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AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, by Nelson Mandela
Narrated by a full cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Mirren, Don Cheadle, and Alan Rickman
(Hachette Audio)


For centuries, Africans have been telling stories around the fire, passing down folk wisdom about the wonders and mysteries of nature through superbly crafted myths and fables. Compiled from every corner of the African continent, this enchanting collection captures the magic of that oral storytelling tradition for listeners of every age and background. Populated with sly hyenas and seven-headed snakes, mischievous children and evil spells, each of these tales shimmers with dreamlike symbolism and the vibrancy of the African landscape.
Nominated Titles
The Time of My Life, by Patrick Swayze, narrated by Patrick Swayze
  (Simon & Schuster Audio)
The Word of Promise Audio Bible, narrated by a full cast of over six hundred actors, including narration by Michael York
  (Thomas Nelson Inc.)
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, and Bahni Turpin
(Penguin Audiobooks)


In 1962, a young college graduate comes of age as a writer and a woman by confronting the racial tensions that simmer in her home town of Jackson, Mississippi. When she decides to interview two black maids for their stories of raising white children in a community that distrusts and despises them, she finds herself on the risky edge of the nascent civil rights
Nominated Titles
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore, narrated by David Baker and a full cast
  (Full Cast Audio)
The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett, dramatized for audio by Yuri Rasovsky, narrated by a full cast, including Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrmann
  (Blackstone Audio)
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, by Nelson Mandela, narrated by a full cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Mirren, Don Cheadle, and Alan Rickman
  (Hachette Audio)
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, narrated by Andy Serkis and a full cast
  (Focus on the Family)
FICTION
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell
(Penguin Audio)


In 1962, a young college graduate comes of age as a writer and a woman by confronting the racial tensions that simmer in her home town of Jackson, Mississippi. When she decides to interview two black maids for their stories of raising white children in a community that distrusts and despises them, she finds herself on the risky edge of the nascent civil rights movement. Alternating narration between the three women, Stockett’s The Help reveals the poignant ironies of an era of American history with humor and heart.
Nominated Titles
The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe, narrated by Joe Barrett
  (Blackstone Audio)
Face of Betrayal, by Lis Wiehl and April Henry, narrated by Pam Turlow
  (Oasis Audio)
The Pigman, by Paul Zindel, narrated by Eden Riegel and Charlie McWade
  (Graymalkin Media)
Slumdog Millionaire, by Vikas Swarup, narrated by Christopher Simpson
  (BBC Audiobooks America)
LITERARY FICTION
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
Narrated by Simon Slater
(Macmillan Audio)


This Booker Prize-winning novel offers a fresh and believable look at the life and times of Henry VIII through the eyes of his trusted advisor, Thomas Cromwell. Born among common people, Cromwell has risen to a position of influence with a secret ambition to free England from the influence of the corrupt Catholic clergy and entrenched aristocracy. His shrewd attempt to use the king’s desire for Anne Boleyn to bring about sweeping political change is a fascinating drama told with great historical and psychological insight.
Nominated Titles
Come Sunday, by Isla Morley, narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie
  (Macmillan Audio)
The Coral Thief: A Novel, by Rebecca Stott, narrated by Simon Prebble
  (Tantor Audio)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris
  (High Bridge Company)
Good-bye and Amen: A Novel, by Beth Gutcheon, narrated by Joyce Bean
  (Tantor Media)
MYSTERY
Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley
Narrated by Michael Boatman
(Audible, Inc.)


Easy Rawlins, a young black veteran in 1948, only wants basic middle class respect. But that’s hard to get for men like him, especially when you’ve just lost your job and might be losing your house. So when a white man in a bar offers him good money to locate a beautiful French woman last seen in the company of a negro gangster, Easy agrees. As he descends into the gritty underworld of South Central L.A., with its mean streets, cheap hotels and black jazz clubs, neither the brutish white cops nor the shady “brothers” appreciate his intrusion. The web of corruption is wide, the mystery of the French dame deep, and Easy’s involvement is becoming increasingly tangled….
Nominated Titles
Black Money, by Ross Macdonald, narrated by Grover Gardner
  (Blackstone Audio)
The Dying Breed, by Declan Hughes, narrated by Stanley Townsend
  (Isis Publishing)
Revelation, by C.J. Sansom, narrated by Steven Crossley
  (Recorded Books)
The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1, by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Charlton Griffin
  (Audio Connoisseur)
THRILLER/SUSPENSE
Darling Jim: A Novel, by Christian Moerk
Narrated by Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre
(Tantor Media)


This spellbinding debut novel weaves Irish myth and magic into a haunting gothic thriller. In a small Irish village, the ravaged corpses of two sisters and their aunt have just been discovered when a young postman named Niall finds a diary written by one of the sisters. Within its pages, he uncovers a tragic love story and a dark mystery surrounding a seductive bard named Jim, who enraptured audiences with his stories, yet left a trail of murder behind him. As Niall pursues his dangerous search for the truth and for the vanished third sister, he discovers that “darling” Jim’s tales may be less fantastical than they appear.
Nominated Titles
The Devil's Punchbowl, by Greg Iles, narrated by Dick Hill
  (Brilliance Audio)
Level 26, by Anthony E. Zuiker w/ Duane Swierczynski, narrated by John Glover
  (Penguin Audio)
The Price of Love and Other Stories, by Peter Robinson, narrated by John Lee, Gideon Emery, Rosalyn Landor and Angela Goethals
  (HarperAudio)
Road Dogs, by Elmore Leonard, narrated by Peter Francis James
  (HarperAudio)
ROMANCE
The Untamed Bride, by Stephanie Laurens
Narrated by Simon Prebble
(HarperAudio)


Four officers of the Crown are racing to England on a mission to bring down the vicious terrorist known as the Black Cobra. One of them carries proof of his secret identity; the others are decoys; none of them knows who is carrying the real object. This first installment in the new romance adventure series follows Colonel Derek Delborough, who arrives on British soil with assassins on his tail. Aware of the danger following him, the last thing he needs is to be responsible for protecting a woman—especially as distracting a specimen as Miss Deliah Duncan. But when the fiery redhead narrowly saves his life, she too becomes a target of Del’s enemies. As the two race against time to reach safety, they find the growing passion between them impossible to resist.
Nominated Titles
Dark Slayer, by Christine Feehan, narrated by Phil Gigante and Jane Brown
  (Brilliance Audio)
The House on Tradd Street, by Karen White, narrated by Aimée Bruneau
  (Listen & Live Audio)
A Rogue of My Own, by Johanna Lindsey, narrated by Rosalyn Landor
  (Brilliance Audio)
What I Did for Love, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, narrated by Julia Gibson
  (HarperAudio)
SCIENCE FICTION
Bellwether, by Connie Willis
Narrated by Kate Reading
(Blackstone Audio)


Pop culture, chaos theory, and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of Doomsday Book. Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions—with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.
Nominated Titles
The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer
  (Macmillan Audio)
Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey, narrated by Anne Flosnik
  (Tantor Media)
Kushiel's Scion, by Jacqueline Carey, narrated by Simon Vance
  (Tantor Media)
Podkayne of Mars, by Robert A Heinlein, narrated by Emily Janice Card
  (Blackstone Audio)
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