AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

by Paula Hawkins

Narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher (Penguin Audio/Books on Tape)

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Finalist Titles

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee; narrated by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; narrated by Polly Stone (Macmillan Audio)

The Water Diviner by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios; narrated by Jack Thompson (Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd)

AUDIO DRAMA

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories

by Rudyard Kipling

Narrated by Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, Tim McInnerny, Bernard Cribbins, Celia Imrie, and Martin Shaw (Audible Studios)

The magical storytelling and unforgettable characters in Ben Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well known voices from British film, TV, radio and comedy.

Finalist Titles

Amok by Sebastian Fitzek; narrated by a full cast (Audible Studios)

Christmas Eve, 1914 by Charles Olivier; narrated by a full cast (Audible Studios)

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman; narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, and Michael Maloney (HarperAudio)

The Starling Project by Jeffrey Deaver; narrated by Alfred Molina and a full cast (Audible Studios)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body

by Martin Pistorius

Narrated by Simon Bubb (Thomas Nelson/HarperAudio)

In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged 12, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within 18 months he was mute and wheelchair bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and fewer than two years to live. 

Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents' marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.

Finalist Titles

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew; narrated by Kate Mulgrew (Hachette Audio)

The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath by Ben S. Bernanke; narrated by Grover Gardner (Brilliance Audio)

I Must Say by Martin Short; narrated by Martin Short (HarperAudio)

Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke; narrated by Dick Van Dyke (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Travels by Michael Crichton; narrated by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Audio)

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR

Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber

by L.A. Meyer

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

Jacky Faber is framed as passing confidential U.S. information to the British. Forced to flee Boston, she goes undercover as a governess for a prominent Puritan family. When outed by a nosy postmaster, she deserts the respectability of her position, dons a leotard and slippers, and poses as a Russian tightrope walker in a traveling circus. 

But the law soon catches up with her, and prospects do not look good. Through her many adventures, Jacky has always found the ingenuity to escape dire situations, but this time it looks like Puss in Boots has run out of lives...and her happily-ever-after will be cut short at the foot of the gallows.

Finalist Titles

All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani: narrated by Blair Brown (HarperAudio)

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant; narrated by Linda Lavin (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray; narrated by January LaVoy (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)

The Lost Landscape by Joyce Carol Oates; narrated by Cassandra Campbell (HarperAudio)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; narrated by Polly Stone (Macmillan Audio)

BEST MALE NARRATOR

The English Spy: Gabriel Allon, Book 15

by Daniel Silva

Narrated by George Guidall (HarperAudio)

She is an iconic member of the British Royal Family, beloved for her beauty and charitable works, resented by her former husband and his mother, the Queen of England. But when a bomb explodes aboard her holiday yacht, British intelligence turns to one man to track down her killer: legendary spy and assassin Gabriel Allon.

Gabriel's target is Eamon Quinn, a master bomb maker and mercenary of death who sells his services to the highest bidder. Fortunately Gabriel does not pursue him alone. At his side is Christopher Keller, a British commando turned professional assassin who knows Quinn's murderous handiwork all too well.

And though he does not realize it, he is stalking an old enemy—a cabal of evil that wants nothing more than to see him dead. Gabriel will find it necessary to oblige them, for when a man is out for vengeance, death has its distinct advantages...

Finalist Titles

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut; narrated by John Malkovich (Audible Studios)

Classic Love Poems by various authors; narrated by Richard Armitage (Audible Studios)

Dead Wake by Erik Larson; narrated by Scott Brick (Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio)

Finders Keepers by Stephen King; narrated by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton; narrated by Scott Brick (Brilliance Audio)

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Wake up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life

by Michael Strahan and Veronica Chambers

Narrated by Michael Strahan (Simon & Schuster Audio)

From America’s favorite football player turned morning talk show host—a man who makes just about everything look easy—a mélange of stories and motivational advice to inspire the reader to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of their personal ambitions.

In Wake Up Happy, Michael shares personal stories about how he gets and stays motivated and how readers can do the same in their quest to attain their life goals.

Inspiring and chock full of advice that will help the reader make significant strides toward pursuing his or her dream, Wake Up Happy is a book no one, young or old, male or female will want to miss.

