ACHIEVEMENT AND INNOVATION IN PRODUCTION

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

by Philip Pullman

Narrated by Philip Pullman and a full cast (Listening Library)

In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.

As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story.

Finalist Titles

American Gods by Neil Gaiman; narrated by George Guidall (Recorded Books, LLC)

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett; narrated by Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle DeCuir, Karesa McElheny, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, and Harlan Ellison (Audio Literature/Fantastic Audio)

AUDIOBOOK ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

The Zebra-Striped Hearse: A Lew Archer Novel

by Ross Macdonald

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

Archer hunts a missing girl who may be dead, possibly murdered. Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man’s suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. But in no time at all Archer is following a trail of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. 

And then there is the gay zebra-striped hearse and its crew of beautiful, sunburned surfers, whose path seems to keep crossing the son-in-law’s–and Archer’s. He questions the surfers, but to the youngsters, death is remote and funny. To the world-weary detective, it's close and grim.

Finalist Titles

The Crucible by Arthur Miller; narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, Stacy Keach, Michael York, Fionnula Flanagan, Madolyn Smith, and René Auberjonois (L.A. Theatre Works)

Great Classical Composers by David Allen; narrated by Richard Mayes, John Ringham, and Rosemary Hughes (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

BUSINESS INFORMATION/EDUCATIONAL

Rich Kid Smart Kid: Give Your Child a Financial Head Start

by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Narrated by Jim Ward (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Rich Kid Smart Kid is written for parents who value education, want to give their child a financial and academic head start in life, and are willing to take an active role to make it happen... In the Information Age, a good education is more important than ever. But the current educational system may not be providing all the information your child needs. 

This book was designed to fill in the gaps to help you give your child the same inspiring and practical financial knowledge that Robert Kiyosaki's rich dad gave him. Rich Kid Smart Kid will show you how to awaken your child's love of learning using the same methods that Robert's smart dad used to help Robert stay in school, even though he had bad grades and often wanted to drop out. Rich Kid Smart Kid will open doors that you never knew existed, enabling you to pass down the skills and understanding your child will use for the rest of his or her life.

Finalist Titles

Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin; narrated by Mallory Kasdan (Random House Audio)

The Power of Six Sigma by Subir Chowdhury; narrated by Patrick Lawlor and Richard Allen (B&B Audio)

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 0-7

Ballet Stories

by David Angus

Narrated by Jenny Agutter (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

The magic of ballet is evoked in these enchanting stories presented with many musical excerpts from the works themselves. Jenny Agutter, who before turning to acting was a dancer, presents the stories of two French ballets—Giselle and Coppelia—and the three great ballets by Tchaikovsky, in engaging style.

These are tales of princes and princesses, of good fairies and bad witches, and, in Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, the brave soldier and Clara—but does it happen, or is it a dream?

And there is the music—the lovely melody from Swan Lake, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the waltzes and richly atmospheric passages painting, in sound, castles, forests, mists and lakes.

A perfect introduction to the ballet...

Finalist Titles

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble; narrated by Lance White Magpie (Live Oak Media)

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback; narrated by Simms Taback (Live Oak Media)

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 8+

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

by Philip Pullman

Narrated by Philip Pullman and a full cast (Listening Library)

In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.

As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story.

Finalist Titles

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis; narrated by Kenneth Branagh (HarperAudio)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith; narrated by Kate Burton (HarperAudio)

CLASSIC, FICTION

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Betty Smith

Narrated by Kate Burton (HarperAudio)

11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, are Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work. His wife Katie scrubs floors to put food on the table and clothes on her children's backs, instilling in them the values of being practical and planning ahead.

When Johnny dies, leaving Katie pregnant, Francie cannot believe that life can carry on as before. With her own determination, Francie is able to move toward the future of her dreams, completing her education and heading off to college, always carrying the beloved Brooklyn of her childhood in her heart.

Finalist Titles

The Crucible by Arthur Miller; narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, Stacy Keach, Michael York, Fionnula Flanagan, Madolyn Smith, and René Auberjonois (L.A. Theatre Works)

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; narrated by Linda Stephens (Recorded Books, LLC)

FICTION OR NON-FICTION, LICENSES OR DISTRIBUTED

The Family Frying Pan

by Bryce Courtenay

Narrated by Humphrey Bower (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

Mrs. Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan, it's The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul. 

