AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

MY LIFE

by Bill Clinton

Narrated by Bill Clinton (Random House Audio)

President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts to serving the public.It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House.

It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right and how he survived and prevailed. A treasury of moments caught alive and the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own completely recognizable voice.

Finalist Titles

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket; narrated by Tim Curry (HarperAudio)

Ulysses by James Joyce; narrated by Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan (Naxos AudioBooks, Ltd)

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

The Story of Classical Music

by Darren Henley

Narrated by Marin Alsop (Naxos AudioBooks, Ltd.)

The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by the conductor and musical personality Marin Alsop. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music. 

In her easy-going style, Marin Alsop paints vivid portraits of over 90 composers, each one illustrated with some of his, or her, most famous music.

Finalist Titles

The 9/11 Commission Report by The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks; narrated by Ken Borgers, et al. (Audible, Inc.)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery; narrated by a full cast (Tyndale Audio)

The Breathtaker by Alice Blanchard; narrated by Peter Coyote (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; narrated by a full cast (Focus on the Family)

AUDIO DRAMA

Buddha Boy

by Kathe Koja

Narrated by Spencer Murphy and the Full Cast Family (Full Cast Audio)

With his shaved head and begging bowl the new kid is an automatic target for the bully boys of Edward Rucher High, an easy mark for their casual cruelty. Condemned as a freak, Jinsen—called “Buddha Boy”—wears oversize tie-dyed dragon t-shirts and always seems to be smiling.

Watching this, Justin would gladly stay as far from the newcomer as possible, until their economics teacher pairs them for a class project. As he gets to know Jinsen and his incredible artistic talent, Justin questions his own beliefs. But being friends with "Buddha Boy" isn’t simple, especially when Justin realizes that he’s going to have to take sides. What matters more: the high school social order or getting to know someone extraordinary?

Finalist Titles

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery; narrated by a full cast (Tyndale Audio)

Going to St. Ives by Lee Blessing; narrated by L. Scott Caldwell and Caroline Goodall (L.A. Theatre Works)

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; narrated by Michael O'Brien (BTC Audiobooks/Goose Lane Editions)

The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence; narrated by James W. Nichol (BTC Audiobooks/Goose Lane Editions)

AUDIOBOOK ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

Lost and Found Sound and Beyond: Stories from NPR's All Things Considered

by The Kitchen Sisters with Jay Allison

Narrated by Francis Ford Coppola (HighBridge Audio)

The second volume of the Lost & Found Sound collection explores how recorded sound has shaped and captured the history of the last 100 years. Drawing from the archives and attics of the nation, this historic and intimate collection of radio documentaries presents a compelling array of sonic pioneers and legends, eccentric collectors, and original American voices. 

Highlights include haunting audio letters from a soldier in the foxholes of Vietnam, the surprising tale of Liberace and the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, the voices and stories of Mohawk iron workers at the World Trade Center, and a 1977 home recording made by Francis Ford Coppola and his five-year old daughter Sofia. 

Finalist Titles

Commercial Radio written and read by Garrison Keillor and Cast (HighBridge Audio)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves written and read by Lynne Truss (Penguin Audiobooks)

Essential Word on the Street written and read by Rob Lacey (Zondervan Publishing)

Fresh Air: Laughs written and read by Terry Gross (HighBridge Audio)

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Chronicles: Volume One

by Bob Dylan

Sean Penn (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, Chronicles: Volume One is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.

Finalist Titles

Big Russ and Me written and read by Tim Russert (Hyperion AudioBooks)

Funny in Farsi written and read by Firoozett Dumas (Audible, Inc.)

Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald; narrated by Kate Hosking (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

The House on Beartown Road by Elizabeth Cohen; narrated by Bernadette Dunne (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

BUSINESS INFORMATION/EDUCATIONAL

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

by Patrick Lencioni

Narrated by Jack Arthur (Audio Renaissance)

A powerful and thought-provoking book centered around a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings. And what is suggested is both simple and revolutionary.

Casey McDaniel, the founder and CEO of Yip Software, is in the midst of a problem he created, but one he doesn’t know how to solve.  And he doesn’t know where or who to turn to for advice.  His staff can’t help him; they’re as dumbfounded as he is by their tortuous meetings.

