Inspired By...The Bible Experience (New Testament)

by Media Group

Narrated by Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood, Denzel Washington, et al. (Zondervan Publishing)

The Bible has a voice. Listen. Like never before, you can experience the beauty, drama, and life-changing power of the Bible. Inspired By...The Bible Experience breaks new ground in the presentation of the Bible.

Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value.

Finalist Titles

This I Believe by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman; narrated by Bill Gates, Martha Graham, et al. (Audio Renaissance)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; narrated by Sissy Spacek (HarperAudio/Caedmon)

World War Z by Max Brooks; narrated by Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Carl Reiner, and a full cast (Random House Audio)


The Goose Girl: Book One of the Books of Bayern

by Shannon Hale

Narrated by Cynthia Bishop and a full cast (Full Cast Audio)

Princess Anidori-Kiladra of Kildenree was born with a word on her tongue, and a secret magic. Though she is raised in luxury, she is never quite comfortable with who she is, or what she is to become. Theshe is sent on a journey to marry an unknown prince. The trip is difficult, and before it is finished all her expectations are overturned. Alone, friendless, stripped of her crown and her title, Ani must learn to make her own path in the world. Along the way, she just might learn to be a princess.

Finalist Titles

Father Gilbert Mysteries: The Silver Cord by Dave Arnold and Paul McClusker; narrated by a full cast (Tyndale/Focus on the Family)

Marked Man by William Lashner; narrated by Richard Rohan (HarperAudio)

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts; narrated by Humphrey Bower (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein; narrated by Julian Rubinstein, et al. (Hachette Audio)

Inspired By...The Bible Experience (New Testament) by Media Group; narrated by Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood, Denzel Washington, et al. (Zondervan Publishing) 


The Life of Jesus: Dramatic Eyewitness Accounts from the Luke Reports

by Paul McClusker

Narrated by a full cast (Tyndale/Focus on the Family)

The life of the apostle Paul hangs in the balance as Luke, his trusted friend, is commissioned by a sympathetic Roman senator to find and report the truth about the life and ministry of Jesus. Luke finds himself in the thick of thieves and revolutionaries, and also has an encounter with Mary as she recounts the memories surrounding Jesus' miraculous birth. 

Driven by his desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Luke heads for Jerusalem. Once there, he winds up in a spiritual battle with a "magician," meets an old friend, and is swept up in the revolution against the Romans. Follow Luke as he discovers Elias's scrolls that tell much of the life and story of Christ. Only with the help of a stranger on the road might there be help...and hope. 

Finalist Titles

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel; narrated by David Kelly and a full cast (Full Cast Audio)

King Kong by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland; narrated by David Baker and a full cast (Full Cast Audio)

Nightmares on Congress Street V by Fitz-James O'Brien, Edgar Allan Poe, Alex Irvine, Michael Duffy, Ray Bradbury, Hugh B. Cave, and H.P. Lovecraft; narrated by a full cast (Tantor Media, Inc.)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; narrated by Jamie Glover and a full cast (BBC Audiobooks America) 


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quintessential Phase

by Douglas Adams

Narrated by Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and a full cast (BBC Audiobooks America)

Panic! It's the last ever installment of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with a brand new full-cast dramatization of Mostly Harmless, the final book in Douglas Adams's famous 'trilogy in five parts'. While frequent flyer Arthur Dent searches the universe for his lost love, Ford Prefect discovers a disturbing blast from the past at The Hitchhiker's Guide HQ. Meanwhile, on one of many versions of Earth, a blonder, more American Trillian gets tangled up with a party of lost aliens having an identity crisis. And just when Arthur thinks he has found his true vocation on the backwater planet of Lamuella, the original Trillian turns up with more than a little spanner in the works. A stolen ship, a dramatic stampede and a new and sinister Guide lead to a race to save the Earth...again. But this time, will they succeed?

Finalist Titles

Letter From America: Volumes 1-3 written and read by Alistair Cooke (BBC Audiobooks America)

Selected Shorts: Vol. 19 Timeless Classics by James Thurber, Edith Wharton, Jack London, D.H. Lawrence, Shirley Jackson, Richard Connell, and Raymond Carver; narrated by Isaiah Sheffer, Maria Tucci, Steven Gilborn, John Shea, Marian Seldes, Charles Keating, and James Naughton (Symphony Space, Inc.)

