CHILDREN'S TITLE

Jumanji

by Chris Van Allsburg

Narrated by Robin Williams (Houghton Mifflin)

The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizare adventure of their lives.

Finalist Titles

Octopus Lady and Crow written and read by Johnny Moses (Parabola Audio Library)

Toy Story Read-Along by Walt Disney Productions; narrated by a full cast (Walt Disney Records)

EDUCATIONAL/HOW-TO/INSTRUCTIONAL

Kiplinger's Money-Smart Kids

by Janet Bodnar

Narrated by Janet Bodnar (Dove Audio)

Whatever their ages, you can still turn your kids into super savers, savvy shoppers, and cautious users of credit. The author, a mother of three and senior editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, has compiled an invaluable guide strictly for parents. Bodnar also offers advice on how to identify your "money style", set limits, and reaffirm values you want to share with your children.

Finalist Titles

The 10 Commandments of Making It on Your Own written and read by Sam Grossman (Audioscope)

How to Argue and Win Every Time written and read by Gerry Spence (Audio Renaissance)

FICTION, ABRIDGED

The Persian Pickle Club

by Sandra Dallas

Narrated by Moira Kelly (Soundlines Entertainment)

It's the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where crops are burning up, and there's not a job to be found. For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, the highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use. 

When the club's new member reveals a long kept secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another.  

Finalist Titles

Finding Moon by Tony Hillerman; narrated by Jay O. Sanders (HarperAudio)

Old Time Radio Detectives and Crime Fighters by Silhouette; narrated by a full cast (Radio Spirits, Inc.)

FICTION, UNABRIDGED

The Homecoming

by Earl Hamner, Jr.

Narrated by Richard Thomas (Audio Renaissance)

When Clay Spencer fails to arrive home at the expected hour on Christmas Eve of 1933, his family grows concerned. While his family keeps vigil, the older son, Clay-boy, goes in search of his father. But on his journey through the snowbound Virginia hills, the boy experiences a series of hazardous, touching, and hilarious adventures.

Finally, when all hope for him has been abandoned, Clay Spencer provides a surprising climax to the story, and in a single moment illuminates the triumph of the human spirit. 

Finalist Titles

Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurtry; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson; narrated by Beau Bridges (Simon & Schuster Audio)

INSPIRATIONAL/MOTIVATIONAL

Random Acts of Kindness

by The Editors of Conari Press

Narrated by Edward Asner, Pat Fraley, Margaret Klenck, Elizabeth Roby and Robert Sevra (Audio Literature)

It all started in Sausalito, California, in 1982, when Anne Herbert scrawled "practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty" on a place mat in a restaurant. From there it spread to bumper stickers, quietly at first, but with the powerful momentum of something important calling us to lives of caring and compassion. 

Random Acts of Kindness includes touching stories, quotations, and thoughtful suggestions, creates a feeling of possibility that can propel us into lives of compassion.

Finalist Titles

All Rivers Run to the Sea written and read by Elie Wiesel (Random House Audio)

My American Journey written and read by Colin Powell (Random House Audio)

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

Myst: The Book of Atrus

by Rand and Robyn Miller with David Wingrove

Narrated by Eric Conger, Kevin Dewey, Bruch Goodh, Graeme Malcom, Annie Meisels, Alexandra Ospina, and Barbara Rosenblat (Random House Audio)

Myst: The Book of Atrus serves as a prequel to the events of the eponymous first game in the Myst series, and provides a lot of background information on the D'ni and the persons of the games.

The story of the main character, Atrus, is told from his birth and early youth with his grandmother Anna, and then through the meeting with his father Gehn, the development of their strange mentor relationship, and their godlike ability to create the worlds they write of in books. 

Finalist Titles

Burns & Allen by Original Radio Broadcasts; narrated by George Burns and Gracie Allen (Radio Spirits, Inc.)

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens; narrated by a full cast (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

NEW VOICE

Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Suspense

by Arthur Conan Doyle

Narrated by Edward Hardwicke (Tangled Web Audio)

The Sussex Vampire: Holmes and Watson are summoned to Sussex to cover an unusual case, possibly involving a vampire.  

The Creeping Man: Mr. Bennett asks Holmes to investigate after his fiancée Edith Presbury sees the shadow of a man in her window in the middle of the night. 

The Speckled Band: A young woman named Helen Stoner contacts Holmes and Watson for aid in foiling the villainous plans of her stepfather, Grimesby Roylott.

