DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady

by L.A. Meyer

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Since having her true gender unmasked, Jacky Faber, erstwhile crew member of the H.M.S. Dolphins, has been dropped off in Boston, where she discovers that pirates have nothing on the girls at her elite school when it comes to nastiness. But Jacky's wanton ways soon have her out of classes and into trouble. 

Taking up with a drunken musician to earn money performing in taverns, the irrepressible Jacky rolls from one adventure to another as she attempts to get back to her ship, where her true love awaits. 

AUDIO DRAMA

The Odyssey

by Homer

Narrated by Tim McInnerny, Amanda Redman, and a full cast (BBC Audiobooks America)

One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. 

The tale of Odysseus' encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics.

Finalist Titles

Jack's Last Call by Patrick Fenton; narrated by Len Cariou and a full cast (SueMedia Productions)

Secret Order by Bob Clyman; narrated by George Segal, Will McCormack, Angela Goethals, and Richard Schiff (L.A. Theatre Works)

Sun Moon Stars Rain by Jan Cheripko; narrated by Spencer Murphy (Full Cast Audio)

Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien; narrated by Michael Hordern and a full cast (BBC Audiobooks America)

AUDIOBOOK ADAPTATION

English Majors: A Comedy Collection for the Highly Literate

by Garrison Keillor


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

Hosted by English major Garrison Keillor, who helpfully exposes the M.F.A. as a tool of organized crime in his Guy Noir parody, the performances are full of satirical yet elite references to American literature, ranging from Hawthorne to Whitman to Kerouc. 

With guest appearances from Allen Ginsberg, Meryl Streep, and more, and including a Six-Minute Hamlet and a Ten-Minute Macbeth, this collection for all who remember their English classes will have you laughing and feeling smart at the same time. 

Finalist Titles

Branded Outlaw by L. Ron Hubbard; narrated by R.F Daley, et al. (Galaxy Press)

Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund; narrated by Todd McLaren (Tantor Media)

King for Kids by Martin Luther King Jr., Edited by Clayborne Carson; narrated by Martin Luther King Jr. and a full cast (Hachette Audio)

Selected Shorts: For Better and For Worse by Sherman Alexie, et al.; narrated by Keir Dullea, et al. (Symphony Space) 

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

The Last Lecture

by Randy Pausch

Narrated by Erik Singer (HyperionAudio)

Having been recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, computer science professor Randy Pausch was asked to give a final lecture that would encapsulate the life's wisdom he wanted to pass on. The lecture became a phenomenon, inspiring millions with its lucid insight and optimism. It was so successful that Randy decided to devote his limited time to expanding this legacy into book form. 

By turns humorous, wistful, and passionate, Randy reflects on the influential experiences and people in his life as he conveys his message about following your dreams and encouraging the dreams of others, overcoming obstacles, and enjoying the gifts of the present moment, reminding us that "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think".

Finalist Titles

Black Wave by John and Jean Silverwood with Malcolm McConnell; narrated by Carrington MacDuffie and Joe Barrett (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Legs are the Last to Go written and read by Diahann Carroll (HarperAudio)

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan; narrated by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica; narrated by Dan John Miller (Brilliance Audio) 

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

The Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness

by Jeffrey Gitomer

Narrated by Jeffrey Gitomer (Simon & Schuster Audio)

People don't like to be sold to, but they love to buy. Understanding how and why they buy is the only important thing a salesperson needs to know, argues Jeffrey Gitomer. 

In this fun and accessible sales manual, Gitomer presents a philosophy of selling that has nothing to do with manipulative tactics and everything to do with long-term relationship-building and ethics. Succinct, witty, and enthusiastic, he offers practical solutions for typical selling complaints while making his case that the best salesperson is the one with genuine passion for the job.

Finalist Titles

Awakening the Entrepreneur Within written and read by Michael E. Gerber (HarperAudio)

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing written and read by Mignon Fogarty (Macmillan Audio)

Mastering the Seven Decisions written and read by Andy Andrews (Oasis Audio)

Stirring it Up written and read by Gary Hirshberg (Hyperion Audio)

The Uprising by David Sirota; narrated by Lloyd James (Tantor Media) 

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small


by James Herriot

Narrated by Jim Dale (Macmillan Audio)

James Herriot was a veterinarian who worked with farm animals in the English countryside. In this new complete edition, all eight of Herriot's delightful animal tales are brought together for young readers to enjoy. Filled with charming true anecdotes about unforgettable creatures and the people who love them, this collection will give readers of all ages a taste of country life at its best.

