AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

THE END OF THE AFFAIR

by Graham Greene

Narrated by Colin Firth (Audible, Inc.)

The End of the Affair is set in London during and just after World War II, is the story of a flourishing love affair between Maurice Bendrix, a rising writer during the Second World War in London, and Sarah Miles, the wife of an impotent civil servant. After a violent episode at Maurice's apartment, Sarah suddenly and without explanation breaks off the affair.

Later, Bendrix is still wracked with jealousy when he sees Sarah's husband, Henry, crossing the Common that separates their flats. Henry has finally started to suspect something, and Bendrix decides to go to a private detective to discover Sarah's new lover. Through her diary, he learns that, when she thought he was dead after the bombing, she made a promise to God not to see Bendrix again if He allowed him to live again. After her sudden death from a lung infection brought to a climax by walking on the Common in the rain, several miraculous events occur, advocating for some kind of meaningfulness to Sarah's faith. 

Finalist Titles

American Grown by Michelle Obama; narrated by Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, Christeta Comerford, Sam Kass, Bill Yosses, and a full cast (Random House Audio)

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter; narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (HarperAudio)

Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard; narrated by Bill O'Reilly (Macmillan Audio)

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

DRACULA

by Bram Stoker

Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, et al. (Audible, Inc.)

Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, visits Count Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania to provide legal support for a real estate transaction. At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manners, Harker soon realizes that he is Dracula's prisoner. After the preparations are made, Dracula leaves Transylvania and abandons Harker to three female vampires, called "the sisters". Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life.

Dracula attempts to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Finalist Titles

Shadow Show by Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Audrey Niffenegger, Dave Eggers, et al.; narrated by George Takei, Edward Herrmann, Kate Mulgrew, F. Murray Abraham, Neil Gaiman, Peter Appel, and James Urbaniak (HarperAudio)

Society’s Child by Janis Ian; narrated by Janis Ian (Audible, Inc.)

We Are America by Walter Dean Myers; narrated by Macleod Andrews, Olivia DuFord, Dion Graham, Lizann Mitchell, Christopher Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Johanna Parker, Adriana Sananes, and Kaipo Schwab (Live Oak Media)

AUDIO DRAMA

Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners

by Ellen Kushner

Narrated by Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, Robert Fass, Nick Sullivan, Simon Jones, Sam Guncler, and Anne Bobby (SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents/ACX)

On the streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. And in this city, the swordsman Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless—until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye. Because every man lives at sword's point, if you can only find his weakness. And even the greatest swordsman in Riverside has one thing he cares for deeply.

Finalist Titles

Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You! by Yuri Rasovsky; narrated by Sandra Oh, Simon Helberg, Kate Burton, and a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Star Angel by Jerry Robbins; narrated by Jerry Robbins and the Colonial Radio Players (Brilliance Audio)

Titanium Rain, Episode One by Josh Finney, from the novel by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha; narrated by Lance Roger Axt, Elizabeth Knowelden, Carrington Macduffie, and a full cast (The Audiocomics Company)

Trouble On His Wings by L. Ron Hubbard; narrated by Jennifer Aspen, Bob Caso, Rf Daley, Jim Meskimen, and Matt Scott (Galaxy Press) 

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

THE SEAMSTRESS

by Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, and Marlene Bernstein Samuels

Narrated by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)

From the start, she recounts her own premature birth, triggered by terrifying rumors of an incipient pogrom. She was born into a large family in rural Romania and grew up feisty, willing to fight back physically against anti-Semitism from other schoolchildren. She defied her father's orders to turn down a scholarship that took her to Bucharest, and got herself expelled from that school when she responded to a priest/teacher's vicious diatribe against the Jews by hurling a bottle of ink at him. 

After a series of incidents that ranged from dramatic escapes to a year in a forced labor detachment, Sara ended up in Ravensbruck, a women's concentration camp, and managed to survive. 