Then an unlikely advisor, Will Peterson, enters Casey’s world.  When he proposes an unconventional, even radical, approach to solving the meeting problem, Casey is just desperate enough to listen.

Finalist Titles

Customer Mania written and read by Ken Blanchard (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Goals! written and read by Brian Tracy (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Making Work Work written and read by Julie Morgenstern (HarperAudio)

Rich Dad's Who Took My Money? by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter; narrated by Jim Ward (Time Warner AudioBooks)

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 8+

Peter and the Starcatchers

by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

This riveting adventure takes listeners on a journey from a harsh orphanage in old England to a treacherous sea in a decrepit old tub. Aboard the Never Land is a trunk that holds a magical substance with the power to change the fate of the world—just a sprinkle and wounds heal; just a dusting and people can fly. Towering seas and a violent storm are the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone-crushing waves eventually land our characters on Mollusk Island - where the action really heats up.

Finalist Titles

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis; narrated by Kenneth Branagh (HarperAudio)

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke; narrated by Brendan Fraser (Random House Audio)

Keesha's House by Helen Frost; narrated by a full cast (Recorded Books, LLC)

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket; narrated by Tim Curry (HarperAudio)

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

What Charlie Heard

by Mordicai Gerstein

Narrated by Mordicai Gerstein (Live Oak Media)

The extraordinary story of the composer Charles Ives.

Charlie listened all through his boyhood, and as he grew into a man, he found he wanted to re-create in music the sounds that he heard every day. But others couldn’t hear what Charlie heard. They didn’t hear it as music—only as noise. In this daring and original book, Mordicai Gerstein graphically translates the audible into the visible—filling his pictures with noise—to tell the story of Charles Ives (1874–1954), a great musical innovator who let neither criticism nor public scorn keep him from composing music that expressed all that he heard in the world. 

He was finally recognized with a Pulitzer Prize in 1947.

Finalist Titles

Geronimo Stilton: Books 1-3 by Geronimo Stilton; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Listening Library)

I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan; narrated by Andy Richter (Weston Woods Studios)

The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection written and read by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan; narrated by Gail Nelson (Live Oak Media)

CLASSICS

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Narrated by Jim Dale (Listening Library)

In October 1843, Charles Dickens―heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher―began work on a book to help supplement his family's meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

With its characters exhibiting many qualities―as well as failures―often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warmhearted, and caring human being.

Finalist Titles

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya; narrated by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers; narrated by Cherry Jones (HarperAudio)

Ulysses by James Joyce; narrated by Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

FICTION, ABRIDGED

Brimstone

by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Narrated by Rene Auberjonois (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Behind the gates of a fabulous Hampton estate, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers the carnage of a gruesome crime, a nightmare of seemingly supernatural origin. The smoldering remains of infamous art critic Jeremy Grove, a melted cross branding his chest, are found in a locked, barricaded attic. The hoof print singed into the floorboards and the smell of brimstone recall the legendary horrors that befall those who make a pact with the Devil.

Reuniting with police officers Vincent D'Agosta and Laura Hayward, Pendergast combs New York hoping for a simple explanation: a villain who is merely a man. But his search takes him beyond the exclusive clubs and luxury penthouses of Manhattan to a crumbling, legend-shrouded castle in the Italian countryside, where 30 years ago four men conjured something...unspeakable.

Finalist Titles

Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews; narrated by Isabel Keating (HarperAudio)

I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe; narrated by Dylan Baker (Audio Renaissance)

The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe; narrated by a full cast (HighBridge Audio)

Transmission by Hari Kunzru; narrated by Hari Kunzru (Simon & Schuster Audio)

FICTION, UNABRIDGED

The Darling

by Russell Banks

Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt (HarperAudio)

Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. 

A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison. Hannah's encounter with Taylor in America ultimately triggers a series of events whose momentum catches Hannah's family in its grip and forces her to make a heartrending choice.

Finalist Titles

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett; narrated by Stephen Briggs (HarperAudio)

I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe; narrated by Dylan Baker (Audio Renaissance)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke; narrated by Simon Prebble (Audio Renaissance)

Our Sunshine by Roberte Drewe; narrated by Michael Veitch (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

HUMOR

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

by David Sedaris

Narrated by David Sedaris (Time Warner AudioBooks)

David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother's wedding. He mops his sister's floor. He gives directions to a lost traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all sounds so normal, doesn't it? 

