” AudioFile Magazine

Finalist Titles
  CALL THE MIDWIFE: A MEMOIR OF BIRTH, JOY, AND HARD TIMES, By Jennifer Worth, narrated by Nicola Barber (HighBridge Company)
THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE, BOOK III: THE UNSEEN GUEST, By Maryrose Wood, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
JULIET IN AUGUST, By Dianne Warren, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Tantor Media)
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, By L. Frank Baum, narrated by Anne Hathaway (Audible, Inc.)

 
SOLO NARRATION — MALE

BEAUTIFUL RUINS
By Jess Walter
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
(HarperAudio)


The story begins in 1962. On the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of unforgettable characters. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

“As the sole voice for a veritable smorgasbord of characters, time periods and plotlines, Edoardo Ballerini works magic with this audio production. Whether capturing the heartache of an Italian innkeeper or the frustration of a Hollywood production assistant, Ballerini lends just the right inflection and tone to some outstanding dialogue from Walter.” AudioFile Magazine

Finalist Titles
  THE ABSOLUTIST, By John Boyne, narrated by Michael Maloney (Tantor Media)
BEING THERE, By Jerzy Kosinski, narrated by Dustin Hoffman (Audible, Inc.)
THE END OF THE AFFAIR, By Graham Greene, narrated by Colin Firth (Audible, Inc.)
THE TAO OF POOH, By Benjamin Hoff, narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

 
NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

SOCIETY’S CHILD: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY
By Janis Ian
Narrated by Janis Ian
(Audible, Inc.)


Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of fifteen, when her soul-wrenching song “Society’s Child” became a hit. An intimate portrait of an interracial relationship, “Society’s Child” climbed the charts despite the fact that many radio stations across the country refused to play it because of its controversial subject matter. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In this fascinating memoir of her more than forty years in the music business, Ian chronicles how she did drugs with Jimi Hendrix, went shopping for Grammy clothes with Janis Joplin, and sang with Mel Tormé--all the while never ceasing to create unforgettable music.

In 1975, Ian/s legendary “At Seventeen” earned two Grammy awards and five nominations. Her next two albums brought her worldwide platinum hits. But after seven albums in as many years, she made a conscious decision to walk away from the often grueling music business. During this period, she struggled through a difficult marriage that ended with her then husband’s attempt to destroy her, and a sudden illness that very nearly cost her her life. The hiatus from music lasted for close to a decade until, in 1993, Ian returned with the release of the Grammy-nominated Breaking Silence. Now, as she moves gracefully into her fifth decade as a recording artist and writer, Ian continues to draw large audiences around the globe.

In Society’s Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures--and the hopes and dreams--of an extraordinary life.

“Her memoir provides an intimate and honest look at a woman who has been active in the music business for more than 40 years. Hearing Ian tell her story adds emotional depth and character to the journey she shares. She serenades the listener with her powerful lyrics at just the right moments, explaining her thought processes when she wrote them.” AudioFile Magazine

Finalist Titles
  AMERICAN DERVISH, Written and read by Ayad Akhtar (Hachette Audio)
HOW TO BE BLACK, Written and read by Baratunde Thurston (HarperAudio)
MOST TALKATIVE: STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF POP CULTURE, Written and read by Andy Cohen (Macmillan Audio)
WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU: A NOVEL IN STORIES, Written and read by Molly Ringwald (HarperAudio)
YES, CHEF: A MEMOIR, Written and read by Marcus Samuelsson (Random House Audio)
 
MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
DRACULA
By Bram Stoker
Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, Simon Prebble, James Adams, Victor Villar-Hauser, Nicola Barber, and Marc Vietor
(Audible, Inc.)


Because of the widespread awareness of the story of the evil Transylvanian count and the success of numerous film adaptations that have been created over the years, the modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, this production recaptures its originally intended horror and power.

