The Silver Chair: The Chronicles of Narnia

by C.S. Lewis

Narrated by a full cast (Focus on the Family)

A missing prince, a mysterious Green Lady, an underground world of gnomes and giants, and an enchantment that must be broken by three unlikely companions—this is a journey into the depths of Narnia, where magic, darkness, and deception await at every turn! 

Narnia is in peril, and only Eustace and Jill can help. Along with Puddlegum, a gloomy but valiant Marsh-wiggle, they are sent by the mighty lion Aslan to find Prince Rilian, heir to the throne. Their quest leads them past hungry people-eating Giants, and deep into the dark underground. But the true test for this noble band of friends comes when they face an evil witch and her deadly enchantments.

Finalist Titles

Seek by Paul Fleischman; narrated by a full cast (Listening Library)

The Joy of Pi by David Blatner; narrated by Oliver Wyman, Hank Jacobs, and Laura Dean (Random House Audio)

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis; narrated by a full cast (Focus on the Family)

Two Plays for Voices by Neil Gaiman; narrated by Brian Dennehy, BeBe Neuwirth, and a full cast (HarperAudio)


The Guys

by Anne Nelson

Narrated by Swoosie Kurtz and Bill Irwin (Random House Audio)

Paralyzed by grief and unable to put his thoughts into words, Nick, a fire captain, seeks out the help of a writer to compose eulogies for the colleagues and friends he lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. 

As Joan, an editor by trade, draws Nick out about “the guys,” powerful profiles emerge, revealing vivid personalities and the substance and meaning that lie beneath the surface of seemingly unremarkable people. As the individual talents and enthusiasms of the people within the small firehouse community are realized, we come to understand the uniqueness and value of what each person has to contribute. 

Finalist Titles

Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville; narrated by a full cast (Focus on the Family)

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen; narrated by Juliet Stevenson with Michael Maloney, Phillip Voss, Emma Fielding and Cast (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

King Lear by William Shakespeare; narrated by Paul Scofield with Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh and Cast (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis; narrated by a full cast (Focus on the Family)


Lucky Man: A Memoir

by Michael J. Fox

Narrated by Michael J. Fox (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis, and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. With the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life, from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television, which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly, however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which, with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends, he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.

Finalist Titles

Getting to Know William Shakespeare by Joy Wake; narrated by Fred Child (Echo Peak Productions)

Legacy written and read by Doc Watson and David Holt (High Windy Audio)

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris; narrated by Harry Chase (Random House Audio)

Touch the Top of the World by Erik Weihenmayer; narrated by Nick Sullivan (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)


The Art of Profitability

by Adrian Slywotzky

Narrated by Scott Mosenson and Jack Ong (Time Warner AudioBooks)

What do Barbie dolls, Nokia phones, and American Express credit cards have in common? They all represent a powerful business model called pyramid profit. How about Intel, Microsoft, and Stephen King? They all exploit another model called value chain position profit. The Art of Profibility reveals the invisible but important governing principles that can mean the difference between business failure and success. Writing with wit and provocative insight, best selling author Adrian Slywotzy tells the story of eccentric strategy teacher David Zhao and his young student. Each of the book's chapters presents a lesson from the exuberant and always challenging master—and a profit paradigm that will open your mind to the many ways to make profit happen.

You'll understand—from a different perspective—how your company and your competitors generate profit, which business models can be best applied to your profit-making strategy, what specific actions your organization can take in the next ninety days to improve its bottom line, and more.

Finalist Titles

Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan; narrated by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, with John Bedford Lloyd (Random House Audio)

Fish! Tales by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., John Christensen and Harry Paul; narrated by Beth Chaplin, Carr Hagerman (Hyperion Audiobooks)

Rich Dad's Prophecy by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, CPA; narrated by Jim Ward (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Throwing the Elephant by Stanley Bing; narrated by Simon Jones and Philip Bosco (HarperAudio)


The Blues of Flats Brown

by Walter Dean Myers

Narrated by Charles Turner (Live Oak Media)

A guitar-pickin’ junkyard dog named Flats and his older, bone-rattling friend Caleb love to play the blues into the long night. But when their mean owner threatens to make them fighting dogs, they take to the road, with only each other and their music for comfort. 

