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CLASSIC
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
Narrated by Simon Vance
(Tantor Media)


Dickens’ haunting coming of age story follows the changing fortunes of the young orphan, Pip. Raised by a kindhearted blacksmith, Pip is later recruited by the wealthy but half-mad Miss Havisham to live in her grand, eerily disheveled estate as a companion to her ward, Estella. Beautiful and cold, Estella torments Pip about his humble origins, and Pip dreams only of being worthy of her love. When an unknown benefactor offers to make Pip his heir, Pip sets off to London to realize his "great expectations." But he will discover that true gentleman stature, and true happiness, is a matter of character, not fortune.
Nominated Titles
Galapagos, by Kurt Vonnegut, narrated by Jonathan Davis
  (Audible, Inc.)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, narrated by Grover Gardner
  (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, narrated by John Lee
  (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, narrated by Simon Vance
  (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
NON-FICTION
Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America, by Thomas Friedman
Narrated by Oliver Wyman
(Macmillan Audio)


Friedman’s revolutionary manifesto proposes that our gravest modern crises can become the fuel for a national renaissance. With the global population growing, energy resources dwindling, the environment threatened, and the American economy in decline, we are on a course that can only lead toward disaster if changes aren’t made. The scale and speed at which we will have to convert our oil dependence into new energy technologies is unprecedented. But, Friedman argues, the U.S. market is still the most effective system for the kind of transformational innovation we need. If America were to lead a “greening” race (in the model of the space race) by encouraging large-scale investment in new energy technology, we could build the foundation not only for a better world and a revived economy, but for a stronger nation unified by common purpose.
Nominated Titles
Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage, by Joe Wheeler, narrated by Grover Gardner
  (Oasis Audio)
Buying In, by Rob Walker, narrated by Robert Fass
  (BBC Audiobooks America)
Gang Leader for a Day, by Sudhir Venkatesh, narrated by Reg Rogers
  (HarperAudio)
Out of Mao's Shadows: The Struggle for the Soul of New China, by Philip P. Pan, narrated by David Colacci
  (Tantor Media)
BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch
Narrated by Erik Singer
(HyperionAudio)


Having been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, computer science professor Randy Pausch was asked to give a final lecture that would encapsulate the life’s wisdom he wanted to pass on. The lecture became a phenomenon, inspiring millions with its lucid insight and optimism. It was so successful that Randy decided to devote his limited time to expanding this legacy into book form. By turns humorous, wistful, and passionate, Randy reflects on the influential experiences and people in his life as he conveys his message about following your dreams and encouraging the dreams of others, overcoming obstacles, and enjoying the gifts of the present moment, reminding us that "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think."
Nominated Titles
Black Wave, by John and Jean Silverwood, with Malcolm McConnell, narrated by Carrington MacDuffie and Joe Barrett
  (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
The Legs Are the Last to Go, by Diahann Carroll, narrated by Diahann Carroll
  (HarperAudio)
The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan, narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
Waiter Rant, by Steve Dublanica, narrated by Dan John Miller
  (Brilliance Audio)
HISTORY
Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age, by Arthur Herman
Narrated by John Curless
(Recorded Books)


On opposite sides of the struggle for Indian independence stood two charismatic, forceful figures whose similarities were as fateful as their differences. Both were idealists whose elite backgrounds and conceptions of masculine heroism fed their visions of the moral superiority of their respective countries. Each saw himself as a figurehead for the forces of history, which would inevitably lead to a triumphant future for his homeland. But the forces of history, while powerfully influenced by both men, would ultimately elude them both. A true epic story with characters as powerful as in any Shakespearean play, this is history and biography at its finest.
Nominated Titles
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, by Mark Harris, narrated by Lloyd James
  (Tantor Media)
The Bloody Shirt, by Stephen Budiansky, narrated by Phil Gigante
  (Brilliance Audio)
The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea - The Forgotten War of the South Pacific, by James Campbell, narrated by Stephen Hoye
  (Tantor Media)
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by James Campbell, narrated by Karen White
  (Tantor Media)
BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL
The Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness, by Jeffrey Gitomer
Narrated by Jeffrey Gitomer
(Simon & Schuster Audio)


People don’t like to be sold to, but they love to buy. Understanding how and why they buy is the only important thing a salesperson needs to know, argues Jeffrey Gitomer. In this fun and accessible sales manual, Gitomer presents a philosophy of selling that has nothing to do with manipulative tactics and everything to do with long-term relationship-building and ethics. Succinct, witty, and enthusiastic, he offers practical solutions for typical selling complaints while making his case that the best salesperson is the one with genuine passion for the job.
Nominated Titles
Awakening the Entrepreneur Within, by Michael E. Gerber, narrated by Michael E. Gerber
  (HarperAudio)
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon Fogarty, narrated by Mignon Fogarty
  (Macmillan Audio)
Mastering the Seven Decisions, by Andy Andrews, narrated by Andy Andrews
  (Oasis Audio)
Stirring it Up, by Gary Hirshberg, narrated by Gary Hirshberg
  (HyperionAudio)
The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington, by David Sirota, narrated by Lloyd James
  (Tantor Media)
CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12
James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small , by James Herriot
Narrated by Jim Dale
(Macmillan Audio)


James Herriot was a veterinarian who worked with farm animals in the English countryside. In this new complete edition, all eight of Herriot’s delightful animal tales are brought together for young readers to enjoy. Filled with charming true anecdotes about unforgettable creatures and the people who love them, this collection will give readers of all ages a taste of country life at its best.
Nominated Titles
Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners), by Laurie Keller, narrated by Jack Sundrud, Galen Fott, Rusty Young, David de Vries, Diana Canova and others
  (Weston Woods Studios)
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat, by Nikki Giovanni, narrated by Nikki Giovanni
  (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)
The Shoe Bird, by Samuel Jones, narrated by Jim Dale
  (Brilliance Audio)
What Do You Do with a Kangaroo?, by Mercer Mayer, narrated by Jane Casserly
  (Scholastic Audio)
TEEN
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady, by L.A. Meyer
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
(Listen & Live Audio)


Since having her true gender unmasked, Jacky Faber, erstwhile crewmember of the H.M.S. Dolphin, has been dropped off in Boston, where she discovers that pirates have nothing on the girls at her elite school when it comes to nastiness. But Jacky’s wanton ways soon have her out of classes and into trouble. Taking up with a drunken musician to earn money performing in taverns, the irrepressible Jacky rolls from one adventure to another as she attempts to get back to her ship, where her true love awaits.
Nominated Titles
Burn Journals, by Brent Runyon, narrated by Christopher Evan Welch
  (Recorded Books)
Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine, narrated by Sarah Naughton
  (Full Cast Audio)
Paper Towns, by John Green, narrated by Dan John Miller
  (Brilliance Audio)
The Compound, by S.A. Bodeen, narrated by Christopher Lane
  (Brilliance Audio)
The Uprising, by Margaret P. Haddix, narrated by Suzanne Toren
  (Recorded Books)
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