Second Thoughts: One Hundred Upbeat Messages for Beat-Up Americans

by Mort Crim

Narrated by Mort Crim (Health Communications, Inc.)

Second Thoughts is a collection of 100 essays reflecting celebrated broadcaster Mort Crim's conclusions about life after 35 years of covering world events. His daily radio series, from which he has gathered these writings, cuts through the gloomy clouds created by media fascination with the bad, the bizarre and the ugly.

Second Thoughts is about solutions, triumphs and faith. Its messages are crisp, cogent daily reminders that hope is not only reasonable, but the only rational basis upon which to build a life—or a society. Listeners will find security and inspiration within these pages and realize that each one of us makes a difference in the world.

Finalist Titles

Dickens' Women by Charles Dickens; narrated by Miriam Margolyes (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence S. Ritter; narrated by a full cast (HighBridge Audio)


Journey Through Pet Loss

by Deborah Antinori

Narrated by Deborah Antinori (YokoSpirit Publications)

A soulful outreach to those who lose an animal companion through death or other circumstances. Deborah Antinori, MA, has woven a tapestry of personal and professional elements throughout, creating an artful balance between helpful suggestions from her professional experience as a therapist and her personal experiences as a pet owner.

Deborah covers a variety of topics on pet loss including the reasons why one can experience such a deep sense of loss, memorial tributes for animals, the value of reminiscence, grief phases and tasks, issues of illness and death of a pet, euthanasia, burial and cremation issues, complicated mourning, associations to other losses, and other forms of pet loss such as lost pets and animals who must be given away.

Finalist Titles

Entrepreneur December 1998 by Entrepreneur Press; narrated by Petrea Burchard, et al. (DriveTimes, Inc.)

Jumping the Line written and read by William Herrick (Audio Book Club Publishing)


Entrepreneur November 1998

by Rieva Lesonsky, et al.

Narrated by Petrea Burchard, et al. (DriveTimes, Inc.)

Entrepreneur is a North American magazine and website that carries news stories about entrepreneurship, small business management, and business. The magazine was first published in 1977.

It is published by Entrepreneur Media Inc., headquartered in Irvine, California. The magazine publishes 12 issues annually, available through subscription and on newsstands. It is published under license internationally in Mexico, Russia, India, Hungary, The Philippines, South Africa, and others.

Entrepreneur also publishes books through its Entrepreneur Press division. The company has a backlist of over 200 titles on business and entrepreneurship.

Finalist Titles

Entrepreneur December 1998 by Entrepreneur Press; narrated by Petrea Burchard, et al. (DriveTimes, Inc.)

Spin Selling written and read by Neil Rackham (HighBridge Audio)


Lily's Crossing

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Narrated by Mia Dillon (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

This year, as in other years, Lily has planned a spectacular summer in Rockaway, in her family's cozy house on stilts over the Atlantic Ocean. But by the summer of 1944, World War II has changed almost everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, and her family have moved to a wartime factory town, and worse, much worse, Lily's father is on his way overseas to the war.

There's no one else Lily's age in Rockaway until Albert comes, a refugee from Hungary, a boy with a secret sewn into his coat. Albert has lost most of his family in the war; he's been through things Lily can't imagine. But when they join together to rescue and care for a kitten, they begin a special friendship. For Lily and Albert have their own secrets to share: they both have told lies, and Lily has told a lie that may cost Albert his life.

Finalist Titles

Saving Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; narrated by Henry Leyva (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman; narrated by Nigel Lambert (Chivers North America)


The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Narrated by Dylan Baker (Penguin Audiobooks)

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America.

Finalist Titles

Hop Frog by Edgar Allan Poe; narrated by Winifred Phillips (DH Audio/Durkin Hayes)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens; narrated by Miriam Margolyes (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)


French in a Box

by Donald S. Rivera

Narrated by Donald S. Rivera (Penton Overseas, Inc.)

Simple-to-use and easy-to-follow complete language building systems. These unique courses break down the language into small groups of words and phrases allowing the student to master one language concept at a time. By building on these language learning cards, students will rapidly progress to fluency and comprehension of the French or Spanish language.

Each 'box' features: two 90-minute audio cassettes; 32 easy lessons, comprised of 440 language and grammar cards; key grammatical concepts are built into each lesson; phonetic guide to pronunciation on each language card; handy plastic lesson-card carrying case.

Finalist Titles

Commercial Speak written and read by Hugh Lampman, Bettye Pierce Zoller, Bob Magruder, Jerry Houston, and Larry Woods (ZWL Publishing, Inc.)

