AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

Narrated by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a full cast, published by Random House Audio

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented, portrayed by record-setting 166 narrators.

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying, where Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Finalist Titles

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1
by Craig Alanson, narrated by R.C. Bray, published by Podium Publishing

The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, written and narrated by Paula Poundstone, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

AUDIO DRAMA

Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi

by Paul McCusker

Read by over 30 actors including Joseph Timms, Owen Teale, and Geoffrey Palmer, published by Augustine Institute

If you think you know Francis of Assisi, you're in for a surprise.

Discover the astonishing life of Brother Francis, the fun-loving son of wealth and privilege who gave up everything for the sake of Christ.

As a young soldier, he encountered suffering. As a victim of war, he began a search for inner-meaning that would redirect his life. As a holy beggar, he embraced lepers, shook hands with the Pope, debated a sultan, and touched the lives of millions.

Now the power and passion of one of the world's most popular saints is captured in Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, an exciting 10-part audio drama from the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. Dozens of accomplished, award-winning actors bring characters to life, and cinematic sound and music will quicken the imagination. An unforgettable experience that will inspire your heart and stir your soul.

Finalist Titles

Cicero by David Llewellyn, narrated by Samuel Barnett and George Naylor, published by Big Finish Productions

The Mean, written and narrated by John Arthur Long, published by Blackstone Publishing

Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson and Marty Ross, narrated by Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale, and Gerran Howell, published by Audible Studios

The Tug of War by David Rambo, performed by Matthew Arkin, Hugo Armstrong, Seamus Dever, Matthew Floyd Miller, James Morrison, David Selby, Rich Sommer, Josh Stamberg, Nick Toren, John Vickery, and Jules Willcox, published by LA Theatre Works

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Born to Run

by Bruce Springsteen

Narrated by Bruce Springsteen, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began.

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on ###i/i###. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar-band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.

Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs, Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

Finalist Titles

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, written and narrated by Al Franken, published by Hachette Audio

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

Nevertheless, written and narrated by Alec Baldwin, published by HarperAudio

We're Going to Need More Wine, written and narrated by Gabrielle Union, published by HarperAudio

What Happened, written and narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Finalist Titles

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, published by HarperAudio

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams, published by Audible Studios

The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks) by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee, published by Audible Studios

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio

BEST MALE NARRATOR

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

by Trevor Noah

Narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

Trevor Noah, one of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars and host of The Daily Show, tells his wild coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. In this production, Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

Attuned to the power of language at a young age - as a means of acceptance and influence in a country divided, then subdivided, into groups at odds with one another - Noah's raw, personal journey becomes something extraordinary in audio: a true testament to the power of storytelling. With brutal honesty and piercing wit, he forgoes an ordinary reading and, instead, delivers something more intimate, sharing his story with the openness and candor of a close friend. His chameleon-like ability to mimic accents and dialects, to shift effortlessly between languages including English, Xhosa, and Zulu, and to embody characters throughout his childhood - his mother, his gran, his schoolmates, first crushes and infatuations - brings each memory to life in vivid detail. Hearing him directly, you're reminded of the gift inherent in telling one's story and having it heard; of connecting with another, and seeing them as a human being.

The stories Noah tells are by turns hilarious, bizarre, tender, dark, and poignant - subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty, making comically pitiful attempts at teenage romance in a color-obsessed world, thrown into jail as the hapless fall guy for a crime he didn't commit, thrown by his mother from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters, and more.

Finalist Titles

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, narrated by Christian Coulson, published by HarperAudio

Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio

Murder on the Orient Express (movie tie-in) by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, published by HarperAudio

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry, narrated by Stephen Fry, published by Audible Studio

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Peak Performance

by Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness

Narrated by by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Publishing

A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and journalist who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best.

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which listeners will learn how to enhance their performance via myriad ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose; and priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity.

In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches listeners on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" may be, Peak Performance will teach you how.