From Memphis to New York City, these musical mutts are making a name for themselves with their soulful playing. But can their tune touch the hard heart of old A.J. Grubbs?

Finalist Titles

In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall by Folami Abiade and Dinah Johnson; narrated by Javaka Steptoe, Robin Miles, Charles Turner, and Lizan Mitchell (Live Oak Media)

John Coltrane's Giant Steps by Chris Raschka; narrated by Richard Allen (Live Oak Media)

Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley; narrated by Tom Bodett (Live Oak Media)

Sheila Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henkes; narrated by Laura Hamilton (Live Oak Media)



by Adèle Geras

Narrated by Miriam Margolyes (Listening Library)

The siege of Troy has lasted almost 10 years, and the citizens are suffering. Prince Hector is risking his life daily, defending his beloved city from the terrifying Achilles and the rest of the Greek army. 

This is the story of two devoted sisters, Xanthe and Marpessa, both servants in the royal palaces of Troy. Marpessa is a strange, silent girl who can see and speak to the gods. She relies on her stronger sister, sweet-natured Xanthe. But when the goddess Aphrodite grows bored with the war, the bond between the pair is broken; for the goddess of desire decides it would be amusing to make them both fall in love with the same man: the young warrior Alastor.

Finalist Titles

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park; narrated by Graeme Malcolm (Listening Library)

Coraline written and read by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

Summerland written and read by Michael Chabon (HighBridge Audio)

Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye; narrated by Campbell Scott (Listening Library)


Complete Short Stories, Volume Two

by W. Somerset Maugham

Narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

In June 1917, W. S. Maugham was asked by the British Secret Intelligence Service, to undertake a special mission in Russia to support Kerensky's government. The mission failed, and two and a half months later, the Bolsheviks took control. Maugham subsequently said that if he had been able to get there six months earlier, he might have succeeded. Quiet and observant, Maugham had a good temperament for intelligence work. The writer used his spying experiences as the basis for his collection of short stories called Ashenden: Or the British Agent. They became the prototype for the modern espionage novel involving a gentlemanly, sophisticated, aloof spy. 

In volume two of this series, we present the Ashenden stories along with 15 others whose subjects range from South Pacific drama among British colonialists, to Caribbean prison colonies of the French Empire, and the hot tempered Latin stories of South and Central America...masterpieces all.

Finalist Titles

Ernest Hemingway: The Short Stories, Volume 1 by Ernest Hemingway; narrated by Stacy Keach (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Moby Dick by Herman Melville; narrated by Paul Boehmer (Books on Tape, Inc.)

Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters; narrated by Patrick Fraley, with Edward Asner and a cast of 50 (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; narrated by Tim Robbins (HarperAudio)


Two Plays for Voices

by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Brian Dennehy, Bebe Neuwirth, and a full cast (HarperAudio)

Snow Glass Apples: Once upon a time there lived a young princess with skin as white as snow, with hair as black as coal, with lips redder than blood. Most people think they know what happens to this young unfortunate girl. Most people are wrong. Tony-award winning actress Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Sweet Charity, and TV's Cheers) stars as a wise Queen who wants nothing more than to reign over her kingdom peacefully but is forced to match wits with an inhuman child who has an unnatural taste for blood.

Murder Mysteries: In this mystery noir set in heaven's City of Angels before the fall, the first crime has been committed. It is an awful one. While the angelic hosts labor to create the world and its workings, one of their number is mysteriously slain by one of their own. Raguel, Angel of Vengeance, is mandated by Lucifer to discover both motive and murderer in this holy dominion that had so recently known no sin.

Finalist Titles

1000 Years of English Royalty by Richard Hampton and David Weston; narrated by Derek Jacobi (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie; narrated by Rosemary Leach (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens; narrated by Martin Jarvis (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Man and Boy by Tony Parsons; narrated by Colin Buchanan (Simon & Schuster Audio)



by Ken Follett

Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and Colin Stinton (Penguin Audiobooks)

D-Day is approaching. They don't know where or when, but the Germans know it'll be soon, and for Felicity "Flick" Clariet, the stakes have never been higher. A senior agent in the ranks of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) responsible for sabotage, Flick has survived to become one of Britain's most effective operatives in Northern France. She knows that the Germans' ability to thwart the Allied attack depends upon their lines of communications, and in the days before the invasion, no target is of greater strategic importance than the largest telephone exchange in Europe.