Finalist Titles

Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley; narrated by George Guidall (HarperAudio)

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess Of Carnarvon; narrated by Wanda Mccaddon (Tantor Media)

My Cross To Bear by Gregg Allman, with Alan Light; narrated by Will Patton (HarperAudio)

Two Rings: A Story Of Love and War by Millie Werber and Eve Keller; narrated by Yelena Shmulenson, with introduction by Eve Keller (Highbridge Company)

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

SPY THE LIE: FORMER CIA OFFICERS TEACH YOU HOW TO DETECT DECEPTION

by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and Don Tennant

Narrated by Fred Berman (Macmillan Audio)

Three former CIA officers—among the world’s foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie. 

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. 

As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily live.

Finalist Titles

A Capitalism for the People by Luigi Zingales; narrated by Jonathan Davis (Audible, Inc.)

Great on the Job by Jodi Glickman; narrated by Tanya Eby (Brilliance Audio)

Inside Apple written and read by Adam Lashinsky (Hachette Audio)

The Personal MBA written and read by Josh Kaufman (Audible, Inc.) 

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

SAME SUN HERE

by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Narrated by Silas House and Neela Vaswani (Brilliance Audio)

Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River’s town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. 

Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun.

Finalist Titles

The Cheshire Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright; narrated by Katherine Kellgren and Robin Sachs (Listening Library)

The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman; narrated by Robin Miles (Listening Library)

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; narrated by Davina Porter (Recorded Books, Llc)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio; narrated by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd (Brilliance Audio) 

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

THE GREAT CAKE MYSTERY: PRECIOUS RAMOTSWE’S VERY FIRST CASE

by Alexander McCall Smith

Narrated by Adjoa Andoh (Listening Library)

Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective? 

This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious, a little girl living in Botswana, who wishes to be a detective someday. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.

Finalist Titles

Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems; narrated by Mo, Cher, and Trixie Willems (Weston Woods Studios)

A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead; narrated by David De Vries (Weston Woods Studios)

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig; narrated by James Earl Jones (Simon & Schuster)

We Are America by Walter Dean Myers; narrated by Macleod Andrews, Olivia Duford, Dion Graham, Lizann Mitchell, Christopher Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Johanna Parker, Adriana Sananes, and Kaipo Schwab (Live Oak Media) 

CLASSIC

DOMBEY AND SON

by Charles Dickens

Narrated by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

Mr. Dombey is a man obsessed with his firm. His son is groomed from birth to take his place within it, despite his visionary eccentricity and declining health. But Dombey also has a daughter, whose unfailing love for her father goes unreturned. 'Girls' said Mr. Dombey, 'have nothing to do with Dombey and Son'. 

When Walter Gay, a young clerk in her father's office, rescues her from a bewildering experience in the streets of London, his unforgettable friends believe he is well on his way to receiving her hand in marriage and inheriting the company.

Finalist Titles

A Death in the Family by James Agee; narrated by Lloyd James (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Dracula by Bram Stoker; narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, et al. (Audible, Inc.)

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

The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope; narrated by Simon Vance (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

FANTASY

ANITA

by Keith Roberts

Narrated by Nicola Barber (Audible, Inc.)

Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever...and she's a witch. A real one.

Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio, and rock & roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars, where she and her Granny invoke elemental spirits int he service of Him Wot's Down Under. She has senses no ordinary mortal can imagine; with them, she can hear the voices of every creature of the night. She can changer her shape, call a drowned corpse from a lake, reverse the flow of time, and ride the Sea Serpent deep into the ocean in the company of a mermaid, even though the modern world is trying to crowd aside—and even change—that world of witchcraft and magic. Yet, complicated as a young witch's life may become, Anita never loses her sense of fun, or her essential innocence.

Finalist Titles

All Men of Genius by Lev Ac Rosen; narrated by Emily Gray (Recorded Books, LLC)

Heroes Die by Matthew Stover; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Audible, Inc.)

Princess Of Wands by John Ringo; narrated by Suzy Jackson (Audible, Inc.)

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens; narrated by Khristine Hvam (Audible, Inc.)

Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan; narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Recorded Books, LLC) 

FICTION

THE HANDMAID’S TALE

by Margaret Atwood

Narrated by Claire Danes (Audible, Inc.)

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred is now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may leave the home once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.

Finalist Titles

The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig; narrated by David Aaron Baker (Recorded Books, LLC)

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter; narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (HarperAudio)

A Rage In Harlem by Chester Himes; narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Audible, Inc.)

Speaks The Nightbird by Robert McCammon; narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (Audible, Inc.) 

HISTORY

THE WRECKING CREW: THE INSIDE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL’S BEST-KEPT SECRET

by Kent Hartman

Narrated by Dan John Miller (Tantor Media)

On hit record after hit record, by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves as the driving sound of pop music—sometimes over the objection of actual band members forced to make way for Wrecking Crew members. 

Industry insider Kent Hartman tells the dramatic, definitive story of the musicians who forged a reputation throughout the business as the secret weapons behind the top recording stars. Mining invaluable interviews, the author follows the careers of such session masters as drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel, as well as trailblazing bassist Carol Kaye, who went on to play in thousands of recording sessions. Listeners will discover the Wrecking Crew members who would forge careers in their own right, including Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, and learn of the relationship between the Crew and such legends as Phil Spector and Jimmy Webb. 

Finalist Titles

Da Vinci’s Ghost by Toby Lester; narrated by Stephen Hoye (Tantor Media) 

L.A. Noir by John Buntin; narrated by Kirby Heyborne (Tantor Media) 

Pacific Crucible by Ian W. Toll; narrated by Grover Gardner (Audible, Inc.) 

Season Of The Witch by David Talbot; narrated by Arthur Morey (Brilliance Audio) 

Twelve Desperate Miles by Tim Brady; narrated by Joe Barrett (AudioGo)

HUMOR

I SUCK AT GIRLS

by Justin Halpern

Narrated by Sean Schemmel (HarperAudio)

Fans of the number-one best seller Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halpern's dad as it crackles through this hysterical new audiobook. The story begins when Justin announces that he's decided to propose to his girlfriend. "You've been dating her for four years," his dad replies. "It ain't like you found a parallel f**king universe." 

But eventually he gives Justin some advice: that he should think back over everything he's learned in life about women, relationships, and himself before making his decision. And that's just what Justin does—revisiting everything from his disastrous childhood crushes to the night he finally lost his virginity while working as a dishwasher at Hooters. 

Full of his dad's patented brand of wisdom, it's also full of new characters just as funny—from his brother, who provides insights into wedding night rituals, to his first boss, who warns Justin to man up: "That's what a man does. He takes his shots and then he scrubs the shit out of some dishes." The result is a pilgrim's progress through the landscape of sex and love—by one of the funniest writers at work today.

Finalist Titles

America Again written and read by Stephen Colbert (Hachette Audio)

The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days by Ian Frazier; narrated by Cynthia Nixon (Macmillan Audio)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) written and read by Jenny Lawson (Penguin Audio)

Me The People written and read by Kevin Bleyer (Random House Audio) 

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

THE GOOD DREAM

by Donna VanLiere

Narrated by Donna VanLiere (Macmillan Audio)

Tennessee, 1950: a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early 30s), and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But her mother’s death hit her harder than anyone suspects, and Ivorie wonders if she will be alone forever. 

When she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden—a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills—something about him haunts Ivorie. She can’t imagine what would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden. But what she truly can’t imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in a filthy lean-to hut miles up in the hills. 

Who is he? How did he come to live in the hills? Where did he come from? And, more importantly, can she save him? As Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover the answers, she unleashes a firestorm in the town—a community that would rather let secrets stay secret.

Finalist Titles

Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury; narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir (Zondervan)

His Love Endures Forever by Beth Wiseman; narrated by Kirsten Potter (eChristian)

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff; narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

Touching the Sky by Tracie Peterson; narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio) 

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

FEARLESS: THE UNDAUNTED COURAGE AND ULTIMATE SACRIFICE OF NAVY SEAL TEAM SIX OPERATOR ADAM BROWN

by Eric Blehm

Narrated by Paul Michael (eChristian)

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he was ready. In a letter to his children, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.” 

