AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

Mandela: An Audio History

by Nelson Mandela

Narrated by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman (HighBridge)

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast (NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC), Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela's life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC). 

Once thought lost forever, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman unearthed a treasure trove of these historic recordings in the basement archive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Ultimately, over 50 hours of archival recordings and many more hours of contemporary interviews with the living witnesses to South Africa's turbulent history have gone into this creation.

Finalist Titles

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; narrated by a full cast including Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt (HarperAudio)

What I Know For Sure written and read by Oprah Winfrey (Macmillan Audio)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler; narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner (HarperAudio)

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by a full cast including Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt (HarperAudio)

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy—or he would be completely normal if he wasn't the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.

Finalist Titles

The Child by Sebastian Fitzek; narrated by Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, Stephen Marcus, Robert Glenister, and Andy Serkis (Audible, Inc.)

Report from Nuremberg: The International War Crimes Trial by Harold Burson; narrated by Scott Brick, John Rubinstein and Stefan Rudnicki, with Arthur Morey, Richard McGonagle, Robert Forster, Jim Meskimen, Kristoffer Tabori, Christian Rummel, Joe Nocera, Harold Burson, and Gabrielle DeCuir (Audible, Inc.)

Revolution by Deborah Wiles; narrated by Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J.D. Jackson, and Robin Miles (Listening Library)

AUDIO DRAMA

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright

Narrated by Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Henri Lubatti, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, and Darren Richardson (L.A. Theatre Works)

Did a supernatural hound cause the death of Sir Charles Baskerville? Or is the famous Baskerville curse simply a cover for more sinister goings on? The redoubtable Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson face danger in an old mansion and on the moors in this rollicking stage adaptation of Doyle’s classic adventure. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring Geoffrey Arend as Dr. John Watson, Wilson Bethel as Jack Stapleton, Seamus Dever as Sherlock Holmes, Sarah Drew as Beryl Stapleton, Henri Lubatti as James Mortimer, James Marsters as Sir Henry Baskerville, Christopher Neame as Sir Charles/Mr. Frankland, Moira Quirk as Mrs. Hudson/Mrs. Barrymore, and Darren Richardson as Barrymore.

Finalist Titles

Anne Manx and the Blood Chase by Larry Weiner; narrated by Claudia Christian, Moira Kelly, Patricia Tallman, and a full cast (RRCA)

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson; narrated by Terence Aselford, Kimberly Gilbert, David Jourdan, and a full cast (GraphicAudio)

The Swords of Riverside by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman; narrated by Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Katherine Kellgren, Dion Graham, Simon Jones, et al. (SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman/ACX)

Under Drake's Flag by G.A. Henty; narrated by Brian Blessed (Heirloom Audio Productions)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

by Alan Cumming

Narrated by Alan Cumming (HarperAudio)

Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail. Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alex Cumming, Alan's father. 

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

Finalist Titles

Daring: My Passages by Gail Sheehy; narrated by Bernadette Dunne (HarperAudio)

Living on Air by Joe Cipriano and Ann Cipriano; narrated by Joe Cipriano (Joe Cipriano Promos, Inc.)

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead; narrated by Kate Reading (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler; narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner (HarperAudio)

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

by Warren Berger

Narrated by Michael Quinlan (Audible, Inc.)

Journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, "beautifully"—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask "Why?" 

A More Beautiful Question outlines a practical Why/What If/How system of inquiry that can guide you through the process of innovative questioning—helping you find imaginative, powerful answers to your own "beautiful questions".

Finalist Titles

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso; narrated by Sara Jes Austell (Penguin Random House Audio)

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace; narrated by Peter Altschuler (Penguin Random House Audio)

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin; narrated by L.J. Ganser (Audible, Inc.)

Talk Like TED written and read by Carmine Gallo (Macmillan Audio)

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by a full cast including Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy—or he would be completely normal if he wasn't the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.

Finalist Titles

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy; narrated by Bronson Pinchot (HarperAudio)

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks; narrated by Mandy Williams (Listening Library)  

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd; narrated by Cassandra Morris (Scholastic Audio)

Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake; narrated by Bahni Turpin (Scholastic Audio)

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination

by Christopher Myers

Narrated by Christopher Myers and Dion Graham (Live Oak Media)

One day at the basketball court, two kids, a familiar challenge—H.O.R.S.E.? But this isn't your grandmother's game of hoops. Not when a layup from the other side of the court, standing on one foot, with your eyes closed is just the warm-up.