This I Believe by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman; narrated by Bill Gates, Martha Graham, et al. (Audio Renaissance)

Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose; narrated by a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)


Teacher Man

by Frank McCourt

Narrated by Frank McCourt (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Nearly a decade ago Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of 66, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York.

Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

Finalist Titles

Diana by Sarah Bradford; narrated by Katie Kellgren (Penguin Audio)

Dispatches from the Edge written and read by Anderson Cooper (HarperAudio)

Elizabeth by J. Randy Taraborrelli; narrated by Lynne Maclean (Hachette Audio)

Sound and Fury by David Kindred; narrated by Dick Hill (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Great Escape by Kati Marton; narrated by Anna Fields (Tantor Media) 


The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

by Chris Anderson

Narrated by Christopher Nissley (Hyperion Audio)

Our world is being transformed by the Internet and the near limitless choice that it provides to consumers; tomorrow's markets belong to those who can take advantage of this. The Long Tail is really about the economics of abundance, an entirely new model for business that is just starting to show its power as unlimited selection reveals new truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it. The record business has been transformed by iTunes and Rhapsody; a similar transformation is coming to just about every industry imaginable.

What happens when everything in the world becomes available to everyone? When the combined value of all the millions of items that may sell only a few copies equals or exceeds the value of the few items that sell millions each? When a bunch of kids with no profit motive can record a song or make a video and get the same electronic distribution for it as the most powerful corporation?

Finalist Titles

Mavericks At Work by William C. Taylor and Polly LaBarre; narrated by Barrett Whitener (HarperAudio)

Myths, Lies, & Downright Stupidity written and read by John Stossel (Hyperion Audio)

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni; narrated by Eric Conger (Audio Renaissance)

Small Is the New Big written and read by Seth Godin (HighBridge Audio) 


Listening for Lions

by Gloria Whelan

Narrated by Bianca Amato (Recorded Books, LLC)

Africa is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known. But when influenza strikes down her missionary parents, she is left vulnerable prey to her family's wicked neighbors. 

Left without family, Rachel thinks her only option is to approach the mission board in Mombasa, although she knows they will send her to a dismal orphanage in England. Her snooty British neighbors have other ideas. Their only daughter Valerie, scheduled for a visit to England with her estranged—and wealthy—grandfather, also died in the flu epidemic. Valerie's parents want Rachel to take her place. 

Rachel is astute enough to realize that there may be an underlying motive, but she's also frightened at the prospect of being trapped in the orphanage. With misgivings and a trembling heart, Rachel agrees to do as her neighbors ask, and sets off for England, where she is forced into a life of deception. Like the lion, she must be patient and strong, awaiting the moment when she can take control of her own fate—and find her way home again at last.

Finalist Titles

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End by Lemony Snicket; narrated by Tim Curry (Harper Children's Audio)

Behind the Curtain by Peter Abrahams; narrated by Colleen Delaney (Harper Children's Audio)

Jumping the Scratch by Sara Weeks; narrated by Stephen Spinella (Harper Children's Audio)

Two Weeks with the Queen written and read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.) 



by Kenneth Oppel

Narrated by David Kelly and a full cast (Full Cast Audio)

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

Finalist Titles

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz; narrated by Simon Prebble (Recorded Books, LLC)

Looking for Alaska by John Green; narrated by Jeff Woodman (Brilliance Audio)

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar; narrated by Ryan MacConnell and a full cast (Full Cast Audio)

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale; narrated by Cynthia Bishop and a full cast (Full Cast Audio) 


Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

by Mo Willems

Narrated by Mo, Cher, and Trixie Willems (Weston Woods Studios)

Trixie, Daddy and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood laundromat, but their adventure takes an unexpected turn when Trixie realizes something is missing. A brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

Finalist Titles

Jack Russell, Dog Detective: Dog Den Mystery by Darrel Odgers and Sally Odgers; narrated by Alan King (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

Murmel Murmel Munsch! written and read by Robert Munsch (The Children's Group)

Piccolo and Annabelle, Volume One by Stephen Axelsen; narrated by Stanley McGeagh (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

Poetry Speaks to Children by Elise Paschen; narrated by Rita Dove, Ogden Nash, et al. (Sourcebooks, Inc.)


