AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

by Billy Crystal

Narrated by Billy Crystal (Macmillian Audio)

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. 

He looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. 

He also lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion ("the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac"); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. 

Finalist Titles

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín; narrated by Meryl Streep (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; narrated by Bryan Cranston (Audible, Inc.)

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

The Storm King: Stories, Narratives, Poems: Spoken Words Set to a World of Music

by Pete Seeger, presented by Jeff Haynes

Narrated by Pete Seeger (Hachette Audio)

The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—set to new music created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African music, blues, bluegrass, classical guitar, folk, jazz, and Native American music, Pete's wisdom and stories now sing out to new audiences and into a new technological age. 

Each piece is unique in sound and emotion and also in how it came together. Jeff Haynes, world-renowned percussionist and producer, has worked closely with Pete to create something spectacular—weaving Pete's words with the music of artists from around the world who would not otherwise have shared a stage with Pete but who have been deeply influenced by him. 

Finalist Titles

Ender’s Game Alive by Orson Scott Card; narrated by a full cast (Audible, Inc.)

Matilda by Roald Dahl; narrated by Kate Winslet (Penguin Audio)

AUDIO DRAMA

Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens, adapted by Paul McCusker

Narrated by Joe Holgate, Henry Goodman, Bill Sykes, Geoffrey Palmer, Roy Hudd, Finty Williams, and a full cast (Tyndale Audio)

The story of a young orphan, Oliver Twist, who is sent from a child farm to begin life in a workhouse. After committing the unpardonable offense of asking for more food, Oliver is sent off to apprentice with a coffin-maker whose wife mistreats him. He runs away to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger and Fagin, who trains kids to be pickpockets. Despite his many trials and hardships, he finally gets his happy ending, bringing hope for redemption to all around him.

This classic story will steal your heart as the timeless characters are brought to life in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre’s edition of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale. 

Finalist Titles

The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman; narrated by Ellen Kushner, et al. (SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents/Audible, Inc.)

Hollywood Said No! by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross; narrated by Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, and a full cast (Hachette Audio)

Marvel Civil War by Stuart Moore; narrated by Richard Rohan, Richard Cutting, Tim Getman, James Keegan, Kimberly Gilbert, and a full cast (GraphicAudio)

Screaming with the Cannibals by Lee Maynard; narrated by Ross Ballard II (MountainWhispers.com Audiobooks)

War of the Worlds by M.J. Elliott and H.G. Wells; narrated by The Colonial Radio Players (The Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air)

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life With the Herd in the African Wild

by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence

Narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. 

In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom. 

A heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad account of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, it is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

Finalist Titles

[sic]: A Memoir by Joshua Cody; narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (Audible, Inc.)

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor; narrated by Rita Moreno (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

World on a String written and read by John Pizzarelli and Joseph Cosgriff (Audible, Inc.)

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai; narrated by Archie Panjabi (Hachette Audio)

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army

by Robert Watson and Ben Brown

Narrated by Bob Souer (eChristian)

Business guru Peter Drucker referred to the Salvation Army as "The most effective organization in the U.S." The Salvation Army has long been revered for its passionate adherence to its mission and purpose of delivering humanitarian and spiritual aid to anyone, no matter who they are. 

In this important book, former commissioner of the Salvation Army in the U.S. Robert Watson outlines those principles that not only guide that organization, but also can apply to companies, ministries, and organizations anywhere.

Finalist Titles

The Everything Store by Brad Stone; narrated by Peter Larkin (Hachette Audio)

The Invisible Heart by Russell D. Roberts; narrated by Kirby Heyborne (Audible, Inc.)

Leading Apple with Steve Jobs by Jay Elliot; narrated by Richard Davidson (Audible, Inc.)

Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan; narrated by Jonathan Davis (Audible, Inc.)

Without Their Permission by Alexis Ohanian; narrated by Alexis Ohanian (Hachette Audio)

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

MATILDA

by Roald Dahl

Narrated by Kate Winslet (Penguin Audio)

In a small Buckinghamshire village, Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl of unusual precocity, but often ill-treated or neglected by her parents. In retaliation, she pulls pranks such as gluing her father's hat to his head, hiding a friend's parrot in the chimney to simulate a burglar or ghost, and secretly bleaching her father's hair.

