by Keith Richards

Narrated by Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley, and featuring Keith Richards (Hachette Audio)

As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.

Now at last, Richards pauses to tell his story. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar's sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash". Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones's girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction, making life an ever faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger's attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.

Finalist Titles

The Woody Allen Collection written and read by Woody Allen (Audible, Inc.)

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan; narrated by Katherine Kellgren and Kevin P. Free (Audible, Inc.) 


Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices

by Walter Dean Myers

Narrated by full cast (Live Oak Media)

These fifty-four poems, all in different voices but written by one hand, do sing. They make a joyful noise as the author honors the people-the nurses, students, soldiers, and ministers-of his beloved hometown, Harlem. Worship with Deacon Allen, who loves "a shouting church," and study with Lois Smith, who wants "a school named after me." Don't get taken by Sweet Sam DuPree, who "conned a shark right outta his fin." And never turn your back on Delia Pierce, who claims she "ain't the kind to talk behind nobody's back" while doing precisely that-with panache.

Inspired by Edgar Lee Masters's classic Spoon River Anthology, Walter Dean Myers celebrates the voices and aspirations of the residents of another American town, one that lies between two rivers on the north side of an island called Manhattan.

Finalist Titles

Chapters from My Autobiography by Mark Twain; narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson; narrated by Simon Vance (Random House Audio)

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson (Recorded Books)

Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw; narrated by a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy; narrated by Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight, and Tom Stechschulte (Recorded Books)


Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue

by George Bernard Shaw

Narrated by Amy Irving, Edward Hermann, Kristoffer Tabori, and a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

This volume contains Bernard Shaw’s 1924 play, Saint Joan. It is a chronicle play in six scenes, and an epilogue that revolves around Joan of Arc. It elucidates her immense personality, problems, and potential. As well as the play itself, Shaw also furnishes a number of chapters on Joan of Arc that offer interesting insights into her life and character. This interesting and thought-provoking play will appeal to fans and collectors of Shaw’s seminal work, and would make for a great addition to any collection. 

The chapters of this audiobook include: “Joan the Original and Presumptuous”, “Joan and Socrates”, “Contrast with Napoleon”, “Was Joan Innocent or Guilty”, “Joan’s Good Looks”, “Joan’s Social Position”, “Joan’s Voices and Visions”, “The Evolutionary Appetite”, et al. 

Finalist Titles

Vengeance by AJ Scudiere; narrated by Kristoffer Tabori, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Don Leslie (Griffyn Ink)

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; narrated by Emily Bergl, Charles Busch, Neil Dickson, Jill Gascoine, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, and Matthew Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)

Art by Yasmina Reza; narrated by Bob Balaban, Brian Cox, and Jeff Perry (L.A. Theatre Works)

Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy; narrated by Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight, and Tom Stechschulte (Recorded Books) 


No Country for Old Men

by Cormac McCarthy

Narrated by Sean Barrett (Naxos AudioBooks)

This is the dark but striking story of Llewelyn Moss, who goes on the run after being tempted by the bounty of a drug deal gone awry. A thrilling sequence of events ensues as a ruthless hitman and benevolent sheriff trail him in a nail-biting and suspenseful chase that will decide Moss's fate one way or another. 

Hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, Moss instead finds men shot dead, a load of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash. Taking the money, he knows, will change everything. But only after two more men are murdered does a victim’s burning car lead Sheriff Bell to the carnage out in the desert, and he soon realizes how desperately Moss and his young wife need protection. The pursuit stretches up and down and across the border, each participant seemingly determined to answer what one asks another: how does a man decide in what order to abandon his life?

Finalist Titles

NPR: The First 40 Years by NPR; narrated by Various (HighBridge Audio)

Venetia by Georgette Heyer; narrated by Richard Armitage (Naxos AudioBooks)

Selected Shorts: American Classics by Edgar Allan Poe, Joyce Carol Oates, et al.; narrated by Stockard Channing, Jerry Stiller, et al. (Symphony Space)

Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Philip Roth, et al.; narrated by Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, et al. (Symphony Space)



by Keith Richards

Narrated by Johnny Depp, with Joe Hurley, and featuring Keith Richards (Hachette Audio)

As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.

Now at last, Richards pauses to tell his story. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar's sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in ""Honky Tonk Woman"" and ""Jumpin' Jack Flash"". Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones's girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction, making life an ever faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger's attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.