To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Narrated by Sissy Spacek (HarperAudio/Caedmon)

Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill share routine childhood adventures in a small Alabama town in the 1930s where Scout's father, Atticus, is an attorney. But when a brutal rape shakes the town, serious life lessons begin. The children learn about racial prejudice as they watch Atticus courageously defend an innocent black man. They learn tolerance and empathy as they observe his championing of the crotchety Mrs. Dubose. And they see the power of kindness in his protection of the reclusive Boo Radley.

Finalist Titles

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham; narrated by Kate Reading (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway; narrated by William Hurt (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Warden by Anthony Trollope; narrated by Simon Vance (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Years by Virginia Woolf; narrated by Finty Williams (BBC Audiobooks America) 



by William Boyd

Narrated by Rosemund Pike (Audio Renaissance)

It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939. 

Sally Gilmartin has buried many secrets along with the name Eva Delectorskaya, including her work manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward U.S. involvement in the Second World War and her dangerous love affair with another spy. 

Soon Ruth is drawn deeper into the astonishing events of her mother's past, including her work in New York City manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward U.S. involvement in Second World War and her dangerous love affair with another spy. Ruth also discovers that her mother has one final assignment. This time, though, Eva can't do it alone―she needs Ruth's help.

Finalist Titles

Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich; narrated by C.J. Critt (HarperAudio)

Paint It Black by Janet Fitch; narrated by Jennifer Jason Leigh (Hachette Audio)

The Book of the Dead by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston; narrated by Rene Auberjonois (Hachette Audio)

The Sad Truth About Happiness by Ann Giardini; narrated by Suleka Mathew (Goose Lane Editions/BTC Audiobooks) 


Rise and Shine

by Anna Quindlen

Narrated by Carol Monda (Recorded Books, LLC)

It's Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow.

The effect of Meghan's on-air profanity and truth telling is felt by her son, her husband, her friends, her fans, and even the city of New York, the capital of appearance over reality. But above all it transforms the sister with whom she's shared everything, even the mixed blessings of fame. They share smart mouths, a fractured childhood, and a powerful connection that even the worst tragedy can't rupture.

Finalist Titles

Restless by William Boyd; narrated by Rosemund Pike (Audio Renaissance)

Telegraph Days by Larry McMurtry; narrated by Annie Potts (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Prestige by Christopher Priest; narrated by Simon Vance (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Two-Minute Rule by Robert Crais; narrated by Christopher Graybill (Brilliance Audio)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; narrated by David LeDoux and John Randolph-Jones (HighBridge Audio) 


Spoiled Rotten America: Outrages of Everyday Life

by Larry Miller

Narrated by Larry Miller (HarperAudio)

Like Kofi Annan, Larry Miller is one of the most irresistible comic personalities working today. Known for years as an actor, writer, comedian, and sexual pioneer, he's gained a new following as a cultural commentator and frequent guest on political shows. Now, in Spoiled Rotten America, he fixes his gaze on what's funny about our daily lives, which includes, roughly speaking, everything. From middle-aged drinking to the excesses of our eating habits, Miller finds the silver lining of absurdity within every black cloud.

Ultimately, though, Spoiled Rotten America is an insightful, and surprisingly heartfelt, plea for us to notice what's best and worst about ourselves. "The American pendulum only swings to extremes," he says. "The news is on all day, but we know less and less; everyone has a phone but nothing to say. It's all or nothing, and the world is going to Hell in a hand basket. What better time for a collection of comic essays?"

Finalist Titles

Company by Max Barry; narrated by William Dufris (Tantor Media)

F.U.B.A.R. by Sam Seder and Stephen Sherrill; narrated by Sam Seder (HarperAudio)

Solomon vs. Lord by Paul Levine; narrated by Christopher Lane (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Areas of My Expertise written and read by John Hodgman (Penguin Audio)


The Angels of Morgan Hill

by Donna VanLiere

Narrated by Donna VanLiere (Audio Renaissance)

The small town of Morgan Hill, Tennessee, is turned upside down in 1947 when the Turners become the only black family ever to move into the area. Nine-year-old Jane Gable first lays eyes on young Milo Turner the day that her trouble-making, alcoholic father is buried in the Morgan Hill cemetery. The Turners are the first black family ever to move into the area, and while their presence challenges the comfort of many in the small, tight-knit community, Jane and her brother, John, have found new friends. 

