AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

by Nelson Mandela

Narrated by a full cast (Hachette Audio)

In these beloved stories we meet a Kenyan lion named Simba, a snake with seven heads, and tricksters from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena, and we learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. Creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. 

Whether warning children about the dangers of disobedience or demonstrating that the underdog can, and often does, win, these stories, through their depiction of wise animals as well as evil monsters, are universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical. Translated from their original languages—Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, and many others—these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.

Finalist Titles

The Time of My Life written and read by Patrick Swayze (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Word of Promise Audio Bible by Nelson Bibles; narrated by Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, et al. (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, and Bahni Turpin (Penguin Audiobooks)

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. 

White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

Finalist Titles

Graceling by Kristin Cashore; narrated by David Baker and a full cast (Full Cast Audio)

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, dramatized by Yuri Rasovsky; narrated by a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales by Nelson Mandela; narrated by a full cast (Hachette Audio)

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis; narrated by Andy Serkis and a full cast (Focus on the Family) 

AUDIO DRAMA

The Word of Promise Audio Bible

by Nelson Bibles

Narrated by Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, et al.
 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

The complete New King James Version of the Scriptures is faithfully and dramatically rendered in a world-class audio production featuring cinematic musical scoring and sound effects and the work of more than 600 actors. 

The Bible is brought to life through outstanding performances from Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Richard Dreyfuss as Moses, Gary Sinise as David, Jason Alexander as Joseph, Marisa Tomei as Mary Magdalene, Stacy Keach as Paul, Louis Gossett, Jr. as John, Jon Voight as Abraham, Marcia Gay Harden as Esther, Joan Allen as Deborah, Max von Sydow as Noah, and Malcolm McDowell as Solomon. 

Finalist Titles

Focus on the Family Radio Theatre by C.S. Lewis, adapted by Paul McCusker; narrated by Andy Serkis and a full cast (Tyndale Audio)

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens; narrated by a full cast (BBC Audiobooks America)

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett; narrated by Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrmann (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Rivalry by Norman Corwin; narrated by Paul Giamatti, James Gleason, Lily Rabe, David Strathairn, and Shannon Cochran (L.A. Theatre Works) 

AUDIOBOOK ADAPTATION

The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett

Narrated by Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, and Edward Herrmann (Blackstone Audio)

A classic of crime noir, The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929 and was almost immediately acknowledged as an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. With its memorable dialogue and vividly drawn characters, from the archetypal tough, cynical P.I. Sam Spade to the irresistible yet treacherous femme fatale Brigid O'Shaughnessy, the book cried out for theatrical dramatization. 

This faithful adaptation by the Award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear brings to life all the gritty excitement and suspense of Hammett's original with a brilliant full cast, period music and ambient sound effects. 

Finalist Titles

NPR Favorite Driveway Moments by L. Ron Hubbard; narrated by Corey Burton, R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Tait Ruppert, and Josh Thompson (Galaxy Press)

Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic by Jeffrey Archer; narrated by Gerard Doyle (Macmillan Audio)

Selected Shorts: Whodunit? written and read by Sloane Crosley (Penguin Audiobooks)

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Famous People Who Returned Our Calls written and read by John Grisham (Random House Audio)

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Anne Frank Remembered

by Miep Gies and Leslie Gold

Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)

She found Anne Frank's diary and brought the world a message of love and hope. 

For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims. From her own remarkable childhood as a World War I refugee to the moment she places a small, red-orange, checkered diary—Anne's legacy—in Otto Frank's hands, Miep Gies remembers her days with simple honesty and shattering clarity. Each page rings with courage and heartbreaking beauty.

Finalist Titles

The Golden Willow by Harry Bernstein; narrated by Mike Kellogg (Oasis Audio)

The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister and Denise George; narrated by Rebecca Gallagher (Oasis Audio)

True Compass by Senator Edward Kennedy; narrated by John Bedford Lloyd (Hachette Audio)

Valkyrie by Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager with Florence Fehrenbach and Jerome Fehrenbach; narrated by Michael Prichard (Tantor Media) 

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

Rain: What a Paperboy Learned About Business

by Jeffrey J. Fox

Narrated by Jeffrey J. Fox (Brilliance Audio)

In this witty and wise story, best-selling business author Jeffrey J. Fox reveals why the lessons paperboys learn so often establish them on the early road to success. The story follows a young New England paperboy named Rain, as he navigates the business of being in business and quickly becomes the best paperboy in town.