She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull, she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Finalist Titles

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park; narrated by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop (Full Cast Audio)

Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes; narrated by Bahni Turpin (Brilliance Audio)

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt; narrated by Lyle Lovett (Simon & Schuster Audio)

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

Hooray for Anna Hibiscus!

by Atinuke

Narrated by Mutiyat Ade-Salu (Recorded Books)

Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. She lives with her whole family in a wonderful house. There is always somebody to laugh and play with. Anna is always singing to her two baby brothers, Double and Trouble. But when she is chosen to sing for her school in front of the president, her throat runs dry and her bones turn to stone. Can Double and Trouble save her? 

On a beach vacation with her African father, Canadian mother, and twin baby brothers, Anna learns the value of her extended family to an experience that helps her better understand the profound economic disparities that exist in her world. 

Finalist Titles

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake  by Michael B. Kaplan; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Live Oak Media)

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds; narrated by James Naughton (Weston Woods)

The Dark by Lemony Snicket; narrated by Neil Gaiman (Hachette Audio)

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson; narrated by Forest Whitaker (Weston Woods)

Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout by Megan McDonald; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Brilliance Audio)

CLASSIC

The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Narrated by Simon Vance (Brilliance Audio)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces—from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like "The Speckled Band" and more. 

At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes—brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning. Venture back in time to Victorian London to join literature's greatest detective team—the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his devoted assistant, Dr. Watson—as they investigate a dozen of their best-known cases. 

Finalist Titles

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody; narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts (Tantor Media)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; narrated by Dan Stevens (Audible, Inc.)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal (Audible, Inc.)

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; narrated by Armando Duran (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

EROTICA

CARRIE'S STORY: An Erotic S/M Novel

by Molly Weatherfield

Narrated by Shana Savage (Audible, Inc.)

Carrie's Story is regarded as one of the finest erotic novels ever written—smart, devastatingly sexy, and at times, shocking, Molly Weatherfield has penned a book that is standing the test of time alongside The Story of O and Justine

Imagine The Story of O starring a Berkeley Ph.D. in comparative literature, who moonlights as a bike messenger, with a penchant for irony, self-analysis and as well as anal pleasures. Set in both San Francisco and the more chateau-friendly, Napa Valley, Weatherfield's deliciously decadent novel takes you on a sexually explicit journey into a netherworld of slave auctions, training regimes, enticing "ponies", (people) preening for dressage competitions. Desire runs rampant in this story of uncompromising mastery and irrevocable submission.

Finalist Titles

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines; narrated by Jennifer Bronstein (Audible, Inc.)

The Killer Wore Leather by Laura Antoniou; narrated by Lauren Fortgang (Audible, Inc.)

Release Me (The Stark Trilogy) by J. Kenner; narrated by Sofia Willingham (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas; narrated by Edita Brychta (Hachette Audio) 

Wuthering Nights by Emily Bronte and I.J. Miller; narrated by Joy Pratt (Hachette Audio)

FANTASY

WISP OF A THING: A Novel of the Tufa, Book 2

by Alex Bledsoe

Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Touched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song that might ease his aching heart. All he knows of the mysterious and reclusive Tufa is what he has read on the Internet: They are an enigmatic clan of swarthy, black-haired mountain people whose historical roots are lost in myth and controversy.

Rob finds both music and mystery in the mountains: close-lipped locals guard their secrets, even as Rob gets caught up in a subtle power struggle he can’t begin to comprehend. A vacationing wife goes missing, raising suspicions of foul play. And a strange feral girl runs wild in the woods, howling in the night like a lost spirit. 

Change is coming to Cloud County, and only the night wind knows what part Rob will play when the last leaf falls from the Widow’s Tree—and a timeless curse must at last be broken.

Finalist Titles

Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey; narrated by MacLeod Andrews (HarperAudio)

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch; narrated by Michael Page (Tantor Media)

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson; narrated by Michael Kramer (Macmillan Audio)

Swords of Waar by Nathan Long; narrated by Dina Pearlman (Audible, Inc.)

FICTION

DOCTOR SLEEP: A Novel

by Stephen King

Narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death. 

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep." 

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival.

