Audiobook of the Year

The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

by Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, James Grady, David Hewson, P. J. Parrish, and Jeffery Deaver

Narrated by Alfred Molina (Audible, Inc.)

Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that locked within its handwritten notes lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.

The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion. 

Finalist Titles

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale (Random House/Listening Library)

I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert; narrated by Stephen Colbert with Paul Dinello, Kevin Dorff, Greg Hollimon, Evie McGee, David Pasquesi, Allison Silverman, Brian Stack, and Jon Stewart (Hachette Audio)

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

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; narrated by Jeff Woodman (Scholastic Audio) 

Achievement in Abridgement

The Race

by Richard North Patterson

Narrated by Michael Boatman 
(Macmillan Audio)

Corey Grace, a handsome and charismatic Republican senator from Ohio, is locked in a fierce presidential primary battle with the favorite of the party establishment and an influential Christian leader. A decorated Gulf War Air Force pilot known for speaking his mind, Grace's reputation for voting his own conscience rather than the party line—together with his growing romance with an African-American movie star—has earned him a reputation as a maverick and an iconoclast.

But Grace is still haunted by a tragic mistake buried deep in his past, and his integrity will be put to the test in this most brutal of political contests, in which nothing in his past or present life is off-limits. 

As the pressure of the race intensifies, culminating in a heated showdown at a deadlocked party convention in New York City, Grace must come to terms with his presidential ambitions and decide just how much he's willing to sacrifice in order to achieve them.

Finalist Titles

I Am America (And So Can You!) by Colbert; narrated by Stephen Colbert with Paul Dinello, Kevin Dorff, Greg Hollimon, Evie McGee, David Pasquesi, Allison Silverman, Brian Stack, and Jon Stewart (Hachette Audio)

Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi; narrated by Edward Herrmann and abridged by Jesse Boggs (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan; narrated by Eric Conger (HarperAudio)

The Terror by Dan Simmons; narrated by Simon Vance (Hachette Audio)

Achievement In Production

Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls

by Yuri Rasovsky

Narrated by Phil Proctor, Simon Templeman, Moira Quirk, Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres, Robertson Dean, and W. Morgan Sheppard
 (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

According to legend, Sweeney Todd had his barber shop at number 186 Fleet Street, next door to St. Dunstan's Church, just a few blocks away from the Royal Courts of Justice. On this site, they say, he robbed and murdered more than 150 customers. To dispose of their remains, he carried them through underground tunnels to the bakery of one Mrs. Lovett a few blocks away, where they supplied the stuffing for her meat pies, the favorite mid-day repast of the lawyers who worked nearby and got their shaves from Sweeney Todd. The man you lunched with yesterday could be your lunch today!

The story first appeared in 1846 as a best-selling "penny dreadful", a sensational thriller published in installments. Before the final chapters even had a chance to hit the stands, the first stage version was packing them in at the Royal Britannia Saloon. Since then, there have been numerous stage and literary versions of the story.

Finalist Titles

Dune by Frank Herbert; narrated by Scott Brick, Simon Vance and a full cast (Macmillan Audio)

Inspired By…The Bible Experience: Old Testament by Media Group; narrated by Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, et al (Zondervan Publishing)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; narrated By Jeff Woodman (Scholastic Audio)

Radio Theatre's Amazing Grace by Paul McCusker and Dave Arnold; narrated by Robert Lindsay, David Oyelowo, Chris Larkin, Sir Donald Sinden, Martin Jarvis, Laura-Michelle Kelly, and a full cast (Focus on the Family/Tyndale House)

Audio Drama

Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls

by Yuri Rasovsky

Narrated by Phil Proctor, Simon Templeman, Moira Quirk, Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres, Robertson Dean, and W. Morgan Sheppard
 (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

According to legend, Sweeney Todd had his barber shop at number 186 Fleet Street, next door to St. Dunstan's Church, just a few blocks away from the Royal Courts of Justice. On this site, they say, he robbed and murdered more than 150 customers. To dispose of their remains, he carried them through underground tunnels to the bakery of one Mrs. Lovett a few blocks away, where they supplied the stuffing for her meat pies, the favorite mid-day repast of the lawyers who worked nearby and got their shaves from Sweeney Todd. The man you lunched with yesterday could be your lunch today!