Around the neighborhood, around the world, off Saturn's rings...the pair goes back and forth. The game is as much about skill as it is about imagination.

H.O.R.S.E. is a celebration of the sport of basketball, the art of trash-talking, and the idea that what's possible is bounded only by what you can dream.

Finalist Titles

Deep in the Swamp by Donna M. Bateman; narrated by Tom Chapin (Live Oak Media)

Follow, Follow by Marilyn Singer; narrated by Marilyn Singer and Joe Morton (Live Oak Media)

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell; narrated by Lizan Mitchell (Recorded Books)  

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen; narrated by John Keating (Weston Woods)

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Tantor Media)

CLASSIC

THE NEW YORK STORIES

by John O'Hara, edited and introduced by Steven Goldleaf with foreward by E. L. Doctorow

Narrated by E.L. Doctorow, Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Richard Kind, Jan Maxwell, Gretchen Mol, and Dallas Roberts (Penguin Random House Audio)

Collected for the first time, the New York stories of John O'Hara, "among the greatest short story writers in English, or in any other language" (Brendan Gill, Here at The New Yorker). Here are the New York stories of one of the 20th century's definitive chroniclers of the city—the speakeasies and highballs, social climbers and cinema stars, mistresses and powerbrokers, unsparingly observed by a popular American master of realism. Spanning his four-decade career, these more than 30 refreshingly frank, sparely written stories are among John O'Hara's finest work, exploring the materialist aspirations and sexual exploits of flawed, prodigally human characters and showcasing the snappy dialogue, telling details, and ironic narrative twists that made him the most-published short story writer in the history of the New Yorker.

Finalist Titles

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor; narrated by Grover Gardner (Audible, Inc.)

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote; narrated by Michael C. Hall (Audible, Inc.)   

Darkwater by W.E.B. Du Bois; narrated by Bernard K. Addison, Dion Graham, Lisa Renee Pitts, Bahni Turpin, and Mirron Willis (Skyboat Media, Inc./Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald; narrated by Dan Stevens (Macmillan Audio)

EROTICA

ALPHA

by Jasinda Wilder

Narrated by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne (ACX/Seth Clarke)

The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom's hospital bills. My baby brother's tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. 

And then, just when I thought all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You". Just those three letters.

Finalist Titles

Beauty from Love by Georgia Cates; narrated by Bunny Warren and Robert Black (Audible, Inc.)

Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates; narrated by Bunny Warren and Robert Black (Audible, Inc.)

Carter Reed by Tijan; narrated by Lucy Rivers (Tantor Media)

One Dom to Love by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, and Isabella LaPearl; narrated by Christian Fox (Tantor Media)

FANTASY

Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

by Brandon Sanderson

Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer (Macmillan Audio)

Six years ago, the Assassin in White killed the Alethi king, and now he's murdering rulers all over Roshar; among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar. Kaladin is in command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial post for his low status, and must protect the king and Dalinar, while secretly mastering remarkable new powers linked to his honorspren, Syl. Shallan bears the burden of preventing the return of the Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that follows. 

At the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.

Finalist Titles

Cress by Marissa Meyer; narrated by Rebecca Soler (Macmillan Audio)  

The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley; narrated by Simon Vance (Brilliance Publishing)

Hawk by Steven Brust; narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark (Audible, Inc.)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)

FICTION

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE: A NOVEL

by Anthony Doerr

Narrated by Zach Appelman (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel. 

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge.

Finalist Titles

Fives and Twenty Fives by Michael Pitre; narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Nick Sullivan, Jay Snyder, Fajer Al-Kaisi, and Michael Pitre (Audible, Inc.)  

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd; narrated by Sue Monk Kidd, Jenna Lamia, and Adepero Oduye (Penguin Random House Audio)

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Us by David Nicholls; narrated by David Haig (HarperAudio)

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon; narrated by Davina Porter (Recorded Books)

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Narrated by Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The story is told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft—a close relationship that strengthens both men before it ruptures in 1912, when they engage in a brutal fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, while crippling the progressive wing of the Republican Party, causing Democrat Woodrow Wilson to be elected, and changing the country’s history.

