AUDIOBOOK ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

The Dybbuk

by S. Ansky

Narrated by Edward Asner, Theodor Bikel, Harlan Ellison, Marian Mercer, Kristoffer Tabori, and Carl Reiner (NewStar Media, Inc.)

In the folklore of Eastern European Jewry, a dybbuk is a wandering soul that comes to rest in the body of a living person. In this case, the dybbuk is an impoverished student that possesses a young bride on her wedding day. She is taken to a great Chassidic rabbi for exorcism. 

But before he can expel the spirit, the sage must discover who the dybbuk was in life, why he has possessed the maiden, and most importantly, how to balance the scales of cosmic justice.

Finalist Titles

Prairie Home Companion's 25th Anniversary written and read by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)

Voices of Our Time by Studs Terkel; narrated by Studs Terkel, et al. (HighBridge Audio)

BUSINESS INFORMATION

Beer Blast: The Inside Story of the Brewing Industry's Bizarre Battles for Your Money

by Philip Van Munching

Narrated by Philip Van Munching (Audio Book Club Publishing)

The venerable American industry of brewing was once dominated by family-owned firms serving a loyal clientele. In the late 1970s, however, the conglomerates got involved—and the beer wars erupted. 

In Beer Blast, a veteran of the beer wars (from the famous Van Munching clan, importers of Heineken) shares his wealth of colorful, often amazing stories about the personalities, battles, and follies of the beer biz.

Finalist Titles

Business at the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates; narrated by Roger Steffens (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Faster by written and read by James Gleick (Random House Audio)

CHILDREN'S TITLE

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

by Philip Pullman

Narrated by a full cast (Random House Audio)

When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

But truth is a precious commodity, and before long Lyra and Pan are running for their lives, the object of an obsessive hunt by mysterious forces who have been stealing children for dark purposes that no one understands. Lyra will need all her street-learned wiles if she and Pan are to survive.

Finalist Titles

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale (Listening Library/Random House)

Shakespeare without the Boring Bits by William Shakespeare; narrated by Carole Boyd (Chivers North America)

CLASSIC, FICTION

The Screwtape Letters

by C.S. Lewis

Narrated by John Cleese (Audio Literature)

A milestone in the history of popular theology, The Screwtape Letters is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the dynamics of temptation.

This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on earth, trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is "lost" to the young devil.

Dedicated to Lewis's friend and colleague J. R. R. Tolkien, The Screwtape Letters is a timeless classic on spiritual conflict and the psychology of temptation which are part of our religious experience.

Finalist Titles

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; narrated by Patrick Fraley (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

On the Road by Jack Kerouac; narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books, LLC)

EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING

If You Can Talk, You Can Write

by Joel Saltzman

Narrated by Joel Saltzman (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

When we talk, we tell stories and present ideas rarely with much anxiety. But think about writing something and panic sets in. Overcome this crippling response by learning how to talk on paper. Joel Saltzman tells it like it is with compassion, humor, and the uncommon wisdom of famous writers, artists, and musicians. Based on his popular workshop for the UCLA Writers' Program, this is a program with proven results. You'll discover how to: conquer the killer perfectionism, paralysis, and procrastination; silence your inner critic (Shut up, already. I'm trying to write!); and stop worrying about the rules of grammar. Get inspired when you don't feel inspired. Write with conviction, not apology! 

If You Can Talk, You Can Write gives you the daring freedom to produce the kind of writing that is creative, energetic, and most of all, truly your own.

Finalist Titles

How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend by Monks of New Skete; narrated by Michael Wager (HighBridge Audio)

The Savage Truth on Money written and read by Terry Savage (B&B Audio)

FICTION, ABRIDGED

East of the Mountains

by David Guterson

Narrated by Edward Herrmann (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

Recently widowed Ben Givens is a retired heart surgeon, once admired for his steadiness of hand, his precision, his endurance. He has terminal colon cancer. While Ben does not readily accept defeat, he is determined to avoid suffering rather than engage it. And so, accompanied by his two hunting dogs, he sets out through the mythic American West on his last hunt.

The main issues for Ben as a doctor had been tactical and so it would be with his death. But he hadn't considered the persuasiveness of memory—the promise he made to his wife Rachel, the love of his life, during World War II. Or life's mystery. On his journey he meets a young couple, a drifter, a veterinarian, a rancher, and a migrant worker. And just when he thinks there is no turning back, nothing to lose that wasn't lost, his power of interventions is called upon and his very identity tested.