Finalist Titles

The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores; narrated by Renee Raudman (Christianaudio)

Somewhere Inside written and read by Lisa Ling and Laura Ling (HarperAudio)

This Time Together written and read by Carol Burnett (Random House Audio)

Abigail Adams by Woody Holton; narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Tantor Media)


The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship

by Bill Murphy, Jr.

Narrated by LJ Ganser and Fred Berman (Audible, Inc.)

In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates—two men and one woman—turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their ten-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs—and left their mark on the world.

Based on dozens of interviews with highly successful entrepreneurs, Harvard Business School professors, and HBS alumni, The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders developed ideas, assembled teams, built ventures, and achieved their dreams. Their hard-won insights—distilled into ten key rules—will help anyone become a successful entrepreneur.

What they teach you at Harvard Business School is that intelligent entrepreneurship can be learned. In that spirit, Bill Murphy Jr. uses a unique combination of vivid storytelling and lucid instruction to show would-be entrepreneurs how to improve their odds of creating dynamic, lasting businesses.

Finalist Titles

The 4 Hour Work Week (Expanded and Updated) by Timothy Ferriss; narrated by Ray Porter (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Buy-In by John P. Kotter and Lorne A. Whitehead; narrated by Tim Wheeler (Brilliance Audio)

Delivering Happiness written and read by Tony Hsieh (Hachette Audio)

Lead Like Ike by Geoff Lotus; narrated by Mort Crim (Oasis Audio) 


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly

Narrated by Natalie Ross (Brilliance Audio)

The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life—all you have to do is look through a microscope!

As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

Finalist Titles

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo; narrated by Juliet Stevenson (Brilliance Audio)

Nanny McPhee Returns written and read by Emma Thompson (Macmillan Audio)

Alchemy and Meggy Swan by Karen Cushman; narrated by Kathryn Kellgren (Random House Audio)

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson (Recorded Books) 


This Jazz Man

by Karen Ehrhardt

Narrated by James 'D Train' Williams (Live Oak Media)

This jazz man, he plays one, /He plays rhythm with his thumb, /With a Snap! Snap! Snazzy-snap!/Give the man a hand, /This jazz man scats with the band. Starting with Louis Armstrong as Number 1, and using the counting beat of the classic song "This Old Man," nine jazz musicians are introduced in this toe-tapping jazz tribute,. The descriptions build to a grand finale where the jazz men's identities are revealed and together, taking a final bow, make "one great band." 

The tuneful text and vibrant illustrations bop, slide, and shimmy across the page as Satchmo plays one, Bojangles plays two...right on down the line to Charles Mingus, who plays nine, plucking strings that sound "divine."

Finalist Titles

One Beastly Beast by Garth Nix; narrated by Stig Wemyss (Bolinda Publishing) 

Judy Moody & Stink by Megan McDonald; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Brilliance Audio)

Despicable Me by Annie Auerbach; narrated by Tim Curry (Hachette Audio)

Epossumondas Plays Possum by Coleen Salley; narrated by Cynthia Darlow (Recorded Books)


The Woman in White

by Wilkie Collins

Narrated by Roger Ress, Rosalyn Landar, John Lee, and Judy Geeson (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

This gothic psychological thriller, a mesmerizing tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, has gripped the imagination of readers since its first publication in 1860. The breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing. 

When Walter Hartwright encounters a solitary, terrified, beautiful woman dressed in white on a moonlit night in London, he feels impelled to solve the mystery of her distress. The story, full of secrets, locked rooms, lost memories, and surprise revelations, features heroine Marian Halcombe and drawing-master Walter Hartright as sleuthing partners pitted against the diabolical Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. Walter is drawn into a strange mystery, in this gothic psychological thriller of murder, madness, and mistaken identity.

Finalist Titles

Light in August by William Faulkner; narrated by Will Patton (Audible, Inc.)

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

Watership Down by Richard Adams; narrated by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi; narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Media)


Winter's Bone: A Novel

by Daniel Woodrell

Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)

The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date.

Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley. With two young brothers depending on her and a mother who's entered a kind of second childhood, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. She has grown up in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks and learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But along the way to a shocking revelation, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.

Finalist Titles

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Steve Hockensmith; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc.)