Finalist Titles

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker; narrated by George Guidall (HarperAudio)

The Good House by Ann Leary; narrated by Mary Beth Hurt (Macmillan Audio)

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler; narrated by Tavia Gilbert (Tantor Media)

Jacob’s Oath by Martin Fletcher; narrated by George Guidall (Macmillan Audio)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane written and read by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

HISTORY

DEVIL IN THE GROVE: THURGOOD MARSHALL, THE GROVELAND BOYS, AND THE DAWN OF A NEW AMERICA

by Gilbert King

Narrated by Peter Francis James (HarperAudio)

Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. 

In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white 17-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day's end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as the "Groveland Boys". 

And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights", into the deadly fray. 

Finalist Titles

C.C. Pyle’s Amazing Foot Race by Geoff Williams; narrated by Robertson Dean (Tantor Media)

Frozen in Time written and read by Mitchell Zuckoff (HarperAudio)

The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower; narrated by Edoardo Ballerini (Macmillan Audio)

Nero’s Killing Machine by Stephen Dando-Collins; narrated by Robert Fass (Audible, Inc.)

One Summer written and read by Bill Bryson (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

HUMOR

Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

by Billy Crystal

Narrated by Billy Crystal (Macmillian Audio)

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. 

He looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. 

He also lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion ("the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac"); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. 

Finalist Titles

How I Slept My Way to the Middle by Kevin Pollak with Alan Goldsher; narrated by Kevin Pollak (Brilliance Audio)

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris; narrated by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)

Someone Could Get Hurt by Drew Magary; narrated by Drew Magary (Penguin Audio)

The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey; narrated by Jack Handey (Hachette Audio)

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US: Based on the Epic TV Miniseries "The Bible"

by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett

Narrated by Keith David, Mark Burnett, and Roma Downey (Hachette Audio)

Scripture's greatest stories and most compelling characters come to life in this sweeping new novel by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Dramatizing the sweep of biblical events, making the men and women of scripture come alive in vivid detail and dialogue, all are historically and theologically accurate.

Beginning with the creation of man and ending with the revelation of a new world, readers will revel in this epic saga of warriors, rebels, poets, and kings, all called upon by God to reveal His enduring love for mankind. Ultimately, God's plan is fulfilled in the story of Jesus the Messiah, whose life, death and resurrection brings salvation to one and all.

Many prominent biblical characters are dramatized in the story: Moses, David, Daniel, John the Baptist and, of course, Jesus. Also, the revelation of prophetic significance of the empires that controlled Israel and how these figured into biblical prophecy, especially concerning the Messiah.

Finalist Titles

Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson; narrated by Stina Nielsen (Recorded Books)

Illuminations by Mary Sharratt; narrated by Tavia Gilbert (Tantor Media)

Truth-Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock; narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir (Zondervan)

Unveiled by Francine Rivers; narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Books)

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed

by Dr. Hawa Abdi and Sarah J. Robbins

Narrated by Robin Miles (Hachette Audio)

Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia" and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is the founder of a massive camp for internally displaced people located a few miles from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. Since 1991, when the Somali government collapsed, famine struck, and aid groups fled, she has dedicated herself to providing help for people whose lives have been shattered by violence and poverty. She turned her 1,300 acres of farmland into a camp that has numbered up to 90,000 displaced people, ignoring the clan lines that have often served to divide the country. She inspired her daughters, Deqo and Amina, to become doctors. Together, they have saved tens of thousands of lives in her hospital, while providing an education to hundreds of displaced children. 

In 2010, Dr. Abdi was kidnapped by radical insurgents, who also destroyed much of her hospital, simply because she was a woman. She, along with media pressure, convinced the rebels to let her go, and she demanded and received a written apology. 

Finalist Titles

Break Out! by Joel Osteen; narrated by Joel Osteen (Hachette Audio)

Called to the Fire by Cheston M. Bush; narrated by David Cochran Heath (eChristian)

Grace Happens Here by Max Lucado; narrated by Wayne Shepherd, Kate Rudd, and Luke Daniels (Brilliance Audio)

Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle; narrated by Melanie Shankle (eChristian)

LITERARY FICTION

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Narrated by David Pittu (Hachette Audio)

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. 

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. 

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of a narrowing, ever-more-dangerous circle. 