The story first appeared in 1846 as a best-selling "penny dreadful", a sensational thriller published in installments. Before the final chapters even had a chance to hit the stands, the first stage version was packing them in at the Royal Britannia Saloon. Since then, there have been numerous stage and literary versions of the story.

Finalist Titles

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale; narrated by Laura Credidio (Full Cast Audio) 

Radio Theatre's Amazing Grace by Paul McCusker and Dave Arnold; narrated by Robert Lindsay, David Oyelowo, Chris Larkin, Sir Donald Sinden, Martin Jarvis, Laura-Michelle Kelly, and a full cast (Focus on the Family/Tyndale House)

Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein; narrated by David Baker (Full Cast Audio)

Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene; narrated by Sean Barrett (FamilyAudioLibrary.com) 

Audiobook Adapted from Another Medium

The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas Collection 11

by Various Authors

Narrated by Jason Alexander, Stan Freberg, Kate Jackson, Stacy Keach, Hal Sparks, Mike Starr, Blair Underwood, and Fred Willard (Blackstone Audio Inc.)

Experience one of television’s greatest science fiction series: The Twilight Zone. This collection of episodes is fully dramatized for audio and features a full cast, music, sound effects, and narration by some of today’s biggest celebrities.

Adapted from original scripts written for the television show created by Rod Serling that aired from 1959 to 1965, these radio dramas were contemporized and expanded to accommodate a radio format. Serling's widow, Carol Serling, praised the radio adaptations, calling them "truly astounding."

Finalist Titles

Douglas Adams Live written and read by Douglas Adams (Phoenix Books/Audio, Inc/Digital Village Production)

Selected Shorts: Pets! by T.C. Boyle, Robertson Davies, Molly Giles, Gail Godwin, Ana Mendez, and Max Steele; narrated by Jane Curtin, Jacqueline Kim, Charles Keating, Kate Burton, Isaiah Sheffer, and Paul Hecht (Symphony Space)

Selected Shorts: Wartime Lives by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein; narrated by Johnny Heller (Recorded Books)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me by NPR; narrated by Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell, and various celebrity guests (HighBridge Audio)

Biography/Memoir

Einstein: His Life and Universe

by Walter Isaacson

Narrated by Edward Herrmann 
(Simon & Schuster Audio)

Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk, a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate, became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.

Finalist Titles

My Lobotomy by Howard Dully and Charles Fleming; narrated by Johnny Heller (Tantor Media)

Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis; narrated by Holter Graham (HarperAudio)

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson; narrated by Bill Bryson (HarperAudio)

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound by Mick Brown; narrated by Ray Porter (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Business Information/Educational

Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear

by Dr. Frank Luntz

Narrated by Dr. Frank Luntz and L.J. Ganser
 (Hyperion Audiobooks)

The nation's premier communications expert shares his wisdom on how the words we choose can change the course of business, of politics, and of life in this country. In Words That Work, Luntz offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the tactical use of words and phrases affects what we buy, who we vote for, and even what we believe in. With chapters like "The 10 Rules of Successful Communication" and "The 21 Words and Phrases for the 21st Century", he examines how choosing the right words is essential.

If you've ever wanted to talk your way out of a traffic ticket or talk your way into a raise, this audiobook's for you.

Finalist Titles

The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly; narrated by David Slavin (Hyperion Audiobooks)

The House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler; narrated by Alan Sklar (Tantor Media)

How to Get to the Top written and read by Jeffrey Fox (Macmillan Audio)   

The Tao of Warren Buffett by Mary Buffett and David Clark; narrated by Anna Fields (Tantor Media)

Do You! by Russell Simmons with Chris Morrow; narrated by Black Ice (Penguin Audio)

Children's Titles for Ages 8-11

Clementine

by Sara Pennypacker

Narrated by Jessica Almasy (Recorded Books, LLC)

When her best friend and neighbor, Margaret, comes to her with a problem, Clementine goes to many lengths to help her friend. This sets off a rollicking adventure-filled week that finds Clementine getting into and out of further trouble, while learning valuable life lessons.

In Clementine, Sara Pennypacker has created a precocious red-headed third-grader who will be instantly loved by young audiences.