Finalist Titles

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Expanded Edition by Steve Harvey; narrated by Mike Hodge (HarperAudio)

A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer with Charles Fishman; narrated by Norbert Leo Butz (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Get Big Things Done, The Power of Connectional Intelligence by Erica Dhawan and Saj-nicole Joni; narrated by Christina Moore (Recorded Books)

Talk to Crazy by Mark Goulston, MD; narrated by L.J. Ganser (Audible Studios)

EROTICA

Curing Doctor Vincent: The Good Doctor Trilogy, Book 1

by Renea Mason

Narrated by Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard (Renea Mason)

Elaine Watkins, Public Relations Advisor, is surprised when she receives a summons from the very attractive and enigmatic Dr. Xavier Vincent. She worships the talented physician and company icon responsible for developing the cure that saved her sister's life and isn't immune to his charm. Even though puzzled by his request, she is excited and eager to get started on his latest project. 

But Dr. Vincent has other ideas. Instead of discussing cures, drugs and marketing strategies, he asks Elaine to join him in Paris to indulge his unique sexual appetites. 

Torn between gratitude for saving her sister, her attraction for the powerful man and compromising her pre-conceived notions of sexuality, she must decide if it's easier to feed his desires or walk away. Until she devises a plan of her own. 

Finalist Titles

Beg Tease Submit by CD Reiss; narrated by Jo Raylan (Flip City Media Inc.)

Beta by Jasinda Wilder; narrated by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne (ACX/Seth Clarke)

Control Burn Resist by CD Reiss; narrated by Jo Raylan and Christian Fox (Flip City Media Inc.)

Trust by Ella Frank; narrated by Shannon Gunn (Audible Studios)

FANTASY

Nice Dragons Finish Last

by Rachel Aaron

Narrated by Vikas Adam (Audible Studios)

As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience. 

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ—a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit—Julius has one month to prove he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test. 

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons...

Finalist Titles

Ascension: The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1 by Brian K. Fuller; narrated by Simon Vance  (Podium Publishing)

The Cycle of Arawn by Edward W. Robertson; narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Podium Publishing)

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin; narrated by Robin Miles (Hachette Audio)

Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia; narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Audible Studios) 

FICTION

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Narrated by Polly Stone (Macmillan Audio)

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. 

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

Finalist Titles

Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy; narrated by Bahni Turpin and J. D. Jackson (Brilliance Audio)

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson; narrated by Alex Jennings (Hachette Audio)

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal; narrated by Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg (Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio)

The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig; narrated by David Aaron Baker (Recorded Books)

The Sellout by Paul Beatty; narrated by Prentice Onayemi (Audible Studios)

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

by Andrew Chaikin and Tom Hanks

Narrated by Bronson Pinchot (Audiobooks.com Publishing)

This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. 

On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

Finalist Titles

In Search of Sir Thomas Browne by Hugh Aldersey-Williams; narrated by Simon Vance (HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books)

Operation Nemesis by Eric Bogosian; narrated by Eric Bogosian (Hachette Audio)

Pacific Pacific by Simon Winchester; narrated by Simon Winchester (HarperAudio)

Texas Rising by Stephen L. Moore; narrated by P.J. Ochlan (HarperAudio)

HUMOR

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

by Jenny Lawson

Narrated by Jenny Lawson (Macmillan Audio)

In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty, and in Furiously Happy, she is at her snort-inducing funniest. This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are—the beautiful and the flawed—and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny's mom says, "Maybe 'crazy' isn't so bad after all." Sometimes crazy is just right.

Finalist Titles

Almost Interesting by David Spade; narrated by David Spade (HarperAudio)

Car Talk Classics: No Factory Recalls, So Far by Tom and Ray Magliozzi; narrated by Tom and Ray Magliozzi  (HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books)

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg; narrated by Aziz Ansari (Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio)

Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg; narrated by Amy Landon and Zach Villa (Tantor Media)

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling; narrated by Mindy Kaling (Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio)

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

To Win Her Favor: Belle Meade, Book 2

by Tamera Alexander

Narrated by Melba Sibrel (Zondervan Publishing/HarperAudio)

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.

