AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Narrated by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her. 

Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. 

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. 

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Finalist Titles

Go the F--k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach; narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Audible, Inc./Brilliance Audio)

American Gods by JeNeil Gaiman; narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris and a full cast (HarperAudio)

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson; narrated Dylan Baker (Simon & Schuster Audio/Recorded Books) 

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

by Allan Wolf

Narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, and Angela Dawe (Brilliance Audio)

More than 2,000 men, women, and children are on board. Here on the first-class promenade is millionaire John Jacob Astor, who hopes his return from Egypt with his pregnant teen bride will invite a minimum of media attention. And here, in the third-class common room, a beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers first love. And there in the distance, shrouded in darkness, an ancient iceberg lies patient, awaiting its encounter. 

The voices in this wholly unique re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret ("the unsinkable Molly") Brown to Captain E.J. Smith, who went down with this ship; from the lookout and wireless men, to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of fools with money to lose.  

Finalist Titles

The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley and adapted by Yuri Rasovsky; narrated by Val Kilmer and a full cast (Zorro Productions, Inc./Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

She Walks in Beauty edited by Carolyn Kennedy; narrated by Carolyn Kennedy, Jane Alexander, John Bedford Lloyd, Hope Davis, and Campbell Scott (Hyperion Audio)

The Witches of Lublin by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz, and Yale Strom; narrated by Tovah Feldshuh, Barbara Rosenblat, and a full cast (SueMedia Productions)

AUDIO DRAMA

I, Claudius

by Robert Graves

Narrated by a full cast, featuring Derek Jacobi and Tom Goodman Hill (AudioGO, Ltd.)

A full cast dramatization of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius, and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. 

The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination. But in private, he's as sharp as they come, and keeps a secret history of everything he discovers. Until one day, as one of the few of his family left alive, he's acclaimed Emperor against his will. Can he save Rome from the corruption he's grown to detest?

Finalist Titles

The Arthur Miller Collection by Arthur Miller; narrated by a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

The Graduate by Charles Webb, Terry Johnson, Calder Willingham, and adapted by Buck Henry; narrated by Kathleen Turner, Matthew Rhys, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley and adapted by Yuri Rasovsky; narrated by Val Kilmer and a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

We're Alive by KC Wayland; narrated by a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Narrated by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her. 

Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. 

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. 

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Finalist Titles

The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball; narrated by Tavia Gilbert (Tantor Media)

Here Comes Trouble written and read by Michael Moore (Hachette Audio)

My Dog Tulip by J. R. Ackerley; narrated by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Until Tuesday written and read by Luis Carlos Montalvan (Audible, Inc.)

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom

by Carrie Wilkerson

Narrated by Carrie Wilkerson (Oasis Audio, LLC)

Don't think you have what it takes to run a business? It's time to reconsider. Want to start your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio? Want the flexibility of joining your fourth-grader on an all-day field trip? Are you ready to take that vacation you’ve been planning for years? Then you have a choice to make, and The Barefoot Executive will help jump-start your transition. 

You’ll learn: 

  • Your “why”—the most important question. Why do you want to work for yourself? 
  • What type of business best suits your experience and talents. 
  • How to stay focused on your goal and avoid distractions. 
  • Where to find the support that will accelerate your success. 
  • How to link your business to the right market. 

Finalist Titles

Aftershock by David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, and Cindy S. Spitzer; narrated by Christopher Kipiniak (Audible, Inc.)

The Blue Sweater written and read by Jacqueline Novogratz (Audible, Inc.)

I'm Feeling Lucky written and read by Douglas Edwards (Audible, Inc.)

The Thank You Economy written and read by Gary Vaynerchuk (HarperAudio/Dreamscape)

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang; narrated by Joe Barrett (Audible, Inc.)

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

Heart and Soul

by Kadir Nelson

Narrated by Debbie Allen (HarperAudio)

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country. 

Kadir Nelson, one of this generation's most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an "Everywoman," an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, Heart and Soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.