From this frying pan Mrs. Moses manages to feed the various refugees who are travelling with her across Russia to freedom. In return, each of the group must tell a story around the campfire at night, stories of compassion and bravery, of human frailty and, above all, of hope.

Finalist Titles

The Last Confession by Morris West; narrated by James Condon (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

The Zebra-Striped Hearse by Ross Macdonald; narrated by a full cast featuring Harris Yulin and Edward Asner (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

FICTION, ABRIDGED

The Corrections: A Novel

by Jonathan Franzen

Narrated by Dylan Baker (Simon & Schuster Audio)

A comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives.

Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

Finalist Titles

Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan; narrated by Amy Tan and Joan Chen (New Millennium Audio)

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates; narrated by J. Todd Adams (HighBridge Audio)

FICTION, UNABRIDGED

The Talisman

by Stephen King and Peter Straub

Narrated by Frank Muller (Simon & Schuster Audio)

On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America—and into another realm.

On a desperate quest to save his mother’s life, he must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin…

Finalist Titles

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett; narrated by Anna Fields (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley; narrated by Bernadette Dunne (Books on Tape, Inc.)

HUMOR

Napalm & Silly Putty

by George Carlin

Narrated by George Carlin (HighBridge Audio)

He's the inventor of Past-Tense TV, the tireless crusader for such charities as the Center for Research into the Heebie Jeebies, Children of Parents with Bad Teeth, and the only social commentator with the guts to point out that "the day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life."

Yes, George Carlin is here with more of what he did better than any other comic: uproarious observations, laser-targeted crankiness, linguistic legerdemain, and inspired weirdness. Napalm & Silly Putty is another generous helping of notions, nonsense, assertions, assumptions, mockery, merriment, silliness, sarcasm, and, to be sure, plenty of disturbing references, and toxic alienation. George wouldn't have it any other way.

Finalist Titles

Blandings Castle by P.G. Wodehouse; narrated by Jonathan Cecil (Chivers North America)

The New Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten; narrated by Ron Rifkin, Peter Riegert, Harry Goz, Michael Goz, Larry Keith, and Carole Shelley (Random House Audio)

INSPIRATIONAL/SPIRITUAL

NIV Audio Bible New Testament

by Zondervan Publishing

Narrated by a full cast (Zondervan Publishing)

Before you could tuck it under your arm, before you could bring it up on your phone–you did not read Scripture, you listened to it.

For centuries, the only way to access God’s Word was to hear it read aloud in public gatherings. Today, many are blessed to own personal printed copies of the Bible but there is a surprising benefit to hearing the Scriptures read aloud as it was for so many generations.

Verses you have read many times will impact you in a new way when you hear them through the NIV Listener’s Audio Bible. It’s a journey that helps you enter into God’s Word…so God’s Word can enter into you. This multi-voiced dramatization brings the Bible to life with world-class narration and colorful, true-to-text character renderings. 

Finalist Titles

The Listener's Bible by Fellowship for the Performing Arts; narrated by Max McLean (Fellowship for the Performing Arts)

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn; narrated by Steve Seger (Tyndale Audio)

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

by Philip Pullman

Narrated by Philip Pullman and a full cast (Listening Library)

In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.

As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story.

Finalist Titles

The Crucible by Arthur Miller; narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, Stacy Keach, Michael York, Fionnula Flanagan, Madolyn Smith, and René Auberjonois (L.A. Theatre Works)

War Letters by Andrew Carroll; narrated by Noah Wyle, Steve Zahn, et al. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

MYSTERY, FICTION

Tell No One

by Harlan Coben

Narrated by Steven Weber (Random House Audio)

For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it's time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible—that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn't. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope. But already Beck is being hunted down. He's headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret—and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

Finalist Titles

The Blue Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver; narrated by William Dufris (Chivers North America)

The Vendetta Defense by Lisa Scottoline; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Books, LLC)

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS

Ava's Man

by Rick Bragg

Narrated by Rick Bragg (Random House Audio)

Charlie Bundrum was a roofer, a carpenter, a whiskey-maker, a fisherman who knew every inch of the Coosa River, made boats out of car hoods, and knew how to pack a wound with brown sugar to stop the blood. He could not read, but he asked his wife, Ava, to read him the paper every day so he would not be ignorant. He was a man who took giant steps in rundown boots, a true hero whom history would otherwise have overlooked.