From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories―radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown―are perennial favorites. Taken together, these stories comprise a wondrous Herriot menagerie, a family treasure that will be passed, with joy and affection, from generation to generation.

Finalist Titles

Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners) by Laurie Keller; narrated by Jack Sundrud, Galen Fott, Rusty Young, David de Vries, Diana Canova, and others (Weston Woods Studios)

Hip Hop Speaks to Children written and read by Nikki Giovanni (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)

The Shoe Bird by Samuel Jones; narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

What Do You Do with a Kangaroo? by Mercer Mayer; narrated by Jane Casserly (Scholastic Audio) 

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

Finalist Titles

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine; narrated by Sarah Naughton (Full Cast Audio)

Nation by Terry Pratchett; narrated by Stephen Briggs (HarperAudio)

One-Handed Catch by M.J. Auch; narrated by Ryan Sparkes (Full Cast Audio)

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden; narrated by Tony Shalhoub (Macmillan Audio)

CLASSIC

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

Pip, raised by a humble blacksmith, and Estella, adopted by the wealthy Miss Havisham. Driven half-mad years earlier by her lover's departure on their wedding day, Miss Havisham plays the children against one another, training Estella to tempt Pip with her beauty while rejecting him for his poverty. 

Pip grows up tormented by an impossible love for Estella, until he learns that an anonymous benefactor expects to make him his heir. Sure that he is now to become a person of worth, he sets off to London to realize his "great expectations"—only to learn that the good character he was raised with makes him far richer than Estella.

Finalist Titles

Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut; narrated by Jonathan Davis (Audible, Inc.) 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; narrated by Grover Gardner (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Count of Monte Crisco by Alexandre Dumas; narrated by John Lee (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; narrated by Simon Vance (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

FICTION

Duma Key: A Novel

by Stephen King

Narrated by John Slattery (Simon & Schuster Audio)

In the wake of a terrible accident, Edgar has lost everything: his arm, his marriage, his successful business. Even his memory has lost its coherence. Full of rage and suicidal thoughts, his psychologists suggests he leave his life behind and take up an old hobby. 

On the remote, hauntingly beautiful coastal outpost of Duma Key, Edgar begins to draw and paint, recreating himself and his world from scratch. But the forces he unleashes through his art have a power that he cannot control. 

Finalist Titles

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult; narrated by Danielle Ferland, Jim Frangione, Jenny Ikeda, Stafford Clarke-Price, and Nicole Poole (Recorded Books)

Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer; narrated by Roger Allam (Macmillan Audio)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows; narrated by a full cast (Books on Tape)

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry; narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan (HarperAudio) 

History

Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age

by Arthur Herman

Narrated by John Curless (Recorded Books)

On opposite sides of the struggle for Indian independence stood two charismatic, forceful figures whose similarities were as fateful as their differences. Both were idealists whose elite backgrounds and conceptions of masculine heroism fed their visions of the moral superiority of their respective countries. Each saw himself as a figurehead for the forces of history, which would inevitably lead to a triumphant future for his homeland. 

But the forces of history, while powerfully influenced by both men, would ultimately elude them both. 

Finalist Titles

Pictures at a Revolution by Mark Harris; narrated by Lloyd James (Tantor Media)

The Bloody Shirt by Stephen Budiansky; narrated by Phil Gigante (Brilliance Audio)

The Ghost Mountain Boys by James Campbell; narrated by Stephen Hoye (Tantor Media)

The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed; narrated by Karen White (Tantor Media)

HUMOR

The Learners

by Chip Kidd

Narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

A young graphic designer fresh out of college in the summer of 1961, Happy has just landed his first job at a wacky advertising firm filled with eccentric creative artists. Everything is going great until Happy is assigned to design a newspaper ad recruiting participants for an experiment in the Yale Psychology Department. Happy can't resist responding to the ad himself. 

Little does he know that the experience will devastate him, forcing a reexamination of his past, his soul, and the nature of human cruelty—chiefly his own.