The Bully Pulpit is also the story of the muckraking press, which arouses the spirit of reform that helps Roosevelt push the government to shed its laissez-faire attitude toward robber barons, corrupt politicians, and corporate exploiters of our natural resources. The muckrakers are portrayed through the greatest group of journalists ever assembled at one magazine—Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White—teamed under the mercurial genius of publisher S. S. McClure.

Finalist Titles

Enduring Courage by John F. Ross; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Macmillan Audio)

Enemy Coast Ahead—Uncensored: The Real Guy Gibson by Guy Gibson; narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Media)

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides; narrated by Arthur Morey (Penguin Random House Audio)

Lincoln's Gamble written and read by Todd Brewster (Brilliance Publishing)

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre; narrated by John Lee (Penguin Random House Audio)

HUMOR

YES PLEASE

by Amy Poehler

Narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner (HarperAudio)

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents—Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza. Also included? A one-night-only live performance at Poehler's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. 

Hear Amy read a chapter live in front of a young and attractive Los Angeles audience. While listening to Yes Please, you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Offering Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz", the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs"—Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.

Finalist Titles

Ben Franklin: Unplugged written and read by Josh Kornbluth (Audible, Inc.)

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissel; Narrated by Greg Sestero (Tantor Media)

Food: A Love Story written and read by Jim Gaffigan (Penguin Random House Audio)

God Is Disappointed in You by Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler; Narrated by James Urbaniak (Audible, Inc.)

You Can Date Boys When You're Forty written and read by Dave Barry (Penguin Random House Audio)

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

THE AUSCHWITZ ESCAPE

by Joel C. Rosenberg

Narrated by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Publishing)

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans—especially Jews like Jacob and his family—are treated like dogs. 

When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare—trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp. 

As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his "final solution" to systematically and ruthlessly exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he’s not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz and alert the world to the Nazi’s atrocities before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance.

Finalist Titles

Chasing the Lion by Nancy Kimball; narrated by Joseph Narducci (Nancy Kimball)

The Christmas Light written and read by Donna VanLiere (Macmillan Audio) 

The First Phone Call from Heaven written and read by Mitch Albom (HarperAudio)  

Grounded by Angela Correll; narrated by Lyssa Browne (Cedar House Audio Productions) 

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson; narrated by Barbara McCulloh (Recorded Books)

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

BEFORE AMEN: The Power of a Simple Prayer

by Max Lucado

Narrated by Ben Holland and Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson)

We all pray...some. 

We pray to stay sober, centered, or solvent. When the lump is deemed malignant. When the money runs out before the month does. When the marriage is falling apart. We pray. 

But wouldn't we like to pray more? Better? Stronger? With more fire, faith, and fervency? 

Yet we have kids to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet. The calendar pounces on our good intentions like a tiger on a rabbit. And what about our checkered history with prayer? Uncertain words. Unmet expectations. Unanswered requests. 

We aren't the first to struggle with prayer. The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance too. In fact, prayer is the only tutorial they ever requested. 

And Jesus gave them a prayer. Not a lecture on prayer. Not the doctrine of prayer. He gave them a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer. Couldn't we use the same? 

Finalist Titles

Living a Life That Matters by Ben Lesser; Narrated by Ben Lesser and Jonathan Silverman (Remembrance Publishing, LLC)

Prepared for a Purpose by Antoinette Tuff; Narrated by Robin Miles (eChristian)

The Singe and the Song by Miriam Therese Winter; Narrated by Janis Ian (Audible, Inc.)

Steel Will by Shilo Harris; Narrated by Johnny Heller (eChristian)

JUDGES AWARD: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

THE SECOND MACHINE AGE: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

Narrated by Jeff Cummings (Brilliance Publishing)

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human. MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives. Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar. 

Finalist Titles

The Copernicus Complex written and read by Caleb Scharf (Macmillan Audio)

The Marshmellow Test by Walter Mischel; narrated by Alan Alda (Brilliance Publishing)

A Primate's Memoir by Robert M. Sapolsky; narrated by Mike Chamberlain (Tantor Media)

When Google Met Wikileaks by Julian Assange; narrated by Tom Pile (Audible, Inc.)