Finalist Titles

Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett; narrated by Amy McFadden (Brilliance Audio)

The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan; narrated by Kate Udall, Erik Bergmann, and George Guidall (HarperAudio)

The Son by Philipp Meyer; narrated by Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and Clifton Collins, Jr. (HarperAudio)

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín; narrated by Meryl Streep (Simon & Schuster Audio)

MULTI–VOICED PERFORMANCE

WORLD WAR Z: THE COMPLETE EDITION: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

Narrated by Martin Scorsese, Alfred Molina, and a full cast (Random House/Books on Tape)

In this classic of apocalyptic fiction that feels all too real, the Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. The documentary-style oral history records the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War. 

Finalist Titles

Ender’s Game Alive by Orson Scott Card; narrated by a full cast (Audible, Inc.)

The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman; narrated by Ellen Kushner, et al. (SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents/Audible, Inc.)

Snowbound by Richard S. Wheeler; narrated by Brian Hutchison, T. Ryder Smith, Robert Ian Mackenzie, James Colby, Cellest Ciulla, and Scott Sowers (Recorded Books)

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher; narrated by Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, January LaVoy, and Marc Thompson (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

MYSTERY

UNLEASHED: Andy Carpenter, Book 11

by David Rosenfelt

Narrated by Grover Gardner (Listen & Live Audio)

Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, is stunned to receive a phone call out of the blue from Barry Price, a high school friend he hasn't spoken to in years, pleading for help with something too frightening to discuss on the phone. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and lawyer Andy Carpenter's legal expertise—and he needs them immediately. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog lying in the road on the way to Barry's house, he can't drive off without waiting for help to arrive. By the time Sam makes it, Barry's already taken off on a private airplane headed who-knows-where.

Assuming their help is no longer needed, Sam and Andy turn their full attention to helping the dog Sam found recover from his injuries. Then they learn that Barry's plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane. Barry was in far more serious trouble than either of them knew, and for Sam and Andy, the trouble is only beginning.

Finalist Titles

Death and the Lit Chick by G.M. Malliet; narrated by Davina Porter (Dreamscape Media, LLC)

The Enemy of My Enemy by Richard Bard; narrated by R.C. Bray (Richard Bard)

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc.)

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti; narrated by Cassandra Campell (Tantor Media)

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman; narrated by Judy Kaye (Macmillan Audio)

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS

Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

by Billy Crystal

Narrated by Billy Crystal (Macmillian Audio)

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. 

He looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. 

He also lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion ("the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac"); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry.

Finalist Titles

Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington; narrated by Grace Coddington (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

I, Rhoda by Valerie Harper; narrated by Valerie Harper (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff; narrated by David Rakoff (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; narrated by Neil Gaiman (HarperAudio)

Shirley Jones by Shirley Jones; narrated by Shirley Jones (Tantor Media)

NON-FICTION

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell (Hachette Audio)

Three thousand years ago, on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won.

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. 

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland's Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms—all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.

Finalist Titles

Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill; narrated by Sandy Rustin (HarperAudio)

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben; narrated by Jeff Woodman (Audible, Inc.)

The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti; narrated by L.J. Ganser (Audible, Inc.)

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel; narrated by Arthur Bishop (Macmillan Audio)

ORIGINAL WORK

THIRTEEN

by Scott Harrison, George Mann, Mark Morris, Kaaron Warren, Martin Day, Gary McMahon, Cavan Scott, Dan Abnett, Alasdair Stuart, Kim Newman, Mark Wright, Simon Clark, and Johnny Mains

Narrated by Barnaby Edwards, et al. (Spokenworld Audio/Labroke Audio)

In early 20th Century England Hamilton James Macaulay relates the tale of how he found himself in a Scarborough Bric-a-brac shop. The owner of the shop has thirteen long playing records that each contain a hidden track at the end, that tell strange tales of future times. These thirteen tales of terror will change Hamilton James Macaulay's life forever and he will leave the shop a murderer. 

Thirteen is a portmantaeu audio anthology, harking back to the classic horror albums of the 1970s.

Finalist Titles

Ender’s Game Alive by Orson Scott Card; narrated by a full cast (Audible, Inc.)

Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.; narrated by Dion Graham (eChristian)

METAtropolis: Green Space by Jay Lake, et al.; narrated by Dion Graham, Robin Miles, Mark Boyett, Scott Brick, Allyson Johnson, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Jennifer Van Dyck, and Jonathan Davis (Audible, Inc.)