Finalist Titles

The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper by Jean van Leeuwen; narrated by Daniel Bostick (Full Cast Audio)

Rosa written and read by Nikki Giovanni (Weston Woods Studios)

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; narrated by Rupert Degas (HarperAudio)

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt; narrated by Joel Johnstone (Scholastic Audio)

Children's Titles for Ages 12+

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

by L.A. Meyer

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren 
(Listen & Live Audio)

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.

There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life...if only she doesn't get caught.

Finalist Titles

InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves; narrated by Christopher Evan Welch (HarperAudio)

A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass; narrated by Danielle Ferland (Recorded Books, LLC)

M is for Magic written and read by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

Slam by Nick Hornby; narrated by Nicholas Hoult (Penguin Audio)

Children's Titles for Ages Up To 8

More About Paddington

by Michael Bond

Narrated by Stephen Fry
 (Harper Children's Audio)

Paddington Bear becomes a celebrity when he takes portraits of the Brown family with a very old camera. Thanks to the unique results, a local shop puts the photos on display. And that's just the first adventure this extraordinary bear finds himself in.

It's a good thing for lots of reasons that bears like Paddington are rare. Whether it is his attempts at home decorating, detective work, or photography, the bear from Darkest Peru causes his own special brand of chaos. 

Finalist Titles

In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden written and read by Jack Prelutsky (HarperAudio) 

Goodnight Hawaiian Moon by Dr. Carolan; narrated by Amy Hanaialii Gilliom (Banana Patch Press)

Ogre in a Toga written and read by Geoffrey McSkimming (Bolinda Publishing, Inc.)

The One and Only Shrek! by William Steig; narrated by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci (Macmillan Audio) 

Classics

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Narrated by Alfred Molina
 (Random House Audio/Listening Library)

Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver.

Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, this is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike. And as David Cordingly points out in his afterward, Treasure Island is also the best and most influential of all pirate stories.

Finalist Titles

1984 by George Orwell; narrated by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London; narrated by John Lee (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; narrated by Jay O. Sanders (Scholastic Audio)

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; narrated by Tom Hollander with introduction by Anthony Burgess (HarperAudio) 

Fiction

Tallgrass

by Sandra Dallas

Narrated by Lorelei King (Macmillan Audio)

During Word War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers.

This is her town as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things. 

Finalist Titles

Exile by Richard North Patterson; narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris (Macmillan Audio)

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs; narrated by Carrington MacDuffie (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney; narrated by Sally Armstrong and Adam Sims (Ulverscroft Group/Isis Publishing)

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell; narrated by Anne Flosnick (Blackstone Audio. Inc.)

Humor

I Am America (And So Can You!)

by Stephen Colbert

Narrated by Stephen Colbert with Paul Dinello, Kevin Dorff, Greg Hollimon, Evie McGee, David Pasquesi, Amy Sedaris, Allison Silverman, Brian Stack, and Jon Stewart
 (Hachette Audio)

Stephen Colbert stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it.

Stephen fears America has lost its balls and he hopes to re-ballify us...even the ladies. Ladies can have balls: lady-balls too. Stephen likes to call those "Thatchers". Stephen will show how he got his mammoth swinging sack with tales of courage and vital documents from his own life, including the Mother's Day card he made at age six, disputed credit-card bills, and putt-putt score cards—all the major milestones.

Finalist Titles

Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings written and read by Tyler Perry (Penguin Audio)

Our Dumb World written and read by The Onion (Hachette Audio)

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein; narrated by Johnny Heller (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set by David Sedaris; narrated by David Sedaris with Amy Sedaris and Ann Magnuson (Hachette Audio) 

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction

River Rising

by Athol Dickson

Narrated by Dion Graham (Recorded Books, LLC)

Welcome to Pilotville, Louisiana, 1927, an isolated outpost on the Mississippi River—a stilt village bounded by swampland to the horizon, accessible only by boat, an island of brotherly love in a sea of racism. Meet Hale Poser, a stranger with a bad hip who's come looking for his roots. He's a humble man, a righteous man, a miracle man.

In the swamp beyond the cypress and the tupelo, and veiled by Spanish moss, lies a lingering evil. For years it slept in dreadful isolation. Now comes Hale Poser, and it will sleep no more. It will rain down on Pilotville, it will rise up like a river, and nothing but a miracle can stop this awful flood.