Through a series of humorous and often poignant vignettes, Fox illustrates "rainmaker" business lessons that can be applied not only to paperboys, but to anyone in business and sales facing obstacles and challenges. While working his paper route, Rain gradually discovers the value of planning for an interview, the ten customer commandments, his ability to negotiate, why it's necessary to innovate, how to create an exit strategy, and much more.

Finalist Titles

House of Cards by William D. Cohan; narrated by Alan Sklar (Tantor Media)

Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin; narrated by William Hugher (Blackstone Audio, Inc./Penguin Audiobooks)

Viral Loop by Adam L. Penenberg; narrated by Richard Allen (Tantor Media)

What Would Google Do? written and read by Jeff Jarvis (HarperAudio) 

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

Operation Yes

by Sara Lewis Holmes

Narrated by Jessica Almasy (Audible, Inc.)

No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and the interest in improvisational theatre. After all, their school is on an Air Force base—a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach. 

So when tragedy strikes and her brother goes missing in Afghanistan, they band together in solidarity—first for their teacher, then for all military families. Their project to support injured troops is an inspiring story of creative community defying authority for a greater cause.

Finalist Titles

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck; narrated by Ron McLarty (Listening Library) 

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen; narrated by Tom Parks (Brilliance Audio) 

The Midnight Charter by David Whitley; narrated by Simon Vance (Macmillan Audio) 

Timothy and the Dragon's Gate by Adrienne Kress; narrated by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Audio)

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken

by Kate DiCamillo

Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Live Oak Media)

Louise is a plump white chicken with big eyes and a big imagination. She looks like any other chicken on her farm. But she happens to have a real longing for some adventure. So one day she heads out in search of some. She finds LOTS of adventure. Maybe more than she bargains for. 

She has a scary time on a pirate ship, a heart stopping adventure with a circus, and a narrow escape from an exotic bazaar. Through all of her adventures she exhibits great naivete and is blessed with the greatest of luck! She also finds that she misses her cozy home and longs for her sister hens.

Finalist Titles

A Dog On His Own by MJ Auch; narrated by William Dufris (Full Cast Audio)

Arabel's Raven by Joan Aiken; narrated by Sneha Mathan (Listen & Live Audio)

Friend or Fiend with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume; narrated by Kathleen McInerney and Judy Blume (Listening Library)

Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems; narrated by Mo and Trixie Willems (Weston Woods Studios) 

CLASSIC

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

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

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer; narrated by a full cast (BBC Audiobooks America)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne; narrated by Anton Lesser (Naxos AudioBooks)

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James; narrated by Simon Vance and Vanessa Benjamin (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

FICTION

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, and Bahni Turpin (Penguin Audiobooks)

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. 

White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...

Finalist Titles

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe; narrated by Joe Barrett (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry; narrated by Pam Turlow (Oasis Audio)

The Pigman by Paul Zindel; narrated by Eden Riegel and Charlie McWade (Graymalkin Media)

Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup; narrated by Christopher Simpson (BBC Audiobooks America) 

HISTORY

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman

Narrated by Michael Prichard (Tantor Media)

For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. More than 76,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered to the Japanese, who set them walking 66 miles to prison camp, a notorious walk that came to be known as "The Bataan Death March". Their surrender meant defeat in the first major land battle for America in World War II and the single largest defeat in American military history. 

From then until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the prisoners of war suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery: 41 months of captivity, starvation rations, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, and torture—far from the machinations of General Douglas MacArthur. The Normans bring to the story remarkable feats of reportage and literary empathy.