 An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He's come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he'd wagered, especially when Maggie Linden's father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie's father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Finalist Titles

Come to Me Alive by Leah Atwood; narrated by Pamela Almand (ACX)

Her Brother's Keeper by Beth Wiseman; narrated by Clifton Harris (Thomas Nelson/HarperAudio)

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton; narrated by Kate Forbes (Recorded Books)

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke; narrated by Morgan Hallett and Suzy Jackson (Recorded Books)

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph

by David Ring

Narrated by Paul Michael (christianaudio)

In 1953, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a baby boy was born—dead. The attending physician set his little body aside and tended to his mother for 18 minutes. Now, more than 60 years later, that boy leads an internationally known ministry that encourages hundreds of thousands every year. The Boy Born Dead tells his incredible story from the perspective of his best friend, David Wideman. 

As a teenager in the small town of Liberty, Missouri, in the late 1960s, David Ring grew up with the challenges that come with cerebral palsy, a result of his 18 minutes of newborn silence. Along with his physical limitations, Ring was orphaned and shuffled from home to home, finally landing in an abusive situation that made him feel unworthy of love and, eventually, unworthy of life. But God had a purpose for Ring's life and sent an agent to help him achieve it. Through the friendship of David Wideman, a boy he met in the halls of Liberty High School, Ring found strength he didn't know he had and went on to face his demons, marry the love of his life, and start an international speaking ministry. 

Full of hope, this moving story illustrates how friendship and love triumph over adversity. Anyone who faces tough times will treasure this story of hope and courage.

Finalist Titles

And Then There Were Nuns by Jane Christmas; narrated by Elizabeth Wiley (Post Hypnotic Press) 

Glory Days by Max Lucado; narrated by Ben Holland (Thomas Nelson/HarperAudio)

The Pastor's Wife by Sabina Wurmbrand; narrated by Sadie Alexandru (christianaudio)

Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko; narrated by Levi Lusko (Thomas Nelson/HarperAudio)

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS

Little Big Man

by Thomas Berger

Narrated by Scott Sowers, cameo by David Aaron Baker (Recorded Books)

After surviving the massacre of his pioneer family, ten-year-old Jack is adopted by an Indian chief who nicknames him Little Big Man. As a Cheyenne, he feasts on dog, loves four wives, and sees his people butchered by horse soldiers commanded by General George Armstrong Custer. Later, living as a white man once more, he hunts the buffalo to near-extinction, tangles with Wyatt Earp, cheats Wild Bill Hickok, and fights in the Battle of Little Bighorn alongside Custer himself—a man he’d sworn to kill.

Finalist Titles

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma; narrated by Chukwudi Iwuji (Hachette Audio)

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson; narrated by Kieron Elliott  (Recorded Books)

Sweetland by Michael Crummey; narrated by John Lee (HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books)

Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma; narrated by Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin (Tantor Media)

MIDDLE GRADE

Echo

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Narrated by Mark Bramhall, David deVries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler (Scholastic Audio)

Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.

Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. How their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

Finalist Titles

The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville; narrated by Euan Morton, Nancy O'Connor, Amanda Carlin, Scott Sherratt, and a full cast (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)

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

Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Sally Derby; narrated by Dion Graham and Bahni Turpin (Brilliance Publishing)

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper; narrated by Heather Alicia Simms (Simon & Schuster Audio)

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files, Book 1

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Narrated by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, and Jonathan McClain (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Finalist Titles

Clockwork Lives by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart; narrated by Morgan Hallet, George Guidall, Richard Poe, Jim Jenner, Tandy Cronyn, Pete Bradbury, Barbara Rosenblat, and Brian Hutchison (Recorded Books)

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon; narrated by Cherise Boothe, Shari Peele, Kevin R. Free, Avery Glymph, Patricia R. Floyd, and Brian Hutchison (Recorded Books)

Just Kids from the Bronx by Arlene Alda; narrated by Alan Alda, Arlene Alda, Christina Delaine with Milton Glaser, Regis Philbin, Robert Klein, Gabrielle Salvatto, and Carlos Serrano (Macmillan Audio)

With Lee in Virginia by G.A. Henty; narrated by Brian Blessed, Sean Astin, Kirk Cameron, and a full cast (Heirloom Audio Productions)

MYSTERY

Career of Evil

by Robert Galbraith

Narrated by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. 