LITERARY FICTION

EUPHORIA: A Novel

by Lily King

Narrated by Simon Vance and Xe Sands (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby—the artistic, female-dominated Tam—he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control. 

Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice.

Finalist Titles

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell; narrated by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, and Anna Bentinck (Recorded Books)

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín; narrated by Fiona Shaw (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn; narrated by Alex Jennings (Macmillan Audio)

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine; narrated by Suzanne Toren (Audible, Inc.)

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers; narrated by MacLeod Andrews with Marc Cashman, Mark Deakins, Michelle Gonzalez, Rebecca Lowman, John H. Mayer, Kate McGregor-Stewart, and Bruce Turk (Penguin Random House Audio)

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK (FULL CAST)

by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by a full cast including Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt (HarperAudio)

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy—or he would be completely normal if he wasn't the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.

Finalist Titles

The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal; narrated by Adam Alexi-Malle, Peter Altschuler, Emma Jayne Appleyard, Hannah Curtis, Gildart Jackson, Bruce Mann, and Steve West (Penguin Random House Audio) 

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique; narrated by Cherise Boothe, Korey Jackson, Rachel Leslie, and Myra Lucretia Taylor (Recorded Books) 

A Long Time Gone by Karen White; narrated by Susan Bennett, Jennifer Ikeda, and Pilar Witherspoon (Recorded Books) 

The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang; narrated by Julia Whelan, Will Damron, and MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Publishing)  

Stars edited by Janis Ian and Mike Resnick; narrated by Janis Ian, Emily Rankin, Gabrielle du Cuir, John Rubinstein, Kathe Mazur, Kristoffer Tabori, Paul Boehmer, Sile Bermingham, Stefan Rudnicki and SusanHanfield (Audible, Inc.)

MYSTERY

THE SILKWORM

by Robert Galbraith

Narrated by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...

Finalist Titles

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo; narrated by Kathleen McInerney (Macmillan Audio)

Hounded by David Rosenfelt; narrated by Grover Gardner (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

Malice by Keigo Higashino; narrated by Jeff Woodman (Macmillan Audio)

Missing You by Harlan Coben; narrated by January LaVoy (Brilliance Publishing)

Providence Rag by Bruce DeSilva; narrated by Jeff Woodman (Audible, Inc.)

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS

NOT MY FATHER'S SON

by Alan Cumming

Narrated Alan Cumming (HarperAudio)

Dark, painful memories can be like a cage. Or, in the case of Alan Cumming, they can be packed away in a box, stuck in the attic to be forgotten. Until one day the box explodes and all the memories flood back in horrible detail. Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alex Cumming, Alan's father.

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

Finalist Titles

A Fighting Chance written and read by Elizabeth Warren (Macmillan Audio)

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities by Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey; narrated by Herbie Hancock (Penguin Random House Audio)  

What I Know For Sure written and read by Oprah Winfrey (Macmillan Audio)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler; narrated by with Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner (HarperAudio)

NON-FICTION

FURIOUS COOL: Richard Pryor and The World That Made Him

by David Henry and Joe Henry

Narrated by Dion Graham (Tantor Media)

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor's performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn't just new—it was heretofore unthinkable.

His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive. Yet the culture into which Richard Pryor was born—his mother was a prostitute; his grandmother ran the whorehouse—helped him evolve into one of the most innovative and outspoken performers ever, a man who attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. Both a brilliant comedian and a very astute judge of what he could get away with, Pryor was always pushing the envelope, combining anger and pathos, outrage and humor, into an art form, laying the groundwork for the generations of comedians who followed, including such outstanding performers as Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K.

Finalist Titles

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande; narrated by Robert Petkoff (Macmillan Audio)

Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar; narrated by Henry Leyva  (Macmillan Audio)

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis; narrated by Dylan Baker (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson; narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett; narrated by Derek Perkins (Tantor Media)

ORIGINAL WORK

MANDELA: AN AUDIO HISTORY

by Nelson Mandela

Narrated by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman (HighBridge)

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast (NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC), Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela's life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC). 