Finalist Titles

1864 by Charles Bracelen Flood; narrated by Mel Foster (Tantor Media)

The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson; narrated by Simon Prebble (Tantor Media)

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown; narrated by Grover Gardner (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Long Knives Are Crying written and read by Joseph M. Marshall III (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

HUMOR

Church People: The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon

by Garrison Keillor

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

Skits, songs, stories, and more from A Prairie Home Companion reveal the secret world of a stalwart people. 

When you fly Lutheran Air, there’s no first class, meals are potluck with assignments by rows (rows 1-6, bring rolls; rows, 7-15, salad), all fares are by freewill offering, and the plane doesn’t land until the budget is met.

Welcome to the Land of Lutherans, where people drive Fords, wear cardigans, go to church at Third Lutheran (which used to be called First Lutheran, but Lutherans are more comfortable with being Third), drink a lot of coffee, serve chow mein noodles on tuna hot dish, work hard, and don’t make a fuss. Selected from live broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion, this collection celebrates the kindest people on God’s green earth―except for the mean ones. If you’re not a Lutheran, you’ll laugh out loud. If you are, you’ll smile as hard as you can.

Finalist Titles

Don't Say I Didn't Warn You written and read by Anita Renfroe (Hyperion Audio)

I Drink for a Reason written and read by David Cross (Hachette Audio)

I Shudder written and read by Paul Rudnick (HarperAudio)

More Information than You Require by John Hodgman; narrated by John Hodgman and a full cast (Penguin Audiobooks)

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

A Month of Summer

by Lisa Wingate

Narrated by Johanna Parker (Recorded Books)

Hanna Beth has been caring for her aging husband—who suffers from Alzheimer's—and her developmentally challenged adult son for years on her own. But when she suffers a stroke, estranged stepdaughter Rebecca must take the reins. 

Now Rebecca must put aside old resentments and return to her childhood home. As she cares for her father and the step-brother she's barely met, Rebecca slowly begins to heal both herself and her family.

In this moving story of separation and forgiveness, two women will unravel the betrayals of the past and discover the true meaning of family.

Finalist Titles

Double Minds by Terri Blackstock; narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Zondervan Publishing) 

Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy; narrated by Pam Turlow (Oasis Audio) 

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner; narrated by Tavia Gilbert (Christianaudio) 

The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley; narrated by Ty Jones (Recorded Books) 

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

The Word of Promise Audio Bible

by Nelson Bibles

Narrated by Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, et al. (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

The complete New King James Version of the Scriptures is faithfully and dramatically rendered in a world-class audio production featuring cinematic musical scoring and sound effects and the work of more than 600 actors. 

The Bible is brought to life through outstanding performances from Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Richard Dreyfuss as Moses, Gary Sinise as David, Jason Alexander as Joseph, Marisa Tomei as Mary Magdalene, Stacy Keach as Paul, Louis Gossett, Jr. as John, Jon Voight as Abraham, Marcia Gay Harden as Esther, Joan Allen as Deborah, Max von Sydow as Noah, and Malcolm McDowell as Solomon.

Finalist Titles

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom; narrated by Bernadette Dunne (Christianaudio)

Lord of the Ringless by Dee Aspin; narrated by Julie Williams (Voice-Overs.com)

The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister and Denise George; narrated by Rebecca Gallagher (Oasis Audio)

What Southern Women Know About Faith written and read by Ronda Rich (Zondervan Publishing) 

LITERARY FICTION

Wolf Hall

by Hilary Mantel

Narrated by Simon Slater (Macmillan Audio)

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum. 

Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph? 

Finalist Titles

Come Sunday by Isla Morley; narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie (Macmillan Audio)

The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott; narrated by Simon Prebble (Tantor Media)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris (HighBridge Audio)

Good-bye and Amen by Beth Gutcheon; narrated by Joyce Bean (Tantor Media)

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

by Nelson Mandela

Narrated by a full cast (Hachette Audio)

In these beloved stories we meet a Kenyan lion named Simba, a snake with seven heads, and tricksters from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena, and we learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. Creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. 

Whether warning children about the dangers of disobedience or demonstrating that the underdog can, and often does, win, these stories, through their depiction of wise animals as well as evil monsters, are universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical. Translated from their original languages—Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, and many others—these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.