Then tragedy strikes the Turner household, and the Gable family is asked to make a decision that could rip their world apart. One path might open up a whole new world and bring them closer than ever. Or it might bring them nothing but trouble and heartache. On their journey, Jane discovers that angels are all around us, every day, in the most extraordinary—and ordinary—ways.

Finalist Titles

Divine by Karen Kingsbury; narrated by Sharon Williams (Brilliance Audio)

Grace at Low Tide by Beth Webb Hart; narrated by Kate Forbes (Recorded Books, LLC)

Knitting by Anne Bartlett; narrated by Beverley Dunn (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

The Preacher's Daughter by Beverly Lewis; narrated by Stina Nielsen (Recorded Books, LLC)


Inspired By...The Bible Experience (New Testament)

by Media Group

Narrated by Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood, Denzel Washington, et al. (Zondervan Publishing)

The Bible has a voice. Listen. Like never before, you can experience the beauty, drama, and life-changing power of the Bible. Inspired By...The Bible Experience breaks new ground in the presentation of the Bible.

Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value.

Finalist Titles

Mama Made the Difference by T.D. Jakes; narrated by Richard Allen (Penguin Audiobooks)

The Gospel of Jesus by Daniel L. Johnson; narrated by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)

The Message Remix Complete by Eugene H. Peterson; narrated by Various Music Artists (Oasis Audio)

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis; narrated by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)


Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

by Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

This fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative tells the inside story of how the Bush administration used bad intelligence to sell and then justify the Iraq war. Veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn take the reader behind the scenes at the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and in Congress, where controversial decisions and turf battles were fought in and with the highest circles of the Bush administration.

Hubris connects the dots between George W. Bush's determination to get rid of Saddam Hussein, the role of neoconservatives in pushing the case for war, and the outing of a CIA officer, which led to the indictment of a top White House official. It's a news-making account of conspiracy, backstabbing, ineptitude, and, perhaps most especially, arrogance.

Finalist Titles

Faith and Politics written and read by Senator John Danforth (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

In Time of War by Pierce O'Donnell; narrated by Raymond Todd (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind; narrated by Ed Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Wake Up Call written and read by Kristin Breitweiser (Hachette Audio) 


The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

by Diane Setterfield

Narrated by Ruthie Henshall and Lynn Redgrave (Simon & Schuster Audio)

All children mythologize their birth...So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

Disinterring the life she meant to bury for good, Vida mesmerizes Margaret with the power of her storytelling. Hers is a tale of gothic strangeness, featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, and a devastating fire. Struck by a curious parallel between their stories, Margaret demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them.

Finalist Titles

Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart; narrated by Arte Johnson (Phoenix Books)

After This by Alice McDermott; narrated by Martha Plimpton (Audio Renaissance)

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren; narrated by Michael Emerson (Recorded Books, LLC)

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky; narrated by Daniel Oreskes and Barbara Rosenblat (HighBridge Audio) 


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

Narrated by Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and Rob Reiner (Random House Audio)

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Finalist Titles

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel; narrated by David Kelly and a full cast (Full Cast Audio)

Operation Homecoming by Andrew Carroll; narrated by Joe Barrett, David Birney, et al. (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Suite Francaise by Nemirovsky; narrated by Daniel Oreskes and Barbara Rosenblat (HighBridge Audio)

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield; narrated by Ruthie Henshall and Lynn Redgrave (Simon & Schuster Audio) 


Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12

by Michael Connelly

Narrated by Len Cariou (Hachette Audio)

In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto. Taking the confession of the man he has sought and hated for 13 years is bad enough. Discovering that he missed a clue back in 1993 that could have stopped nine other murders may just be the straw that breaks Harry Bosch.

Finalist Titles

A Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read; narrated by Hilary Huber (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidsonh; narrated by Elizabeth Marvel (HarperAudio)

Dead Center by David Rosenfelt; narrated by Grover Gardner (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris; narrated by Johanna Parker (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Crimes of Jordan Wise by Bill Pronzini; narrated by Richard Ferrone (BBC Audiobooks America) 


The Tortilla Curtain

by T.C. Boyle

Narrated by T.C. Boyle (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacker lead an ordered, sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: He is a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine.