Pimsleur Language Program: Spanish by Pimsleur; narrated by Paul Pimsleur (Simon & Schuster Audio)


Sounds Like Murder: Clean American Fun

by Christopher Newman

Narrated by Darrell Larson (Random House Audio)

Three thousand acres next to Branson, Missouri, is a gold mine to the wealthy and eccentric Sir Reginald Hollister. "Clean American Fun" could be the biggest theme park north of Disneyland.

There's one catch: when a woman is found murdered, all eyes and evidence point to Hollister. But when two secret service agents arrive on the scene, suddenly politicians, actors, and an irreverent revered all have reason to dispense with "Clean American Fun."

Finalist Titles

A Knock at Midnight by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.; narrated by a full cast (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Plug N Play Travelpak Promotion by Plug N Play; narrated by a full cast (B&B Audio)


Cloudsplitter: A Novel

by Russell Banks

Narrated by George DelHoyo (Audio Literature)

A triumph of the imagination and a masterpiece of modern storytelling, Cloudsplitter is narrated by the enigmatic Owen Brown, last surviving son of America's most famous and still controversial political terrorist and martyr, John Brown. Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart.

Finalist Titles

Amistad by David Pesci; narrated by Courtney B. Vance (The Publishing Mills)

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan; narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (The Publishing Mills)


A Widow for One Year

by John Irving

Narrated by George Guidall (Random House Audio)

Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character—a "difficult" woman. By no means is she conventionally "nice", but she will never be forgotten.

Ruth's story is told in three parts, each focusing on a crucial time in her life. When we first meet her in the summer of 1958 on Long Island, Ruth is only four.

The second window into Ruth's life opens in the fall of 1990, when Ruth is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career. She distrusts her judgment in men, for good reason.

Finalist Titles

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens; narrated by Miriam Margolyes (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume; narrated by Kate Reading (Books on Tape, Inc.)


Ranting Again

by Dennis Miller

Narrated by Dennis Miller (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

Dennis Miller is back, and he is Ranting Again in this hilarious compendium of wit, wisdom, and righteous outrage. This is good news for all of us who fume at the country's lack of common sense, and seethe at the absurdity of the daily headlines.

Setting his sights higher and wider than ever before, Dennis Miller is at the top of his game in a biting and rowdy performance that unleashes his unique brand of scathing wit on anything and everything. Taking on such targets as illegal immigration, the sobriety movement, the American school system, and men who wear tight t-shirts even though they have big tits, Miller proves that nobody is safe from his hilarious yet hard-hitting scrutiny.

Finalist Titles

God Is My Broker by Brother Ty, Christopher Buckley, and John Tierney; narrated by Mark Linn-Baker (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

Pure Drivel written and read by Steve Martin (Simon & Schuster Audio)


Still Me

by Christopher Reeve

Narrated by Christopher Reeve (Random House Audio)

The whole world held its breath when Christopher Reeve struggled for life on Memorial Day, 1995. On the third jump of a riding competition, Reeve was thrown headfirst from his horse in an accident that broke his neck and left him unable to move or breathe.

In the years since then, Reeve has not only survived, but has fought for himself, for his family, and for the hundreds of thousands of people with spinal cord injuries in the United States and around the world. And he has written Still Me, the heartbreaking, funny, courageous, and hopeful story of his life.

Finalist Titles

The Complete Audio Bible, Old Testament by Dove Audio; narrated by Michael York, et al. (Dove Audio)

The New Testament by Oasis Audio; narrated by Max McLean (Oasis Audio)


Sales Closing for Dummies

by Tom Hopkins

Narrated by Tom Hopkins (HarperAudio)

Without the close, there is no sale. Pretty obvious, right? Yet, for many salespeople, closing is the most baffling and elusive part of the selling process. All too often, salespeople meet qualified clients and charm them with an eloquent presentation, only to see the sale mysteriously slip from between their fingers in the end. Which is sad when you consider all the hard work—the prospecting, preparation, planning, and practice—done for the sake of a moment of truth that never arrives.

Fortunately, closing is an art that can be mastered, and now Sales Closing For Dummies shows you how.

Finalist Titles

Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover by Marilu Henner; narrated by Marilu Henner and Laura Morton (HarperAudio)

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.; narrated by Spencer Johnson, M.D. and Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. (Simon & Schuster Audio)


The Complete Audio Bible, Old Testament

by Dove Audio

Narrated by Michael York, et al. (Dove Audio)

This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theatre format.

Each beloved book of the Bible comes to life with outstanding performances by Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Richard Dreyfuss as Moses, Gary Sinise as David, Jason Alexander as Joseph, Marisa Tomei as Mary Magdalene, Stacy Keach as Paul, Louis Gossett, Jr. as John, Jon Voight as Abraham, Marcia Gay Harden as Esther, Joan Allen as Deborah, Max von Sydow as Noah, and Malcolm McDowell as Solomon.