Finalist Titles

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer; narrated by a full cast (BBC Audiobooks America)

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer; narrated by Martin Jarvis and a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Rivalry by Norman Corwin; narrated by Paul Giamatti, James Gleason, Lily Rabe, David Strathairn, and Shannon Cochran (L.A. Theatre Works)

The Word of Promise Audio Bible by Nelson Bibles; narrated by Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, et al. (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

MYSTERY

Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

by Walter Mosley

Narrated by Michael Boatman (Audible, Inc.)

Easy Rawlins, a young black veteran in 1948, only wants basic middle class respect. But that’s hard to get for men like him, especially when you’ve just lost your job and might be losing your house. So when a white man in a bar offers him good money to locate a beautiful French woman last seen in the company of a negro gangster, Easy agrees.

As he descends into the gritty underworld of South Central L.A., with its mean streets, cheap hotels and black jazz clubs, neither the brutish white cops nor the shady “brothers” appreciate his intrusion. The web of corruption is wide, the mystery of the French dame deep, and Easy’s involvement is becoming increasingly tangled…

Finalist Titles

Black Money by Ross Macdonald; narrated by Grover Gardner (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Dying Breed by Declan Hughes; narrated by Stanley Townsend (Isis Publishing)

Revelation by C.J. Sansom; narrated by Steven Crossley (Recorded Books)

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 by Arthur Conan Doyle; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur) 

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

Odd and the Frost Giants

by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Neil Gaiman (HarperChildrensAudio)

Times have been troublesome for twelve-year-old Odd, a boy in ancient Norway. His father was killed during a Viking raid, his leg was crushed by a falling tree, and a seemingly endless winter is punishing his small village. What are the gods thinking? 

In the wilderness, Odd encounters a fox, an eagle, and a bear whose paw is caught in a tree. Only when he helps free the bear does he learn the truth: that these animals are gods, transformed by the Frost Giant. Can Odd help rescue the city of the gods from the Frost Giants and end the long winter at last? 

Finalist Titles

Manhood for Amateurs written and read by Michael Chabon (HarperAudio)

A Little Bit Wicked written and read by Kristin Chenoweth (Oasis Audio)

Baseball Great written and read by Tim Green (HarperChildrensAudio)

Half Broke Horses written and read by Jeannette Walls (Simon & Schuster Audio)

NON-FICTION

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan

Narrated by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan (Random House Audio)

America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters, both unsung heroes and famous figures, such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams, who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well.

Finalist Titles

Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies and Leslie Gold; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Oasis Audio)

Columbine by Dave Cullen; narrated by Don Leslie (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell; narrated by Malcolm Gladwell (Hachette Audio)

What Americans Really Want...Really by Frank I. Luntz; narrated by L.J Ganser (Hyperion Audio)

ORIGINAL WORK

Tell Me A Story 3: Women of Wonder

by Amy Friedman


Narrated by Bryce Dallas Howard, Paula Poundstone, Wendy Hammers, Margot Rose, Jessica DiCicco, and Yvette Freeman (Listen & Live Audio)

Amy Friedman's Tell Me a Story series brings the storytelling tradition back to life for children with selected folktales and myths from around the world read out loud by well-known actors. Volume 3, Women of Wonder, focuses on stories of brave and clever female heroines who must use their creativity and heart to achieve their quests. 

With readings by some of stage and screen's most talented performers, and music by renowned composer Laura Hall, these tales of Women of Wonder will delight listeners from 5 to 95.

From England to Siberia and New Zealand, from the United States to Cambodia and East Africa, listeners will be transported as legendary heroines and goddesses seek and struggle, win and lose, laugh and cry, in magical stories and marvelous music from around the world.

Finalist Titles

The Copper Bracelet by Jeffery Deaver, et al.; narrated by Alfred Molina (Audible, Inc.)

Darwin—In a Nutshell written and by Peter Whitfield (Naxos Audiobooks)

The Longest Night written and read by Helen Englehardt (Midsummer Sound Company)

A Way with Words IV written and read by Professor Michael D.C. Drout (Recorded Books) 

PACKAGE DESIGN

The Word of Promise Audio Bible

by Nelson Bibles

Narrated by Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, et al. (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

The complete New King James Version of the Scriptures is faithfully and dramatically rendered in a world-class audio production featuring cinematic musical scoring and sound effects and the work of more than 600 actors. 