From the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delany into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.

Finalist Titles

Marian Mcpartland's Jazz World: All in Good Time written and read by Marian McPartland (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Speedbumps written and read by Teri Garr (Penguin Audio)

Teacher Man written and read by Frank McCourt (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Mighty and the Almighty written and read by Madeleine Albright (HarperAudio)


The Beatles: The Biography

by Bob Spitz

Narrated by Alfred Molina (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.The product of almost a decade of research, hundreds of unprecedented interviews, and the discovery of scores of never-before-revealed documents, Bob Spitz's The Beatles is the biography fans have been waiting for.

Never before has a biography of musicians been so immersive and textured. We are there in the McCartney living room when Paul and John learn to write songs together; backstage the night Ringo takes over on drums; in seedy German strip clubs where George lies about his age so the band can perform; and at the Ed Sullivan Show as America discovers the joy and the madness. From Shea to San Francisco, through the London night, on to India, through marmalade skies, across the universe, all the way to a rooftop concert and one last moment of laughter and music.

Finalist Titles

Judgment of Paris by Ross King; narrated by Tristan Layton (Audio Renaissance)

Manhunt by James L. Swanson; narrated by Richard Thomas (HarperAudio)

Setting the Table written and read by Danny Meyer (HarperAudio)

The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley; narrated by Kyf Brewer (HarperAudio) 


Narrow Dog to Carcassonne

by Terry Darlington

Narrated by Steve Hodson (ISIS Publishing)

At 75, Terry and Monica Darlington had done everything they could think of doing, including starting a business and becoming athletes and running a literary society. Lately they had become boating adventurers and Terry, a best-selling writer. But in their Midlands canal town in November, life was looking dull and short on surprises. Then their famous canal boat was destroyed by fire. Within a few days they had bought a new one and soon headed north in the Phyllis May 2—to Liverpool, Lancaster, the Pennines, and Wigan Pier. 

Terry recorded the journey, and alongside it the story of his life and his marriage and his dog Jim, with his broken ear like a flat cap, and Monica’s dog Jess, known with heart-breaking reason as the Flying Catastrophe. Funny, affecting and beautifully told, this is a story that brims with incident and excitement, and is full of the famous and fascinating people the Darlingtons have met. And there is sadness too of course—it is the true story of an adventurous life well lived.

Finalist Titles

Babylon by Bus by Ray LeMoine and Jeff Neumann with Donovan Webster; narrated by Jeremy Davidson (Penguin Audiobooks)

Striking Back by Aaron J. Klein; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin; narrated by Suzanne Toren (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright; narrated by Alan Sklar (Tantor Media) 


Hasidic Williamsburg, Brooklyn for Men/Women

by Soundwalk

Narrated by Joseph Piekarski and Pearl Gluck (OverSampling, Inc/Soundwalk)

A soundwalk is a guided audio tour of a particular place, featuring history and trivia, interviews, sound effects and music. It is a unique, rich way to immerse yourself in new surroundings. The Williamsburg Soundwalk takes the listener on a stroll through Brooklyn's famed clandestine Hasidic community. Because the orthodox and mystical traditions of this neighborhood feature two strictly observed cultures, one for men and one for women, this Soundwalk offers a separate tour for each gender.

Hosts Joseph Piekarski and Pearl Gluck give you a fascinating insider's tour, allowing you to see the Hassidic customs up close and personal. From restaurants to the Rabbi's house, the Williamsburg Soundwalk offers all the facts and flavors of a singular culture. 

Finalist Titles

Fundamental Cases written and read by Alan Dershowitz (Recorded Books, LLC)

Sherlock's Legacy by Ed Lange and Will Severin; narrated by a full cast (Family Classics/NYS Theatre Institute)

Stories from the Storm by Carter Hooper, Celia Collins, et al.; narrated by Carter Hooper (Audible, Inc.)