Long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team Six, he was a fun-loving country boy from Hot Springs, Arkansas, whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents. 

But after high school, Adam fell in with the wrong crowd, and his family watched as his appetite for risk dragged him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail. Battling his inner demons on a last-chance road to redemption, Adam had one goal: to become the best of the best—a US Navy SEAL.

Finalist Titles

Anna and The King Of Siam by Margaret Langdon; narrated by Anne Flosnik (eChristian)

Kjv Audio Bible, Pure Voice by Zondervan Publishing; Narrated by Scott Brick, et al. (Zondervan Publishing)

Miracle For Jen by Linda Barrick and John Perry; narrated by Kirsten Potter (eChristian)

Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll; narrated by Tavia Gilbert and William Dufris (eChristian) 

LITERARY FICTION

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

by Hilary Mantel

Narrated by Simon Vance (Macmillan Audio)

Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?

Finalist Titles

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene; narrated by Colin Firth (Audible, Inc.)

Heft by Liz Moore; narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro; narrated by Simon Prebble (Tantor Media)

Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan; narrated by George Guidall (Recorded Books, LLC) 

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

DRACULA

by Bram Stoker

Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, et al. (Audible, Inc.)

Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, visiting Count Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina, and Moldavia, to provide legal support for a real estate transaction overseen by Harker's employer. At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manners, Harker soon realizes that he is Dracula's prisoner. After the preparations are made, Dracula leaves Transylvania and abandons Harker to three female vampires, called ""the sisters"". Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life.

Dracula attempts to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Finalist Titles

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky; narrated by Seth Rudetsky, et al. (Audible, Inc.)

October Mourning by Lesléa Newman; narrated by Lesléa Newman, et al. (Brilliance Audio)

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner; narrated by Ellen Kushner, et al. (SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents/ACX)

Suddenly, A Knock On The Door by Etgar Keret; narrated by Etgar Keret, et al. (Macmillan Audio)

That is All by John Hodgman; narrated by John Hodgman, et al. (Penguin Audio)

MYSTERY

THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY: A CHIEF INSPECTOR GAMACHE NOVEL

by Louise Penny

Narrated by Ralph Cosham (Macmillan Audio)

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.” 

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

Finalist Titles

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman; narrated by Linda Emond (HarperAudio)

The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan; narrated by Simon Vance (AudioGO)

Hush Money by Chuck Greaves; narrated by Dan Butler (AudioGO)

The Nightmare by Lars Kepler; narrated by Mark Bramhall (Macmillan Audio) 

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS

SOCIETY’S CHILD: MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY

by Janis Ian

Narrated by Janis Ian (Audible, Inc.)

Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of fifteen, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. An intimate portrait of an interracial relationship, "Society's Child" climbed the charts despite the fact that many radio stations across the country refused to play it because of its controversial subject matter. 

In 1975, Ian's legendary "At Seventeen" earned two Grammy awards and five nominations. Her next two albums brought her worldwide platinum hits. But after seven albums in as many years, she made a conscious decision to walk away from the often grueling music business. During this period, she struggled through a difficult marriage that ended with her then husband's attempt to destroy her, and a sudden illness that very nearly cost her her life. In 1993, Ian returned with the release of the Grammy-nominated "Breaking Silence". Now, as she moves gracefully into her fifth decade as a recording artist and writer, Ian continues to draw large audiences around the globe.

Finalist Titles

American Dervish written and read by Ayad Akhtar (Hachette Audio)

How To Be Black written and read by Baratunde Thurston (HarperAudio)

Most Talkative written and read by Andy Cohen (Macmillan Audio)

When It Happens To You written and read by Molly Ringwald (HarperAudio)

Yes, Chef written and read by Marcus Samuelsson (Random House Audio)

NON-FICTION

BREASTS: A NATURAL AND UNNATURAL HISTORY

by Florence Williams

Narrated by Kate Reading (Tantor Media)

Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis? Or that it's sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial—and so vulnerable?