The Bible is brought to life through outstanding performances from Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Richard Dreyfuss as Moses, Gary Sinise as David, Jason Alexander as Joseph, Marisa Tomei as Mary Magdalene, Stacy Keach as Paul, Louis Gossett, Jr. as John, Jon Voight as Abraham, Marcia Gay Harden as Esther, Joan Allen as Deborah, Max von Sydow as Noah, and Malcolm McDowell as Solomon. 

Finalist Titles

The J.R.R. Tolkien Collection by J.R.R. Tolkien; narrated by a full cast (BBC Audiobooks America)

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas; narrated by David Strathairn and Richard Dreyfuss (BBC Audiobooks America)

The Planet Mars and Its Inhabitants by Eros Urides; narrated by Peter Jahns (CoolBeat Audiobooks)

Tokyo Realtime written and read by Max Hodges (White Rabbit Press)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Narrated by Po Bronson 
(Hachette Audio)

A groundbreaking synthesis of parenting research, NutreShock reveals how some of our best parenting intentions are backfiring because our supposedly enlightened strategies overlook important facts about child development. 

Award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. Nothing like a parenting manual, the authors' work is an insightful exploration of themes and issues that transcend children's (and adults') lives. 

Finalist Titles

The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman; narrated by Wayne Shepherd (Oasis Audio)

The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter; narrated by Jessica Porter and Dan Bernard (Tantor Media)

How to Instantly Connect with Anyone written and read by Leil Lowndes (Listen & Live Audio)

Throw Out Fifty Things written and read by Gail Blanke (Listen & Live Audio) 

ROMANCE

The Untamed Bride

by Stephanie Laurens

Narrated by Simon Prebble (HarperAudio)

Four officers of the Crown are racing to England on a mission to bring down the vicious terrorist known as the Black Cobra. One of them carries proof of his secret identity; the others are decoys; none of them knows who is carrying the real object. 

This first installment in the new romance adventure series follows Colonel Derek Delborough, who arrives on British soil with assassins on his tail. Aware of the danger following him, the last thing he needs is to be responsible for protecting a woman-especially as distracting a specimen as Miss Deliah Duncan. But when the fiery redhead narrowly saves his life, she too becomes a target of Del's enemies. As the two race against time to reach safety, they find the growing passion between them impossible to resist. 

Finalist Titles

Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan; narrated by Phil Gigante and Jane Brown (Brilliance Audio)

The House on Tradd Street by Karen White; narrated by Aimee Bruneau (Listen & Live Audio)

A Rogue of My Own by Johanna Lindsey; narrated by Rosalyn Landor (Brilliance Audio)

What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips; narrated by Julia Gibson (HarperAudio) 

SCIENCE FICTION

Bellwether

by Connie Willis

Narrated by Kate Reading (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Pop culture, chaos theory, and matters of the heart collide in this unique novella from the Hugo and Nebula Award—winning author of Doomsday Book.

Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions—with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

Finalist Titles

The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson; narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer (Macmillan Audio)

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey; narrated by Anne Flosnik (Tantor Media)

Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey; narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

Podkayne of Mars by Robert A Heinlein; narrated by Emily Janice Card (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

The Black Mask Audio Magazine, Vol. 1: Classic Hard-Boiled Tales from the Original Black Mask

by Hugh B. Cave, Paul Cain, Frederick Nebel, Reuben J. Shay, Dashiell Hammett, and William Cole

Narrated by a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

In the 1930s and '40s, Black Mask was the single most important magazine for the modern mystery field. Here writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Earl Stanley Gardner reshaped the established view of mystery fiction, creating the "hard-boiled" private eye. 

Now this series resurrects from those pages the toughest of tough detectives in sonic dramatizations from the Award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear.