But when Flick and her Resistance leader husband try a direct, head-on assault, her world turns upside down. Her group destroyed, her husband missing, her superiors unsure of her, Flick has one last chance at the target, but the challenge is nearly impossible. The new plan requires an all-woman team, none of them professionals, to be trained within days. Codenamed the Jackdaws, they will attempt to infiltrate the exchange under the noses of the Germans, but the Germans are waiting for them and have plans of their own.

Finalist Titles

Isobel Gunn by Audrey Thomas; narrated by Duncan Fraser (BTC Audiobooks)

The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter; narrated by Peter Francis James (Random House Audio)

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus,; narrated by Julia Roberts (Random House Audio)

The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King; narrated by Joan Allen (Hyperion Audiobooks)



by Jeffrey Eugenides

Narrated by Kristoffer Tabori (Audio Renaissance)

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them—along with Callie's failure to develop physically—leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

The explanation for this shocking state of affairs is a rare genetic mutation—and a guilty secret—that have followed Callie's grandparents from the crumbling Ottoman Empire to Prohibition-era Detroit and beyond, outlasting the glory days of the Motor City, the race riots of 1967, and the family's second migration, into the foreign country known as suburbia. Thanks to the gene, Callie is part girl, part boy. And even though the gene's epic travels have ended, her own odyssey has only begun.

Spanning eight decades—and one unusually awkward adolescence—Jeffrey Eugenides' long-awaited second novel is a grand, original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire.

Finalist Titles

Atonement by Ian McEwan; narrated by Jill Tanner (Recorded Books, LLC)

Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald; narrated by Richard Matthews (Books on Tape, Inc.)

Sea Glass by Anita Shreve; narrated by Judith Ann Gantly (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Unless by Carol Shields; narrated by Joan Allen (HarperAudio)


Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight

by Peter Ackerman

Narrated by Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Kind, Clea Lewis, Alan Mandell, Mandy Siegfried, and Joey Slotnick (L.A. Theatre Works)

Peter Ackerman’s bedroom farce about three couples who say what they oughtn’t, do what they shouldn’t, and deliver terrific one-liners while doing it! The funniest play we have ever recorded!

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring Jeffrey Donovan as Gene, Richard Kind as Mark, Mandy Siegfried as Nancy, Alan Mandell as Mr. Abramson, Clea Lewis as Grace, and Joey Slotnick as Ben. Directed by Gordon Hunt.

Finalist Titles

Jump the Shark: When Good Things Go Bad written and read by Jon Hein (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

Mirth of a Nation by Michael J. Rosen; narrated by Tony Roberts, David Rakoff, Gary Trudeau, Paul Rudnick, Rick Moranis, et al. (HarperAudio)

Sixteen Scandals written and read by William Strauss and Elaina Newport (Sourcebooks, Inc.)

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore; narrated by Arte Johnson (New Millennium Audio)


Hidden Victory: A Historical Novel of Jesus

by Herbert Francis Smith

Narrated by Richard Ferrone (Recorded Books, LLC)

A historical novel of Jesus’ life, Hidden Victory can be approached as revelation, as history, and as adventure. Solidly rooted in the four gospels, it also draws on contemporary theological studies of Christ. 

Historically based details of Biblical culture mix with fictional conversations and minor characters to create a full panorama of the world Jesus inhabited. Saint John described Jesus as a rich mine of treasures, and this novel digs deep into the character of Christ. As Jesus contemplates death, to the final, powerful image, Hidden Victory puts the listener by Jesus’ side as he fulfills his Father’s will on earth.