Finalist Titles

Jewel by Bret Lott; narrated by Celia Weston (Simon & Schuster Audio)

White Oleander by Janet Fitch; narrated by Oprah Winfrey (Time Warner AudioBooks)

FICTION, UNABRIDGED

I Know This Much is True

by Wally Lamb

Narrated by George Guidall (Recorded Books, LLC)

Identical twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey were born in the waning moments of 1949 and the opening minutes of 1950. At 40, Dominick's entire life has been compromised and constricted by anger and fear, by the paranoid schizophrenic twin brother he both loves and resents, and by the past they shared with their adoptive father, Ray, a spit-and polish ex-Navy man, and their long-suffering mother, Concettina. 

The brothers' relationship undergoes the ultimate test when Thomas commits an unthinkable act that threatens the tenuous balance of both his and Dominick's lives. 

Finalist Titles

Duane's Depressed written and read by Larry McMurtry (NewStar Media Inc.)

The Testament by John Grisham; narrated by Frank Muller (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

HUMOR

How Paul Robeson Saved My Life: And Other Mostly Happy Stories

by Carl Reiner

Narrated by Carl Reiner (NewStar Media, Inc.)

Filled with rich, multidimensional tales, this collection of short stories from one of America's truly great comedic minds is at once poignant, nostalgic, and laugh-out-loud funny. "How Paul Robeson Saved My Life", the story of Reiner's experiences in the army during World War II, is a darkly funny look at racism. "Lance and Gwendolyn" is a modern-day fairy tale with some surprising twists. "Dial 411 for Legal Smut" is a tongue-in-cheek look at phone sex. 

Whatever topic he tackles, Reiner always manages to capture the highs and lows, the follies and foibles of everyday life.

Finalist Titles

How Men Have Babies written and read by Alan Thicke (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

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

INSPIRATIONAL/SPIRITUAL

Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey

by Jane Goodall and Phillip Berman

Narrated by Jane Goodall (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Jane Goodall's destiny has been blessed with faith, resolve, and purpose. From a little girl inspired by Tarzan, she became the woman who worked alongside famed paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey, accomplished scientific breakthroughs in Gombe, and ultimately became a champion of the environment. The journey has not been without its crises; she endured the horrors of World War II, assaults on the integrity of her work, a hostage-taking at Gombe, and her husband's slow, agonizing death. But throughout, her religious convictions have helped her survive—and her pursuit of science has enhanced, not eroded, her belief in God. 

In this biography, she candidly shares her life, as well as the Gombe chimpanzees she introduced to the world nearly forty years ago. And she gives us convincing reasons why we can and must open ourselves to the saints within each of us. At one with nature and challenged by the man-made dangers of environmental destruction, inequality, materialism, and genocide, Dr. Goodall offers insight into her perceptions of these threats and celebrates the people who are working for Earth's renewal. 

Here, indeed, is Reason for Hope.

Finalist Titles

Friendship with God by Neale Donald Walsch; narrated by Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, and Ellen Burstyn (NewStar Media, Inc.)

Song of the Sun written and read by Andrew Harvey (Sounds True)

MOTIVATIONAL

Joe Torre's Ground Rules: Twelve Keys to Managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success

by Joe Torre and Henry Dreher

Narrated by Joe Torre (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Since joining the Yankees in 1996, Joe Torre has quickly reestablished the team as one of the great success stories in all of professional sports. He showed outstanding managerial talents by leading the Yankees to two championships in three years. He survived the pressure-cooker of big-market media, established a calm, effective working relationship with George Steinbrenner, and cultivated clubhouse harmony on a team packed with distinct personalities. 

The Yankee manager reveals the twelve keys to his phenomenally successful management philosophy—keys directly applicable to business and to life. Drawing from his years of experience in the corporate microcosm that is professional baseball. Torre shares his wisdom of the universal concerns of managers—handling tough bosses, dealing with both setbacks and success, earning the trust and respect of your team players, and bringing together a diverse group of individuals into a cohesive unit with a willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to win. 

Torre's invaluable insights will provide listeners with the tools they need to develop a winning outlook, and to get the most out of themselves and their colleagues, whether in sports, business, or life.

Finalist Titles

I Refuse to Raise a Brat written and read by Marilu Henner (HarperAudio)

Take Yourself to the Top written and read by Laura Berman Fortgang (NewStar Media, Inc.)

MULTI-VOICED NARRATION

The Diaries of Adam & Eve: Translated by Mark Twain

by Mark Twain

Narrated by Walter Cronkite, Betty Buckley, and Mandy Patinkin (Fair Oaks Audio)

Through his imagined journals of Adam and Eve, Mark Twain wrote what has been called "one of the great love stories of all time." In tackling the first three chapters of Genesis, Twain creates a story of The First Couple who are psychologically familiar to even 21st Century Americans. He wrote the Diaries as a tribute to his own marriage, so they are also his most heartfelt and personal work. 

