AUDIOBOOK ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

Sleeping Beauty

by Ross Macdonald

Narrated by a full cast featuring Harris Yulin and Edward Asner (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Hard-boiled detective Lew Archer is moving through the Southern California underbelly in a plot whose twists and turns include an offshore oil slick, a $100,000 ransom note, a lethal dose of Nembutal, and the deadly lifestyle of a wealthy and violent family. Macdonald's writing offers taut psychological intensity rather than graphic violence, and this new audio production captures its dark, gritty tone.

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Garrison Keillor's Comedy Theater by Garrison Keillor; narrated by Tim Russell, Tom Keith, Sue Scott, Allison Janney, Karen Braga, Victoria Clark, Chris Forth, Alice Playten, Walter Bobbie, and Erica Rhodes (HighBridge Audio)

Taking Charge written and read by Michael B. Beschloss (Simon & Schuster Audio)

BEST NEW PUBLISHER

Selling Power Live!

by Laura Day, Nido Qubein, Tom Hopkins, Jose Suquet, and Art Sobczak

Narrated by Laura Day, Nido Qubein, Tom Hopkins, Jose Suquet, and Art Sobczak (Personal Selling Power, Inc.)

Selling Power magazine launched the nationally distributed audio publication, Selling Power Live! Designed to help sales people sell more and sell better, Selling Power Live! shares the keys to developing sales persistence and determination and how establishing goal-crafting systems helps sales professionals build more persistent selling skills. 

Selling Power Live! is published by Personal Selling Power, Inc. located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 

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Magazines on Tape by Personal Audio; narrated by a full cast (Personal Audio, LLC)

Old Man Thunder: Father of the Bullet Train written and read by Bill Hosokawa (Sogo Way)

BUSINESS

Pour Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time

by Howard Schultz

Narrated by Eric Conger (HighBridge Audio)

The success of Starbucks is one of the most remarkable business stories in decades. Since 1987, the coffee merchant has grown from a single retail store on Seattle's waterfront to a company with more than 1,000 stores nationwide and a new one opening somewhere every business day. 

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz shares the passion, values, and inspiration that drive this fascinating company. Placing as much importance on employees as on profits, paying as much attention to creativity as to growth, motivated by enduring principles, Starbucks is living proof that a company can lead with its heart, nurture its soul, and still make money.

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Ben & Jerry's Double-Dip Capitalism written and read by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Forbes Great Minds of Business written and read by Andrew Grove, Fred Smith, Peter Lynch, Pleasant Rowland, and Paul Volcker (Simon & Schuster Audio)

CHILDREN'S PRODUCTION

Redwall

by Brian Jacques

Narrated by a full cast (Random House Audio)

As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem. Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent on destroying the abbey's tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall.

What can the mice do to defend themselves against Cluny the Scourge and his battle-seasoned army of rats? If only they had the sword of Martin the Warrior, they might have a chance. But the legendary weapon has long been forgotten—except, that is, by the bumbling young apprentice Matthias, who becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. In order to save his friends, Matthias must rise above his fears and failures.

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Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine; narrated by Zachary Carlin, et al. (Walt Disney Records)

Yolanda's Genius by Carol Fenner; narrated by Novella Nelson (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

CHILDREN'S TITLE

Redwall: Books 1, 2 & 3

by Brian Jacques

Narrated by a full cast (Random House Audio)

Redwall: Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny the Scourge —the evil-one-eyed rat warlord—and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn't bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends...

Mossflower: The clever and greedy wildcat Tsarmina becomes ruler of all Mossflower Woods and is determined to govern the peaceful woodlanders with an iron paw. The brave mouse Martin and quick-talking mouse thief Gonff meet in the depths of Kotir Castle's dungeon. The two escape and resolve to end Tsarmina's tyrannical rule. Joined by Kinny the mole, Martin and Gonff set off on a dangerous quest for Salamandastron, where they are convinced that their only hope, Boar the Fighter, still lives.

Mattimeo: Slagar the Fox is determined to vanquish peaceable Redwall. Gathering his mercenary band of rats, stoats, and weasels, he advances upon the abbey with a cunning scheme-rather than making courageous battle plans, he will steal the children of Redwall from under their parents' very noses. And his prize captive will be Mattimeo, the headstrong young son of Matthias, the fearless mouse warrior!