Finalist Titles

In This Mountain by Jan Karon; narrated by John McDonough (Penguin Audiobooks)

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere; narrated by Paul Michael (Audio Renaissance)

The Remnant by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins; narrated by Richard Ferrone (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Youngest Hero by Jerry B. Jenkins; narrated by Laurie O'Brien and Jack Sondericker (Time Warner AudioBooks)


Conversations with God for Teens

by Neale Donald Walsch

Narrated by Neale Donald Walsch, Alanis Morissette, LeVar Burton, and a full cast (Listening Library)

Suppose you could ask God any question and get an answer. What would it be? Well, young people all over the world have been asking those questions. The answers may challenge your beliefs about God, money, sex, love, about everything you may have been taught. But if you ever wanted to know if God is listening to you, if God can really help, if God cares about you, if there is a God, and if there are answers to your questions, then this is the book for you.

Because you'll discover that it is not really the author's conversation with God that matters. It's your own conversation. And there's not a better time to begin than right now.

Finalist Titles

Restoring Faith written and read by Forrest Church, et al. (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Sister Wit by Jacqueline Jakes; narrated by Jacqueline Jakes, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Melody Butiu (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Wild & Wacky Collection 1 written and read by Frank Peretti (Tommy Nelson)


Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

by Joyce Carol Oates

Narrated by Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe (HarperAudio)

Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble, until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.

Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating, or at least that's what she tells herself. Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.

But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really said that day...and she is the only one who can help him.

Finalist Titles

Every Tongue Got to Confess by Zora Neale Hurston; narrated by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (HarperAudio)

Seek by Paul Fleischman; narrated by a full cast (Listening Library)

Shadowlands by William Nicholson; narrated by Harriet Harris, Martin Jarvis, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer; narrated by David Chandler and Tracy Sallows (Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.)


Jolie Blon's Bounce: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

New Iberia, Louisiana, is reeling from a one-two punch of brutal rape-homicides, and drug-addicted blues singer Tee Bobby Hulin has been tagged as the prime suspect. No stranger to bucking popular opinion, police detective Dave Robicheaux senses it's not Hulin behind the atrocities. But the town is on fire for swift revenge, and the father of one of victims, a local mafia bigwig, may take matters into his own hands. 

Before Robicheaux can solve these crimes and bring the true killer to justice, he must battle his own inner demons, including a painkiller addiction resulting from the brutal and humiliating beating he suffered at the hands of the mysterious, diabolical Legion Guidry. Now, as Robicheaux treads among land mines of injustice, mob payoffs, and deadly secrets, he must guess at whom he can trust—and whom he should fear.

Finalist Titles

Q Is for Quarry by Sue Grafton; narrated by Judy Kaye (Random House Audio)

Rumpole's Return by John Mortimer; narrated by Robert Hardy (BBC Audiobooks America)

The Diviner's Son by Gary Crew; narrated by Michael Veitch (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard; narrated by Paul Rudd (HarperAudio)


A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

by Sylvia Nasar

Narrated by Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)

"How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner.

"Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did," came the answer. "So I took them seriously."

Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age 30, when he slipped into madness. Thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, he emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim. 

Finalist Titles

3000 Degrees by Sean Flynn; narrated by Christopher Walker (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

A Cook's Tour written and read by Anthony Bourdain (HarperAudio)

Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani; narrated by Tony Roberts (Hyperion Audiobooks)

Takedown by Rick Cowan and Douglas Century; narrated by Christopher Meloni (Random House Audio)


3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It

by Sean Flynn

Narrated by Richard Rohan (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

On December 3, 1999, the call came in to the men of the Worcester, Massachusetts, Fire Department: a five-alarm blaze in a six-story, abandoned, windowless warehouse filled with lethal hallways and meat lockers. Once inside, they found themselves trapped in a snarling furnace as hot as a crematorium, with smoke so black and predatory they had to feel for their partners next to them. Swallowed deep inside the building, with no way out, they trusted their mates to do their jobs, valiantly struggling to survive an ill-fated ordeal that would push them to the very limits of loyalty and courage. 

3000 Degrees is the gripping account of heroic men whose job it is to rush into burning buildings—when everyone else just wants out.