Finalist Titles

When You Are Engulfed in Flames written and read by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)

Atomic Lobster by Tim Dorsey; narrated by Oliver Wyman (HarperAudio)

Martin Misunderstood by Karin Slaughter; narrated by Wayne Knight (BBC Audiobooks America)

Me of Little Faith written and read by Lewis Black (Penguin Audio) 

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

Prague Counterpoint: The Zion Covenant Series, Book 2

by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Narrated by Sean Barrett (FamilyAudioLibrary.com)

In Vienna Prelude, Elisa Lindheim risked her life helping others escape pre-World War II Austria. The climactic ending finds her safely in Czechoslovakia, but not for long. A million other lives are endangered, and she cannot still their silent cry for help.She had escaped the Nazi terror, but a nation's priceless treasures were compelling her to return.

Now, in Prague Counterpoint, Elisa watches in horror as Hitler's forces sweep through her beloved Vienna and he directs his ambition toward the takeover of Czechoslovakia. As Europe slides irrevocably toward the brink of war, Elisa is torn between the Underground's lofty political goals and the safety of two little boys. And throughout it all, her heart yearns for John. Will she ever see him again?

Finalist Titles

Adam by Ted Dekker; narrated by Tim Gregory (Oasis Audio)

John by Niall Williams; narrated by Nicholas Bell (Bolinda Audio)

The Shack by William P. Young; narrated by Roger Mueller (Oasis Audio)

The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith; narrated by Lizan Mitchell (Recorded Books) 

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

The Word of Promise Next Generation: New Testament

by Nelson Bibles

Narrated by Sean Astin, Codey Linley, AnnaSophia Robb, Jordin Sparks, et al.
 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

The Word of Promise: Next Generation is much more than just a word-for-word reading: it’s an all-star cast performing audio drama with a rich original score and Hollywood special effects. When Jesus walks on the water, kids will feel like they’re in the boat. 

When Peter waits in the courtyard during the Lord’s trial, the fire will crackle. The ambient sounds of the Holy land, the breath-taking musical score, the world-class young actors and the timeless Word of Promise all combine to deliver an unparalleled achievement.

Finalist Titles

Abraham Lincoln by Joe Wheeler; narrated by Grover Gardner (Oasis Audio)

Life Beyond Measure written and read by Sidney Poitier (HarperAudio)

Mother Teresa, Come By My Light by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C.; narrated by Paul Smith and Sherry Kennedy-Brownrigg (St. Anthony Messenger Press)

The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson, John Sherill, and Elizabeth Sherill; narrated by Paul Michael (Christianaudio) 

JUDGES' AWARD

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America

by Thomas L. Friedman

Narrated by Oliver Wyman (Macmillan Audio)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman speaks to America's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America.

Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world's middle class through globalization have produced a dangerously unstable planet-one that is "hot, flat, and crowded." The challenge of a sustainable way of life presents the United States with an opportunity not only to rebuild its economy, but to lead the world in radically innovating toward cleaner energy. And it could inspire Americans to something we haven't seen in a long time-nation-building in America-by summoning the intelligence, creativity, and concern for the common good that are our greatest national resources.

Finalist Titles

Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid; narrated by Arthur Morey (Brilliance Audio) 

Mike's Election Guide written and read by Michael Moore (Hachette Audio)

The War Within by Bob Woodward; narrated by Boyd Gaines (Simon & Schuster Audio) 

The Way of the World by Ron Suskind; narrated by Alan Sklar (HarperAudio) 

LITERARY FICTION

Elmer Gantry

by Sinclair Lewis


Narrated by Anthony Heald (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Today universally recognized as a landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry scandalized readers when it was first published, causing Sinclair Lewis to be "invited" to a jail cell in New Hampshire and to his own lynching in Virginia.

Elmer Gantry is a greedy, shallow, and philandering Baptist minister who discovers that he has a gift for evangelist preaching. As the silver-tongued preacher rises to ever greater power within the church, eventually heading a large Methodist congregation, he continues to live a life of hypocrisy and self-indulgence. Although often exposed as a fraud, Gantry is never fully discredited. 

A landmark in American literature, Elmer Gantry has been called the greatest, most vital, and most penetrating study of hypocrisy that has been written since Voltaire.