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible—and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on one of the suspects, Strike and Robin delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

Finalist Titles

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer; narrated by Ari Fliakos and Juliana Francis Kelly (Macmillan Audio)

Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline; narrated by Kate Burton (Macmillan Audio)

Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty; narrated by Gerard Doyle (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen; narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible Studios)

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny; narrated by Robert Bathurst (Macmillan Audio)

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

Born with Teeth: A Memoir

by Kate Mulgrew

Narrated by Kate Mulgrew (Hachette Audio)

Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil", Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work. 

It was a lesson she would need. At 22, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life both on and off screen.

Finalist Titles

The Art of Asking written and read by Amanda Palmer (Hachette Audio)

Furiously Happy written and read by Jenny Lawson (Macmillan Audio)

I Must Say written and read by Martin Short (HarperAudio)

Thirteen Ways of Looking written and read by Colum McCann (Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio)

NON-FICTION

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

by Jill Leovy

Narrated by Rebecca Lowman (Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio)

On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

But as soon as the case is assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shift.

Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential, but mostly ignored, American murder—a “ghettoside” killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our cities—and how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped.

Finalist Titles

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker; narrated by Chris Patton  (Dreamscape)

I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out by Lee Gutkind; narrated by Tavia Gilbert (Tantor Media)

Missoula by Jon Krakauer; narrated by Mozhan Marno (Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio)

Song Machine by John Seabrook; narrated by Dion Graham (Highbridge Audio/Recorded Books)

ORIGINAL WORK

The Starling Project: An Audible Drama

by Jeffery Deaver

Narrated by Alfred Molina and a full cast (Audible Studios)

An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington―from London to Marseille to Prague―war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling―when he always seems one step ahead?

Finalist Titles

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu; narrated by Rose Leslie and David Tennant (Audible Studios)

Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King; narrated by Tim Sample (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Locke & Key by Joe Hill; narrated by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, and a full cast (Audible Studios)

NPR American Chronicles: First Ladies by National Public Radio; narrated by Cokie Roberts (HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books)

StoryCorps: Outloud: Voices of the LGBTQ Community from Across America by David Isay; narrated by Ari Shapiro and a full cast (HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books)

PARANORMAL

White Trash Zombie Gone Wild

by Diana Rowland

Narrated by Allison McLemore (Audible Studios)

Angel finds herself in redneck hell when hordes of people descend on her hometown for the Deep South Zombie Fest–complete with zombie 5K runs, shamble-a-thons, costume contests, zombie paintball hayrides, and mock-zombie hunts. She intends to avoid the whole mess and focus on her upcoming college midterms–with the help of her stash of illicit zombie drugs–but that all changes when a decapitated body turns up at the edge of town.

Finalist Titles

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich; narrated by Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson (Hachette Audio)

Hounacier by Seth Skorkowsky; narrated by R.C. Bray (Audible Studios)

Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man by Mark Tufo; narrated by Sean Runnette (Podium Publishing)

Seven Years by Dannika Dark; narrated by Nicole Poole (Tantor Media)

ROMANCE

The Highwayman: To Tempt a Highlander Series # 1

by Kerrigan Byrne

Narrated by Derek Perkins (Tantor Media)

Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of Victorian London's wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who've wronged him...and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception-and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands...

But Farah is no one's puppet. She possesses a powerful secret-one that threatens her very life. When being held captive by Dorian proves to be the only way to keep Farah safe from those who would see her dead, Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. But what the Blackheart of Ben More never could have imagined is that Farah has terms of her own, igniting a tempestuous desire that consumes them both. Could it be that the woman he captured is the only one who can touch the black heart he'd long thought dead?

Finalist Titles

The Duke's Holiday by Maggie Fenton; narrated by Sue Pitkin (Brilliance Audio)

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean; narrated by Justine Eyre, (HarperAudio)

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn; narrated by Rosalyn Landor (HarperAudio)

A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall; narrated by Kirsten Potter (Tantor Media)

SCIENCE FICTION

Jurassic Park: A Novel

by Michael Crichton

Narrated by Scott Brick (Brilliance Audio)

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong...