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The Case of the Vampire Vacuum Sweeper written and read by John R. Erickson (Gulf Publishing Company)

The Amber Brown Collection by Paula Danziger; narrated by Alicia Witt (Listening Library)

EDUCATIONAL/HOW-TO/INSTRUCTIONAL

Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs

by Lang Elliot with Donald and Lillian Stokes

Narrated by Lang Elliot with Donald and Lillian Stokes (Time Warner AudioBooks)

This is the ultimate audio field guide for today’s birder—the most comprehensive, clearest, most useful audio identification guide to the birds of the eastern region ever produced. The Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs: Eastern Region offers you the very best sound recordings available for the birds of eastern North America. It includes more species, more time per species, and more sounds per species than any other audio guide to Eastern bird songs. In addition, the recordings are accompanied by an informative PDF booklet that gives precise call and song descriptions of the 372 species included. 

This is a marvelous companion to the book The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America and the audiobook The Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs: Western Region.

Donald and Lillian Stokes are widely recongized as America's foremost authorities on birds and nature. They are the hosts of the PBS television series BirdWatch with Don and Lillian Stokes. Their books include the bestselling Stokes Field Guide to Birds and Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds (eastern and western editions); the Stokes Nature Guides, a series of uniquely informative handbooks for observing plant and animal behavior in the wild; and the Stokes Backyard Nature Books.

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Divine Singing written and read by Chaitanya Kabir (Sounds True)

Kaplan Word Power written and read by Kaplan (Simon & Schuster Audio)

FICTION, ABRIDGED

God's Little Acre

by Erskine Caldwell

Narrated by Burt Reynolds (Dove Audio)

Single father and poor Southern farmer Ty Ty Walden has a plan to save his farm and his family: He will tear his fields apart until he finds gold. Exhorted by their patriarch, Ty Ty's sons and daughters set out to ruin their land by digging it up. 

While Ty Ty obsesses over his fool’s quest, his children search in vain for their own dreams of instant happiness—whether from money, violence, or sex. Juxtaposed against the Waldens' obsessive search is the story of Ty Ty's son-in-law, a cotton mill worker in a nearby town who is killed during a strike.

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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara; narrated by George Hearn (HighBridge Audio)

The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton; narrated by Mare Winningham (Simon & Schuster Audio)

FICTION, UNABRIDGED

The Breaker

by Kit Denton

Narrated by Terence Donovan (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

Breaker Morant was executed at Pietersburg on 27 February 1902. His crime? Wilful murder of civilians. Yet to this day his guilt remains in doubt. Kit Denton's novel, The Breaker, does more than recount the facts and mystery surrounding Morant's death sentence. 

Full of action and set in three continents, it covers the entire range of the Breaker's activities. We see him as a champion horseman, a likeable larrikin, a popular balladist. We see him in love and in war. Then we see him face the firing squad that will end his life. Was he a cold-blooded killer or a scapegoat?

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American Pastoral by Philip Roth; narrated by Ron Silver (Dove Audio)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; narrated by Jeremy Irons (Random House Audio)

HUMOR

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

by Douglas Adams

Narrated by Douglas Adams (Dove Audio)

What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common? 

Apparently not much; until Dirk Gently, self-styled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unravelling a mysterious mystery, and eating a lot of pizza—not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction along the way (at no extra charge). 

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Babyhood written and read by Paul Reiser (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing by Patrick F. McManus; narrated by Terry Beaver (Simon & Schuster Audio)

INSPIRATIONAL/SPIRITUAL

Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham

by Billy Graham

Narrated by Cliff Barrows (HarperAudio)

Hailed as the world's preacher, Dr. Billy Graham has been taken by his calling as an evangelist to every nation, from major capitals to the most remote outposts. His crusades have spanned more than 50 years, and he has been part of history in the making, from his famed antisegregation stance to his friendship with every president since Eisenhower. 

In this memoir, he looks back at it all with down-to-earth warmth and candor, from his upbringing and early preaching to his internationally influential public ministry.

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Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Tales by Carmen Renee Berry and Tamara Traeder; narrated by Cindy Williams, Katy Hickman, and Amy Hill (Audio Literature)

The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler; narrated by Edward Herrmann (HighBridge Audio)

MULTI-VOICED NARRATION

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

by Dayton Duncan

Narrated by Ken Burns, Adam Arkin, Donovan Sylvest, David Magee, and Jason Culp (Random House Audio)

In the spring of 1804, at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson, a party of explorers called the Corps of Discovery crossed the Mississippi River and started up the Missouri, heading west into the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.

The expedition was led by the brilliant but troubled Meriwether Lewis and his trustworthy, gregarious friend William Clark. The unlikely crew included soldiers from New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, French Canadian boatmen, several sons of white fathers and Indian mothers, a slave named York, and eventually a Shoshone Indian woman, Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son.

Together they would cross the continent, searching for the fabled Northwest Passage. Along the way they would face incredible hardship, disappointment, and danger; record in their journals hundreds of animals and plants previously unknown to science; encounter a dizzying diversity of Indian cultures; and, most of all, share in one of America's most enduring adventures.