Finalist Titles

Countdown by Deborah Wiles; narrated by Emma Galvin (Listening Library)

The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson; narrated by Ralph Lister (Brilliance Audio/Candlewick)

The Hidden Gallery by Mayrose Wood; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio/Books on Tape)

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz; narrated by Johnny Heller (Recorded Books)

When I Grow Up written and read by Al Yankovic (HarperAudio) 

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

Django: World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist

by Bonnie Christensen

Narrated by George Guidall (Live Oak Media)

Born into a travelling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. He was soon acclaimed as the "Gypsy Genius" and "Prodigy Boy," but one day his world changed completely when a fire claimed the use of his fretting hand. Folks said Django would never play again, but with passion and perserverance he was soon setting the world's concert stages ablaze. 

From extreme poverty in a gypsy camp, through a debilitating injury, Django Reinhardt overcame tremendous obstacles to become a world-renowned, much beloved, and highly acclaimed jazz guitarist. This production captures the spirit of the man, his music and his inspiring life story.

Finalist Titles

Black Jack by Charles R. Smith, Jr.; narrated by Dion Graham (Live Oak Media) 

Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers; narrated by Dion Graham and Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Live Oak Media)

Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth; narrated by B. D. Wong (Weston Woods)

Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke; narrated by Andrew Watts (Recorded Books) 

CLASSIC

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby

by Charles Dickens

Narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby is closely modelled on the 18h-century novels that Charles Dickens loved as a child, such as Robinson Crusoe, in which the fortunes of a hero shape the plot. The likeable young Nicholas, left penniless on the death of his father, sets off in search of better prospects. His meandering route to happiness includes work as a teacher at Dotheboys Hall, where the brutal Wackford Squeers ill-treats his impoverished pupils, and a spell as an actor with the absurdly melodramatic Crummles troupe. Nicholas's many adventures give Dickens the freedom to follow the eccentricities of a vivid gallery of characters, exploring themes of class, love, and self-awareness with exuberant comedy and biting satire.

Finalist Titles

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; narrated by Elijah Wood (Audible, Inc.) 

Deliverance by James Dickey; narrated by Will Patton (Audible, Inc.) 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad; narrated by Kenneth Branagh (Audible, Inc.) 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings written and read by Maya Angelou (Books on Tape)

FANTASY

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

Narrated by Khristine Hvam (Hachette Audio)

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. 

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Finalist Titles

The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez; narrated by Marc Vietor (Audible, Inc.)

The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll; narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (Audible, Inc.)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Steve Hockensmith; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc./Brilliance Audio)

Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures by Walter Moers; narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

FICTION

Alas, Babylon

by Pat Frank

Narrated by Will Patton (Audible, Inc.)

"Alas, Babylon." Those fateful words heralded the end. Randy (Randolph) Bragg lives in the small Central Florida town of Fort Repose and appears to be drifting down a somewhat aimless path in life when his older brother, Colonel Mark Bragg, an Air Force Intelligence officer, sends a telegraph ending in the words, "Alas, Babylon", a pre-established code between the brothers warning of impending disaster. Mark is flying his family down to Fort Repose for their protection while he stays at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska.

A nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, stripping away thousand years of civilization overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. 

But for Fort Repose, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. Randy leads the charge, gathering together a compound of self-reliant people who struggle to survive and adjust to their new world.

Finalist Titles

American Gods by Neil Gaiman; narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris and a full cast (HarperAudio)

Heat Rises by Richard Castle; narrated by Johnny Heller (Hyperion Audio) 

Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva; narrated by Simon Vance (HarperAudio/Recorded Books) 

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk; narrated by Kevin Pariseau (Audible, Inc.)

HISTORY

1861: The Civil War Awakening

by Adam Goodheart

Narrated by Jonathan Davis (Audible, Inc.)

1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. 

The book introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer's wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Adam Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.

Finalist Titles

1812 by George C. Daughan; narrated by Marc Vietor (Audible, Inc.)

Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt; narrated by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee; narrated by Stephen Hoye (Tantor Media)

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson; narrated by Stephen Hoye (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) 

HUMOR

Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

by William Shatner with Chris Regan

Narrated by William Shatner (Penguin Audio)

You love William Shatner. 
You admire his many and varied talents. 
You appreciate his creativity and willingness to take risks. 
You want to learn his master negotiation techniques. 
You wish you could hang out with him. 
Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. 