Finalist Titles

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose; narrated by Tim Jerome (BBC Audiobooks America)

Bin Laden by Yosef Bodansky; narrated by Nadia May (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Mark Twain by Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, and Ken Burns; narrated by Bill Meisle (Random House Audio)

The Trial and The Death of Socrates by Plato; narrated by Bruce Alexander and Jamie Glover (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)


Getting to Know William Shakespeare

by Joy Wake

Narrated by Fred Child (Echo Peak Productions)

Getting to Know William Shakespeare sheds light on the world's most famous playwright by featuring world-renowned experts speaking in their own words, a variety of compelling musical selections, a dramatic film clip, and discreet sound effects. You'll discover how approachable and inspirational the Bard can be. (And why is he called the BARD anyway?)

You'll hear how this middle-class man—the son of a glove-maker, who didn't even attend university—would come to write some of the most cherished words in the English language. Learn about the poet's interesting childhood, his youthful indiscretions, his life in the cut-throat Elizabethan entertainment world, his mysterious death and his controversial last will and testament. Find out why going to the theatre in Shakespeare's time was considered immoral.

Finalist Titles

Dreams From The Lost & Found by Ferde Grofé; narrated by Ferde Grofé and a full cast (Stereo High Adventures)

Legacy written and read by Doc Watson and David Holt (High Windy Audio)

Pill Hill Quartet written and read by Jay O'Callahan (Jay O'Callahan)

Reagan in His Own Voice written and read by Ronald Reagan (Simon & Schuster Audio)


John Adams

by David McCullough

Narrated by Nelson Runger (Simon & Schuster Audio)

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

Dylan Thomas written and read by Dylan Thomas (HarperAudio) 

The David Sedaris Box Set by David Sedaris; narrated by David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, and Ann Magnuson (Time Warner AudioBooks)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; narrated by Tim Robbins (HarperAudio)

The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; narrated by a full cast (HighBridge Audio)


Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning in aCrazy World

by Kent M. Keith

Narrated by Kent M. Keith (Putnam Berkley Audio)

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. These and other “paradoxical commandments” were first articulated by Kent Keith when he was a student at Harvard in the 1960s. 

Since then, unbeknownst to him, they were quoted, circulated, and appropriated by countless people around the world, even serving as a source of inspiration for Mother Teresa. Now, Keith steps forward to explain, in his own voice, the philosophy behind his ten commandments. Offering stories and anecdotes to bring each principle to life, Keith articulates his personal conviction in doing the “right thing”, no matter how ungratefully the world receives it.

Finalist Titles

Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.; narrated by John Dossett (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Men's Health Playbooks by writers of Men's Health; narrated by Hank Jacobs and Nicole Fonarow (Random House Audio)

Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot written and read by Richard M. Restak (Random House Audio)

What About the Big Stuff? written and read by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. (Hyperion Audiobooks)


Good Poems: Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor

by Garrison Keillor

Narrated by Garrison Keillor and a full cast (HighBridge Audio)

Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds. Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence.

The poems are read by Keillor and a number of the poets included in the collection. Some are wise, some are funny, some are soothing or heartwarming. All were chosen for their wit, frankness, passion, and, in Keillor's words, their utter clarity in the face of everything else a person has to deal with at 7 a.m.

Finalist Titles

Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters; narrated by Patrick Fraley, Edward Asner, et al. (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats by William Butler Yeats; narrated by Jim Norton, Denys Hawthorne, Nicholas Boulton, and Marcella Riordan (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection written and read by Nikki Giovanni (HarperAudio)

What We Have Lost written and read by Jeffery Beam (Green Finch Press)


Dune: Butlerian Jihad

by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Narrated by Scott Brick (Books on Tape, Inc.)

Herein are the foundations of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, the Suk Doctors, the Order of Mentats, and the mysteriously altered Navigators of the Spacing Guild; the amazing tale of the Zensunni Wanderers, who escape bondage to flee to the desert world where they will declare themselves the Free Men of Dune; and the nearly forgotten planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange...

Ten thousand years before the events of Dune, humans have managed to battle the remorseless Machines to a standstill. Yet amid shortsighted squabbling between nobles, new leaders have begun to emerge. Among them are Xavier Harkonnen, military leader of the Planet of Salusa Secundus; Xavier's fiancée, Serena Butler, an activist who will become the unwilling leader of millions; and Tio Holtzman, the scientist struggling to devise a weapon that will help the human cause. Against the brute efficiency of their adversaries, these leaders and the human race have only imagination, compassion, and the capacity for love.