Finalist Titles

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky; narrated by Anthony Heald (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie; narrated by Firdous Bamji (Recorded Books)

Lush Life by Richard Price; narrated by Bobby Cannavale (Macmillan Audio)

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga; narrated by John Lee (Tantor Media) 

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

Mudbound

by Hillary Jordan

Narrated by Joey Collins, Peter Jay Fernandez, Kate Forbes, Ezra Knight, Brenday Pressley, and Tom Stechschulte
 (Recorded Books)

When Laura McAllan, an educated Memphis belle, moves to her husband's cotton farm in rural Mississippi, she finds it hard to adjust to her new lifestyle. As she struggles to raise her children properly despite the racist influence of her father-in-law and neighbors, she befriends Florence Jackson, the wife of one of their black tenants. 

Into the mix come two young World War II veterans returning to work the land: Jamie, Laura's charming brother-in-law, still haunted by memories of war; and Ronsel, Florence's son, who finds that his war hero status quickly evaporates in the Jim Crow culture of his homeland. When the two young men form a deep friendship, tensions mount into inevitable tragedy. 

Finalist Titles

Family Audio Bible by HarperAudio; narrated by Dick Cavett, Marsha Mason, Andrew McCarthy, Martha Plimpton, and Tom Wopat (HarperAudio)

The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich; narrated by Peter Francis James and Kathleen McInerney (HarperAudio)

The Word of Promise Next Generation: New Testament by Nelson Bibles; narrated by Sean Astin, Codey Linley, AnnaSophia Robb, Jordin Sparks, et al. (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

MYSTERY

Voice of the Violin: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

by Andrea Camilleri

Narrated by Grover Gardner (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

As the fourth mystery in the internationally bestselling series opens, Montalbano’s gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim's friend Anna, whose charms Montalbano cannot help but appreciate. But it is a mysterious, reclusive violinist who holds the key to the murder.

Montalbano does not disappoint, bringing his compelling mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food to solve another riveting mystery.

Finalist Titles

A Killing Frost by R.D. Wingfield; narrated by Stephen Thorne (Ulverscroft Group, Ltd)

Cross by Ken Bruen; narrated by Gerry O'Brien (Ulverscroft Group, Ltd)

Swan Peak by James Lee Burke; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black; narrated by Timothy Dalton (Macmillan Audio) 

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

by David Sedaris

Narrated by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)

Sedaris's own sardonic delivery enhances each sparkling gem in his new essay collection. Offering his signature droll, slightly skewed perspective on such subjects as death, addiction, and personally humiliating moments, he elevates the common moments of life into high comic art. With samples of live performances included among the studio recordings, this audio collection brings out Sedaris's unique humor at its best.

Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths.  

Finalist Titles

Just Who Will You Be written and read by Maria Shriver (HyperionAudio)

Ladies of Liberty written and read by Cokie Roberts (HarperAudio) Letter to My

Daughter written and read by Maya Angelou (Random House Audio)

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming written and read by Joshilyn Jackson (Hachette Audio) 

NON-FICTION

Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America


by Thomas Friedman

Narrated by Oliver Wyman (Macmillan Audio)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman speaks to America's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America.

Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world's middle class through globalization have produced a dangerously unstable planet-one that is "hot, flat, and crowded." The challenge of a sustainable way of life presents the United States with an opportunity not only to rebuild its economy, but to lead the world in radically innovating toward cleaner energy. And it could inspire Americans to something we haven't seen in a long time-nation-building in America-by summoning the intelligence, creativity, and concern for the common good that are our greatest national resources.

Finalist Titles

Abraham Lincoln by Joe Wheeler; narrated by Grover Gardner (Oasis Audio)

Buying In by Rob Walker; narrated by Robert Fass (BBC Audiobooks America)

Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh; narrated by Reg Rogers (HarperAudio)

Out of Mao's Shadows by Philip P. Pan; narrated by David Colacci (Tantor Media)

ORIGINAL WORK

Louis Vuitton Soundwalk, China: Beijing

by Stephan Crasneanscki

Narrated by Gong Li (Soundwalk)

Actress Gong Li takes us into a Bejing long past in this nostalgic journey that blurs history, memory, and fiction. As she takes us on a guided tour of the city, the winding streets become the stage for her tale of tragic love in a time of war and her own youth as a drama student. 

Using ambient sound, story, and picturesque descriptions of real places, the Louis Vuitton Soundwalk is a highly original and personal way to get to know a city, designed to be listened to as you are walking through it or as a rich armchair journey to an exotic place. 

Finalist Titles

Brainstorm by Mariette DiChristina; narrated by William Dufris (Macmillan Audio)

Many Things Invisible written and read by Carrington MacDuffie (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Metatropolis by John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, and Karl Schroeder; narrated by Michael Hogan, Alessandro Juliani, Kandyse McClure, Scott Brick, and Stefan Rudnicki (Audible, Inc.)