Presented by what an incredible assemblage of narrating talent, including Emmy Award nominees Alan Cumming as Dr. Seward and Tim Curry as Van Helsing, plus an all-star cast of Audie award-winners Simon Vance as Johnathan Harker (The Millenium Trilogy), Katherine Kellgren as Mina Murrya/Harker (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Susan Duerden as Lucy Westenra(The Tiger’s Wife), John Lee with the introductory paragraph and various letters (Supergods) and customer favorites Graeme Malcolm as the Dailygraph correspondent (Skippy Dies), Steven Crossley as the Zookeepers’ account and reporter (The Oxford Time Travel series), Simon Prebble as Varna (The Baroque Cycle), James Adams as Patrick Hennessey (Letters to a Young Contrarian), Nicola Barber as Sister Agatha (The Rose Garden), Victor Villar-Hauser as Arthur Holmwood (Fun Inc.), and Marc Vietor as Quincey Morris (1Q84).
Finalist Titles
  MY AWESOME/AWFUL POPULARITY PLAN, By Seth Rudetsky, narrated by Seth Rudetsky, Andrea Burns, Paul Castree, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Gad, Ana Gasteyer, Megan Hilty, Marc Kudisch, Will Swenson, and James Wesley (Audible, Inc.)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD, By Lesléa Newman, narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister, and Lesléa Newman. (Brilliance Audio)
THE PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD, By Ellen Kushner, narrated by Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Joe Hurley, Katherine Kellgren, Nick Sullivan, Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day, and Jason Collins (SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents (ACX))
SUDDENLY, A KNOCK ON THE DOOR, By Etgar Keret, narrated by by Ira Glass, Adam Thirlwell, Dave Eggers, Nicole Krauss, George Saunders, Ben Foster, Mathieu Amalric, Aimee Bender, Miranda July, Ben Marcus, Willem Dafoe, Stanley Tucci, John Sayles, Robert Wisdom, Stella Schnabel, Michael Chabon, Lorin Stein, Rick Moody, Nathan Englander, Scott Shepherd, David Rakoff, Gary Shteyngart, Michael Chernus, Shea Wigham, Josh Charles, Michael Buscemi, Neal Stephenson, Mark Duplass, Shalom Auslander, Todd Hasak-Lowy, Josh Radnor, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Etgar Keret. (Macmillan Audio)
THAT IS ALL, By John Hodgman, narrated by John Hodgman, Dick Cavett, Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Sarah Vowell, Brooke Shields, Scott Adsit, Robin Goldwasser, Jonathan Coulton, John Roderick, Rachel Maddow, Wyatt Cenac, Stephen Fry, Paul F. Tompkins, and Prominent Ragnarok Denier Dr. Elliott Kalan (Penguin Audio)

 
MYSTERY

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY: A CHIEF INSPECTOR GAMACHE NOVEL
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Ralph Cosham
(Macmillan Audio)


The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time, expertly presented by Ralph Cosham.

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

Finalist Titles
  AND WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, By Laura Lippman, narrated by Linda Emond (HarperAudio)
THE GOOD THIEF’S GUIDE TO VEGAS, By Chris Ewan, narrated by Simon Vance (AudioGO)
HUSH MONEY, By Chuck Greaves, narrated by Dan Butler (AudioGO)
THE NIGHTMARE, By Lars Kepler, narrated by Mark Bramhall (Macmillan Audio)

 
THRILLER/SUSPENSE

RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD
By Christopher Farnsworth
Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
(Blackstone Audio, Inc.)


On the Presidential Campaign Trail, 2012, a political operative and a volunteer are brutally murdered while caught in a compromising position. Written in their blood on the wall of the crime scene: IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK.

And with that, a centuries-old horror known only as the Boogeyman returns to taunt Nathaniel Cade, the President’s Vampire. Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential race, with the threat of constant exposure by the media, Cade and Zach must stop the one monster Cade has never been able to defeat completely. And they must do it before the Boogeyman adds another victim to his long and bloody list: the President of the United States himself.

Finalist Titles
  THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE, By Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (AudioGO)
THE CHALK GIRL, By Carol O’Connell, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Books, LLC)
ODD APOCALYPSE: AN ODD THOMAS NOVEL, By Dean Koontz, narrated by David Aaron Baker (Brilliance Audio)
RISE AGAIN: A ZOMBIE THRILLER, By Ben Tripp, narrated by Kirsten Potter (Tantor Media)
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