Finalist Titles

Catch the Lightning by Catherine Asaro; narrated by Anna Fields (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Fifth Sorceress by Robert Newcomb; narrated by John Lee (Books on Tape, Inc.)

The Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind; narrated by Jim Bond (Brilliance Audio)

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett; narrated by Stephen Briggs (Ulverscroft Large Print)


Classic Women's Short Stories

by Katherine Mansfield, Kate Chopin, and Virginia Woolf

Narrated by Carole Boyd, Liza Ross, and Teresa Gallagher (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

Five stories from influential women writers of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century.

New Zealand-born Katherine Mansfield settled in England where she wrote a series of short stories that are widely recognized as among the finest of the 20th century for their economy, clarity, sensitivity and effect. "The Garden Party" is one of her most famous, while "Daughters of the Late Colonel" shows a wonderful sense of wit.

Kate Chopin, writing in the last years of the 19th century, broke new ground with her daring view of women as individuals with human needs. "Lilacs" and "Ma'ame Pelagie" are sympathetic portraits of women with differing dilemmas.

Woolf's "A Mark on the Wall" shows, in short story form, the turmoil within the stillness which became such a mark of her later novels.

Finalist Titles

Classic Chinese Short Stories, Vol. 1 by Feng Meng-lung, Lin Yu Tang, P'u Sung-ling, et al.; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

In the Ravine & Other Short Stories by Anton Chekhov; narrated by Kenneth Branagh (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse; narrated by Martin Jarvis (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

The Copper Peacock and Other Stories by Ruth Rendell; narrated by Penelope Keith (BBC Audiobooks America)


Standing in the Rainbow

by Fannie Flagg

Narrated by Fannie Flagg (Random House Audio)

Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her 10-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination. And we meet Norma and Macky Warren and their 98-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the "little blind songbird"; Cecil Figgs, the "funeral king", and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers.

The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future.

Finalist Titles

Lucky Man written and read by Michael J. Fox (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Nothing Is Impossible written and read by Christopher Reeve (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Tom and Huck Don't Live Here Anymore written and read by Ron Powers (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Vernon Can Read! written and read by Vernon E. Jordan (BBC Audiobooks America)


Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood

by Kate Simon

Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.)

This classic, unforgettable memoir of a young girl's coming of age in the Bronx recalls the vitality of a working-class immigrant neighborhood in the early 20th century. Through the unsentimental eyes of a child, we witness the colorful characters, the sidewalks, stoops, public schools and railroad flats, the mood and atmosphere of a unique place and time in American culture.

With an unerring eye for detail and an iridescent, clear-eyed prose, Kate Simon captures not only the particular world of her childhood but the universal uncertainties and triumphs of a young girl on the threshold of womanhood.

Finalist Titles

Breathing Room by Susan Elizabeth Phillips; narrated by Kate Fleming (Chivers North America)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells; narrated by Judith Ivey (HarperAudio)

Quentins by Maeve Binchy; narrated by Terry Donnelly (Penguin Audiobooks)

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd; narrated by Jenna Lamia (HighBridge Audio)


Tishomingo Blues

by Elmore Leonard

Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books, LLC)

Things are going along okay with Dennis' gig at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, "the Casino Capital of the South", until the day he looks down from the high-dive platform and witnesses a mob hit, Dixie style.

Turns out there was a second witness, Robert Taylor from Detroit, who carries a picture of his great-granddaddy's lynching along with a gun in a briefcase and listens to Delta blues while cruising the back roads of Mississippi in his black Jaguar. Robert works for a man from up north who has come to play General Grant in a Civil War battle reenactment; and like Dennis, Robert has a death-defying act of his own: he's sleeping with his boss's wife.

Finalist Titles

The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge; narrated by Gil Bellows (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Mortal Prey by John Sandford; narrated by Richard Ferrone (Putnam Berkley Audio)

Pale Horse Coming by Stephen Hunter; narrated by William Dufris (BBC Audiobooks America)

Street Boys by Lorenzo Carcaterra; narrated by Joe Mantegna (Random House Audio)