Finalist Titles

The New Testament by Oasis Audio; narrated by Max McLean (Oasis Audio)

Sales Closing for Dummies written and read by Tom Hopkins (HarperAudio)


The Titanic Disaster Hearings: The Official Transcripts of the 1912 Senate Investigation

by Tom Kuntz

Narrated by Michael York, et al. (Dove Audio)

The moving testimonies of surviving crew and passengers of the Titanic. Merely one day after the Titanic survivors arrived in New York City, a United States Senate committee began investigation into the wreck of the great "unsinkable" ship.

The official transcripts of the investigation include the testimony of J. Bruce Ismay, British Managing Director of the White Star Line, on-duty lookout Frederick Fleet's admission that the disaster may have been avoided, and passenger Daisy Minahan, who recalls the refusal of an officer in her lifeboat to aid those adrift in the frigid waters.

Finalist Titles

Lost Civilizations: Pompeii by Time-Life Books; narrated by Blair Brown, David McCallum, et al. (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Star Wars—Dark Forces: Rebel Agent by William C. Dietz; narrated by a full cast (HighBridge Audio)


The Third Man

by Graham Greene

Narrated by Martin Jarvis (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral.

The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr. Lime, it seems, had been the focus of a criminal investigation, suspected of nothing less than being "the worst racketeer who ever made a dirty living in this city." Martins is determined to clear his friend's name, and begins an investigation of his own...

Finalist Titles

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie, adapted by Charles Osborne; narrated by Alexandra Thomas (HighBridge Audio)

The Job by Douglas Kennedy; narrated by John Slattery (Simon & Schuster Audio)


The Professor and the Madman

by Simon Winchester

Narrated by Simon Jones (HarperAudio)

Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project. Dr. William Chester Minor, an American surgeon who had served in the Civil War, was one of the most prolific contributors to the dictionary, sending thousands of neat, hand-written quotations from his home.

After numerous refusals from Minor to visit his home in Oxford, Murray set out to find him. It was then that Murray would finally learn the truth about Minor—that, in addition to being a masterly wordsmith, he was also an insane murderer locked up in Broadmoor, England's harshest asylum for criminal lunatics.

Finalist Titles

About This Life written and read by Barry Lopez (Dove Audio)

Ship of Gold by Gary Kinder; narrated by Bruce Davison (Random House Audio)


Full Circle: A Pacific Journey with Michael Palin

by Michael Palin

Narrated by Michael Palin (Chivers North America)

Michael Palin set off in an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the world's largest ocean, the Pacific. Eighteen countries border the vast expanse of sea that is the Pacific. Palin travelled through them by air, train, boat, car, and on foot, exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. As he moved through different countries he met the wonderfully diverse communities that make up their populations, many of whom lead far from ordinary lives.

Whether he's talking to head-hunters in Borneo or eating maggots in Mexico, Palin recounts his adventures in a vivid and lively style that brilliantly evokes the full color and richness of the Pacific Rim.

Finalist Titles

Ned Kelly: A Short Life by Ian Jones; narrated by Paul English (Australian Large Print Audio & Video)

White Coolies by Betty Jeffrey; narrated by Beverly Dunn (Australian Large Print Audio & Video)


Creepers Mysteries: Haunted Cattle Drive

by Connie Kingrey

Narrated by Gerald Drake, James Ahrens, Jonathan Poland, Jackie Perlman, and Kevin Fitzgerald (K-tel International USA, Inc.)

Have you ever gathered around a cowboy’s campfire on a pitch black night, and felt like someone was standing beside you in the dark? Have you ever heard scratching on the side of your tent, and hoped it was only a tumbleweed?

Harry, Gillian and Arvin visit Smokey Joe's ranch, and join him on an authentic cattle drive. They hear the laughter of Dead Man Jack, the stage coach robber. They smell the hot, cigar-smoking breath of Silver Dollar Dan, the bounty hunter who is on Jack's trail. But wasn't that over 100 years ago? The kids discover a double cross, with a twist, in this exciting episode, Haunted Cattle Drive.

Finalist Titles

English As She Is Spoke written and read by Donald Monat and June Dixon (The Publishing Mills)


You're Not Alone: Conversations with Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Love Them

by Edward Janus

Narrated by Karen Reichart (Voice Arts Publishing Company)

You're Not Alone brings listeners the actual voices of more than twenty women and men who have lived through breast cancer and who now want to be a friend to others by sharing their experiences, well-earned wisdom, humor, and advice.

Chapter 1 is entitled "Everywoman" and tells a "universal" story of the breast cancer experience from diagnosis to the end of treatment. Chapter 2 is entitled "Taking Control." It's about how many women have learned to stay a step ahead of their disease and fears through knowledge and the support of others.