Between 1893 and 1906, he attempted six versions; only "Adam's Diary" and "Eve's Diary" satisfied him and were published in his lifetime. This edition is faithful to Twain's wish that the two tales be bound together and includes passages published for the first time.

Finalist Titles

Friendship with God by Neale Donald Walsch; narrated by Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, and Ellen Burstyn (NewStar Media, Inc.)

Song of the Sun written and read by Andrew Harvey (Sounds True)

MULTI-VOICED PRESENTATION

Sherlock's Secret Life

by Ed Lange and Will Severin

Narrated by Karl Malden, et al. (NYS Theatre Institute/Family Classic Audio Books)

A fascinating comedy-mystery-romance about the world's most famous detective during his earliest youthful years of collaboration with the dashing Dr. John Watson. Inspector Lestrade brings Miss Marianna Smith to see Holmes. Marianna is brilliant and lovely, but claims to have lost all memory and her identity. As Holmes and Watson work to discover her true identity, both become enchanted by her, resulting in complications. 

As the tale unwinds, and its twists are traveled, not only is Marianna's identity stunningly revealed, but discoveries are also made about the landlady, Mrs. Hudson, and the infamous Professor Moriarty.

Finalist Titles

In the Name of Security by Peter Goodchild; narrated by David Hyde Pierce, John Rubinstein, John de Lancie, Ella Joyce, and Amy Pietz (L.A. Theatre Works)

Misadventures in the (213) by Dennis Hensley; narrated by Kathy Griffin, Jack Plotnick, Rachel Harris, Gregg Rainwater, Shane Jacobsen, Rob Nash, Robert Abele, and Dennis Hensley (The Publishing Mills)

MYSTERY, FICTION

The Breaker

by Minette Walters

Narrated by Robert Powell (Chivers North America)

When she revisited, always with astonishment, what had happened to her, it was the deliberate breaking of her fingers that remained indelibly printed on her memory...Twelve hours after a woman's broken body is washed up on a deserted shore, her traumatized three-year-old daughter is discovered twenty miles away wandering the streets of Poole. 

But why was Kate killed and her daughter, a witness, allowed to live? And why weren't they together? More curiously, why had Kate willingly boarded a boat when she had a terror of drowning at sea? Police suspicion centres on both a young actor, whose sailing boat is moored just yards from where the toddler is found, and the murdered woman's husband. Was he really in Liverpool the night she died? And why does their daughter scream in terror every time he tries to pick her up?

Finalist Titles

O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton; narrated by Judy Kaye (Random House Audio)

Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane; narrated by Thomas J.S. Brown (Brilliance Audio)

NON-FICTION, ABRIDGED

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

by Caroline Alexander

Narrated by Michael Tezla and Martin Rubin (HighBridge Audio)

In August 1914, renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 set sail for the South Atlantic in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent. Within 85 miles of their destination, their ship, Endurance, was trapped fast in the ice pack, and the crew was stranded on the floes. After 20 grueling months and two near-fatal escape attempts by open boat, they were finally rescued.

Drawing upon previously unavailable sources, Caroline Alexander gives us a riveting account of Shackleton's expedition. An extraordinary re-creation of the terrible beauty of Antarctica, the awful destruction of the ship, and the crew's heroic daily struggle for survival, The Endurance thrillingly describes one of the last great adventures in the brave age of exploration.

Finalist Titles

Isaac's Storm by Eric Larson; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Random House Audio)

'Tis: A Memoir written and read by Frank McCourt (Simon & Schuster Audio)

NON-FICTION, LICENSED OR DISTRIBUTED

Lord Byron: Poems

by Lord Byron

Narrated by Douglas Hodge, David Horovitch, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Northam, Dianna Quick, Prunella Scales, and Sian Thomas (HighBridge Audio)

To the nineteenth-century reader, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), was the archetype of the Romantic literary hero, a figure admired and emulated as much for the revolutionary panache with which he lived his life as the brio and allure of his verse. Our century has seen him more clearly as a poet whose intellectual toughness, satiric gifts, and utter inability to be boring have made him one of the great comic spirits in our literature.

Richly varied in mood and content, this collection captures the essence of Byron’s great poetic achievement. Among the 31 selections: convivial song-like poems, love poems, travel poems, and humorous and satiric poems.