Finalist Titles

Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier, narrated by Daniel Maté, published by Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Rene Ruiz, and Alex Hyde-White, published by Novel Audio

How to Work for an Idiot (Revised and Expanded with More Idiots, More Insanity, and More Incompetency): Survive and Thrive Without Killing Your Boss by John Hoover, narrated by Brian Sutherland, published by Audible Studios

Unfu*k Yourself, written and narrated by Gary John Bishop, published by HarperAudio

EROTICA

Claim & Protect

by Rhenna Morgan

Narrated by John Lane, published by Harlequin Audio

Live hard, f--k harder, and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society's expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other's backs.

Trevor Raines lives on the edge of legal. A good guy doing bad things to save lives, the only rules he follows are the Brotherhood's, and there's nothing in the world that will change that. Until Natalie Jordan walks into his life...

Natalie's only interest is in making a fresh start. She's a woman with a plan, and the plan doesn't include a man with secrets, no matter how kind - or intoxicating - he is. But this cowboy is determined to break down her walls, keep her safe, and make her his.

Trevor had no interest in settling down, but there's something entirely too appealing about this woman he can't stay away from. There's only one thing to do - change his plans...and hers. When Natalie's ex resurfaces to threaten her new life, Trevor will move heaven and earth to make sure the bastard can't hurt her again. Except saving Natalie means outing his own secrets - and it could mean losing her forever....

Finalist Titles

His Alone  by Alexa Riley, narrated by Summer Morton and Jay Crow, published by Harlequin Audio

More Than Want You  by Shayla Black, narrated by Christian Fox, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy, narrated by Joe Arden, published by Brilliance Publishing

Taking Turns: The Turning Series, Book 1  by JA Huss, narrated by Ava Erickson, Sebastian York, Tad Branson, and Joe Arden, published by Oh My Audiobooks

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN

In Death Limited Collector's Edition

by J.D. Robb

Design by Carissa Dreese, published by Brilliance Publishing

This limited collector’s edition of the In Death series creates a product that fans will fall in love with and be proud to display on their shelves. Its sleek and edgy package design capturs the moody essence of J. D. Robb’s futuristic New York City, with a premium black box sleeve and boldly colorful interior disc binder mirror the world of the In Death series.

The outside box sleeve features a holographic foil treatment of the recognizable series type on the front and spine. A white ink overlay of the New York City skyline silhouette wraps around the box to the back of the sleeve. On the back top right corner of the sleeve is a hand-numbered inscription that notates each individual copy’s number (out of 500 made available to customers).

The interior disc binder slides out of the left side of the specialty box sleeve to reveal the lively 4-color vinyl sleeve, featuring a detailed New York City landscape and the bold and recognizable author name and series font treatment. The back of the disc binder features the author’s photo and biography, as well as the photo and biography of Susan Ericksen, who has narrated the entire series.

The binder opens to reveal a printed 4-color table of contents, listing each book title in chronological series order, including 11 novellas, and a bonus disc featuring an interview with narrator Susan Ericksen. Each MP3 disc is arranged in 8-CD sleeve sheets, and seven additional CD sleeves are included so fans can add to their collection with each new In Death series release.

The final piece of bonus content in this collection is a 22x36 poster tucked into the back of the binder. The poster features Lieutenant Eve Dallas—proud, gritty, no-frills murder cop, and beloved protagonist of the series. She gazes out on a city street that stands out against a background collage of various titles from J. D. Robb’s unforgettable series.

Finalist Titles

Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd, design by Kathryn English, published by Blackstone Publishing

Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer's Disease by Niki Kapsambelis, design by Christa Douyard, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Red Plenty by Francis Spufford, design by Amy Fernald, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, design by Margo Goody, published by Macmillan Audio

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING

Transform Your Commute Campaign

Penguin Random House Audio

Penguin Random House Audio’s signature Try Audiobooks awareness campaign took on a fresh spin this summer, encouraging listeners to Transform Your Commute during June is Audiobook Month.