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Abuse of Power by Stanley I. Kutler; narrated by David Ackroyd, David Dukes, and William Windom (Dove Audio)

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells; narrated by Leonard Nimoy, Jerry Hardin, Gates McFadden, Dwight Schultz, Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, and Wil Wheaton (Listening Library)

MULTI-VOICED PRESENTATION

Women in the Material World

by Faith D'Alusio and Peter Menzel

Narrated by CCH Pounder (Audio Literature)

Remarkable portrayals of the striking similarities and profound differences in the lives of women around the world at the dawn of the twenty-first century. In first-person interviews of startling candor, women from Albania, Brazil, Israel, Mali, South Africa, and other countries share their feelings about family, children, money, love, sex, and marriage. These interviews create a powerful multicultural portrait of the half of humanity that all too often remains invisible, covering every aspect of women's lives in our increasingly crowded world. Each woman shares her feelings on family, children, money, love, sex, marriage, and other topics. 

Under the direction of former television producer, Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel, author of Material World: A Global Family Portrait, a team of renowned women journalists traveled the world to take a close look at the lives of women in twenty disparate lands. Together, they created a story that puts a human face on international issues and gives a voice to the half of humanity that often remains silent.

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Star Wars—Dark Forces: Soldier of the Empire by William C. Dietz; narrated by Randall Berger, et al. (HighBridge Audio)

Voices of the Civil War: Gettysburg by Time-Life Books ; narrated by a full cast (Time Warner AudioBooks)

MYSTERY (FICTION)

Vintage Crime Stories

by Charles Dickens, Ruth Rendell, et al.

Narrated by Patrick Malahide (Tangled Web Audio)

These stories of crime span over one hundred years—from Charles Dickens, who introduced the police detective to English literature, to Award-winning contemporary writer, Ruth Rendell—and explores the darker side of the human psyche. The narratives take us inside the criminal mind and bring us face to face with evil, insanity, and rage. As these elegantly crafted and suspenseful stories unfold, we also experience the thrill of wonderfully paced apprehension and the terror of the victims. 

Discover a world of heroes and villains, suspense and intrigue. This riveting and comprehensive collection brings together some of the best crime writing of all time. Ruth Rendell and Frances Hegarty spearhead the modern genre, moving through the popular and rarely recorded Graham Greene, to Charles Dickens and E.W. Hornung and his amateur detective A. J. Raffles. Included are Loopy by Ruth Rendell; Insufficient Evidence by Frances Hegarty; Nine Points of the Law by E.W. Hornung; The Case for the Defense by Graham Greene; Bluebeard's Bathtub by Margery Allingham; and Hunted Down by Charles Dickens.

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Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett; narrated by William Dufris (Isis Publishing)

NON-FICTION, ABRIDGED

Women in the Material World

by Faith D'Alusio and Peter Menzel

Narrated by CCH Pounder (Audio Literature)

Remarkable portrayals of the striking similarities and profound differences in the lives of women around the world at the dawn of the twenty-first century. In first-person interviews of startling candor, women from Albania, Brazil, Israel, Mali, South Africa, and other countries share their feelings about family, children, money, love, sex, and marriage. These interviews create a powerful multicultural portrait of the half of humanity that all too often remains invisible, covering every aspect of women's lives in our increasingly crowded world. Each woman shares her feelings on family, children, money, love, sex, marriage, and other topics. 

Under the direction of former television producer, Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel, author of Material World: A Global Family Portrait, a team of renowned women journalists traveled the world to take a close look at the lives of women in twenty disparate lands. Together, they created a story that puts a human face on international issues and gives a voice to the half of humanity that often remains silent.

Finalist Titles

Bound Feet & Western Dress written and read by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang (Audio Literature)

Wait Till Next Year written and read by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster Audio)

NON-FICTION, UNABRIDGED

James Herriot's Animal Stories

by James Herriot

Narrated by Christopher Timothy (Audio Renaissance)

Here are ten more stories from the pen of the world's most beloved veterinarian; stories guaranteed to delight the Yorkshire vet's worldwide legions of fans.

When you enter the world of James Herriot's Animal Stories, you'll share his wonder and humor, his adventures and misadventures as he contends with pet owners and landowners; rough-spoken farmers and soft-spoken gentry; orphaned lambs, litters of piglets and puppies, cattle and draught horses; and a miscellany of cats and dogs including, of course, Mrs. Pumphrey's inimitable Pekinese, Tricki Woo.

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The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot; narrated by Christopher Timothy (Chivers North America)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom; narrated by Mitch Albom (Brilliance Audio)

ORIGINAL WORK

Diana, Princess of Wales: A Radio Tribute

by BBC Productions

Narrated by a full cast (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

Drawn from BBC archive material, this is an account of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, from her birth and childhood on the Sandringham Estate to her death. A Spencer family tree and a brief chronology of her life are included on the inlay.