In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon's office, where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas, to the laboratory, where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk. The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.

Finalist Titles

Cemetery John by Robert Zorn; narrated by Sean Runnette (Tantor Media)

The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart; narrated by Lloyd James (Tantor Media)

Love is the Cure written and read by Elton John (Hachette Audio)

Sex and God at Yale by Nathan Harden; narrated by Scott Aiello (Audible, Inc.) 

ORIGINAL WORK

GUN CHURCH

by Reed Farrel Coleman

Narrated by Joe Barrett and John Keating (Audible, Inc.)

Kip Weiler is a self-destructive, washed-up, middle-aged professor. Once a superstar of the literary set, he has bottomed out after years of drinking and not writing anything worth a damn. As the novel begins, he’s teaching classes at a small, rural community college. Kip's talent, money, and chances have just about run out, when he rescues a classroom full of his students from a deranged student gunman who opens fire and takes the class hostage. 

As a result of the subsequent media attention, Kip gets an invitation to join a bizarre club-cult with members who have a near-religious fascination with handguns. His involvement with this group—and a simultaneous fling with a "spectacular" and sexually adventurous student of his named Renee—rekindles his passion and his creative-writing energy. 

Finalist Titles

Coming Home To Us written and read by Helen Engelhardt and Marjorie Van Halteren (Midsummer Sound Company)

Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You! by Yuri Rasovsky; narrated by Sandra Oh, Simon Helberg, Kate Burton, and a full cast (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines; narrated by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer (Audible, Inc.)

Titanium Rain, Episode One by Josh Finney; narrated by Lance Roger Axt, Elizabeth Knowelden, Carrington Macduffie, and a full cast (The AudioComics Company) 

PACKAGE DESIGN

ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN

by Nancy Tillman

Package Design: Margo Goody (Macmillan Audio)

On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, "Life will never be the same." 

On the night you were born, the whole world came alive with thanksgiving. The moon stayed up till morning. The geese flew home to celebrate. Polar bears danced. 

On the night you were born you brought wonder and magic to the world. 

Finalist Titles

Da Vinci’s Ghost by Toby Lester; narrated by Stephen Hoye (Tantor Media) 

Coming Home To Us by Helen Engelhardt and Marjorie Van Halteren; Package Design by David Shinn (Midsummer Sound Company)

The Great Gazzoon by Rick Scott and Valley Hennell; Package Design by Linda Sanborn and Valley Hennell (Grand Poobah Music)

NPR Road Trips by NPR and hosted by Noah Adams; Package Design by Sandy Ackerman (Highbridge Company)

Savages by Don Winslow; Package Design by Elaine Byers (Tantor Media) 

PARANORMAL

SPELLBOUND: BOOK II OF THE GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES

by Larry Correia

Narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Audible, Inc.)

The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir. The knights must become fugitives while they attempt to discover who framed them.

Things go from bad to worse when Jake Sullivan, former P.I. and knight of the Grimnoir, receives a telephone call from a dead man—a man he helped kill. Turns out the Power jumped universes because it was fleeing from a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. That predator has just landed on Earth.

Finalist Titles

The Bride Wore Black Leather by Simon R. Green; narrated by Marc Vietor (Audible, Inc.)

The Greybriar by Clay and Susan Griffith; narrated by James Marsters (Buzzy Multimedia Publishing)

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews; narrated by Renée Raudman (Tantor Media)

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland; narrated by Allison McLemore (Audible, Inc.)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

THE TAO OF POOH

by Benjamin Hoff

Narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life.

Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.

While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that's the clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

Finalist Titles

It Worked for Me written and read by Colin Powell (HarperAudio

Just One Thing by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.; narrated by Fred Stella (Brilliance Audio)

Naked at Our Age by Joan Price; narrated by Suzanne Toren (Audible, Inc.)

The Whole-Brain Child written and read by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson (Brilliance Audio)

ROMANCE

THE WITNESS

by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Julia Whelan (Brilliance Audio)

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious and obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. 