And now...you can (almost). 

To be Shatner, you must follow the rules included in this lively, entertaining, and thought-provoking volume. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became William Shatner, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. 

Finalist Titles

Bossypants written and read by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)

Go the F--k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach; narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Audible, Inc.)

In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks written and read by Adam Carolla (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

This Is an Audiobook written and read by Demetri Martin (Hachette Audio) 

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

Courageous: A Novel

by Randy Alcorn

Narrated by Roger Mueller (Oasis Audio, LLC)

Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. 

They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift farther and farther away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them? When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God...and to their children? 

Finalist Titles

Buddha Standard Time by Lama Surya Das; narrated by Peter Berkrot (Tantor Media)

Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere; narrated by Donna VanLiere (Macmillan Audio)

Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn; narrated by Paul Boehmer (ChristianAudio)

Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnesses by Sharon Ewell Foster; narrated by John McLain (Oasis Audio, LLC)

Thunder of Heaven by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Zondervan Publishing)

Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman; narrated by Kirsten Potter (ChristianAudio) 

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

by Zondervan Publishing

Narrated by Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett, and a full cast (Zondervan Publishing)

"The Greatest Story Ever Told" is more than just a cliche. 

God has gone to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about—the story of the Bible, God's great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accurate, and easy-to-understand text of the NIV, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel. And like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption. 

Features: 

  • Events, characters, and teachings of the Bible arranged chronologically 
  • Today's New International Version text
  • The story of the Bible...in it's own words. 

Finalist Titles

All Is Grace by Brennan Manning and John Blasé; narrated by Maurice England (ChristianAudio)

The Invisible World by Anthony DeStefano; narrated by Anthony DeStefano (Audible, Inc.)

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by John Ringo; narrated by Suzy Jackson (Audible, Inc.)

Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande; narrated by Maurice England (ChristianAudio)

LITERARY FICTION

State of Wonder

by Ann Patchett

Narrated by Hope Davis (HarperAudio)

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past. 

Once found, Dr. Swenson is as imperious and uncompromising as ever. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina.

Finalist Titles

Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee; narrated by Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell (Tantor Media)

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom; narrated by David Drummond (Tantor Media)

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides; narrated by David Pittu (Macmillan Audio)

No One in the World by E. Lynn Harris and R. M. Johnson; narrated by Alan Bomar Jones (Tantor Media) 

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry

Narrated by Judyann Elder, Rutina Wesley, Mirron Willis, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

This recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play chronicles a working-class African American family struggling to maintain dignity in a harsh world. With her late husband’s insurance money finally in hand, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a better home. However, her children have other plans: Walter Lee wants to buy a liquor store, and Beneatha wants to go to medical school. What happens when family dreams drastically diverge? A Raisin in the Sun is a seminal American drama and a heroic testament to hope.

Finalist Titles

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman; narrated by Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, and Laura Hamilton (Brilliance Audio)

The Graduate by Charles Webb and Terry Johnson, Calder Willingham, and adapted by Buck Henry; narrated by Kathleen Turner, Matthew Rhys, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin, and translated by Philip Gabriel; narrated by Alison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, and Mark Boyett (Audible, Inc./Brilliance Audio)

The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf; narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, and Angela Dawe (Brilliance Audio/Candlewick)

MYSTERY

Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale. It becomes clear that the desert contains a multitude of criminals, including serial murderer Preacher Jack Collins (whom The New York Times called “one of Burke’s most inspired villains”). 

Holland’s investigation leads him to Anton Ling, a mysterious Chinese woman whose steely demeanor and aristocratic beauty compel Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. 

Finalist Titles

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc.)

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

Return to Marshall's Bayou by S. H. Baker; narrated by a full cast (Siren Audio Studios)

Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva; narrated by Jeff Woodman (Audible, Inc.)

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

Beauty Queens

by Libba Bray

Narrated by Libba Bray (Scholastic Audio)

Survival. Of the fittest.