Finalist Titles

Ever After by Karen Kingsbury; narrated by Kathy Garver (Zondervan Publishing)

Not Easily Broken by T.D. Jakes; narrated by Tracey Leigh (BBC Audiobooks America)

The Penny by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford; narrated by Ellen Archer (Hachette Audio)

Renovating Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck; narrated by Johanna Parker (Recorded Books, LLC) 

Inspirational/Spiritual

Inspired by...The Bible Experience: (Old Testament)

by Media Group

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

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 values.

Finalist Titles

Ana's Story written and read by Jenna Bush (HarperAudio)

Anger written and read by Gary Chapman (Oasis Audio)

Finding Home written and read by Jim Daly (Oasis Audio)

The Great Omission by Dallas Willard; narrated by Grover Gardner (ChristianAudio)

Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene; narrated by Sean Barrett (FamilyAudioLibrary.com)

Literary Fiction

Tree of Smoke: A Novel

by Denis Johnson

Narrated by Will Patton 
(Macmillan Audio)

This is the story of  "Skip" Sands—CIA spy-in-training, engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong—and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel. 

This is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war in which the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. 

Finalist Titles

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy; narrated by Richard Poe (Recorded Books)

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai; narrated by Meera Simhan (Penguin Audio)

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett; narrated by Josephine Bailey (Tantor Media, Inc.)

The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon; narrated by Peter Riegert (HarperAudio) 

Multi-Voiced Performance

Inspired by...The Bible Experience: (Old Testament)

by Media Group

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

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 values.

Finalist Titles

Dune by Frank Herbert; narrated by Scott Brick, Simon Vance, and a full cast (Macmillan Audio)

I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert; narrated by Stephen Colbert with Paul Dinello, Kevin Dorff, Greg Hollimon, Evie McGee, David Pasquesi, Allison Silverman, Brian Stack, and Jon Stewart (Hachette Audio)

The Word of Promise...New Testament Audio Bible by Thomas Nelson, Inc.; narrated by a full cast (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

Hollowville by Mary Jane Hansen; narrated by Bruce Dern (NYS Theatre Institute) 

Mystery

The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Will Patton 
(Simon & Schuster Audio)

Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, bodies float through the streets and hang from trees, and every drug dealer, murderer, and rapist is out taking advantage of the desperate lawlessness that holds the city captive.

In the midst of it all is Dave Robicheaux, doing his best to help regulate the post-Katrina madness, all the while on a dogged search for a pair of dangerous fugitives, a dope-addicted, fallen priest, and a vigilante insurance salesman who takes his family's protection too far. This promises to be the most taxing and emotional case Robicheaux has had to work.

Finalist Titles

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny; narrated by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio Inc.)

Hollywood Station by Joseph Wambaugh; narrated by Adam Grupper (Hachette Audio)

Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger; narrated by Buck Schirmer (Brilliance Audio)

Up in Honey's Room by Elmore Leonard; narrated by Arliss Howard (HarperAudio)

Narration by the Author or Authors

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

by Garrison Keillor

Narrated by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)

In Lake Wobegon lives a good Lutheran lady who wishes for her ashes placed inside a bowling ball and dropped into the lake, no prayers, no hymns, thank you very much. Meanwhile, a wedding between a veterinary aromatherapist and her boyfriend Brent is set to take place aboard a pontoon boat. 

Then a delegation of renegade Lutheran pastors from Denmark come to town on their tour of America—their punishment for having denied the divinity of Jesus. And then there is Raoul of the cigars and tinted shades, come to visit his elderly lover. All is in readiness for the wedding—the French champagne, the flying Elvis, the giant duck decoys—until something quite unexpected happens...

Finalist Titles

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver; narrated by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, and Steven L. Hopp (HarperAudio)

Here If You Need Me written and read by Kate Braestrup (Hachette Audio)

Michael Tolliver Lives written and read by Armistead Maupin (HarperAudio)

Neverwhere written and read by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

The Traveler written and read by Ron McLarty (Recorded Books, LLC)

Non-Fiction

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

by Alex Haley

Narrated by Avery Brooks 
(BBC Audiobooks America)

It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America.

As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the African—Kunta Kinte—as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767.