Finalist Titles

The Best of NPR: Public Laughter written and read by Jerry Seinfeld, Lily Tomlin, Bill Maher, Carl Reiner, Andrei Codrescu, et al. (Time Warner AudioBooks)

The History of Opera by Richard Fawkes; narrated by Robert Powell (Naxos Audiobooks UK)

NON-FICTION, UNABRIDGED

'Tis: A Memoir

by Frank McCourt

Narrated by Frank McCourt (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel and then is drafted into the army, where he is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. 

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach—and to write—that Frank finds his place in the world.

Finalist Titles

Elegy for Iris by John Bayley; narrated by David Case (Books on Tape, Inc.)

The War Journal of Major Damon Rocky Gause by Major Damon Rocky Gause; narrated by Dick Hill (Brilliance Audio)

ORIGINAL WORK

Song of the Unicorn

by Susan Hammond and Debra A.S. Olivia

Narrated by Jeremy Irons, Graham Harley, Phelan Landry, Robert Lurtsema, Catherine McNally, and Tracy Moore (The Children's Group)

The Story: When a young queen falls mysteriously ill, her children are sent deep into the forest in search of her only cure: the legendary unicorn. The great magician Merlin helps them on their quest. With riddles and the unicorn's song, the children travel to the magical isle of Avalon. There, they must decide what can truy cure their mother — King Arthur's powerful sister, Morgan-le-Fay, or the healing touch of the unicorn. 

The Music: More than two dozen excerpts of pre-Baroque music, including traditional English songs like Greensleeves and Early One Morning, Gregorian Chant, Celtic songs, wild Medieval dances plus a journey into the future of music with Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and beyond.

Finalist Titles

Braces written and read by Donald Davis (August House) 

The History of Opera by Richard Fawkes; narrated by Robert Powell (Naxos Audiobooks UK)

PACKAGE DESIGN

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

by Terry Brooks

Narrated by Alexander Adams (Random House Audio)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.
 
On the green, unspoiled world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrive to protect the realm’s young queen as she seeks a diplomatic solution to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. At the same time, on desert-swept Tatooine, a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker, who possesses a strange ability for understanding the “rightness” of things, toils by day and dreams by night—of becoming  a Jedi Knight and finding a way to win freedom for himself and his beloved mother. It will be the unexpected meeting of Jedi, Queen, and a gifted boy that will mark the start of a drama that will become legend.

Finalist Titles

New Testament as Told By Max McLean written and read by Max McLean (Oasis Audio)

Shakespeare Audio Collection by William Shakespeare; narrated by a full cast (HarperAudio)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Survival Guide

by Alan Thicke

Narrated by Alan Thicke (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

The male perspective on how to be pregnant. A combination sage advice, expert opinion, and side-splitting truths on the up and downside of pregnancy for men. Alan Thicke, one of America's favorite funny men and father of three, with a little help from father-friends including Ray Romano, Wayne Gretzky, and Dave Barry, has written the ultimate how-to guide for dads-to-be.

From Breasts to Birthing Class, How Men Have Babies is about pregnancy from a man's perspective, intended to get him involved early and fully.

Finalist Titles

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry written and read by Dean Edell (HarperAudio)

What Southern Women Know written and read by Ronda Rich (Brilliance Audio)

POETRY

Realms of Gold

by John Keats

Narrated by Samuel West and Matthew Marsh (Naxos Audiobooks UK)

John Keats' letters paint an unforgettably vivid and moving picture of the richly productive but also tragic final years of the poet's life. As he ponders on the nature of the writer's craft, he must first confront his brother's death from tuberculosis and then the imminent prospect of his own, tormented by the fear that he will not live to consummate his relationship with Fanny Brawne.

This general selection also includes many of his finest poems, versions of which often appeared for the first time within the letters themselves. Among them are: "Ode to Melancholy", "Ode of a Grecian Urn", "Old Meg", "Ode to a Nightingale", "La Belle Dame sans Merci", and "To Autumn".

Finalist Titles

The Voice of the Poet: Auden written and read by W.H. Auden (Random House Audio)

The Voice of the Poet: Plath written and read by Sylvia Plath (Random House Audio)

SHORT STORIES/ESSAYS/COLLECTIONS

Malice Domestic 6: An Anthology of Original Traditional Mystery Stories

by Anne Perry, et al.

Narrated by Patrick Macnee, Juliet Mills, Judy Geeson, Christopher Cazenove, Stephanie Beacham, Reed Diamond, and William Windom (NewStar Media, Inc.)