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program—or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan—or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness.

Finalist Titles

Bossypants written and read by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)

Drama written and read by John Lithgow (HarperAudio)

Seriously...I'm Kidding written and read by Ellen DeGeneres (Hachette Audio)

Stories I Only Tell My Friends written and read by Rob Lowe (Macmillan Audio)

NON-FICTION

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

by Paul Collins

Narrated by William Dufris (AudioGO, Ltd.)

In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. 

The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Re-creations of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell's Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio—an anxious cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor—all raced to solve the crime. What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim that the police couldn't identify with certainty—and that the defense claimed wasn't even dead.

Finalist Titles

Dog Sense by John Bradshaw; narrated by Michael Page (Tantor Media)

The 4 Percent Universe by Richard Panek; narrated by Ray Porter (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

My Korean Deli by Ben Ryder Howe; narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) 

ORIGINAL WORK

METAtropolis: Cascadia

by Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder, and Tobias Buckell

Narrated by René Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, and LeVar Burton (Audible, Inc.)

As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed—politically, economically, and ecologically—into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. The End of Days seems nearer than ever. And the legend of the mysterious Tygre Tygre looms large. 

This provocative sequel to METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction—performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. METAtropolis: Cascadia is comprised of 6 audio novellas set in the same shared dystopian future:

The Bull Dancers by Jay Lake
Water To Wine by Mary Robinette Kowal
Byways by Tobias S. Buckell
Confessor by Elizabeth Bear
Deodand by Karl Schroeder
A Symmetry Of Serpents And Doves by Ken Scholes

Finalist Titles

Macbeth by David Hewson and A. J. Hartley; narrated by Alan Cumming, David Hewson, and A. J. Hartley (Audible, Inc.)

The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Vol. 3 by Max Allan Collins; narrated by Stacy Keach and a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Prayers by various authors; narrated by Michael York (ChristianAudio)

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem and translated by Bill Johnston; narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Audible, Inc.)

The Witches of Lublin by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz, and Yale Strom; narrated by Tovah Feldshuh, Barbara Rosenblat, and a full cast (SueMedia Productions) 

PACKAGE DESIGN

Jane Austen: Classic BBC Radio Productions

by Jane Austen

Narrated by Angharad Rees, Hannah Gordon, Juliet Stevenson, Annette Crosbie, and a full cast (AudioGO, Ltd./designed by Tri-Plex, Inc.)

In Sense and Sensibility, forced to leave their family home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood try to forge a new life at Barton Cottage. 

In Emma, Emma Woodhouse declares she will never marry, but she is determined to find a match for her friend Harriet.

In Mansfield Park, on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. 

In Northanger Abbey, young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey. 

Finalist Titles

Kardashian Konfidential written and read by Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian (Macmillan Audio)

NPR American Chronicles: The Civil War by NPR; narrated by Neal Conan et al. (HighBridge Audio)

One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost; narrated by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Sherrilyn Kenyon Audio Coffin Box Set by Sherrilyn Kenyon; narrated by Carrington MacDuffie and William Dufris (Macmillan Audio)

The Witches of Lublin by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz, and Yale Strom; narrated by Tovah Feldshuh, Barbara Rosenblat, and a full cast (SueMedia Productions)

PARANORMAL

Hard Magic

by Larry Correia

Narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Audible, Inc.)

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someone to go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree. 

Problems arise when Jake discovers the bad girl behind the robberies is an old friend, and he happens to know her magic is just as powerful as his. And the Feds have plunged Jake into a secret battle between powerful cartels of magic-users—a cartel whose ruthless leaders have decided that Jake is far too dangerous to live.