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake; narrated by Orlagh Cassidy (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett; narrated by John Lee (Penguin Audio)

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall; narrated by David Aaron Baker (Recorded Books)

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen; narrated by Hope Davis (Simon & Schuster Audio) 


Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

by Gordon S. Wood

Narrated by Robert Fass (Audible, Inc.)

In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. 

As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life—in politics, society, economy, and culture. The men who founded the new government had high hopes for the future, but few of their hopes and dreams worked out quite as they expected. They hated political parties but parties nonetheless emerged. Some wanted the United States to become a great fiscal-military state, like those of Britain and France; others wanted the country to remain a rural agricultural state very different from the European states. Instead, by 1815 the United States became something neither group anticipated. 

Finalist Titles

1959 by Fred Kaplan; narrated by Joe Barrett (Audible, Inc.)

The History of Rome, Volume 1 by Livy; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn; narrated by Jeff Zinn (HarperAudio)

Vikings of the Ice by George Allan England; narrated by Frank Holden (Rattling Books) 


Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs

by Sam Hoffman with Eric Spiegelman

Narrated by Sam Hoffman with Eric Spiegelman and a full cast (HighBridge Audio)

Jews have a centuries-old tradition of telling jokes, from the ghettos of Europe to Hollywood and the Catskills. Jewish jokes are entertainment, the oral history of a culture, insightful social criticism, and survival tactic rolled into one.  

Hollywood director and producer Sam Hoffman launched a website called “Old Jews Telling Jokes", on which Jewish men and women over the age of 60 share their favorite stories, tales, riddles, and punchlines. 

The jokes are funny and reassuringly familiar, each told with gusto and infused with a lifetime of experience. You' ll also hear judiciously chosen curses and other off-color language. Things get risqué. So what can you do? Enjoy, and laugh out loud.

Finalist Titles

Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher; narrated by Simon Vance (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth by Jon Stewart and The Daily Show; narrated by Jon Stewart, et al. (Hachette Audio) 

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris; narrated by David Sedaris, et al. (Hachette Audio) 

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern; narrated by Sean Schemmel (HarperAudio)


Fireflies in December

by Jennifer Erin Valent

Narrated by Kate Forbes (Recorded Books)

Jessilyn Lassiter never knew that hatred could lurk in the human heart until the summer of 1932 when she turned 13. When her best friend, Gemma, loses her parents in a tragic fire, Jessilyn's father vows to care for her as one of his own, despite the fact that Gemma is black and prejudice is prevalent in their southern Virginia town. This kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence, as a ragtag band of Ku Klux Klan members unite and decide to take matters into their own hands. 

As tensions mount in the small community, loyalties are tested and Jessilyn is forced to say good-bye to the carefree days of her youth. Teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.

Finalist Titles

Missing Max by Karen Young; narrated by Laural Merlington (Oasis Audio)

The Gathering Storm by Bodie & Brock Thoene; narrated by Bodie Thoene (Oasis Audio)

Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury; narrated by Roxanne Hernandez (Zondervan Publishing)

Edge of Apocalypse by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Zondervan Publishing)


In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving

by Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins

Narrated by Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy, Kathleen McInerney, and Rick Adamson (Macmillan Audio)

For the first time, the remarkable couple depicted in the film The Blind Side tell their own deeply inspiring story. First came the best-selling book, then the Oscar-nominated movie-the story of Michael Oher and the family who adopted him has become one of the most talked-about true stories of our time. But until now, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy have never told this astonishing tale in their own way and with their own words.

Michael Oher's improbable transformation could never have happened if Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy had not opened their hearts to him. In this compelling, funny, and profoundly inspiring book, the Tuohys take us on an extraordinary journey of faith and love—and teach us unforgettable lessons about the power of giving.

Finalist Titles

The Blueprint by Kirk Franklin; narrated by Dion Graham (Brilliance Audio)

God Never Blinks written and read by Regina Brett (Hachette Audio)

Shattered by Frank Pastore and Ellen Vaughn; narrated by Frank Pastore (Oasis Audio)

Toward a True Kinship of Faiths by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; narrated by Richard Gere (Random House Audio)


Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Narrated by Kevin T. Collins (Hachette Audio)

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. 

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. 

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything...

Finalist Titles

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter; narrated by Khristine Hvam (Audible, Inc.)