Sugar Pop Thoughts written and read by Shayna Lance (CoolBeat Audiobooks)

The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer by Falcon Picture Group; narrated by Stacy Keach (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

PACKAGE DESIGN

The Founding Fathers

by Arthur M. Schlesinger

Narrated by Ira Claffey and Richard Rohan (Macmillan Audio)

George Washington by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn: From his lasting foreign and economic policies to his polarizing denunciation of political parties and his public silence about slavery.

John Adams by John Patrick Diggins: Perhaps no U.S. president was less suited for the practice of politics than John Adams. 

Thomas Jefferson by Joyce Appleby: Few presidents embody the American spirit as fully as Thomas Jefferson.

James Madison by Gary Wills: The eternal conundrum about James Madison is why, when he became chief executive, did he steer the ship of state with such an unsteady hand?

Finalist Titles

Behind the Wheel written and read by Mark Frobose (Macmillan Audio)

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden; narrated by Tony Shalhoub (Macmillan Audio)

The Story of Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky; narrated by Yadu (Maestro Classics/Magic Maestro Music)

Under the Black Ensign by L. Ron Hubbard; narrated by a full cast (Galaxy Press)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

You Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty

by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz

Narrated by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Most of us think of aging as beyond our control. But new research into how and why the body ages reveals that many of the factors that contribute to our physical decline are much more manageable than we might think. Physicians Oz and Roizen explain the functioning of the biological systems that age us and how we can reprogram them to work like they did when we were younger. 

Full of practical action steps and fascinating information on the intelligence of the human body, this "owner's manual" brims with optimism-which is, itself, another anti-aging remedy. 

Finalist Titles

A Whole New Mind written and read by Daniel Pink (Audible, Inc.)

Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline; narrated by Marci Shimoff (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Intellectual Devotional by David Kidder and Noah Oppenheim; narrated by Oliver Wyman and Helen Litchfeld (Macmillan Audio)

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch; narrated by Erik Singer (HyperionAudio)

What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage by Amy Sutherland; narrated by Hillary Huber (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

ROMANCE

The Dark Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 5

by Karen Marie Moning

Narrated by Phil Gigante (Brilliance Audio)

I am Dageus MacKeltar, a man with one good conscience and thirteen bad ones, driven to sate my darkest desires…

From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure. 

Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man...

Finalist Titles

Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Books)

Forbidden by Suzanne Brockmann; narrated by Traci Svensgaard (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Mismatch by Tami Hoag; narrated by Jen Taylor (BBC Audiobooks America)

Tribute by Nora Robert; narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck (Brilliance Audio) 

SCIENCE FICTION

Calculating God

by Robert J. Sawyer

Narrated by Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer (Audible, Inc.)

Tom Jericho, a paleontologist recently diagnosed with cancer, certainly never expected to meet an alien in his lifetime, much less one who wants to compare science notes. The spiderlike Hollus is studying mass extinctions, such as the one that wiped out Earth's dinosaurs, on various life-supporting planets. His data reveals that such cosmic events have occurred simultaneously on every planet with life forms. But most surprising of all to Tom is the conclusion Hollus has drawn from the research: that it proves the existence of God, and that the study of science is therefore the study of God's methods and motives. 

This provocative premise sets up a fast-paced, touching and thought-provoking adventure that will challenge your beliefs about life's origins and ends.

Finalist Titles

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke; narrated by Eric Michael Summerer (Audible, Inc.)

Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout; narrated by Pedro Pascal (HarperAudio)

Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel; narrated by David Kelly (Full Cast Audio)

Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro; narrated by Hillary Huber (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace


by Kurt Vonnegut


Narrated by Rip Torn and Michael Vonnegut (Penguin Audio)

A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. 

Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today's world.

Finalist Titles

Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Bandana Republic by Louis Reyes Rivera and Bruce George; narrated by a full cast (Audible, Inc.)

This I Believe II by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman; narrated by a full cast (Macmillan Audio)

When You Are Engulfed in Flames written and read by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady

by L.A. Meyer


Narrated by Katherine Kellgren 
(Listen & Live Audio)

Since having her true gender unmasked, Jacky Faber, erstwhile crew member of the H.M.S. Dolphins, has been dropped off in Boston, where she discovers that pirates have nothing on the girls at her elite school when it comes to nastiness. But Jacky's wanton ways soon have her out of classes and into trouble. 