Finalist Titles

The Cypress House by Michael Koryta; narrated by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison; narrated by Sophie Eastlake (Tantor Media)

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones; narrated by Lorelei King (Macmillan Audio)

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia; narrated by Oliver Wyman (Audible, Inc.) 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit and Making the Most of All of Your Life

by Jane Fonda

Narrated by Jane Fonda (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

An A-to-Z guide to living and aging well by #1 bestselling author, actress, and workout pioneer Jane Fonda
 
In this unique, candid, and inspiring book, Jane Fonda gives us a blueprint for living well and for making the most of life, especially the second half of it. Covering sex, love, food, fitness, self-understanding, spiritual and social growth, and your brain, Prime Time offers a vision for successful living and maturing and explores how midlife and beyond can be the time when we become our most energetic, loving, and fulfilled selves. 

Highlighting new research and sharing stories from her own life and from the lives of others, she outlines the 11 key ingredients to vitality—from exercise and diet, to forging new pathways in the brain, to loving, staying connected, and giving of oneself. She explains how performing a life review helped her clarify goals and move ahead, and shows how we can do this too. In Prime Time, Jane Fonda offers an empowering vision for how to live your best life, for all of your life.

Finalist Titles

The Courage to Be Free by Guy Finley; narrated by Sean Runnette (Tantor Media)

Don't Sing at the Table written and read by Adriana Trigiani (HarperAudio)

Fortytude written and read by Sarah Brokaw (Macmillan Audio)

iGetSlim written and read by Tony Wighton (Puttenham Ltd.)

Money Secrets of the Amish written and read by Lorilee Craker (Oasis Audio, LLC)

ROMANCE

New York to Dallas

by J. D. Robb

Narrated by Susan Ericksen (Brilliance Audio)

It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. 

After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent—when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too —willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes. His other goal: to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago, now a high-profile lieutenant in the NYPSD and married to one of the city’s richest men. 

Commanding Eve’s attention with a chilling and brazen crime, McQueen sets off the chase— forcing Eve down a road marked with blood and tears, a road that eventually leads southwest to Dallas, Texas, the home Eve fled long ago. And each new twist brings her closer to the harrowing memory of when she wasn’t a hardened detective but a vulnerable girl just like McQueen’s innocent prey. As her husband, Roarke, tries to rescue her from the nightmares that claw at her mind, and her partner, Peabody, doggedly works to support her, Eve must confront—and call upon—the darkest parts of her own soul in order to survive.

Finalist Titles

The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter; narrated by Max Bellmore (Audible, Inc.)

Notorious by Nicola Cornick; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc.)

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews; narrated by Isabel Keating (Macmillan Audio)

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James; narrated by Susan Duerden (HarperAudio)

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley; narrated by Rosalyn Landor (Audible, Inc.)

SCIENCE FICTION

FUZZY NATION

by John Scalzi

Narrated by Wil Wheaton (Audible, Inc.)

Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesn't care to talk about. On the distant planet Zarathustra, Jack is content as an independent contractor for ZaraCorp, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that's not up for discussion. 

Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth. 

But there's another wrinkle to ZaraCorp's relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet, the basis of the wealth they derive from extracting its resources, is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species. Then a small furry biped—trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute—shows up at Jack's outback home. Followed by its family. 

Finalist Titles

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi; narrated by Wil Wheaton (Audible, Inc.)

The Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan; narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey; narrated by Jefferson Mays (Recorded Books) 

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem and translated by Bill Johnston; narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Audible, Inc.)

The Tears of the Sun by S. M. Stirling; narrated by Todd McLaren (Tantor Media) 

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

Selected Shorts: New American Stories

by Aleksandar Hemon, Jhumpa Lahirir, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Sherman Alexie


Narrated by Boyd Gaines, Rita Wolf, Condola Rashad, and BD Wong (Symphony Space, Inc.)

A robbery and its dramatic consequences lead a Spokane Indian to rethink his entire life in Alexie’s "Breaking and Entering". 

A young Nigerian woman tackles adventure by taking a Greyhound bus to the end of the line and starting a new life in Hartford in Adichie’s longing-filled story "The Thing Around Your Neck". 

In the heartfelt tale "Good Living," a Bosnian emigrant seeks the American dream while selling magazines door to door in Chicago. 