Kicking off the campaign, Penguin Random House Audio offered a week of free audiobooks for NYC-area commuters June 5-9 via lemonade stands at five locations around New York City, including Union Square, Columbus Circle, Bowling Green, Downtown Brooklyn, and Jersey City. At each pop-up, listeners could lounge on couches, preview audiobooks at listening stations, and enjoy a free frozen lemonade (turning their commute from something sour to something sweet!).

By signing up for Penguin Random House’s newsletter at the lemonade stand, listeners received a free audiobook download. Each location featured a different free download, including:

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, narrated by the author

Deep Storm by Lincoln Child, narrated by Scott Brick

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, narrated by the author

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, narrated by Mike Chamberlain

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin, narrated by Harry Lloyd

Listeners who couldn’t make it to a lemonade stand could visit www.tryaudiobooks.com/commute to redeem a free download of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and enter to win an iPad® and a year’s worth of audiobooks to transform their commute.

Commuters throughout the New York Metro area couldn’t miss the Transform Your Commute message, with in-car advertising on the LIRR, Metro North, New Jersey Transit, PATH trains and NYC subways recommending listening suggestions like John Grisham’s Camino Island, Alan Alda’s If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face?, Jeffrey Tambor’s Are You Anybody? and Jill Santopolo’s The Light We Lost.

These marketing efforts were supplemented by publicity outreach and a social media campaign. Transform Your Commute was featured in the New York Times’ New York Today newsletter, WCBS Radio, NY1 News, and Shelf Awareness. We featured posts about the activation on our social channels throughout the week and enlisted the participating authors to offer their support by sharing the free downloads on their platforms. By the end of the campaign, #TransformYourCommute reached more than 4 million impressions. Audiobooks truly do turn a sour commute sweet!

Finalist Titles

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander), narrated by Eddie Redmayne, published by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss, narrated by Kevin Hart, published by Audible Studios

Get Your Heart Racing Campaign by Macmillan Audio

What Happened, written and narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, published by Simon & Schuster Audio


EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION

Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry

Narrated by Stephen Fry, published by Audible Studios

"...it was reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a boy that first turned me on to the power of writing and storytelling." (Stephen Fry)

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated nine insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions to each title.

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure. He is the acclaimed narrator of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and most recently recorded The Tales of Max Carrados for Audible Studios - a performance that earned Fry the accolade of "quite irresistible" from the Washington Post. Stephen has contributed columns and articles to newspapers and magazines, appears frequently on radio and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography.

Finalist Titles

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II an Audible Original, narrated by Martin Sheen, published by Audible Originals

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others, published by Random House Audio

Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things, written and narrated by Loudon Wainwright III, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld, published by Hachette Audio

The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

FANTASY

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

by Theodora Goss

Narrated by Kate Reading, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Based on some of literature's horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders - and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

Finalist Titles

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O'Neil, published by Recorded Books

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Karis A. Campbell, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books 

Skullsworn by Brian Stavely, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, published by Brilliance Publishing

Snake Eyes by John Conroe, narrated by James Patrick Cronin, published by Audible Studios

Spellmonger: The Spellmonger Series, Book 1 by Terry Mancour, narrated by John Lee, published by Podium Publishing


FICTION

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman

Narrated by Cathleen McCarron, published by Penguin Audio

No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes...

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

Finalist Titles

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney, narrated by Rachel Atkins, published by Harlequin Audio

Beartown by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi, narrated by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, and Therese Plummer, published by Macmillan Audio

The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel by Nancy Peacock, narrated by JD Jackson, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY

Loving Vs. Virginia

by Patricia Hruby Powell

Narrated by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews, published by Dreamscape Media

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

Finalist Titles

Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud by Shaun Considine, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Graymalkin Media

Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope by Wendy Holden, narrated by Elizabeth Wiley, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Code Girls by Liza Mundy, narrated by Erin Bennett, published by Hachette Audio

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II an Audible Original, narrated by Martin Sheen, published by Audible Originals

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, narrated by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy, published by Macmillan Audio

HUMOR

Carpet Diem: Or...How to Save the World by Accident

by Justin Lee Anderson

Narrated by by Matthew Lloyd Davies, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Fifteen years after losing most of his family to a devastating, pudding-related tragedy, Simon Debovar has settled into a life of self-imposed exile from the stinking, selfish morass of humanity. Content that his daily highlights will include hazelnut coffee, a long bath, and the occasional jar of olives, his life is completely upturned by the discovery that his ornate living room carpet is the deciding factor in a bet between God and Satan.