Finalist Titles

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie; narrated by Adjoa Andoh (Hachette Audio)

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson; narrated by Ali Ahn (Hachette Audio)

Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown; narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Recorded Books)

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger; narrated by Marc Thompson (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

The Patriot Threat: Cotton Malone

by Steve Berry

Narrated by Scott Brick (Macmillan Audio)

Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files—the kind that could bring the United States to its knees—Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the $1 bill, this riveting, non-stop adventure is trademark Steve Berry—90% historical fact, 10% exciting speculation—a provocative thriller posing a dangerous question: What if the federal income tax is illegal?

Finalist Titles

Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; narrated by Rene Auberjonois (Hachette Audio)

The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer; narrated by Scott Brick (Hachette Audio)

Season of Fear by Brian Freeman; narrated by Joe Barrett (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)

Signal by Patrick Lee; narrated by Ari Fliakos (Macmillan Audio)

YOUNG ADULT

Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel

by Libba Bray

Narrated by January LaVoy (Listening Library/Penguin Random House)

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects and therefore read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities...

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

Finalist Titles

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven; narrated by Kirby Heyborne, Ariadne Meyers, and Jennifer Niven (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman; narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, and Michael Maloney (HarperAudio)

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) by Laura Hillenbrand; narrated by Edward Herrmann (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)

The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr; narrated by James Langton (Tantor Media)

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon; narrated by Dion Graham and Ilyasah Shabazz (Brilliance Audio)

YOUNG LISTENERS

Little Shop of Monsters

by R.L. Stine and Marc Brown

Narrated by Jack Black (Hachette Audio)

Are you are afraid of monsters?

Do they make you shiver and shake and shut your eyes really tight at night?

Welcome to the Little Shop of Monsters! Do you want a SNEEZER? A TICKLER? Or one of the CREEPIEST monsters of all? Come on in and choose your favorite, if you dare (before one of them chooses YOU!).

Renowned children's book creators Marc Brown and R.L. Stine join forces for the very first time—in Stine's audiobook—with a tale that is monstrously good fun. With a narrative voice reminiscent of The Monster at the End of This Book, but with Stine's signature spooky charm and Brown's wildly imaginative illustrations, this is sure to be a new Halloween favorite—and a spooky good time all year round.

Finalist Titles

Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan; narrated by Dustin Hoffman (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)

Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe and S.D. Schindler; narrated by Gildart Jackson (Dreamscape)

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon; narrated by Suzy Jackson (Recorded Books)

The Eloise Collection by Kay Thompson; narrated by Bernadette Peters, with music by Anthony de Mare (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales; narrated by Adriana Sananes (Dreamscape)

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN

The Hunger Games Trilogy Collection

by Suzanne Collins

Package/cover design by Kathlyn Miller (Recorded and published by Scholastic Audio/distributed by Brilliance Publishing, Inc.)

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Finalist Titles

The Art of War by Sun Tzu; design by Alex Odulio (Audible Studios)

Bill O'Reilly's History Collection: Audiobook Boxed Set by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard; package/cover design by Margo Goody (Macmillan Audio)

Forces from Beyond by Simon R. Green; cover design by Ashlee Sasscer (Recorded Books)

Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez; design by Matthew Angorn, Kari Niles, Nick Horvath, Gabriel Rodriguez, Diane Chang, and Amil Dave (Audible Studios)

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING

Locke & Key

by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Narrated by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and a full cast (Audible Studios)

A brutal and tragic event drives the Locke family from their home in California to the relative safety of their ancestral estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, an old house with powerful keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. As siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke discover the secrets of the old house, they also find that it's home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...

Finalist Titles

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee; narrated by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

Read Proud Listen Proud LGBTQ literature awareness campaign (Penguin Random House Audio)

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor; narrated by Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, Therese Plummer, and Dan Bittner (HarperAudio)

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories

by Rudyard Kipling

Narrated by Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, Tim McInnerny, Bernard Cribbins, Celia Imrie, and Martin Shaw (Audible Studios)

The magical storytelling and unforgettable characters in Ben Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well known voices from British film, TV, radio, and comedy.

Finalist Titles

Amok by Sebastian Fitzek; narrated by Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, Peter Firth, Brendan Coyle, and Hugh Skinnert (Audible Studios)

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee; narrated by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez; narrated by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and a full cast (Audible Studios)

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry; narrated by Scott Brick with special bonus "writer's cut" read by Steve Berry (Macmillan Audio)