Finalist Titles

English As She Is Spoke written and read by Donald Monat and June Dixon (The Publishing Mills)


Cold Mountain

by Charles Frazier

Narrated by Charles Frazier (Random House Audio)

Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved three years before. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, Ada is trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learn to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away.

Finalist Titles

Bag of Bones written and read by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Complete Bible, Old Testament by Dove Audio; narrated by Michael York, et al. (Dove Audio)


The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment

by Maria Nemeth

Narrated by Maria Nemeth (Sounds True)

Dr. Nemeth presents her revolutionary program for using spirituality to empower personal finances--and releasing life's greater possibilities through a new relationship with money. Distilled from 15 years of "You and Money" workshops, this powerhouse of real-world wisdom uncovers the hidden landscape of beliefs that turn money into an enemy instead of a friend on the spiritual path.

Finalist Titles

Making the Case for Yourself written and read by Susan Estrich (The Publishing Mills)

The Worrywart's Companion written and read by Kitt Weagant (Audio Literature


A Night Without Armor

by Jewel

Narrated by Jewel (HarperAudio)

In A Night Without Armor, her first collection of poetry, Jewel explores the fire of first love, the lessons of betrayal, and the healing of intimacy. She delves into matters of the home, the comfort of family, the beauty of Alaska, and the dislocation of divorce.

Frank and honest, serious and suddenly playful, A Night Without Armor is a talented artist's intimate portrait of what makes us uniquely human.

Finalist Titles

Mother Goose from Morning Till Night by Mother Goose; narrated by Betty Ann Wylie (Smooth Stones Productions)

The Classic Hundred Poems by William Shakespeare, William Harmon, et al.; narrated by William Wordsworth (HighBridge Audio)


Still Me

by Christopher Reeve

Narrated by Christopher Reeve (Random House Audio)

The whole world held its breath when Christopher Reeve struggled for life on Memorial Day, 1995. On the third jump of a riding competition, Reeve was thrown headfirst from his horse in an accident that broke his neck and left him unable to move or breathe.

In the years since then, Reeve has not only survived, but has fought for himself, for his family, and for the hundreds of thousands of people with spinal cord injuries in the United States and around the world. And he has written Still Me, the heartbreaking, funny, courageous, and hopeful story of his life.

Finalist Titles

Big Screen Drive-In Theater written and read by Donald Davis (August House)

Reporting Live written and read by Lesley Stahl (Simon & Schuster Audio)


Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

Narrated by Miriam Margolyes (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

The story of a young orphan, Oliver Twist, who is sent from a child farm to begin life in a workhouse. After committing the unpardonable offense of asking for more food, Oliver is sent off to apprentice with a coffin-maker whose wife mistreats him. He runs away to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger and Fagin, who trains kids to be pickpockets.

Despite his many trials and hardships, he finally gets his happy ending, bringing hope for redemption to all around him.

Finalist Titles

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie; narrated by Alexandra Thomas (Soundelux Audio Publishing)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; narrated by Irene Sutcliffe (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)


City of Darkness

by Ben Bova

Narrated by Harlan Ellison (Dove Audio)

The huge Manhattan Dome hovers high in the smog. Beneath it, the city lies deserted, its buildings haunted, hollow shells. Years ago it was closed by the government in response to insidious crime and pollution. Now it is open only 2 months out of the year as a sort of morbid recreational park, and its only residents are the poor and downtrodden. Many of those left behind have formed gangs who fight over turf and food and prey on those who venture the darkest streets.

Now Ron Morgan, a teenage runaway from the suburbs, finds himself trapped inside the city when the dome is closed at the season's end, and his recreational journey has become a nightmarish struggle for survival.

Finalist Titles

Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks; narrated by George DelHoyo (Audio Literature)

The Men of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor; narrated by Joe Morton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


The Road to Mecca

by Athol Fugard

Narrated by Julie Harris, Amy Irving, and Harris Yulin (L.A. Theatre Works)

When her husband dies, aging Miss Helen begins to fill her home in the remote South African bush with strange sculptures made from beer cans and old headlights. A local clergyman and a young woman visitor try to decide whether Miss Helens peculiar art is an outpouring of creativity or an outbreak of madness. An incandescent drama by Athol Fugard, South Africa’s most celebrated playwright.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring Julie Harris as Miss Helen, Amy Irving as Elsa Barlow, and Harris Yulin as Marius Byleveld. Directed by Steve Albrezzi.

Finalist Titles

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett; narrated by a full cast (NYS Theatre Institute/Family Classic Audio Books)

All My Sons by Arthur Miller; narrated by Julie Harris, James Farentino, and Arye Gross (L.A. Theatre Works)


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