In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives—a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. 

Finalist Titles

Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents written and read by Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show (Time Warner AudioBooks)

My Life as a 10-Year-old Boy written and read by Nancy Cartwright (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Reluctant Metrosexual written and read by Peter Hyman (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops written and read by George Carlin (Time Warner AudioBooks)

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia

by C.S. Lewis

Narrated by Patrick Stewart (HarperAudio)

Narnia...where the last king makes a stand and sad farewells turn to joy, where the Adventure begins again. When evil comes to Narnia, Jill and Eustace help fight the great final battle, and Aslan leads his people to a glorious new paradise.

The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

Finalist Titles

A Delirious Summer by Ray Blackston; narrated by Andrew Peterson (Oasis Audio)

The Negotiator by Dee Henderson; narrated by Tom Stechschulte (Recorded Books, LLC)

Soul Tracker written and read by Bill Myers (Zondervan Publishing)

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down by Neta Jackson; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)

INSPIRATIONAL/SPIRITUAL

The World According to Mr. Rogers

by Fred Rogers

Narrated by Tyne Daly, John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin, and Andre Watts (Simon & Schuster Audio)

A timeless collection of wisdom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the man who has been a friend and neighbor to generations of Americans. 

An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. An inspiring collection of stories, anecdotes, and insights, with sections titled "Understanding Love", "The Courage to Be Yourself", "The Challenge of Inner Discipline", and "We Are All Neighbors", The World According to Mr. Rogers is a testament to the legacy of a man who served and continues to serve as a role model to millions.

Finalist Titles

The Essential Word on the Street written and read by Rob Lacey (Zondervan Publishing)

The Faith of George W. Bush by Stephen Mansfield; narrated by J. Charles (Brilliance Audio)

NIrV The Little Kids' Adventure Bible by Zondervan Publishing; narrated by a full cast  (Zondervan Publishing)

The Soul of A Butterfly by Muhammad Ali and Hana Ali; narrated by Ossie Davis and Hana Ali (Simon & Schuster Audio)

JUDGES' AWARD: LANGUAGE LEARNING

Instant Immersion: Hawaiian

by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp and Kiele Akana Gooch

Narrated by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp and Kiele Akana Gooch (Topics Entertainment)

Holiday in Honolulu? Meetings on Maui? Aloha, malihini! But why be a stranger to the cultural re-birth of the language of the Hawaiian islands? With Instant Immersion: Hawaiian, you'll bask in the language, culture, and spirit of Hawaii, providing proficiency and insights you can use on the beach or in the boardroom.

Unique in style and comprehensive in content, this audio suite blends Hawaiian vocabulary and grammar with informative notes on each island. Written, produced, and recorded in Hawaii, Instant Immersion: Hawaiian features respected Hawaiian speakers and champions of the effort to keep this proud language alive.

Vibrant, effective, and listener-friendly, Instant Immersion: Hawaiian is the topical, tropical way to pono Hawaiian instruction.

Finalist Titles

Pimsleur French Level 1 by Pimsleur; narrated by Ray Brown (Simon & Schuster Audio)

New Basic French by Berlitz Publishing; narrated by a full cast (Langenscheidt Publishing Group)

LITERARY FICTION

An Unpardonable Crime

by Andrew Taylor

Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi (Hyperion Audiobooks)

Edgar Allan Poe is an American boy in England, a child standing on the edge of mysteries. In 1819, two Americans arrive in London. Soon afterward a bank collapses. A man is found horribly mutilated on a building site and an heiress flirts with her inferiors. All the while, Poe's young schoolmaster struggles to understand what is happening before he and his loved ones are destroyed. But the truth, like the youthful Poe himself, has its origins in the New World as well as the Old, in a bitter episode of corruption during the War of 1812.

Finalist Titles

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber; narrated by Jill Tanner (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan; narrated by Humphrey Bower (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke; narrated by Simon Prebble (Audio Renaissance)

The Mark of the Angel by Nancy Huston; narrated by Richard Aspel (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

The Master by Colm Toibin; narrated by Geoffrey Howard (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

My Sister's Keeper: A Novel

by Jodi Picoult

Narrated by Julia Gibson, Jenny Ikeda, Richard Poe, et al. (Recorded Books, LLC)

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age 13 she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate—a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. 

Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

Finalist Titles

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis; narrated by Kenneth Branagh, et al. (HarperAudio)

Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard; narrated by Joyce Bean and Dick Hill (Brilliance Audio)

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy written and read by Ted Allen (Random House Audio)

Will They Ever Trust Us Again? by Michael Moore; narrated by Michael Moore, et al. (Simon & Schuster Audio)

MYSTERY (FICTION)

Twisted: Selected Stories of Jeffrey Deaver

by Jeffery Deaver

Narrated by Boyd Gaines, Michele Pawk, and Fredrick Weller (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Twisted includes the stories "Without Jonathan," "The Weekender," "For Services Rendered," "Eye to Eye," "Beautiful," "The Fall Guy," "Triangle," and "The Christmas Present," which brings back Jeffery Deaver's most beloved character, criminalist Lincoln Rhyme, to solve a chilling Christmastime disappearance.

Diverse, provocative, eerie, and inspired, this collection of Jeffery Deaver's best stories exhibits the amazing range and signature plot twists that have earned him the title "master of ticking-bomb suspense" by People. With nods to O. Henry and Edgar Allan Poe, these beautifully crafted pieces pulse with subtle intrigue and Deaver's incomparable imagination.

Finalist Titles

Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; narrated by Rene Auberjonois (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Double Homicide by Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman; narrated by John Rubinstein and Lou Diamond Phillips (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Hark! by Ed McBain; narrated by Ron McLarty (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley; narrated by Ernie Hudson (Time Warner AudioBooks)

NON-FICTION, ABRIDGED

Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer

by David Reichert

Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris (Time Warner AudioBooks)

For eight years, Sheriff David Reichert devoted days and nights to capturing the Green River Killer—the most notorious serial killer in American history. He was the first detective on the case in 1982 and doggedly pursued it as the body count climbed to 49 and it became the most infamous unsolved case in the nation. Frantically following all leads, even as more bodies surfaced near the river outside Seattle, Sheriff Reichert befriended the victims' families, publicly challenged the killer, and risked his own safety— and the endurance and love of his family—before he found his madman. But Reichert's hunt didn't end when he finally cornered a truck painter named Gary Ridgway. It would be yet another 11 haunting years before forensic science could prove Ridgway's guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. 

Chasing the Devil is the gripping firsthand account of Reichert's relentless pursuit—a 21-year odyssey full of near-misses and startling revelations. Told in vivid detail by the man who knows the whole story—the man who has stared into the eyes of absolute evil—this is a pause-resisting real-life suspense story of unparalleled heroism.

Finalist Titles

Ask Not by Thurston Clarke; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Audio Renaissance)

Caddy for Life by John Feinstein; narrated by John Feinstein (Time Warner AudioBooks)

The Culture of Fear written and read by Barry Glassner (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Running With The Bulls by Valerie Hemingway; narrated by Anne Flosnik (Brilliance Audio)

They Made America by Harold Evans, with Gail Buckland and David Lefer; narrated by Harold Evans (Time Warner AudioBooks)

NON-FICTION, UNABRIDGED

The Island At The Center Of The World: The Epic Story Of Dutch Manhattan, The Forgotten Colony That Shaped America

by Russell Shorto

Narrated by L.J. Ganser (Recorded Books, LLC)

In the late 1960s, an archivist in the New York State Library made an astounding discovery: 12,000 pages of centuries-old correspondence, court cases, legal contracts, and reports from a forgotten society: the Dutch colony centered on Manhattan, which predated the thirteen “original” American colonies. For the past thirty years scholar Charles Gehring has been translating this trove, which was recently declared a national treasure.   

In an account that blends a novelist’s grasp of storytelling with cutting-edge scholarship, The Island at the Center of the World strips Manhattan of its asphalt, bringing us back to a wilderness island—a hunting ground for Indians, populated by wolves and bears—that became a prize in the global power struggle between the English and the Dutch. In fact, it was Amsterdam—Europe’s most liberal city, with an unusual policy of tolerance and a polyglot society dedicated to free trade—that became the model for the city of New Amsterdam on Manhattan. While the Puritans of New England were founding a society based on intolerance, on Manhattan the Dutch created a free-trade, upwardly-mobile melting pot that would help shape not only New York, but America.