When mysteriously well-timed carpet thieves deprive him of the crucial heirloom, Simon is forced to leave his hermit's existence behind for a world of angels, demons, witches, and immortals.

And then it gets complicated.

Finalist Titles

The Book of Leon by Leon Black (JB Smoove) and Iris Bahr, narrated by Leon Black (JB Smoove), published by Simon & Schuster Audio

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss, narrated by Kevin Hart, published by Audible Studios

Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett & Link, narrated by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, published by Audible Studios

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, written and narrated by Paula Poundstone, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

Catching the Wind

by Melanie Dobson

Narrated by Nancy Peterson, published by Two Words Publishing | Tyndale House – Print publisher

What happened to Brigitte Berthold?

That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was 13, when he and 10-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than 70 years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel's final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby's tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons - and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel's lawyer, Lucas Hough - the lure of Brigitte's story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

Finalist Titles

Captain Bayley's Heir by G.A. Henty, narrated by Brian Blessed, John Rhys-Davies, Jade Williams, Ian Porter, Finty Williams, David Shaw-Parker, and a full cast, published by Heirloom Audio Productions

Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis, narrated by Christina Moore with Stephanie Cozart, published by Recorded Books

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books

The Trials of Saint Patrick by Paul McCusker, narrated by over 30 actors including John Rhys-Davies, published by Augustine Institute

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace

by Kim Phuc Phan Thi

Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!

These were the final shouts nine-year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames - before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It's a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death.

Against all odds, Kim lived - but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country's freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?

Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain.

Finalist Titles

The Mission Walker by Edie Littlefield Sundby, narrated by Jaimee Paul, published by Thomas Nelson

Of Mess and Moxiewritten and narrated by Jen Hatmaker, published by Thomas Nelson

The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World, written and narrated by Lisa Harper, published by christianaudio, a division of Recorded Books

Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Lifewritten and narrated by Agapi Stassinopoulos, published by Random House Audio

We Stood upon Stars
 
by Roger W. Thompson, narrated by John McLain, published by Oasis Audio, LLC.

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS

House of Names

by Colm Toibin

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio

From the thrilling imagination of best-selling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra - spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling - and her children.

"I have been acquainted with the smell of death." So begins Clytemnestra's tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband, King Agamemnon, left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover, Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.

Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, Clytemnestra reveals the tragic saga that led to these bloody actions: how her husband deceived her eldest daughter, Iphigeneia, with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would make the winds blow in his favor and take him to Troy; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus, who shared her bed in the dark and could kill; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra finally achieved her vengeance for his stunning betrayal - his quest for victory greater than his love for his child.

In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic and gives this extraordinary character new life so that we not only believe Clytemnestra's thirst for revenge but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth's most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels. Told in four parts, this is a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess who will herself be murdered by her own son, Orestes. It is Orestes' story, too: his capture by the forces of his mother's lover, Aegisthus, his escape, and his exile. And it is the story of the vengeful Electra, who watches over her mother and Aegisthus with cold anger and slow calculation until, on the return of her brother, she has the fates of both of them in her hands.

Finalist Titles

Beast by Paul Kingsnorth, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Daisy Miller by Henry James, narrated by Kitty Hendrix, published by Spoken Realms (formerly Listen 2 a Book)

Dracula by Bram Stoker, narrated by Nick Sandys, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios

Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope, narrated by David Shaw-Parker, published by Naxos AudioBooks

MIDDLE GRADE

See You in the Cosmos

by Jack Cheng

Narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Michael Crouch, and a full cast, published by Listening Library

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons.

Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog, Carl Sagan - named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to LA, Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on Earth, his Earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he'll uncover - from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

For fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jack Cheng's debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To listen to the first few minutes is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To listen to the end is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

Read by Kivlighan de Montebello and a full cast, including Brittany Pressley (as Terra), Graham Halstead (as Steve), Michael Crouch (as Ronnie), and Jason Culp (as Zed). Additional narration provided by Therese Plummer, Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Pete Larkin, and Courtney Shaw.

Finalist Titles

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, written and narrated by Pablo Cartaya, published by Listening Library

Patina by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Heather Alicia Simms, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Refugee by Alan Gratz, narrated by Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, and Assaf Cohen, published by Scholastic Audio

Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, narrated by Johnny Heller and Maxwell Glick, published by HarperAudio

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

Restart

by Gordon Korman

Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, and John Kroft, published by Recorded Books

New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman harkens back to his No More Dead Dogs days in this stand-alone that takes a tone more serious than you've ever heard from him before.

A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?

Finalist Titles

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others, published by Random House Audio

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Alma Cuervo, Robin Miles, and Julia Whelan, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, and others, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

MYSTERY

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

by David Lagercrantz

Narrated by Simon Vance, published by Random House Audio

From the author of the number one international best seller The Girl in the Spider's Web, the new book in the Millennium series, which began with Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her - not the Islamists she enrages by rescuing a young woman from their brutality; not the prison gang leader who passes a death sentence on her; not the deadly reach of her long-lost twin sister, Camilla; and not the people who will do anything to keep buried knowledge of a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known only as The Registry. Once again, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, together, are the fierce heart of a thrilling full-tilt novel that takes on some of the most insidious problems facing the world at this very moment.

Finalist Titles

Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond, published by HarperAudio

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service: A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11 by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, published by Audible Studios

Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Julia Franklin, published by Macmillan Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Neil Gaiman, published by HarperAudio

Introducing an instant classic - master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths. 

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. 

Finalist Titles

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, written and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, published by Blackstone Publishing

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & a Good Cry, written and narrated by Nikki Giovanni, published by HarperAudio

This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

NON-FICTION

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

by Nate Blakeslee

Narrated by Mark Bramhall, published by Random House Audio

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ears of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West - between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.


Finalist Titles

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, written and narrated by Jon Ronson, published by Audible Originals

Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Macmillan Audio

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, narrated by Kimberly Farr, published by Random House Audio

This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

ORIGINAL WORK

Romeo and Juliet: A Novel

by David Hewson

Narrated by by Richard Armitage, published by Audible Studios

It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....

In Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, author David Hewson reworks and expands on the classic story so that it becomes something richer, something new and entirely its own. Much more than a simple love story, it is a brilliant examination of young versus old, hope against despair, and, for Juliet, the search for individual identity at a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel.

An original production commissioned by Audible, Romeo and Juliet: A Novel marks the second pairing of David Hewson and actor Richard Armitage, whose previous partnership resulted in Audible's 2014 Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel. Hewson's talent for writing for audio is undeniable, and he finds his perfect vocal foil in Armitage, an actor of immense range and absorbing intensity. Together, they bring you a familiar story told in a surprising way - with an ending you might not expect.

Finalist Titles

The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios

Mother Go by James Patrick Kelly, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Audible Original Publishing

Nevertheless We Persisted, edited by Tanya Eby, written by Amy Oestreicher, Cat Gould, Charlotte McKinnon, Christa Lewis, Christina St. Clair, Danielle Dayney, Deepti Gupta, Echo Aspnes, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Jack Arkel, Jacqueline Pick, Janina Edward, Jerrianne Hayslett, Karen Randall, Karen White, Kass Hillard, Laura Schmidt, Lauren Ezzo, Lily Schmidt, Mark Blickley, Martha McSweeney Brower, Nancy Wagner, Rodney Vaccaro, Sandy Logan, Sahana Kumar, Sue Pitkin, Tanya Eby, Tamara Hansen, Tammy Scott, Tricia Lowther, and Viji Chary, narrated by Amy Landon, Amy McFadden, Bailey Carr, Cat Gould, Christa Lewis, Deepti Gupta, Emily Beresford, Emily Sutton-Smith, Erin Bennett, Erin Mallon, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Julie McKay, Lauren Ezzo, Lauri Jo Daniels, James Patrick Cronin, Janina Edwards, Karen White, Kate Rudd, Nancy Wagner, Nicol Zanzarella, Mark Kamish, Paul Heitsch, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Sue Pitkin, and Tanya Eby, published by Blunder Woman Productions