So Cold the River by Michael Koryta; narrated by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)

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

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews; narrated by Renee Raudman (Tantor Media)


Snakewoman of Little Egypt: A Novel

by Robert Hellenga

Narrated by Coleen Marlo (Tantor Media)

On the morning of his 40th birthday, anthropology professor Jackson Jones contemplates his future: should he go back to Africa, his fieldwork, and live with the Mbuti, or should he marry and settle down in the Midwest, where he now teaches? 

Upon her release from prison, Sunny, who grew up in a snake-handling church in the Little Egypt region of Southern Illinois, rents a garage apartment from Jackson. She's been serving a five-year sentence for shooting, but not killing, her husband, after he forced her at gunpoint to put her arm in a box of rattlesnakes. 

Sunny and Jackson become lovers, but they're pulled in different directions. Sunny, drawn to science and eager to put her snake-handling past behind her, enrolls at the university. Jackson, however, takes a professional interest in the religious ecstasy exhibited by the snake handlers. 

Finalist Titles

Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos; narrated by Armando Duran (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

My Life As a Man by Philip Roth; narrated by Dan John Miller (Brilliance Audio)

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen; narrated by David LeDoux (Macmillan Audio)

Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell; narrated by Jonathan Aris and Paula Wilcox (Recorded Books) 


Jitters: A Quirky Little Audio Book

by Adele Park

Narrated by a full cast (Straight to Audio Productions)

Nancy Neptune loves to stir up trouble—it makes for awesome radio. But even the Queen of Obscene is amazed by all the twisted things that go down in the polygamist community of Zion Flats. 

For Sandy Wyman, a one-armed reporter, sharing a house with Nancy Neptune is like living in a dorm room on steroids. Seeking refuge from the chaos that comes from being within 20 feet of a person like Nancy Neptune, Sandy befriends a polygamist with a host of sketchy habits. 

Nadine Mackleprang, a nosy neighbor, is trying to eat everything that isn't nailed down so she won't have to think about why her husband has left her for another man. When she learns that Sandy's polygamist pal is in danger, Nadine waddles to the rescue.

Finalist Titles

Great Classic Science Fiction by H. G. Wells, Stanley G. Weinbaum, et al.; narrated by a full cast (AudioGO)

Room by Emma Donoghue; narrated by Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and Suzanne Toren (Hachette Audio)

The Shadow Effect written and read by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson (HarperAudio)

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; narrated by Emily Bergl, Charles Busch, Neil Dickson, Jill Gascoine, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, and Matthew Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)


The Reversal: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel

by Michael Connelly

Narrated by Peter Giles (Hachette Audio)

Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years.

With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.

Finalist Titles

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc.)

This Body of Death by Elizabeth George; narrated by John Lee (HarperAudio)

Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt; narrated by Grover Gardner (Listen & Live Audio)

Our Kind of Traitor by John LeCarre; narrated by Robin Sachs (Penguin Audio)

The Dead Room by Chris Mooney; narrated by Regina Reagan (Isis Publishing, Ltd) 


Nanny McPhee Returns

by Emma Thompson

Narrated by Emma Thompson (Macmillan Audio)

For the Green family, it's going to be a summer of hard work, blackmail...and flying pigs! 

The Green family is living quite happily on Deep Valley Farm until war breaks out. Father goes off to fight who knows where, the Greens' spoiled cousins come from the city to stay, and someone threatens to take the farm from them. Just when it seems things can't get any worse, the piglets escape and the children get completely Out of Control.

Only one person can be counted on in a situation like this: enter Nanny McPhee. But beware...Nanny McPhee is nothing like other nannies—and it's not just the warts!

Finalist Titles

Crazy Heart written and read by Thomas Cobb (HarperAudio)

A Christmas Blizzard written and read by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)

The Color Purple written and read by Alice Walker (Recorded Books)

Role Models written and read by John Waters (Tantor Media) 


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Narrated by Cassandra Campbell with Bahni Turpin (Random House Audio)

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. 

HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bombs effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Finalist Titles

No One Would Listen by Harry Markopolos; narrated by Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, Neil Chelo, Kavid Kotz, Gaytri Kachroo, and Michael Ocrant (Audible, Inc.)