Once thought lost forever, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman unearthed a treasure trove of these historic recordings in the basement archive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Ultimately, over 50 hours of archival recordings and many more hours of contemporary interviews with the living witnesses to South Africa's turbulent history have gone into the creation.

Finalist Titles

The Child by Sebastian Fitzek; narrated by Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, Stephen Marcus, Robert Glenister, and Andy Serkis (Audible, Inc.) 

Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book by Adele Park; narrated by Garry Morris, Andra Harbold, Lesley Mendenhall, Abby Elvidge, Rhett Guter, Melissa Sandberg, Kent Hayes, Jack de Golia, Steve Campbell (Straight to Audio Productions)

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson; Narrated by Richard Armitage (Audible, Inc.) 

Transparent written and read by Jeffrey Tambor (Audible, Inc.) 

PACKAGE DESIGN

Doctor Who: The Light at the End

by Nicholas Briggs

Package Design by Alex Mallinson (Big Finish Productions)

November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors…It's the day that Bob Dovie's life is ripped apart…It's also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time break apart…

From suburban England through war-torn alien landscapes and into a deadly, artificial dimension, all these Doctors and their companions must struggle against the power of an unfathomable, alien technology. From the very beginning, it is clear that the Master is somehow involved. By the end, for the Doctors, there may only be darkness. 

Finalist Titles

Bad Kitty Christmas Storytime Set by Nick Bruel; Package Design by Margo Goody (Macmillan Audio)

The Hall from The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; Package Design by Cindy Joy (Hachette Audio)

Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children® Series Collector's Edition by Jean M. Auel; Package Design by Kathlyn Miller (Brilliance Publishing)

Under Drake's Flag by G.A. Henty; Package Design by Steve Tyrrell—Tyrrell Creative (Heirloom Audio Productions)

PARANORMAL

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

by M.R. Carey

Narrated by Finty Williams (Hachette Audio)

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius".

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

Finalist Titles

Damoren by Seth Skorkowsky; narrated by R.C. Bray (Audible, Inc.)  

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole; narrated by Robert Petkoff (Simon & Schuster Audio)

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor; narrated by Zara Ramm (Audible, Inc.)    

Suffer the Children by Craig Dilouie; narrated by R.C. Bray (Tantor Media)

Yesterday's Gone, Season One by Sean Platt and David Wright; narrated by R.C. Bray, Chris Patton, Brian Holsopple, Ray Chase, Maxwell Glick, Tamara Marston (Podium Publishing)

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

by Oprah Winfrey

Narrated by Oprah Winfrey (Macmillan Audio)

After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know for Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine

Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know for Sure, with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and dynamic.

Finalist Titles

Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey; narrated by Mike Hodge (HarperAudio)

Autism Breakthrough written and read by Raun K. Kaufman (Tantor Media)  

Becoming the Kind Father by Calvin Sandborn; narrated by Michael Puttonen (Post Hypnotic Press)

Learning to Speak Alzheimer's by Joanne Koenig Coste; narrated by Pam Ward (Tantor Media)

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons by Meg Meeker MD; narrated by Marguerite Gavin (Tantor Media)

ROMANCE

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

by Robert James Waller

Narrated by Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale (Hachette Audio)

The legendary love story of a married but lonely Italian woman living in 1960s Madison County, Iowa. She engages in an affair with a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington, who is visiting Madison County to create a photographic essay on the covered bridges in the area.

This is the story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream. The Bridges of Madison County gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere, and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

Finalist Titles

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews; narrated by Renee Raudman (HarperAudio)

First Love by James Patterson; narrated by Lauren Fortgang (Hachette Audio)

Just This Once by Rosalind James; narrated by Claire Bocking (ACX/Rosalind Iiams)

Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis; narrated by Karen White (Tantor Media)

SCIENCE FICTION

THE MARTIAN (REVISED)

by Andy Weir

Narrated by R.C. Bray (Podium Publishing)

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Finalist Titles

The Beam: Season 1 by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant; narrated by Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, Ray Chase, R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer, Chris Patton, Eric Martin, Brian Holsopple, Rachel Fulginiti, Stephen Bowlby, and Emily Woo Zeller (Podium Publishing) 

Dark Eden by Chris Beckett; narrated by Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, Hannah Curtis, Robert Hook, Bruce Mann, Nicholas Guy Smith, and Heather Wilds (Penguin Random House Audio)  

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North; Narrated by Peter Kenny (Hachette Audio)

Lock In by John Scalzi; narrated by Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson and a full cast (Audible, Inc.)