This special tribute, featuring exclusive BBC interviews and documentary material, is the story of the world's most famous woman, the modern princess who touched all of our hearts, and who remains a powerful, beloved icon even in death.

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Ambush at Fort Bragg by Tom Wolfe; narrated by Edward Norton (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

How the West Was Read, Volume 2 by Robert J. Randisi; narrated by Lee Marshall and Kitty Brooks (DH Audio/Durkin Hayes)

PACKAGE DESIGN

Lolita

by Vladimir Nabokov

Narrated by Jeremy Irons (Random House Audio)

When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause célèbre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov's wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century's novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

Awe and exhilaration—along with heartbreak and mordant wit-—abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hyper-civilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love—love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

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Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris; narrated by David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, and Ann Magnuson (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Selena: Como la Flor written and read by Joe Nick Patoski (B&B Audio)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (SELF-HELP)

The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship

by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Narrated by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Penguin Audiobooks)

For years on Sunday mornings, readers of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have been calling their mothers, boyfriends, and sisters to say, "See? That's exactly what I meant!" Now syndicated nationwide, Jacquelyn Mitchard's column, "The Rest of Us," charms her readers each week. Mitchard's clear-eyed takes on everyday life in process are described over and over as "a letter from home, " and "the kind of story you keep under your pillow." 

In this wise and sparkling volume that collects more than a decade of dispatches, Mitchard's longtime readers and fans can share the exuberant wisdom of a woman and a writer who has seen it all.

In the spirit of Judith Viorst, Anna Quindlen, and the late Erma Bombeck, Mitchard reaches for the heart and mind simultaneously. Spanning everything from gun laws and garage sales to teen telephone habits, The Rest of Us brings together the best of many years of writing and living.

Finalist Titles

The Gift of Fear written and read by Gavin De Becker (Audio Literature)

The Girlfriend's Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood written and read by Vicki Iovine (DH Audio/Durkin Hayes)

POETRY

The Spirit Level: Poems

by Seamus Heaney

Narrated by Seamus Heaney (Penguin Audiobooks)

In The Spirit Level, as ever with Seamus Heaney, personal memory and humble domestic objects—a whitewash brush, a sofa, a swing—are endowed with talismanic significance, and throughout the collection he addresses his growing concerns, which inevitably include the political situation in his native Northern Ireland, in a poetry that never ceases to be fluid, alert, and completely truthful.

Finalist Titles

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu; narrated by Todd Barton (Shambala Publications)

The Poetry of Walt Whitman by Walt Whitman; narrated by Joan Allen, et al. (Dove Audio)

POETRY

The Poetry of the Romantics

by John Keats, et al.

Narrated by Joan Allen, et al. (Dove Audio)

Here is the quintessence of romance which spans not only the ages but the full range of passionate expression of love in all of its forms and stages. Authors include John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Blake.

Finalist Titles

Star Wars—Dark Forces: Soldier of the Empire by William C. Dietz; narrated by Randall Berger, et al. (HighBridge Audio)

The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr; narrated by Boyd Gaines (Simon & Schuster Audio)

SOLO NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR

Sula

by Toni Morrison

Narrated by Toni Morrison (Random House Audio)

Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. 

Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal; or does it end? 

Finalist Titles

My Brother written and read by Jamaica Kincaid (Penguin Audiobooks)

Wobegon Boy written and read by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

Land Girls

by Angela Huth

Narrated by Carole Boyd (Isis Publishing)

With the country's men at war, it falls to the land girls to pitch in and do their bit...

Stella arrives at Hallows Farm in her Rayon stockings, having just waved goodbye to the love of life— naval officer Philip. Agatha has just graduated from Cambridge; life on the Farm is certainly going to offer her a different kind of education. Prue, a hairdresser from Manchester, is used to painting the town red, not manual labour. Joe dreams of leaving the family farm and becoming a fighter pilot. But with the arrival of these three beautiful young women, there's enough to keep him busy on the farm for the time being...

Finalist Titles

Sin by Josephine Hart; narrated by Diana Rigg (Dove Audio)

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf; narrated by Eileen Atkins (Penguin Audiobooks)

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

American Pastoral

by Philip Roth

Narrated by Ron Silver (Dove Audio)

American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall—of a strong, confident master of social equilibrium overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. Seymour "Swede" Levov—a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father's Newark glove factory—comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. 

But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even the most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. 

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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley; narrated by Paul Winfield (Dove Audio)

The Classic Pooh Treasury: Volume 3 by A.A. Milne; narrated by Peter Dennis (K-tel International USA, Inc.)