Game Change by John Heilemann; narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris (HarperAudio)

Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward; narrated by Boyd Gaines (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum; narrated by Coleen Marlo (Tantor Media) 


New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Vol 2

by Max Allan Collins

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

Private eye Mike Hammer is no stranger to murder, but this time he has two to untangle—the killing of the Captain, a legless, homeless panhandler, dismissed by the police as minor, and the slaying of gambling kingpin Marty Wellman, whose lady friend, Helen Venn, turns to the P.I. for help when the Mob fingers her for the next kill. Seems the new kingpin, Carmen Rich—with whom Hammer has a violent history—thinks Helen made off with ten mil in skim money courtesy of her late lover, or anyway, so Rich claims. 

But Mike Hammer knows a damsel in distress when he sees one and takes up Helen's cause, igniting a series of hit attempts on the P.I. by a small army of out-of-town shooters—some as far out of town as Cuba. Such minor distractions can't prevent the toughest detective of them all from solving two murders and avenging a "little death" in a big way.

Finalist Titles

The Alchemist and the Executioness by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell; narrated by Jonathan Davis and Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc.)

Hearts, Keys and Puppetry by Neil Gaimen and the Twitterverse; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (AudioGO)

Fashionably Undead by Meg Cabot and the Twitterverse; narrated by Sarah Drew (AudioGO)

William's Leap For Freedom adapted by Renee Pringle with assistance by Sue Zizza; narrated by Dion Graham, Mirron E. Willis, and a full cast (SueMedia Productions) 


The Very Best of Bob and Ray: Legends of Comedy

by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding

Narrated by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding (HighBridge Audio)

Before Bob & Ray, comedians told jokes. After Bob & Ray, they told stories. When they first got together in 1946 on WHDH-AM Boston, no one guessed that their subtle, intelligent, deadpan brand of humor would revolutionize the comedic landscape. 

With a gift for an improvisation and a keen understanding of the absurd, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding created a universe of wonderful characters and rewrote the rules for what’s funny. Consider any important comedy star since—Bob Newhart, Garrison Keillor, Woody Allen, Johnny Carson, George Carlin, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld—and you can hear the debt to Bob & Ray. 

This collection honors the two and only with selections from their early years, public radio years, their 1984 Carnegie Hall performances, and three previously unreleased archival recordings.

Finalist Titles

Shakespeare: The Essential Tragedies, Volume 1 by William Shakespeare; narrated by a full cast (AudioGO) 

Peter & Max by Bill Willingham; narrated by Wil Wheaton (Brilliance Audio) 

Malcolm Gladwell: The Box Set written and read by Malcolm Gladwell (Hachette Audio)

Martin Luther King, Junior: The Essential Box Set written and read by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Hachette Audio)


Put On Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom

by Queen Latifah

Narrated by Queen Latifah (Hachette Audio)

Modeled after Maria Shriver's Just Who Will You Be, Queen Latifah's goal with Put on Your Crown is to help young women build a strong sense of self-esteem.

A US Dept. of Justice survey found that females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to partner violence than any other group, almost triple the national average. Cases like Chris Brown's assault on pop star Rihanna showed an ugly side of adolescent life. However, Queen Latifah has always been a shining example of a woman happy with herself and unwilling to compromise to fit into the "Hollywood ideal" of what a confident beautiful woman should look like. The result: she's one of the biggest A-list celebrities in Hollywood.

Finalist Titles

Zig Ziglar's Leadership & Success Series by Made for Success; narrated by Zig Ziglar (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

This is Water written and read by David Foster Wallace (Hachette Audio)

Spiritual Partnership written and read by Gary Zukav (HarperAudio)

Good Discipline, Great Teen written and read by Dr. Raymond N. Guarendi (St. Anthony Messenger Press)

The Music Lesson written and read by Victor L. Wooten (Tantor Media) 


Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë

by Syrie James

Narrated by Bianca Amato (Recorded Books)

Though poor, plain, and unconnected, Charlotte Brontë possesses a deeply passionate side which she reveals only in her writings—creating Jane Eyre and other novels that stand among literature's most beloved works. Living a secluded life in the wilds of Yorkshire with her sisters Emily and Anne, their drug-addicted brother, and an eccentric father who is going blind, Charlotte Brontë dreams of a real love story as fiery as the ones she creates.

But it is in the pages of her diary where Charlotte exposes her deepest feelings and desires—and the truth about her life, its triumphs and shattering disappointments, her family, the inspiration behind her work, her scandalous secret passion for the man she can never have...and her intense, dramatic relationship with the man she comes to love, the enigmatic Arthur Bell Nicholls.