Rebuttal by Jyotsna Hariharan, narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, Nina Mehta, Peter Ganim, and Dan Bittner, published by HarperAudio


PARANORMAL

Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2

by Faith Hunter

Narrated by Khristine Hvam, published by Audible Studios

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter's New York Times best-selling Jane Yellowrock novels, the second Soulwood novel tells the story of a woman whose power comes from deep within the earth.

Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded - even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own.

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more.

Finalist Titles

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King, published by Macmillan Audio

Finding My Pack by Lane Whitt, narrated by Cooper North and Aletha George, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, Ray Porter, Kristoffer Tabori, and Kasey Lansdale, published by Blackstone Publishing

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, narrated by Angela Dawe, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

ROMANCE

The Duchess Deal

by Tessa Dare

Narrated by by Mary Jane Wells, published by HarperAudio

When girl meets duke, their marriage breaks all the rules....

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

His terms are simple:

  • They will be husband and wife by night only.
  • No lights, no kissing.
  • No questions about his battle scars.
  • Last, and most importantly...once she's pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:

  • They will have dinner together every evening.
  • With conversation.
  • And unlimited teasing.
  • Last, and most importantly...once she's seen the man beneath the scars, he can't stop her from falling in love.

Finalist Titles

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books

Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson, narrated by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden, published by J. Bengtsson

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Ladies' Room by Carolyn Brown, narrated by Donna Postel, published by Brilliance Publishing

SCIENCE FICTION

Provenance

by Ann Leckie

Narrated by Adjoa Andoh, published by Hachette Audio

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege, and birthright.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world before they are lost to her for good.

Finalist Titles

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars) by Christie Golden, narrated by Janina Gavankar, published by Random House Audio

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld, published by Hachette Audio

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by a Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio

The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

by Leigh Bardugo

Narrated by by Lauren Fortgang, published by Audible Studios

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, number one New York Times best-selling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Enter the Grishaverse.... Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms, and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Perfect for new listeners and dedicated fans, the tales in The Language of Thorns will transport you to lands both familiar and strange - to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

Finalist Titles

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Audible Studios

Good Behavior by Blake Crouch, narrated by Blake Crouch and Julia Whelan, published by Brilliance Publishing

Tales of Ordinary Madness  by Charles Bukowski, edited by Gail Chiarrello, narrated by Will Patton, published by Audible Studios

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, published by Hachette Audio Books

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

The Fourth Monkey

by J.D. Barker

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton, published by Recorded Books

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind".

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive. As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own. With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer's identity remains a mystery. Time is running out, and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written, fast-paced thriller.


Finalist Titles

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire, published by Macmillan Audio

Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, narrated by Ellen Archer, published by Hachette Audio

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander, published by Penguin Audio

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick, published by HarperAudio

YOUNG ADULT

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Narrated by by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Finalist Titles

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Listening Library

Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork, narrated by Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas, published by Scholastic Audio

Solo by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander, music by Randy Preston, published by Blink

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins, narrated by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, and others, published by Listening Library

YOUNG LISTENERS (up to age 8)

Trombone Shorty

by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

Narrated by Dion Graham, published by Live Oak Media

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.




Finalist Titles

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins, narrated by Robertson Dean, published by Weston Woods Studios Inc

Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, narrated by Channie Waites, published by Recorded Books

Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, narrated by Davina Porter, published by Recorded Books

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, narrated by Jim Dale, published by Macmillan Audio