Finalist Titles

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 by Arthur Conan Doyle; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

Just After Sunset by Stephen King; narrated by Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, George Guidall, Ron McLarty, Denis O'Hare, and a full cast (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Love Letters of Great Men by Jonathan Urusla Doyle; narrated by Anton Lesser (Macmillan Audio)

Nothing with Strings by Bailey White; narrated by Lorna Raver (Tantor Media) 

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

The Chosen One: A Novel

by Carol Lynch Williams

Narrated by Jenna Lamia (Macmillan Audio)

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her 20 brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much—if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that Kyra must marry her 60-year-old uncle—who already has six wives—Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family.

Finalist Titles

In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Washington Square by Henry James; narrated by Lorna Raver (Tantor Media) 

Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (HarperAudio)

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

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

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson; narrated by Will Patton (Macmillan Audio)

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell; narrated by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)

SPANISH LANGUAGE

La Traversia de Enrique

by Sonia Nazario

Narrated by Adriana Sananes (Recorded Books)

Enrique's journey is an account of a child abandoned by his mother who goes to the United States in search of a better quality of life. The history begins in Honduras and narrates Enrique's trip in search of his mother to the United States, without money and without any other resource but his faith in finding her. It illuminates the difficult, cruel, and merciless thing that turns out to be the trip of an undocumented immigrant, and more if it is under-age. 

Detailedly, he reports all the dangers he experiences from looking for transport and food, up to evading human traffickers, bands of hooligans, and corrupt police officers. It also describes the good fortune that Enrique had on having met strangers' certain help, angels on the way.

Finalist Titles

El Juego del Ángel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon; narrated by Francisco Rivela (Recorded Books)

La Audacia de la Esperanza by Barack Obama; narrated by Erwin Dorado (FonoLibro)

¿Por qué ese idiota es rico y yo no? by Robert Shemin; narrated by Francisco Rivela (Recorded Books)

Una Nueva Tierra by Eckhart Tolle; narrated by Jose Manuel Vieira (FonoLibro)

TEEN

Peace, Locomotion

by Jacqueline Woodson

Narrated by Dion Graham (Brilliance Audio)

After their parents were killed in a fire, siblings Lonnie and Lili are sent to be raised by separate foster families. Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he's living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it's his job to be the "rememberer"—and write down everything that happens while they're growing up.

In a series of bittersweet letters to his little sister, Lonnie reflects upon family: the new one he has gained, the one he has lost, and that which he has taken it upon himself to maintain across the distance. Lonnie's reflections in his letters to Lili are bittersweet. He's happy that they both have good foster families, but while his new family brings him joy, it also brings new worries: with a foster brother in the army, his understanding of war and peace, tragedy and love, deepens even more, and his honest reflections tackle large issues with simple eloquence.

Finalist Titles

Going Bovine by Libba Bray; narrated by Erik Davies (Listening Library)

In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson; narrated by Jeannie Stith (Brilliance Audio)

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

Darling Jim: A Novel

by Christian Moerk

Narrated by Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre (Tantor Media)

Fiona Walsh thought her family's secrets would follow her to her grave, but when her diary is found by a young postman, Niall, the truth about her untimely demise―and that of her sister and aunt―begins to see the light of day. It's the most tragic love story he's ever heard.

Niall soon becomes enveloped by the mystery surrounding Jim―an itinerant storyteller who traveled through Ireland enrapturing audiences and wooing women with his macabre mythic sagas―though a trail of murder followed him wherever he went. The Walsh sisters, fiercely loyal to each other, were not immune to "darling" Jim's powers of seduction, but found themselves in harm's way when they began to uncover his treacherous past. Niall must now continue his dangerous hunt for the truth―and for the vanished third sister―while there's still time.

And in the woods, the wolves from Jim's stories begin to gather.

Finalist Titles

The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles; narrated by Dick Hill (Brilliance Audio)

Level 26 by Anthony E. Zuiker w/ Duane Swierczynski; narrated by John Glover (Penguin Audiobooks)

The Price of Love and Other Stories by Peter Robinson; narrated by John Lee, Gideon Emery, Rosalyn Landor, and Angela Goethals (HarperAudio)

Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard; narrated by Peter Francis James (HarperAudio)