In the decade of the Great Depression, Charlie moved his family 21 times, keeping seven children one step ahead of the poverty and starvation that threatened them from every side. He worked at the steel mill when the steel was rolling, or for a side of bacon or a bushel of peaches when it wasn't. He paid the doctor who delivered his fourth daughter, Margaret with a jar of whiskey. He understood the finer points of the law as it applied to poor people and drinking men; he was a banjo player and a buck dancer who worked off fines when life got a little sideways, and he sang when he was drunk, where other men fought or cussed. 

Finalist Titles

Believing it All written and read by Marc Parent (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan; narrated by Amy Tan and Joan Chen (New Millennium Audio)

NON-FICTION, ABRIDGED

John Adams

by David McCullough

Narrated by Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)

In this powerful, epic biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution. Adams thought, wrote, and spoke out for the "Great Cause" come what might; he traveled far and wide in all seasons and often at extreme risk; he rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; he was rightly celebrated for his integrity, and regarded by some as "out of his senses"; and his marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history.

Much about Adams' life will come as a surprise to many: his rocky relationship with friend and eventual archrival Thomas Jefferson, his courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778, and his trek over the Pyrenees.

Finalist Titles

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides; narrated by James Naughton (Random House Audio)

Jazz by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns; narrated by LeVar Burton (Random House Audio)

NON-FICTION, UNABRIDGED

John Adams

by David McCullough

Narrated by Nelson Runger (Recorded Books, LLC)

The adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution. Adams thought, wrote, and spoke out for the "Great Cause" come what might; he traveled far and wide in all seasons and often at extreme risk; he rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; he was rightly celebrated for his integrity, and regarded by some as "out of his senses"; and his marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history.

Much about Adams' life will come as a surprise to many: his rocky relationship with friend and eventual archrival Thomas Jefferson, his courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778, and his trek over the Pyrenees.

Finalist Titles

An Album of Memories by Tom Brokaw; narrated by Tom Brokaw, et al. (Random House Audio)

The Life and Works of Chopin written and read by Jeremy Siepmann (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

ORIGINAL

The Life and Works of Chopin

by Jeremy Siepmann

Narrated by Jeremy Siepmann (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

Frédéric Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Regarded as one of the most mesmeric performers of his day, he lives on his music—his waltzes, mazurkas, études, preludes, nocturnes, three piano sonatas, two piano concertos, and much more. Here, his life—from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, and his death at the age of 49 in Paris—is told with his music featuring prominently.

Finalist Titles

Flight of the Voyager written and read by Ferde Grofé (Stereo High Adventures)

Maressa & Merlone written and read by Shaeri Richards (Heartfull Productions)

PACKAGE DESIGN

The Caedmon Short Story Collection

by Ambrose Bierce, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, et al.

Narrated by a full cast (HarperAudio)

Continuing and enhancing the Caedmon tradition of bringing the greatest literature to vibrant audio life, here are stories that have echoed though the years, brilliantly performed by an array of renowned actors, as well as the authors themselves. The Caedmon Short Story Collection offers such a rich and varied spectrum of listening experiences it will make for countless hours of enjoyment that only increase with each return to it.

Finalist Titles

Ernest Hemingway Audio Collection by Ernest Hemingway; narrated by Charlton Heston and Ernest Hemingway (HarperAudio)

The Listener's Bible by Fellowship for the Performing Arts; narrated by Max McLean (Fellowship for the Performing Arts)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT/MOTIVATIONAL

Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out

by Dr. Phil McGraw

Narrated by Dr. Phil McGraw (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Through his matter-of-fact, tell-it-like-it-is philosophy, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw has changed the lives of millions by putting an end to the “victim” attitude that had taken hold of our culture. Now, in this groundbreaking work, Dr. Phil challenges you to find your “authentic self.” It is you at your greatest, most fulfilled, most real moment—the person you have always wanted to be, but were too distracted, busy, or scared to become. Instead, you have created a “fictional self” based who you thought you were supposed to be. The incongruence between these two selves is what leads you to feel that your life is incomplete, unbalanced, or more difficult than it should be. 

By using the plan set forth in Self Matters, Dr. Phil helps you to demystify your self-concept and learn how to reclaim your authentic self.

Finalist Titles

Life Lessons by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler; narrated by David Kessler (Books on Tape, Inc.)

Shackleton's Way by Margot Morrell and Stephen Capparell; narrated by Richard Matthews (Books on Tape, Inc.)