The Hero of Cape Lonely Light by Geoffrey T. Williams; narrated by Dennis F. Regan (Geoffrey T. Williams) 


The Golden Compass, Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Philip Pullman

Narrated by Philip Pullman and cast (Random House Audio)

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life is shattered when her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, arrives with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North. Asriel's secret research includes photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe.

Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the golden compass. All around her, children are disappearing and being used as subjects in terrible experiments-and somehow, Lord Asriel is involved. 

Finalist Titles

Inspired By...The Bible Experience (New Testament) by Media Group; narrated by Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood, Denzel Washington, et al. (Zondervan Publishing)

The James Herriot Collection by James Herriot; narrated by Christopher Timothy (Audio Renaissance)

The Jamie Lee Curtis Audio Collection written and read by Jamie Lee Curtis (HarperAudio)

Zodiac by Robert Graysmith; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 


For the Love of a Dog

by Patricia McConnell

Narrated by Ellen Archer (Tantor Media)

Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we vary. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

In For the Love of a Dog, McConnell suggests that one of the reasons we love dogs so much is that they express emotions in ways similar to humans. After all, who can communicate joy better than a puppy? But not all emotional expressions are obvious, and McConnell teaches both beginning dog owners and experienced dog lovers how to read the more subtle expressions hidden behind fuzzy faces and floppy ears.

Finalist Titles

Beyond Basketball written and read by Mike Krzyzewski with Jamie K. Spatola (Hachette Audio)

Goodbye to Shy written and read by Leil Lowndes (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

Letters to A Young written and read by Anna Deavere Smith (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

On Becoming Fearless written and read by Arianna Huffington (Hachette Audio) 


If You Could See Me Now: A Novel

by Cecelia Ahern

Narrated by Susan Lynch and Rupert Degas (Hyperion Audio)

Everything in Elizabeth Egan's life has its place, from the espresso cups in her gleaming kitchen to the swatches and paint pots of her interior-design business. Order and precision keep life under control, and keep Elizabeth's heart safe from the pain and hurt she has suffered in the past. Being a reluctant mother to her six-year-old nephew while trying to keep her design business on track is a full-time job for Elizabeth, and one that leaves little room for error, or fun. 

Until one day, when Ivan unexpectedly comes into their lives. The mysterious Ivan is carefree, spontaneous, and always looking for adventure: everything that Elizabeth is not. Yet just when Elizabeth is starting to trust him, it turns out that Ivan isn't at all who she thought he was.

Finalist Titles

Born in Death by J.D. Robb; narrated by Susan Ericksen (Brilliance Audio)

Darkfeverby Karen Marie Moning; narrated by Joyce Bean (Brilliance Audio)

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks; narrated by Holter Graham (Hachette Audio)

The Tavern on Maple Street by Sharon Owens; narrated by Caroline Winterson (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.) 


Stolen Child

by Keith Donohue

Narrated by Andy Paris and Jeff Woodman (Recorded Books, LLC)

The double story of Henry Day begins in 1949, when he is kidnapped at age seven by a band of wild childlike beings who live in an ancient, secret community in the forest. The changelings rename their captive Aniday and he becomes, like them, unaging and stuck in time. They leave one of their own to take his place, an imposter who must try—with varying success—to hide his true identity from the Day family. As the changeling Henry grows up, he is haunted by glimpses of his lost double and by vague memories of his own childhood a century earlier. 

Narrated in turns by Henry and Aniday, Stolen Child follows them as their lives converge, driven by their obsessive search for who they were before they changed places in the world, moving from a realistic setting in small-town America deep into the forest of humankind’s most basic desires and fears.

Finalist Titles

Callahan's Legacy by Spider Robinson; narrated by Spider Robinson (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Street Magic by Tamora Pierce; narrated by Bruce Coville and a full cast (Full Cast Audio)

The Incredible Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson; narrated by Yuri Rasovsky (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Voyagers by Ben Bova; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 


This I Believe

by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

Narrated by Bill Gates, Martha Graham, et al. (Audio Renaissance)

Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features 80 Americans, from the famous to the unknown. Featuring a star-studded list of contributors that includes John McCain, Isabel Allende, and Colin Powell (as well as pieces from the original 1950s series that included Helen Keller and Jackie Robinson), the collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a woman who sells yellow-pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on Rhode Island's parole board. 