Pete Seeger: The Storm King by Pete Seeger; narrated by Pete Seeger (Hachette Audio)

Rip-Off! by John Scalzi, et al.; narrated by Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, Jonathan Davis, Stefan Rudnicki, and L.J. Ganser (Audible, Inc.)

PACKAGE DESIGN

CLOCKWORK ANGELS: THE NOVEL

by Kevin J. Anderson

Narrated by Neil Peart (Brilliance Audio)

For more than two centuries, the land of Albion has been ruled by the supposedly benevolent Watchmaker, who imposes precision on every aspect of life. Young Owen Hardy from the village of Barrel Arbor dreams of seeing the big city and the breathtaking Clockwork Angels that dispense wisdom to the people, maybe even catching a glimpse of the Watchmaker himself. 

He watches the steamliners drift by, powered by alchemical energy, as they head toward Crown City—never dreaming that he is already caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos, between the Watchmaker and his nemesis, the Anarchist. Owen’s journeys begin at a fabulous carnival with clockwork wonders beyond his imagination, and take him aboard airships, far into the Redrock Desert to seek lost cities, through storms at sea to encounters with pirates...and give him a chance at love. 

Finalist Titles

The Canyon by Jack Schaefer; narrated by Eric G. Dove (Dreamscape Media, LLC)

The Ernest Hemingway Audiobook Library by Ernest Hemingway; narrated by Various (Simon & Schuster Audio)

NPR Laughter Therapy by National Public Radio; narrated by Audie Cornish (HighBridge

Sold by Patricia McCormick; narrated by Justine Eyre (Tantor Media)

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells; narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

PARANORMAL

REVIVER: A Novel

by Seth Patrick

Narrated by Ari Fliakos (Macmillan Audio)

Death won't silence them. Revivers. Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation. In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. 

His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah is not so certain. Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he's determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger...

Finalist Titles

Ever After by Kim Harrison; narrated by Marguerite Gavin (HarperAudio)

Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon; narrated by Holter Graham (Macmillan Audio)

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy; narrated by Benjamin Percy (Hachette Audio)

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

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

by Jen Sincero

Narrated by Jen Sincero (Tantor Media)

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. 

Via chapters such as "Your Brain Is Your Bitch," "Fear Is for Suckers," and "My Subconscious Made Me Do It," Sincero takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career, and general all-around awesomeness you so desire.

By the end of You are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.

Finalist Titles

Dream More by Dolly Parton; narrated by Dolly Parton (Penguin Audio)

Fitness Confidential by Vinnie Tortorich; narrated by Vinnie Tortorich (Pistachio Press)

Get the Guy by Matthew Hussey; narrated by Matthew Hussey (HarperAudio)

Happy This Year! by Will Bowen; narrated by Will Bowen (Brilliance Audio) 

The Secret to Success by Eric Thomas; narrated by Charles Arrington and Eric Thomas (Eric Thomas)

ROMANCE

THE LONGEST RIDE

by Nicholas Sparks

Narrated by January LaVoy and Ron McLarty (Hachette Audio)

Ira Levinson is in trouble. At 91 years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together—how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage. 

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior's life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans—a future that Luke has the power to rewrite...if the secret he's keeping doesn't destroy it first. 

Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

Finalist Titles

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

For My Lady’s Heart by Laura Kinsale; narrated by Nicholas Boulton (Hedgehog, Inc.)

Kissing under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre; narrated by Eva Kaminsky (Oak Press, LLC)

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr; narrated by Therese Plummer (Recorded Books)

SCIENCE FICTION

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance: Vorkosigan Saga #15

by Lois McMaster Bujold

Narrated by Grover Gardner (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril. 

Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant, Rish, are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson’s Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a secret of which even she may not be aware—a secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barrayaran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej’s homeworld. But none of Tej’s formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. For behind Ivan’s facade of wry and self-effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch—making the ultimate sacrifice to keep her from harm: the treasured and hard-won freedom from his own fate as a scion of Barrayar.

Finalist Titles

Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry; narrated by Ray Porter (Macmillan Audio)

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood; narrated by Bernadette Dunn, Bob Walter, and Robbie Daymond (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

The Martian by Andy Weir; narrated by R.C. Bray; (Podium Publishing)

Protector: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 2 by C.J. Cherryh; narrated by Daniel Thomas May (Audible, Inc.)

Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson; narrated by Graeme Malcolm (Hachette Audio)

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

SHERLOCK HOLMES IN AMERICA

by Jon L. Lellenberg, Martin H. Greenberg, and Daniel Stashower

Narrated by Graeme Malcolm (Audible Inc.)

The world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America—from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets some of America’s most famous figures along the way. 

This exciting new anthology features over a dozen original short stories by award-winning and prominent writers, each in the extraordinary tradition of Conan Doyle, and each with a unique American twist. 

Finalist Titles

The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers; narrated by David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, Therese Plummer, Kevin Pariseau, Suzanne Toren, Edoardo Ballerini, and Barbara Rosenblat (Audible, Inc.)

The Cage Keeper and Other Stories by Andre Dubus III; narrated by Andre Dubus III (Blackstone Audio Inc.)

Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta; narrated by William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, and Rupert Degas (Macmillan Audio)

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash; narrated by Alexander Cendese, Robert Petkoff, Prentice Onayemi, Christian Baskous, and Phoebe Strole (HarperAudio)

We Live in Water by Jess Walter; narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Jess Walter (HarperAudio)

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

THE TWELVE CLUES OF CHRISTMAS: A ROYAL SPYNESS MYSTERY

by Rhys Bowen

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible, Inc.)

She may be 35th in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the new year—before a Christmas killer wrings another neck… 

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig. So it’s a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out of A Christmas Carol! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighborhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie falls out of a tree, dead…Dickensian, indeed.

On my second day in town, another so-called accident turns up another mincemeat pie—and yet another on my third. The village is buzzing that a recent prison break could have something to do with it…that, or a long-standing witch’s curse. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.

Finalist Titles

Heartburn by Nora Ephron; narrated by Meryl Streep (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor; narrated by Rita Moreno (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill; narrated by Kate Mulgrew (HarperAudio)

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin; narrated by Meryl Streep (Simon & Schuster Audio)

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

THE GOLDFINCH

by Donna Tartt

Narrated by David Pittu (Hachette Audio)

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. 

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. 

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of a narrowing, ever-more-dangerous circle.

Finalist Titles

Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley; narrated by John Hodgman (Audible, Inc.)

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; narrated by Dan Stevens (Audible, Inc.)

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz; narrated by Johnny Heller (Recorded Books)

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

TEENS

Viva Jacquelina! Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away: Bloody Jack Adventure Series #10

by L.A. Meyer

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live)

While her beloved Jaimy Fletcher recuperates in Burma from his recent madness, irrepressible Jacky Faber leaves the high seas and goes to war once more.

Dispatched to Portugal, Spain by British Intelligence to aid—and spy on—General Arthur Wellesley in his campaign against the French during the early days of the 19th-century Peninsular War, Jacky finds her loyalties and background questioned. As Wellesley points out, Jacky has both accumulated an unbelievable number of military medals and consorted with the enemy, specifically Napoleon but also thieves, rogues, rebels and pirates. 

In Spain, she finds herself in the company of guerilla freedom fighters, poses for the famous artist Goya, runs with the bulls, is kidnapped by the Spanish Inquisition, and travels with a caravan of gypsies...all while hoping to one day reunite with her beloved.

Finalist Titles

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell; narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra (Listening Library)

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal; narrated by W. Morgan Sheppard (Listening Library)

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick; narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein; narrated by Sasha Pick (Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.)

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

THE HIT

by David Baldacci

Narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy (Hachette Audio)

A highly skilled assassin, Will Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst—enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims. 

No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency. 

To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.

Finalist Titles

The Book of Obeah by Sandra Carrington-Smith; narrated by Dave Fennoy (Cherry Hill Publishing)

The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer; narrated by Scott Brick (Hachette Audio)

Suspect by Robert Crais; narrated by MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Audio)

Sycamore Row by John Grisham; narrated by Michael Beck (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

George Guidall

George Guidall has narrated over 1200 unabridged audiobooks. He has brought a consistent artistry to his readings and delighted listeners for over 20 years. His narrations of classics and best-sellers have set a standard of excellence recognized through the audiobook industry. 

In addition to his Award-winning work as a narrator, George has enjoyed a career in the theatre with starring roles on Broadway in such plays as Chapter Two, Cafe Crown, Alone Together, and Cold Storage.