POETRY

The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, et al.

Narrated by Caroline Kennedy, et al. (Hyperion Audiobooks)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis loved literature, especially poetry. "Once you can express yourself," she wrote, "you can tell the world what you want from it...All the changes in the world, for good or evil, were first brought about by words". Now, Caroline Kennedy shares her mother's favorite poems and the inspiration behind her strong belief in the power of literature.

The poems presented span centuries and include works by such renowned authors as Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, Homer, W.B. Yeats, Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings, and Robert Frost. This volume also includes poems by Jacqueline Kennedy. 

Finalist Titles

Best Poems of All Time I by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, et al.; narrated by Eric Stoltz, Michael Beck, Graeme Malcolm, and Keith Szarabajka (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Best Poems of All Time II by T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, et al.; narrated by Natalie Cole, Cynthia Nixon, D.B. Sweeney, and Graeme Malcolm (Time Warner AudioBooks)

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

Blood: Stories of Life and Death from the Civil War

by Ulysses S. Grant, et al.

Narrated by Christopher Graybill, Colleen Delany, Grover Gardner, Barrett Whitener, and Delores King Williams (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

The Civil War—the bloodiest, most dramatic moment in this nation’s history—also produced some of the country’s greatest literature. Blood reflects the violent hatred, love, patriotism, and heroism this conflict generated through the vivid stories of the men and women who were there. 

This collection includes Ulysses S. Grant recounting the taking of Vicksburg; Theodore Lyman watching Grant come into his own on his first drive toward Richmond; George Templeton Strong describing the horror of the New York Draft Riots; and plantation owner Mary Chestnut’s report on the final days before the fall of Atlanta. Also included are firsthand accounts ranging from Pickett’s Charge to Sherman’s March, from Lee’s Virginia campaigns to the heroism of African American foot soldiers, as well as excerpts from some of the most notable fiction on the subject.

Finalist Titles

Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald; narrated by Robert Sean Leonard, Peter Gallagher, Blythe Danner, Eric Stoltz, Martha Plimpton, Dylan Baker, Parker Posey, Bill Irwin, and Campbell Scott (HarperAudio)

Texas Bound IV by Kay Cattarulla; narrated by Marcia Gay Harden, Larry Hagman, and Judith Ivey (Arts & Letters Live/Southern Methodist University Press)

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

My Dream of You

by Nuala O'Faolain

Narrated by Dearbhla Molloy (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Kathleen de Burca is a travel writer based in London. The office is the nearest thing she has to a home. When a quick series of blows strips away the props of her life, she is faced with the frightening imperative of change.

In her crisis she decides to investigate a true story about a relationship so passionate that it burned its way across the barriers of class and culture—a scandalous affair between the wife of an English landlord and an Irish servant during the devastation of Ireland's potato famine.

After an absence of 30 years, Kathleen returns to Ireland to research the story and begins a journey that leads her not only into the historical past, but into a reconsideration of the family she fled years ago. While in Ireland, she meets a lover of her own who presents her with a choice that promises to alter the course of her life. As she moves toward her decision, she calls on the strengths of her identity as a woman, an Irish woman, and a woman who is no longer young. Meanwhile, she brings the story of the long-ago lovers to a denouement as tender as it is tragic.

Finalist Titles

Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (HarperAudio)

Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende; narrated by Blair Brown (HarperAudio)

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story

by Clive Barker

Narrated by Frank Muller (HarperAudio)

Hollywood has made a star of Todd Pickett. But time is catching up with him. After plastic surgery goes awry, Todd needs somewhere to hide away for a few months while his scars heal. 

As Todd settles into a mansion in Coldheart Canyon—a corner of the city so secret it doesn't even appear on a map—Tammy Lauper, the president of his fan club, comes to the City of Angels determined to solve the mystery of Todd's disappearance. The closer Tammy gets to Todd the more of Coldheart Canyon's secrets she uncovers: the ghosts of A-list stars; Katya Lupi, the cold-hearted, now-forgotten star for whom the Canyon was named, alive and exquisite after a hundred years; and, finally, the door in the bowels of Katya's dream-palace that reputedly opens up to another world, the Devil's Country, where no one has returned without their souls shadowed by what they've seen and done.

Finalist Titles

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket; narrated by Tim Curry (Listening Library)

The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer; narrated by Larry Keith (Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.)