Taking up with a drunken musician to earn money performing in taverns, the irrepressible Jacky rolls from one adventure to another as she attempts to get back to her ship, where her true love awaits.

Finalist Titles

Amarcord by Marcella Hazan; narrated by Concetta Tomei (HarperAudio)

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton; narrated by Lorna Raver (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry; narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan (HarperAudio)

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; narrated by Sneha Mathan (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

Narrated by John Lee (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure. 

After 14 years of hopeless imprisonment, Dantès makes his daring escape and follows his secret map to untold fortune. Disguised now as the mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès seeks out his enemies—and nothing will stand in the way of his just revenge.

Finalist Titles

Lush Life by Richard Price; narrated by Bobby Cannavale (Macmillan Audio)

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; narrated by Christopher Evan Welch (HarperAudio)

The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black; narrated by Timothy Dalton (Macmillan Audio)

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski; narrated by Richard Poe (Recorded Books)

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga; narrated by John Lee (Tantor Media) 

SPANISH LANGUAGE

Por un Dia Mas

by Mitch Albom

Narrated by Jose Manuel Vieira (FonoLibro, Inc.)

As a child, Charley Benetto learns from his father that "You can be a mama's boy or daddy's boy. But you can not be both at once." Then choose idolizes his father and—until the day it disappears. At eleven, Charley is in the hands of his mother, who very bravely as her own brood despite the shame and longing for Charley to be part of a complete family.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. Alcohol and remorse have been destroyed his life. He loses his job. Leaves his family. Tap bottom after discovering his only daughter did not invite him to their marriage. Then he decides to take his life.

Finalist Titles

America by T.C. Boyle; narrated by Sergio Gutierrez (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

De Como las Muchachas Garcia Perdierno su Acento by Julia Alvarez; narrated by Adriana Sananes, Rossmery Almonte, Silvia Sierra, Laura Gomez, and Rosie Berrido (Recorded Books)

El Vecindario de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano; narrated by Jonathan Davis (Audible, Inc.)

La Bruja de Portobello/The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho; narrated by a full cast (FonoLibro, Inc.) 

TEEN

Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady

by L.A. Meyer

Narrated Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Since having her true gender unmasked, Jacky Faber, erstwhile crew member of the H.M.S. Dolphins, has been dropped off in Boston, where she discovers that pirates have nothing on the girls at her elite school when it comes to nastiness. But Jacky's wanton ways soon have her out of classes and into trouble. 

Taking up with a drunken musician to earn money performing in taverns, the irrepressible Jacky rolls from one adventure to another as she attempts to get back to her ship, where her true love awaits. 

Finalist Titles

Burn Journals by Brent Runyon; narrated by Christopher Evan Welch (Recorded Books)

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine; narrated by Sarah Naughton (Full Cast Audio) 

Paper Towns by John Green; narrated by Dan John Miller (Brilliance Audio)

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen; narrated by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Audio)

The Uprising by Margaret P. Haddix; narrated by Suzanne Toren (Recorded Books) 

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

Child 44

by Tom Rob Smith

Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris (Hachette Audio)

In Stalinist Russia, crime officially doesn't exist. The State provides workers with all their needs, ostensibly eliminating the motive for criminal behavior. Discontent is counted as disloyalty, and treated as such. Leo Demidov, a loyal officer of the State Security Force, has never questioned this. 

But when a series of children begin dying in eerily identical, brutal ways, he cannot ignore that a serial killer is on the loose. This treasonous suggestion exiles him from his home. Now, his world turned upside down, Leo has no choice but to find the killer himself before he, too, is swept under the rug. 

Finalist Titles

Blue Heaven by C.J. Box; narrated by John Bedford Lloyd (Macmillan Audio)

Executive Privilege by Declan Hughes; narrated by Stanley Townsend (Isis Publishing)

Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain; narrated by Carolyn McCormick (Macmillan Audio)

The Graveyard Book written and read by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Michael Snodgrass and Eileen Hutton, Brilliance Audio

Michael Snodgrass is the Founder, Co-Owner, Chairman of the Board, President, and Publisher of Brilliance Audio. Eileen Hutton is Co-Owner, Vice President, and Associate Publisher of Brilliance Audio.