Finalist Titles

Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus; narrated by Ray Porter (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Hyperion Audiobooks)

Endurance by Alfred Lansing; narrated by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Jesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby Spong; narrated by Alan Sklar (HarperAudio) 

Original Work

Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls

by Yuri Rasovsky

Narrated by Phil Proctor, Simon Templeman, Moira Quirk, Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres, Robertson Dean, and W. Morgan Sheppard
 (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

According to legend, Sweeney Todd had his barber shop at number 186 Fleet Street, next door to St. Dunstan's Church, just a few blocks away from the Royal Courts of Justice. On this site, they say, he robbed and murdered more than 150 customers. To dispose of their remains, he carried them through underground tunnels to the bakery of one Mrs. Lovett a few blocks away, where they supplied the stuffing for her meat pies, the favorite mid-day repast of the lawyers who worked nearby and got their shaves from Sweeney Todd. The man you lunched with yesterday could be your lunch today!

The story first appeared in 1846 as a best-selling "penny dreadful", a sensational thriller published in installments. Before the final chapters even had a chance to hit the stands, the first stage version was packing them in at the Royal Britannia Saloon. Since then, there have been numerous stage and literary versions of the story.

Finalist Titles

The Chopin Manuscript by various authors; narrated by Alfred Molina (International Thriller Writers)

Hollowville by Mary Jane Hansen, with music composed by Will Severin; narrated by Bruce Dern (NYS Theatre Institute)

Hurricane Katrina by Pamela F. Pipes; narrated by Pamela F. Pipes and others (Tours BaYou, LLC)

Sunday Mornings in Plains written and read by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster Audio) 

Package Design

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by Jim Dale (Random House/Listening Library)

"'Give me Harry Potter,' said Voldemort's voice, 'and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded.'"

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin—Harry must stand and face his enemy...

Finalist Titles

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

Speak in a Week—Latin American Spanish Street Smart by Linton H. Robinson, M.F. Jones-Reid, and Charlene Lopez; narrated by Robert Moutal (Penton Overseas)

The Christmas Hope Collection by Donna Van Liere; narrated by various narrators including Paul Michael, Oliver Wyman, and Donna VanLiere (Macmillan Audio)

The One and Only Shrek! by William Steig; narrated by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci (Macmillan Audio)

Personal Development/Motivational

Fit to Live: The 5-Point Plan to Be Lean, Strong, and Fearless for Life

by Pamela Peeke M.D.

Narrated by Pamela Peeke M.D. (Macmillan Audio)

The New York Times best-selling author Dr. Pamela Peeke helps listeners trim their waists, shed pounds, and lengthen their lives in her witty, tough-love, functional fitness, and lifestyle plan.

Fit to Live offers listeners an active health/lifestyle assessment: How many pushups can they do in 2 minutes? How many servings of processed foods did they eat today? Peeke translates those results into research-based predictions of listeners' long-term prognoses and helps readers gauge just how much fat—mental, nutritional, physical, financial, environmental—to cut from their toxic lifestyles to become Fit to Live. Showing how these five core areas intertwine, Peeke offers bottom-line strategies to adapt and adjust to life's stresses; get a stronger, leaner body; enjoy greater financial security; and create a healthier living space.

Finalist Titles

From the Heart written and read by Robin Roberts (Hyperion Audiobooks)

Giving written and read by Bill Clinton (Random House Audio)

Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out written and read by Mariel Hemingway (HarperAudio)

Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote; narrated by Patrick Lawlor (Tantor Media)

Romance

Natural Born Charmer

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Narrated by Anna Fields 
(HarperAudio)

Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. 

First introduced in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way, he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows. Blue has had a string of bad relationships and doesn't want to trust Dean right away. But they wind up living together, along with Dean's troubled half-sister, and learn that families and luck work in mysterious ways.

Finalist Titles

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Morning; narrated by Phil Gigante (BBC Audiobooks America)

Consequences by Penelope Lively; narrated by Josephine Bailey (Tantor Media)

Everlasting by E. Woodiwiss; narrated by Xanthe Elbrick (HarperAudio)

On Tall Pine Lake by Dorothy Garlock; narrated by Anna Fields (Tantor Media)

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas; narrated by Jeannie Stith (Brilliance Audio) 

Science Fiction

Dune

by Frank Herbert

Narrated by Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance, and Ilyana Kadushin

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.

Finalist Titles

The Draco Tavern by Larry Niven; narrated by Tom Weiner (Blackstone Audio Inc.)