Esteemed mystery writer Anne Perry heads up a delectable cast of contemporary writers, the very best from both sides of the Atlantic. In the tradition of Britain's honored crime writer Agatha Christie, Malice Domestic 6 jumps the pond between Britain and America to deliver 100 percent pure suspense in all its spine-tingling glory.

Collection includes seventeen traditional mysteries by such contemporary writers as Marjorie Eccles, Jan Burke, Anthea Fraser, and Edward Marston.

Finalist Titles

Goodbye Columbus and 5 Short Stories by Philip Roth; narrated by Theodore Bikel, Harlan Ellison, Elliott Gould, John Rubinstein, and Jerry Zaks (NewStar Media, Inc.)

Zoe Caldwell Reads Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde and Dennis Buck; narrated by Christopher Plummer and Zoe Caldwell (NYS Theatre Institute/Family Classic Audio Books)

SOLO NARRATION—AUTHOR OR AUTHORS

The Exorcist

by William Peter Blatty

Narrated by William Peter Blatty (NewStar Media, Inc.)

Inspired by a true story of a child's demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. 

A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying. Medical tests fail to shed any light on her symptoms, but it is as if a different personality has invaded her body. Father Damien Karras, a Jesuit priest, is called in. Is it possible that a demonic presence has possessed the child! Exorcism seems to be the only answer...

Finalist Titles

Hannibal written and read by Thomas Harris (Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio)

'Tis written and read by Frank McCourt (Simon & Schuster Audio)

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

Bridget Jones' Diary

by Helen Fielding

Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Books, LLC)

Here is the laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of a hilarious year in the life of the devastatingly self-aware Bridget Jones; a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1 1/2 inches, visit the gym three times a week not merely to buy a sandwich, and form a functional relationship with a responsible adult.

Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel—or at least afloat. Whenever her plans meet with disaster, she manages to pick herself up, go out on the town, and tell herself it will be all right in the morning, when life will definitely be different this time and totally alcohol, calorie, and perverted-misogynist free.

Finalist Titles

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende; narrated by Blair Brown (HarperAudio)

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner; narrated by Valerie Leonard (Chivers North America)

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

The Fencing Master

by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Narrated by Michael York (NewStar Media, Inc.)

In the fall of 1868, everyone in Madrid is discussing political plots and revolution. Except for fencing master, Don Jaime. For years he has been working on a Treatise on the Art of Fencing, the heart of which is his perfection of the unstoppable thrust. 

He is approached one day by a beautiful and mysterious woman who asks the maestro to teach her the unstoppable thrust. Don Jaime declines, however, he is entirely unprepared for the unhurried, sure, and inexplicable movements that follow. Soon he finds himself involved in a plot that includes seduction, politics, secret documents, and murder.

Finalist Titles

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; narrated by Patrick Fraley (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

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

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE

A Prairie Home Companion's 25th Anniversary

by Garrison Keillor

Narrated by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)

This anniversary release features highlights from 25 years on the air—timeless stories, songs, and comedy sketches from the show’s archives, including favorite monologues like "Truckstop," "Gospel Birds," and "Pontoon Boat"—plus brand-new stories never before available on audio. 

Also includes a special bonus collection of 25 live musical performances from long-time show regulars, including Butch Thompson, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band, Greg Brown, Leo Kottke, The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, Robin and Linda Williams, and many more.

Finalist Titles

A Fair Country by Jon Robin Baitz; narrated by Judith Ivey, David Dukes, Kurt Deutsch, and Matt McGrath (L.A. Theatre Works)

Pretty Fire written and read by Charlayne Woodard (L.A. Theatre Works)

UNABRIDGED FICTION, LICENSED OR DISTRIBUTED

Carry On, Jeeves

by P.G. Wodehouse

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

When P. G. Wodehouse first created the character of Reginald Jeeves, manservant to Mr. Bertie Wooster, readers eagerly awaited each installment of the pair's memorable adventures. Now listeners can find the same enjoyment in these stories, in which Jeeves protects his hapless master from a slew of scandals and steers his bumbling boss through a thicket of American eccentrics in 1920s New York.

Stories featured include "Jeeves Takes Charge," "Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest," "The Artistic Career of Corky," "The Aunt and the Sluggard," "Clustering Round Young Bingo," "Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg," and "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy".

Finalist Titles

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; narrated by Miriam Margolyes (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Trilby by George Du Maurier; narrated by Peter Joyce (Thomas T. Beeler)

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Judy McGuinn, Founder of the APA Communications Committee

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Robin Whitten, Founder of AudioFile Magazine

Robin Whitten, editor, publisher, and founder of AudioFile magazine, the only magazine dedicated solely to the audiobook industry was recognized for her contributions to the industry and the association.