Finalist Titles

Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood; narrated by Peter Johnson (HighBridge Audio)

His Excellency by Joseph J. Ellis; narrated by Nelson Runger (Recorded Books, LLC)

My Life by Bill Clinton; narrated by Michael Beck (Books on Tape, Inc.)

Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen; narrated by Tim Jerome (BBC Audiobooks America)

ORIGINAL WORK

The Story of Classical Music

by Darren Henley

Narrated by Marin Alsop (Naxos Audiobooks, Ltd)

This lively recording is a perfect way to introduce classical music to the entire family. It looks at the music through the lives of the great composers and their environment, from the churches and cathedrals that produced the familiar sound of Gregorian chant, to Johann Sebastian Bach, the family man composing for the glory of God, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the child prodigy, genius and prankster who wrote some of the finest music ever yet was buried in a pauper's grave. The story will be taken to the composers of the 21st century. 

This unusual and special production by the two most important brand names in classical music includes more than 100 musical examples.

Finalist Titles

Ground Zero by Soundwalk and The Kitchen Sisters; narrated by Paul Auster (Soundwalk)

Heart of Troy by Ed Lange; narrated by a full cast (Family Classics/NYS Theatre Institute)

Low Carb Yo-Yo written and read by Barry Sears, Ph.D. (Oasis Audio)

What Was Civil About That War… written and read by Megan Hicks (stories: (un)folding)

PACKAGE DESIGN

The Chronicles of Narnia

by C.S. Lewis

Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, et. al (HarperAudio)

Listen to all seven stories in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series:

The Magician's Nephew narrated by Kenneth Branagh
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe narrated by Michael York
The Horse and His Boy narrated by Alex Jennings
Prince Caspian narrated by Lynn Redgrave
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader narrated by Derek Jacobi
The Silver Chair narrated by Jeremy Northam
The Last Battle narrated by Patrick Stewart

Enter the magical world of Narnia. Each of these extraordinary, timeless stories stands alone, but together they are the history of a fantastic world that becomes as real as our own.

Finalist Titles

Dylan Thomas written and read by Dylan Thomas, with an introduction by Billy Collins (HarperAudio)

Have Space Suit Will Travel by Robert Heinlein; narrated by William E. McAuliffe (Full Cast Audio)

My Life written and read by Bill Clinton (Random House Audio)

Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum; narrated by a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT/MOTIVATIONAL

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One-To Four-Year-Old

by Harvey Karp and Paula Spencer

Narrated by Johnny Heller (Recorded Books, LLC)

Toddlers can drive you bonkers…so adorable and fun one minute…so stubborn and demanding the next! Yet, as unbelievable as it sounds, there is a way to turn the daily stream of “nos” and “don’ts” into “yeses” and hugs…if you know how to speak your toddler’s language. In one of the most useful advances in parenting techniques of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp reveals that toddlers, with their immature brains and stormy outbursts, should be thought of not as pint-size people but as pintsize…cavemen. 

Having noticed that the usual techniques often failed to calm crying toddlers, Dr. Karp discovered that the key to effective communication was to speak to them in their own primitive language. When he did, suddenly he was able to soothe their outbursts almost every time! This amazing success led him to the realization that children between the ages of one and four go through four stages of “evolutionary” growth, each linked to the development of the brain, and each echoing a step in prehistoric humankind’s journey to civilization.

Finalist Titles

The Gift of Change written and read by Marianne Williamson(HarperAudio)

Goals! written and read by Brian Tracy (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Simple Steps by Lisa Lelas, Linda McClintock, and Beverly Zingarella; narrated by Celeste Lawson and Lisa Lelas (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Today Matters written and read by John C. Maxwell (Time Warner AudioBooks)

ROMANCE

Kiss Me While I Sleep

by Linda Howard

Narrated by Joyce Bean and Dick Hill (Brilliance Audio)

It's a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin, working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law.

Now, after 18 years of service, Lily has been drawn into a dangerous game that hasn't been sanctioned, seeking vengeance for her own reasons. Each move bolder than the next, she is compromising her superiors, drawing unwanted attention and endangering her very life. Though stress and shock have made her feel somewhat invincible and a little cocky, Lily knows that she too can be taken out in an instant. And if it's her time, so be it. She intends to go down fighting.

A CIA agent himself, Lucas Swain recognizes the signs of trauma in the line of fire. His orders are to either bring her in or bring her down. Yet he too is drawn into the game with Lily Mansfield, dancing on a tightrope as he tries to avoid a major international incident while still battling a tenacious foe who is dogging their every step.

Finalist Titles

Invitation to Provence by Elizabeth Adler; narrated by Carrington MacDuffie (Chivers North America)

The Perfect Lover by Stephanie Laurens; narrated by Simon Prebble (Recorded Books, LLC)

Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson; narrated by Anne Heche and Jane Alexander (Time Warner AudioBooks)

The Summer I Dared by Barbara Delinsky; narrated by Linda Emond (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Virgin's Lover by Phillippa Gregory; narrated by Graeme Malcolm (Simon & Schuster Audio)

SCIENCE FICTION

Lost Boys

by Orson Scott Card

Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror. Young boys, whose names match a list of Stevie's nonexistent friends, have mysteriously vanished from Steuben. And as evil strikes out from the most trusted corners, it's suddenly clear that Stevie is next on the list.

Finalist Titles

Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; narrated by Rene Auberjonois (Time Warner AudioBooks)

The Consciousness Plague by Paul Levinson; narrated by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

Horizon Storms by Kevin Anderson; narrated by George Guidall (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro; narrated by Anna Fields (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

by David Sedaris

Narrated by David Sedaris (Time Warner AudioBooks)

David Sedaris plays in the snow with his sisters. He goes on vacation with his family. He gets a job selling drinks. He attends his brother's wedding. He mops his sister's floor. He gives directions to a lost traveler. He eats a hamburger. He has his blood sugar tested. It all sounds so normal, doesn't it? 

In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives—a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. 

Finalist Titles

Chain of Command by Seymour M. Hersh; narrated by Peter Friedman and Seymour Hersh (HarperAudio)

Heavenly Date by Alexander McCall-Smith; narrated by Simon Prebble, Lisette Lecat, and Susan Lyons (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Short Stories of W.S. Maugham, Vol. 3 by W. Somerset Maugham; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

Twisted by Jeffery Deaver; narrated by Boyd Gaines, Michele Pawk, and Frederick Weller (Simon & Schuster Audio)

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS

Against All Enemies

by Richard Clarke

Narrated by Richard Clarke (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years, serving under seven presidents. He has had a front-row seat at every major battle in this war, from the first World Trade Center bombing, to 9/11, to Afghanistan, to Iraq.

Clarke knows the secret stories of Clinton's great victories and his great frustrations. When Bush took office, Clarke was ready to present him with a master plan to roll back and destroy al Qaeda, yet the president did not grant a briefing for months. His aides had little interest in Osama Bin Laden, preferring to talk about Saddam Hussein at every turn. Clarke knows why we failed to shut down terrorist financing within our borders prior to 2001.

Finalist Titles

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim written and read by David Sedaris (Time Warner AudioBooks)

My Life written and read by Bill Clinton (Random House Audio)

Off The Cuff written and read by Carson Kressley (HighBridge Audio)

There and Back Again written and read by Sean Astin (Audio Renaissance)

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith

Narrated by Lisette Lecat (Recorded Books, LLC)

Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first audiobook, is still engaged. She wonders when a day for the wedding will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiance. For indeed he has other things on his mind—notably a frightening request made of him by Mma Potokwani, pushy matron of the Orphan Farm. 

Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters on her mind. She has been approached by a wealthy lady—whose fortune comes from successful hair-braiding salons—and has been asked to check up on several suitors. Are these men just interested in her money? This may be difficult to find out, but Mma Ramotswe is, of course, a very intuitive lady...

Finalist Titles

Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie; narrated by Emilia Fox (The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

A Fugue in Hell's Kitchen by Hal Glazer; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Audio-Playwrights)

When We Were Very Young & Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne; narrated by Miranda Richardson (HarperAudio)

Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down by Neta Jackson; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Listening Library—Timothy Ditlow and Co-founder, Helen Ditlow

Listening Library celebrated their 50th anniversary as the world's largest audiobook publisher dedicated to children's and young adult literature. Listening Library has been home to Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Louis Sachar, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy. Year after year, Listening Library received the highest accolades including American Library Association Notable recordings, Audies and GRAMMY® Awards.