Finalist Titles

Hauntings: A Classic Collection written and read by Geraint Wyn Davies (Tangled Web Audio)

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust; narrated by Neville Jason (Naxos Audiobooks)

NON-FICTION, ABRIDGED

Charles Kuralt's America

by Charles Kuralt

Narrated by Charles Kuralt (Simon & Schuster Audio)

In 1994, retired CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt set out to spend a perfect year in America—traveling to his 12 favorite American places, in just the right month for a visit to each. With his well-known warmth, humor, and insight, he shows them to us now in Charles Kuralt's America

From Montana in September and Alaska in June to winter in Cajun country and spring in the North Carolina mountains, Kuralt's accounts are filled with unique people, stories, and experiences. America is suffused by a poet's love of language and is rich in the spirit and flavor of this infinite and varied land.

Finalist Titles

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt; narrated by Anthony Heald (Random House Audio)

My American Journey written and read by Colin Powell (Random House Audio)

NON-FICTION, UNABRIDGED

Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

by Jonathan Kozol

Narrated by Dick Hill (Brilliance Audio)

Amazing Grace is a book about the hearts of children who grow up in the South Bronx—the poorest congressional district of our nation.

The children we meet through the deepening friendships that evolve between Janathan Kozol and their families defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented on TV and in newspapers. Tender, generous, and often religiously devout, they speak with painful clarity about the poverty and racial isolation that have wounded but not hardened them.

Finalist Titles

Crossing the Threshold of Peace by Pope John Paul II; narrated by Earl Hammond and William Bogert (Random House Audio)

Lincoln's Letters by Abraham Lincoln; narrated by George Vail (Commuter's Library)

ORIGINAL WORK

Enjoying Italian Opera

by Dale Harris

Narrated by Dale Harris (HighBridge Audio)

New opera enthusiasts and seasoned aficionados alike will delight as music critic and lecturer Dale Harris witty and insightfully analyzes The Barber of SevilleMadame ButterflyAida, and Lucia de Lammermoor

The notable music critic, whose lectures at the Metropolitan used to be sell-out events, examines these operas in terms of libretto, plot, music, performance history, and cultural background, amply illustrated with musical examples. He uses musical examples from each opera to clarify his key points and teaches people how to experience the thrill of opera even when the music and language are unfamiliar to them.

Finalist Titles

A Prairie Home Christmas written and read by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)

Whale Nation written and read by Heathcotte Williams (Naxos Audiobooks)

PACKAGE DESIGN

Pimsleur Language Program: Japanese I

by Pimsleur

Narrated by Paul Pimsleur (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Learn to carry on simple conversations with a near-native accent using essential grammar and vocabulary—greetings, directions, numbers, time, shopping, meals, money, travel, and more.

The standard thirty lesson unit self-instructional Pimsleur course is designed to train professionals in any field to accomplish cost-effective, measurable levels of spoken-language proficiency at the rate of one daily thirty-minute lesson.

Finalist Titles

The Aeneid by Virgil, translated by Robert Fagles; narrated by Christopher Ravenscroft (HighBridge Audio)

The Butcher by Alina Reyes; narrated by Ruby Featherstone (Passion Press)

PRODUCTION

Toy Story Read-Along

by Walt Disney Productions

Narrated by a full cast (Walt Disney Records)

Join Woody and Buzz Lightyear for their first adventure Woody the cowboy is Andy's favorite toy. But when a high-tech newcomer named Buzz Lightyear becomes Andy's new favorite, Woody and Buzz will end up on an adventure like no other. 

Experience the magic in a brand new way with this storybook and read-along CD that features word-for-word narration, plus the voices of the beloved characters and sound effects from the hit film.

Finalist Titles

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg; narrated by Robin Williams (Houghton Mifflin)

Pocahontas Play-Along by Walt Disney Productions; narrated by a full cast (Walt Disney Records)

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Species

by Yvonne Navarro

Narrated by Alfred Molina (Soundlines Entertainment)

A genetically engineered creature that can assume any form, including human, and possesses a ruthless, deadly cunning, matches wits with the scientists who developed it as its seeks to both escape and eliminate its creators.

Finalist Titles

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt; narrated by Anthony Heald (Random House Audio)

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley; narrated by Natasha Richardson (Time Warner AudioBooks)

INTERNET LISTENERS CHOICE—FICTION, ABRIDGED

Vertical Run

by Joseph R. Garber

Narrated by Stephen Lang (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

You think YOU had a killer workday...

Each morning in his 45th floor executive office, David Elliot savors the quiet moments until the workday begins. Until today, when his boss walks in and aims a gun at him. For the rest of the day, he will be trapped in his midtown office building, and everyone David Elliot meets will try to kill him. He has 24 hours to find out why...

In Vertical Run, you can escape into a world on fast forward, a drama that plays out with electrifying intensity. No one who reads this book will ever see the office the same way again. 

INTERNET LISTENERS CHOICE—FICTION, UNABRIDGED

Beach Music

by Pat Conroy

Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books, LLC)

Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, tries to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. 

These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking—and ultimately liberating—truths.