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER: Stories

by Hilary Mantel

Narrated by Jane Carr (Macmillan Audio)

A collection of ten stories that tell of dislocation and family fracture, of whimsical infidelities and sudden deaths with sinister causes.

Cutting to the core of human experience, these brutal and acute tales talk about marriage, class, family, and sex. Unpredictable, diverse, and sometimes shocking.

Finalist Titles

Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois; narrated by Claudia Black, Scott Brick, Karen Dotrice, Jonathan Frakes, Iain Glen, Janis Ian, Stana Katic, Inna Korobkina, Jenna Lamia, Lee Meriwether, Emily Rankin, Maggi-Meg Reed, Fred Sanders, Allan Scott-Douglas, Sophie Turner, Harriet Walter, and Jake Weber (Penguin Random House Audio)

Faceoff by Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M. J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, and F. Paul Wilson; narrated by Dylan Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jeremy Bobb, Daniel Gerroll, January LaVoy, with David Baldacci (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin; narrated by Todd Haberkorn (Graymalkin Media)

The Legend of Drizzt, The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore; narrated by Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi, Al Yankovic, Felicia Day, Greg Gurnberg, Melissa Rauch, Michael Chiklis, Sean Astin, Tom Felton, David Duchovny, Ice T, and Wil Wheaton (Audible, Inc.)

The Wily O'Reilly by Patrick Taylor; narrated by John Keating (Macmillan Audio)

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

YELLOW CROCUS

by Laila Ibrahim

Narrated by Bahni Turpin (Brilliance Publishing)

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters - and their lively and loving community - bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.

Finalist Titles

Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.) 

Life Drawing by Robin Black; narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Random House Audio)

Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen; narrated by Nicola Barber (Audible, Inc.)  

Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming; narrated by Julia Whelan (Podium Publishing)

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon; narrated by Davina Porter (Recorded Books)

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

THE HERO'S GUIDE TO BEING AN OUTLAW

by Christopher Healy

Narrated by Bronson Pinchot (HarperAudio)

The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called "one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales."

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the 13 kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered - and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all 13 kingdoms - a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.

Finalist Titles

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson; narrated by Richard Armitage (Audible, Inc.) 

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

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay; narrated by Simon Vance (Macmillan Audio)

Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah; narrated by Dion Graham (Macmillan Audio)

TEENS

EGG & SPOON

by Gregory Maguire

Narrated by Michael Page (Brilliance Publishing)

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. Her brothers have been conscripted into the Tsar's army and taken as servants in the house of the local wealthy landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in St. Petersburg—a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age. When the two girls' lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an adventure that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and—in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured—Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian folklore, in her moving house perched on chicken legs.

Finalist Titles

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp; narrated by Steve West (Macmillan Audio)

Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)  

Cress by Marissa Meyer; narrated by Rebecca Soler (Macmillan Audio)  

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger; narrated by Moira Quirk (Hachette Audio)  

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson; narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels (Brilliance Publishing)

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD

by Michael Koryta

Narrated by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)

When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.

The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.

The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.

Finalist Titles

The Avengers, Lost Episodes Vol 1: Hot Snow adapted by John Dorney; narrated by a full cast (Big Finish Productions)

Dead Six by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari; narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Audible, Inc.)

In the Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty; narrated by Gerard Doyle (Blackstone Audio Inc.)  

The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison; narrated by Renee Raudman & MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Publishing)

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann was a renowned actor and much-lauded audiobook narrator who was universally respected. Ed once told AudioFile magazine that he loved hearing stories while growing up, and seeing how they stirred the imagination of the listener. “I love the spoken word. I love hearing it. The way the words can seduce you.” In his narration, Ed was always attuned to the music of a sentence, seeing his role as “reading a story to someone, not narrating.” And this connection shone through all of his recordings; Ed trusted the text implicitly, and let it speak through him.