Finalist Titles

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

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James; narrated by Susan Duerden (HarperAudio)

The Elusive Bride by Stephanie Laurens; narrated by Simon Prebble (HarperAudio)

By King's Command by Linda Lea Castle; narrated by a full cast (Siren Audio Studios)


The Stainless Steel Rat

by Harry Harrison

Narrated by Phil Gigante (Brilliance Audio)

DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. 

DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds. DiGriz' dilemma is whether he will turn Angelina over to the Special Corps, or join with her, since he has fallen in love with her.

Finalist Titles

WWW: Watch by Robert J. Sawyer; narrated by Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Robert J. Sawyer (Audible, Inc.)

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham; narrated by Graeme Malcolm (, Inc.)

Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison; narrated by Marguerite Gavin (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

FEED by Mira Grant; narrated by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein (Hachette Audio)

Halo: Evolutions by Tobias Buckell, Jonathan Goff, et al.; narrated by Steve Downes, Holter Graham, Frank O'Connor, and Jen Taylor (Macmillan Audio) 


Stories: All-New Tales

by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Anne Bobby, Jonathan Davis, Peter Francis James, Katherine Kellgren, and Euan Morton (HarperAudio)

The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" 

Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world—from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan, and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult—the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions.

Finalist Titles

A Matter of Matter by L. Ron Hubbard; narrated by Corey Burton, R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Tait Ruppert, and Josh Thompson (Galaxy Press)

And Thereby Hangs a Tale by Jeffrey Archer; narrated by Gerard Doyle (Macmillan Audio)

How Did You Get This Number written and read by Sloane Crosley (Penguin Audio)

Ford County written and read by John Grisham (Random House Audio)

A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris; narrated by Johanna Parker (Recorded Books)

Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury; narrated by Michael Prichard (Tantor Media) 



by Bernice McFadden

Narrated by Alfre Woodard (Audible, Inc.)

Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

Glorious is ultimately an audacious exploration into the nature of self-hatred, love, possession, ego, betrayal, and, finally, redemption.

Finalist Titles

The Invisible Order by Paul Crilley; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc.)

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo; narrated by Juliet Stevenson (Brilliance Audio)

Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing; narrated by Juliet Stevenson (Naxos AudioBooks)

Spoken from the Heart written and read by Laura Bush (Simon & Schuster Audio)



by Robert Paul Weston

Narrated by Alan Cumming (Penguin Audio)

Zorgamazoo tells the rhyming, rhythmical tale of Katrina, a girl with a big heart and an even bigger imagination.

Too bad Old Krabby will have none of it! She thinks Katrina is losing her marbles and worse, she hires the quack neurosurgeon, Doctor LeFang, to make a midnight house call.  But there's nothing wrong with Katrina's noggin. In fact, she's perfectly sane.

The strange figure Katrina spotted, bumbling through the subway tunnels beneath the city, is Morty the zorgle. He's been sent on a quest to find the lost zorgles of Zorgamazoo...

Finalist Titles

The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 by Arthur Conan Doyle; narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu; narrated by Jim Dale (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Innocent by Scott Turow; narrated by Edward Hermann (Hachette Audio)

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada; narrated by George Guidall (Recorded Books) 


The Rock and The River

by Kekla Magoon

Narrated by Dion Graham (Brilliance Audio)

For 13-year-old Sam it's not easy being the son of known civil-rights activist Roland Childs. Especially when his older friend, Stick, begins to drift away from him for no apparent reason. And then it happens: Sam finds something that changes everything forever. 

Sam has always had faith in his father, but when he finds literature about the Black Panthers under Stick's bed, he's not sure who to believe: his father or his best friend. Suddenly, nothing feels certain anymore. 

Sam wants to believe that his father is right: You can effect change without using violence. But as time goes on, Sam grows weary of standing by and watching as his friends and family suffer at the hands of racism in their own community. 

Finalist Titles

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan; narrated by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon; narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)

Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers; narrated by Multi cast (Live Oak Media)


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

by Stieg Larsson

Narrated by Simon Vance (Random House Audio)

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

Finalist Titles

Interface by Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George; narrated by Oliver Wyman (Audible, Inc.)

The Book of Spies by Gayle Lynds; narrated by Kate Reading (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Vengeance by AJ Scudiere; narrated by Kristoffer Tabori, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Don Leslie (Griffyn Ink)

Dead Aim by Thomas Perry; narrated by Michael Kramer (Tantor Media)