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney; narrated by Kristoffer Tabori (Blackstone Audio Inc.)

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson; narrated by Lorna Raver (Tantor Media, Inc.)

Selections from Dreamsongs 1 by George R.R. Martin; narrated by Claudia Black, Mark Bramhall, Scott Brick, Roy Dotrice, Kim Mai Guest, Kirby Heyborne, and Adrian Paul (Random House Audio) 

Short Stories/Collections

20th Century Ghosts

by Joe Hill

Narrated by David Ledoux (HarperAudio)

Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945.

Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town...Francis is unhappy. He was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing...John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead.

The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.

Finalist Titles

Big Country by Louis L'Amour; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Grace Under Fire edited by Andrew Carroll; narrated by Patrick Lawlor (Tantor Media)

Growing Up Ethnic in America by various authors; narrated by a full cast (Penguin Audio)

Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker by Marion Meade; narrated by Lorna Raver (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

Solo Narration—Female

Tallgrass

by Sandra Dallas

Narrated by Lorelei King (Macmillan Audio)

During Word War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers. 

This is her town as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things. 

Finalist Titles

The Blood of Flowers by Amirrezvani; narrated by Shohreh Aghdashloo (Hachette Audio)

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley; narrated by Janeane Garofalo (Hachette Audio)

Taking Flight written and read by Adriana Sevan (L.A. Theatre Works)

The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery; narrated by Barbara Caruso (HighBridge) 

Solo Narration—Male

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by Jim Dale
 (Random House Audio/Listening Library)

"'Give me Harry Potter,' said Voldemort's voice, 'and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded.'"

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin—Harry must stand and face his enemy...

Finalist Titles

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; narrated by Jay O. Sanders (HarperAudio/Caedmon)

The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Hyperion Audiobooks)

The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz; narrated by John Lee (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

Spanish Language

Malinche: Una Novela

by Laura Esquivel

Narrated by Lucia Mendez (FonoLibro, Inc.)

When Malinalli, a member of the tribe conquered by the Aztec warriors, first meets Cortes, she, like many, believes that he is the reincarnated forefather god of her tribe. Naturally, she assumes that her task is to help Cortes destroy the Aztec empire and free her people. The two fall passionately in love, but Malinalli gradually comes to realize that Cortes' thirst for conquest is all too human. He is willing to destroy anyone, even his own men, even their own love.

Throughout Mexican history, Malinalli has been reviled for her betrayal of the Indian people. However, recent historical research has shown that her role was much more complex; she was the mediator between two cultures, Hispanic and Native American, and two languages, Spanish and Nahuatl.

Finalist Titles

20 Mil Leguas de Viaje Submarino (20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) by Jules Verne; narrated by a full cast (FonoLibro, Inc.)

El Zahir (The Zahir) by Paulo Coelho; narrated by a full cast (FonoLibro, Inc.)

Ines del Alma Mia (Ines of My Soul) written and read by Isabel Varas (FonoLibro, Inc.)

La Isla del Tesoro (Treasure Island) by Robert Louis Stevenson; narrated by a full cast (FonoLibro, Inc.) 

Thriller/Suspense

Heart-Shaped Box

by Joe Hill

Narrated by Stephen Lang (HarperAudio)

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is widely known. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts: of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

Finalist Titles

Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (HarperAudio)

The Judas Strain by James Rollins; narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez (HarperAudio)

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay; narrated by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Audio)

The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva; narrated by Phil Gigante (Brilliance Audio)

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman; narrated by Linda Emond (HarperAudio) 

Hall of Fame Award

The Secret

by Rhonda Byrne

Narrated by Rhonda Byrne

It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. It has been understood by some of the most prominent people in history: Plato, Galileo, Beethoven, Edison, Carnegie, and Einstein, along with other renowned inventors, theologians, scientists, and great thinkers.For the first time, all the pieces of the Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life transforming for all who experience it.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Linda Olsen and Grady Hesters, Audio Editions

Audio Editions CEO Grady Hesters and Company President Linda Olsen, were pioneers in the field of audio publishing and have been in the business for over 30 years. Grady and Linda typified the entrepreneurial spirit of the audiobook industry. They have been recognized as innovators who have played a vital role in establishing audiobooks as a viable retail product.