The result is a stirring, funny, and always provocative trip inside the minds and hearts of a diverse group of Americans whose beliefs, and the incredibly varied ways in which they choose to express them, reveal the American spirit at its best.

Finalist Titles

Fragile Things written and read by Neil Gaiman (Harper Audio)

A Grown-up's Halloween written and read by Yuri Rasovsky (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant; narrated by Lorna Raver and Yuri Rasovsky (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Turning by Tim Winton; narrated by Humphrey Bower and Caroline Lee (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.) 


Telegraph Days

by Larry McMurtry

Narrated by Annie Potts (Simon & Schuster Audio)

When twenty-two-year-old Nellie Courtright and her teenage brother Jackson are unexpectedly orphaned by their father’s suicide on his new and unprosperous ranch, they make their way to the nearby town of Rita Blanca, where Jackson manages to secure a job as a sheriff's deputy, while Nellie, ever resourceful, becomes the town’s telegrapher.

Together, they inadvertently put Rita Blanca on the map when young Jackson succeeds in shooting down all six of the ferocious Yazee brothers in a gunfight that brings him lifelong fame but which he can never repeat because his success came purely out of luck.

Propelled by her own energy and commonsense approach to life, Nellie meets and almost conquers the heart of Buffalo Bill, the man she will love most in her long life, and goes on to meet, and witness the exploits of, Billy the Kid, the Earp brothers, and Doc Holliday. 

Finalist Titles

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning; narrated by Joyce Bean (Brilliance Audio)

Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley; narrated by Lorraine Toussaint (Hachette Audio)

Leave a Candle Burning by Lori Wick; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; narrated by Sissy Spacek (Harper Audio/Caedmon) 


Peter and the Shadow Thieves: The Starcatchers, Book 2

by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to the Award-winning The New York Times best seller Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island—along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell—for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London.

On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff—celestial dust that contains unimagined powers.

In London, Peter attempts to track down the indomitable Molly, hoping that together they can combat Ombra's determined forces. But London is not Mollusk Island; Peter is not the boy he used to be; and Lord Ombra—the Shadow Master—is unlike anything Peter, or the world, has ever seen.

Finalist Titles

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts; narrated by Humphrey Bower (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty; narrated by Gerard Doyle (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Old Man and The Sea by Hemingway; narrated by Donald Sutherland (Simon & Schuster Audio)

War and Peace Vol. 1 by Leo Tolstoy; narrated by Neville Jason (Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.) 


Angeles y Demonios

by Dan Brown

Narrated by Raul Amundaray (FonoLibro Inc.)

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. 

Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, the long-forgotten Illuminati lair.

Finalist Titles

Caballo de Troya 7 by J.J. Benitez; narrated by a full cast (FonoLibro Inc.)

El Rey de los Pleitos by John Grisham; narrated by Karl Hoffman (FonoLibro Inc.)

La Cena Secreta by Javier Sierra; narrated by Francisco Rivela (Recorded Books, LLC)

Las Cinco Personas Que Encontraras en el Cielo by Mitch Albom; narrated by Francisco Rivela (Hyperion Audio) 


The Dead Yard

by Adrian McKinty

Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

Michael is on holiday in Spain when a soccer riot between the Paddies and the Brits escalates out of control and he winds up in a Spanish prison. Enter Samantha, a beautiful British Intelligence agent. She makes Michael an offer he can't refuse: instead of extradition to Mexico to serve time for a prison break, he can infiltrate an IRA sleeper cell in the United States. Thrust into the nightmare world of men known for their distinctive brands of torture and revenge, Michael crosses and double crosses key players, narrowly escapes his own lies, loses his only ally, and falls for the daughter of his enemy.

Finalist Titles

Night of the Jaguar by Michael Gruber; narrated by Jonathan Davis (BBC Audiobooks America)

Surrender by Sonya Hartnett; narrated by Humphrey Bower (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst; narrated by Alfred Molina (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Wall by Jeff Long; narrated by Grover Gardner (Tantor Media)


Don Katz, CEO and Founder of

On the occasion of the Audible's 10th anniversary, Don Katz received recognition for his innovations and contributions to the industry. Audible, Inc. has been a leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet. Prior to founding Audible, Katz was a journalist and author for twenty years; his work won a National Magazine Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction.