AUDIOBOOK ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

The Nixon-Kennedy Debates

by Peter Marcus

Narrated by Sander Vanocur (The Publishing Mills)

In the fall of 1960, a series of debates between candidates for President, Republican Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy, would forever alter the landscape of political campaigning.

The Nixon-Kennedy debates were the first presidential debates to be broadcast to a nationwide television and radio audience. Millions of Americans watched or listened to the historic confrontation.

To this day, controversy still surrounds these meetings. Did the visual aspect of television interfere with the integrity of the candidate's words? Did the medium become more important than the message?

Finalist Titles

Nixon by Harriet Levinson Greenberg; narrated by J.T. Walsh (Soundlines Entertainment)

Texas Bound by Matt Clark, Mary K. Flatten, Arturo Islas, and Tom Doyal; narrated by Brent Spiner, Julie White, Octavio Solis, Randy Moore, and Kathy Bates (Southern Methodist University Press)

BUSINESS

The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

Narrated by Ron Silver and B.D. Wong (Dove Audio)

For over 2000 years, these 13 chapters attributed to Sun Tzu have been the Bible, or should have been the Bible for those intending to wage war, or who are waging war. When JFK began the American adventure in Vietnam, although he was very well read, it is doubtable he had read this missive. 

Ho Chi Minh however, is sure very familiar with it, as most likely the Taliban is also familiar with the principles contained therein. Leaders as diverse as Mao Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap, General Douglas MacArthur and leaders of Imperial Japan have drawn inspiration from the work. When 2 LT Mike Vendetti the narrator ignored the simple principles of this tract, he returned home minus a leg. 

Finalist Titles

Marshall Loeb's Lifetime Financial Strategies written and read by Marshall Loeb (Time Warner AudioBooks)

The Perfect Business written and read by Michael LeBuf (Simon & Schuster Audio)

CHILDREN'S PRODUCTION

Catherine, Called Birdy

by Karen Cushman

Narrated by Kate Maberly (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

Catherine's mother wants to teach her the skills of the lady of the manor and to prepare her to be a gentle and patient wife. Her father wants only to see her married off, and profitably. Catherine fancies herself a painter, a Crusader, a maker of songs, a peddler, a minstrel, a monk, a wart charmer...Of all the possibilities, she has ruled out only one: being sold like cheese to the highest bidder.

Finalist Titles

A Night in Terror Tower by R.L. Stine; narrated by a full cast (Walt Disney Records)

The Original Pooh Treasury: Volume One by A.A. Milne; narrated by Peter Dennis (K-tel International USA, Inc.)

CHILDREN'S TITLE

Babe: The Sheep-Pig

by Dick King-Smith

Narrated by Stephen Thorne (HighBridge Audio)

Babe is a heroic pig with an unprejudiced heart. He spends his days watching Farmer Hoggett and Rex and Fly (world-class sheepdogs) teching their pups to be sheepdogs. Babe decides he wants to grow up to be a sheep-pig. This is the charming tale of what can happen when the underdog is an under-pig with an oversized heart.

Finalist Titles

Stellaluna by Janet Caanon; narrated by David Holt (High Windy Audio)

The Golden Compass by Paul Pullman; narrated by Natasha Richardson (Random House Audio)

CHILDREN'S TITLE, MIXED MEDIA

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm K. Grimm

Narrated by Sharon Stone (Dove Audio)

Snow White is the fairest in the land. When the wicked queen wants that title for herself, Snow White flees into the forest where she meets the Seven Dwarfs. But the queen is determined to be the fairest in the land. Will Snow White ever escape her evil clutches and live happily ever after? 

The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the characters of the evil queen/stepmother and the seven dwarfs.

Finalist Titles

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo; narrated by a full cast (Walt Disney Records)

Linguafun! Spanish by Donald S. Rivera; narrated by LinguaFun Family (Penton Overseas, Inc.)

EDUCATIONAL/HOW-TO/INSTRUCTIONAL

Word by Word

by Anne Lamott

Narrated by Anne Lamott (Writer's AudioShop)

Writing, like life, can be a difficult process, you just have to take it Word by Word. Provocative and witty, Lamott takes you beyond her book Bird by Bird and into her "writer's mind". She won't tell you about plot points or how to get published, because, frankly, she doesn't think they're important. 

Good writing, she says, slows you down, opens your heart, and arrives through your fingers, knowing what it's about. You'll learn how to keep things simple and how to write honestly about life, family, and friends.

Finalist Titles

Word Power, Volume One by Reader's Digest; narrated by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Dove Audio)

The Wonder of Boys written and read by Michael Gurian (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

FICTION, ABRIDGED

Honky Tonk Kat

by Karen Kijewski

Narrated by Harley Jane Kozak (Soundlines Entertainment)

In the age of tabloid TV, talk-show mania, and crazed paparazzi, it's hardly unusual to hear of a celebrity being harassed by an overzealous fan. But when superstar country entertainer Dakota Jones begins receiving threatening letters, then finds dead roses on her bed, she fears it's not the work of your run-of-the-mill kook. At Dakota's urging, Kat joins her friend's tour to investigate the case. 

Kat digs deep into their shared past, searching for clues and a lead on possible suspects. There seems to be no shortage of potential stalkers, and even Dakota's extended family is not above Kat's scrutiny, especially when long-lost relations turn up like so much loose change. It appears everyone has a claim to Dakota the celebrity—and it's up to Kat to protect Dakota the woman, her friend.

Finalist Titles

Nathan's Run by John Gilstrap; narrated by John Glover (HarperAudio)

Snow Wolf by Glenn Meade; narrated by Paul Michael (Audio Renaissance)

FICTION, UNABRIDGED

The Green Mile

by Stephen King

Narrated by Frank Muller (Penguin Audiobooks)

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. 

Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.

Finalist Titles

The Runaway Jury by John Grisham; narrated by Frank Muller (Random House Audio)

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles; narrated by Sir Ian McKellen (Penguin Audiobooks)

HUMOR

Calvin Trillin, Piece by Piece

by Calvin Trillin

Narrated by Calvin Trillin (HighBridge Audio)

Calvin Trillin, who has something witty and insightful to say about any topic, has distinguished himself in fields of writing that are remarkably diverse. For thirty years, he has reported on the American scene for The New Yorker

His memoir of the fifties, Remembering Denny, was a New York Times bestseller. But he is perhaps best known for his humor in his syndicated newspaper column, in the "Shouts and Murmurs" section of The New Yorker, in his antic adventures as a "happy cater," in the weekly appearances with Johnny Carson and David Letterman.

This original recording—his first—features Trillin at his most uproarious, reading from his own articles and books.

Finalist Titles

The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach written and read by Professor Peter Schickele (HighBridge Audio)

The Rants written and read by Dennis Miller (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

INSPIRATIONAL/SPIRITUAL

The Christmas Tree

by Julie Salamon

Narrated by David Birney (Random House Audio)

A little girl named Anna is orphaned and sent to live in a convent. The lonely girl befriends a tiny fir tree. Anna and Tree, as she calls him, grow up together, unlocking the secrets of friendship and sharing the wonders of nature. It is this same profound appreciation and love of nature that the grown-up Anna—now Sister Anthony—passes on to her students.

When Tree is threatened by a winter storm, Sister Anthony decides to give up her dearest friend, allowing him to become the most enjoyed and famous tree of all: the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Finalist Titles

Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch; narrated by Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, and Ellen Burstyn (Audio Literature)

Grow Old Along With Me The Best Is Yet To Be by Sandra Haldeman Martz; narrated by Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn, C.C.H. Pounder, and Alfre Woodard (Audio Literature)

MULTI-VOICED NARRATION

Grow Old Along With Me The Best Is Yet To Be

by Sandra Haldeman Martz

Narrated by Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn, C.C.H. Pounder, and Alfre Woodard (Audio Literature)

Falling in love again after being widowed, redefining roles with children, men facing retirement, women discovering new opportunities for growth—both men and women explore the daily nuances of growing older.

These stories and poems speak straight to the hearts of the vast baby boomer generation, reflecting their personal experiences as they turn fifty, and exploring the future terrain of old age.

Finalist Titles

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by George Lucas; narrated by Anthony Daniels, John Lithgow, Edward Asner, and a full cast (HighBridge Audio)

The Prince's Choice by Shakespeare; narrated by a full cast (HighBridge Audio)

MYSTERY

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

by Agatha Christie

Narrated by David Suchet (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

This first mystery by Dame Agatha Christie introduces dapper, brilliant Hercule Poirot. Retired as the Chief of Belgian police, he is summoned to a magnificent country estate to solve a murder. The victim is wealthy heiress Emily Inglethorp, but just how did the killer get in and out of her locked bedroom?

The suspects include her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, her hired companion. To solve this murder, Poirot must use Holmesian deduction to discover the killer.

Finalist Titles

Cadillac Jukebox by James Lee Burke; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

M is for Malice by Sue Grafton; narrated by Judy Kaye (Random House Audio)

NEW PUBLISHER

That Eye, the Sky

by Tim Winton

Narrated by Stig Wemyss (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

Ort knows that the sky is watching. His father is withering away, his sister is consumed by hatred, his grandmother is all inside herself, and his mother, a flower-child of the 1960s, is brave but helpless. Then a strange man appears at their door...

That Eye, the Sky is about love, a boy's vision of the world beyond, and the blurry distinctions between the natural and the supernatural. All this, and more, begins at the moment the ute driven by Ort Flack's father ploughs into a roadside tree, throwing the whole world out of kilter.

Finalist Titles

The Civil War Tales of Ambrose Bierce by Ambrose Bierce; narrated by Timothy Patrick Miller (The American Listeners' Theatre)

The Shiralee by D'Arcy Niland; narrated by James Condon (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

NON-FICTION, ABRIDGED

Angela's Ashes

by Frank McCourt

Narrated by Frank McCourt (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, Frank was later raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. His mother, Angela, had no money to feed her children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely worked, and when he did, he drank his wages. 

Angela's Ashes is the story of how Frank endured—wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging for a pig's head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father—a tale he relates with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.

Finalist Titles

Memory Slips written and read by Linda Katherine Cutting (HarperAudio)

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose; narrated by Cotter Smith (Simon & Schuster Audio)

NON-FICTION, UNABRIDGED

Genesis

by Bill Moyers

Narrated by Mandy Patinkin and Alfre Woodard (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

People need stories to make sense of the world—to hold their lives together, and to fasten on to those values that last. The greatest stories are found in the Bible, enduring through the centuries. In Genesis, acclaimed television journalist Bill Moyers brings together some of the world's liveliest minds for spirited round-table discussions of the ageless stories from the Bible's first, towering book. 

Creation, temptation, murder, exile, and family strife—these emerge from every page of Genesis and speak to us today.

Finalist Titles

Full House by Stephen Jay Gould; narrated by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Dove Audio)

It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet by James Herriot; narrated by Christopher Timothy (Chivers North America)

ORIGINAL WORK

Zeus: Thunderbolt from the Sky (Immortal Adventures Series)

by Julie Fenster

Narrated by Stan Winiarski (B&B Audio)

To seize his place as the King of the Greek Gods, Zeus led an army of one-eyed Cyclops and Hundred-Handed Ones against his father and a legion of Titans. Mountains shattered, but Zeus vanquished his father, his foe. He then became the Lord of the Sky—the powerful, raging, insistant and amorous King of Olympus. 

The first installment in the Immortal Adventurers series retells mythology in clear, colorful, careful modern day language.

Finalist Titles

Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain; narrated by McAvoy Layne (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace written and read by Susie Mantell (Relax Intuit)

PACKAGE DESIGN

The Odyssey

by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles

Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen (Penguin Audiobooks)

The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who—through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods—makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. 

Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude are woven into the rich tapestry of danger, disaster, and ultimate triumph. Written by the blind poet, Homer, in the 8th century B.C., The Odyssey is the foundation for modern European literature.

Finalist Titles

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand; narrated by Edward Herrmann (HighBridge Audio)

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks; narrated by Kate Nelligan and Campbell Scott (Time Warner AudioBooks)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (SELF-HELP)

101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions

by Ron Fry

Narrated by Ron Fry (HighBridge Audio)

No matter how good you look, how much research you’ve done, or how perfectly your qualifications match the job description, if you’re not prepared with great answers to the toughest interview questions, you won’t get the job.

101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions is a manual that will help you home in on exactly what the interviewer is trying to learn...with each and every question he or she asks. If you've never done well on interviews, never even been on a job interview, or just want to make sure a lousy interview doesn't cost you a job you really want, Ron Fry will help you get that job—as he has helped literally millions of people nationwide and throughout the world.

Finalist Titles

How Good Do We Have to Be? written and read by Harold S. Kushner (Random House Audio)

Make the Connection written and read by Bob Green and Oprah Winfrey (Random House Audio)

PRODUCTION

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

by George Lucas, adapted by Brian Daley

Narrated by Anthony Daniels, John Lithgow, Edward Asner, and a full cast (HighBridge Audio)

It was a dark time for the rebel alliance...Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, had been delivered into the hands of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Determined to rescue him, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Lando Calrissian launched a hazardous mission against Jabba's Tatooine stronghold.

The Rebel commanders gathered all the warships of the Rebel fleet into a single giant armada. And Darth Vader and the Emperor, who had ordered construction to begin on a new and even more powerful Death Star, were making plans to crush the Rebel Alliance once and for all.

Finalist Titles

A Valentine by Jane Feather; narrated by a full cast  (Dove Audio)

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles; narrated by Sir Ian McKellen (Penguin Audiobooks)

SOLO NARRATION

The Odyssey

by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles

Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen (Penguin Audiobooks)

The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who—through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods—makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined.

Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude are woven into the rich tapestry of danger, disaster, and ultimate triumph. Written by the blind poet, Homer, in the 8th century B.C., The Odyssey is the foundation for modern European literature.

Finalist Titles

Manhattan Nocturne by Colin Harrison; narrated by John Rubinstein (Dove Audio)

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; narrated by David Suchet (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)