"Hell-Heaven" is a story of passions and tensions in a Bengali family living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Finalist Titles

The Black Mask 1 by Keith Alan Deutsch, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, George Harmon Coxe, Frederick Nebel, Lester Dent, and edited by Otto Penzler; narrated by a full cast (HighBridge Audio)

Bullfighting by Roddy Doyle; narrated by Lorcan Cranitch (AudioGO)

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Gabra Zackman, Marc Vietor, Kevin Pariseau, LJ Ganser, Katherine Kellgren, Allyson Johnson, Victor Bevine, Elisabeth Rodgers, Jonathan Davis, Oliver Wyman, Jeremy Gage, Eileen Stevens, Joe Barrett, Jessica Almasy, Khristine Hvam, and Su (Audible, Inc.)

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; narrated by Kirsten Potter (Tantor Media)

You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon; narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Tantor Media) 

SOLO NARRATION — FEMALE

The Winter Sea

by Susanna Kearsley

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor (Audible, Inc.)

History has all but forgotten...

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. 

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. 

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her...

Finalist Titles

Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1 by Ilsa J. Bick; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc./Brilliance Audio)

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones; narrated by Lorelei King (Macmillan Audio)

Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn and George Vecsey; narrated by Sissy Spacek (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

The Wake of Lorelei Lee by L. A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio) 

​SOLO NARRATION — MALE

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

Narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

At the urging of his wife Elizabeth, the Duke of York (know to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship, between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia, would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse. Through intense locution and breathing lessons, the amiable Logue gave the shy young Duke the skills and the confidence to stand and deliver before a crowd. And when his elder brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne to marry for love, Bertie was able to assume the reins of power as King George VI—just in time to help steer the nation through the dark waters of the Second World War.

Finalist Titles

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

Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin; narrated by Dion Graham (AudioGO)

Hard Magic by Larry Correia; narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Audible, Inc.)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad; narrated by Kenneth Branagh (Audible, Inc.) 

TEEN

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Bloody Jack #8

by L. A. Meyer

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia. To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales. 

Not one to give in to self-pity, Jacky rallies her sisters to "better" their position—resulting in wild escapades, brushes with danger, and much hilarity. Will Jacky find herself a founding mother of New South Wales, Australia? Not if she has anything to do about it!

Finalist Titles

Beauty Queens written and read by Libba Bray (Scholastic Audio)

Chime by Franny Billingsley; narrated by Susan Duerden (Listening Library)

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt; narrated by Lincoln Hoppe (Listening Library)

Pick-Up Game by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith, Jr., et al.; narrated by Dion Graham and Quincy Tyler (Bernstine Brilliance Audio/Candlewick) 

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

The Nightmare Thief: A Novel

by Meg Gardiner


Narrated by Susan Ericksen (Brilliance Audio)

Autumn Reiniger expects something special for her 21st birthday. Daddy’s already bought her the sports car, the apartment, and admission to the private college where she parties away her weekends. Now she wants excitement, and she’s going to get it. Her father signs up Autumn and five friends for an “ultimate urban reality” game: a simulated drug deal, manhunt, and jailbreak. It’s a high-priced version of cops and robbers, played with fake guns and fast cars on the streets of San Francisco. Edge Adventures alerts the SFPD ahead of time that a “crime simulation” is underway, so the authorities can ignore the squealing tires and desperate cries for help. Which is convenient for the gang of real kidnappers zeroing in on their target and a mammoth payday. 

Finalist Titles

Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott; narrated by Kevin T. Collins (Hachette Audio)

The Bone House by Brian Freeman; narrated by Joe Barrett (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)  

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin; narrated by Mauro Hantman (AudioGO)

Silent Scream by Karen Rose; narrated by Marguerite Gavin (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Unknown [Out of My Head] by Didier van Cauwelaert; narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone Audio, Inc.) 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Craig Black, Founder and CEO of Blackstone Audio

Craig Black was honored for his contributions to audio publishing. He is the CEO of Blackstone Audio, a company he founded in 1987. Blackstone Audio has been one of the largest independent audiobook publishers in the United States, offering over 10,000 audiobooks. The company is based in Ashland, Oregon with five in-house recording studios. Since 2004, Blackstone Audio has won 21 Audie Awards.