The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and a professional level. Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.

Finalist Titles

Don’t Cry for Me by Sharon Sala; narrated by Kathe Mazur (Audible, Inc.)

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley; narrated by Angela Dawe (Tantor Media)

Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks; narrated by Kirsten Potter (Tantor Media)

Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt; narrated by Ashford MacNab (Hachette Audio) 

SCIENCE FICTION

THE AGE OF MIRACLES: A NOVEL

by Karen Thompson Walker

Narrated by Emily Rankin (Random House Audio)

“It still amazes me how little we really knew...Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Finalist Titles

14 by Peter Clines; narrated by Ray Porter (Audible, Inc.)

Agatha H. and The Clockwork Princess by Phil and Kaja Foglio; narrated by Angela Dawe (Brilliance Audio)

Invincible by Jack Campbell; narrated by Christian Rummel (Audible, Inc.)

Pure by Julianna Baggott; narrated by Julianna Baggott, Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and Casey Holloway (Hachette Audio)

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

ASTRAY

by Emma Donoghue

Narrated by Khristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren, and Dion Graham (Hachette Audio)

Finalist Titles

I Am An Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran; narrated by Neil Shah and Lina Patel (Dreamscape Media LLC)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion; narrated by Diane Keaton (Audible, Inc.)

Welcome To Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner; narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Macleod Andrews, Holly Black, and Ellen Kushner. (Brilliance Audio)

When It Happens To You written and read by Molly Ringwald (HarperAudio) 

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (AudioGO)

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet. 

Because inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive. Nina's natural instinct is to rescue the boy, but she knows the situation is risky. Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is hunting him down. When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too.

Finalist Titles

Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth; narrated by Nicola Barber (HighBridge Company)

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book III by Maryrose Wood; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)  

Juliet In August by Dianne Warren; narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Tantor Media) 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; narrated by Anne Hathaway (Audible, Inc.) 

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

BEAUTIFUL RUINS

by Jess Walter

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (HarperAudio)

The story begins in 1962. On the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning 50 years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, and the rakish Richard Burton himself—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars, and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.

Finalist Titles

The Absolutist by John Boyne; narrated by Michael Maloney (Tantor Media)

Being There by Jerzy Kosinski; narrated by Dustin Hoffman (Audible, Inc.) 

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene; narrated by Colin Firth (Audible, Inc.) 

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff; narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

TEENS

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

by John Green

Narrated by Kate Rudd (Brilliance Audio)

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But then she meets and falls in love with Augustus 'Gus' Waters, a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. 

Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.

Finalist Titles

The Diviners by Libba Bray; narrated by January Lavoy (Listening Library)

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

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio)

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini; narrated by Gerard Doyle (Listening Library)

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

Red, White, and Blood: The President's Vampire, Book 3

by Christopher Farnsworth

Narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

A political operative and a volunteer are brutally murdered while caught in a compromising position. Written in their blood on the wall of the crime scene: IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK. 

And with that, a centuries-old horror known only as the Boogeyman returns to taunt Nathaniel Cade, the president's vampire. Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential race, with the threat of constant exposure by the media, Cade and Zach must stop the one monster Cade has never been able to defeat completely. And they must do it before the Boogeyman adds another victim to his long and bloody list: the President of the United States himself.

Finalist Titles

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (AudioGO) 

The Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Books, LLC) 

Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz; narrated by David Aaron Baker (Brilliance Audio) 

Rise Again by Ben Tripp; narrated by Kirsten Potter (Tantor Media)

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Bob and Debra Deyan (Deyan Audio)

Legendary in the audiobook industry, Deyan Audio was founded in 1990 by Bob and Debra Deyan. The company has worked with the largest publishers and has handled all aspects of production including casting and directing for thousands of audiobooks. Deyan Audio has to its credit multiple Grammy, Audie, Earphone, and Listen Up Awards.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN SALES AWARD

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook

by E.L. James

Narrated by Becca Battoe (Random House Audio)

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. 

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. 

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.