Britain’s Best Audiobooks 2009


Twenty top new titles for children & adults were named by the UK’s Audio Publishing Association, as well as 20 notable backlist titles.  US favorites, such as Tea Time for the Traditionally Built and The Graveyard Book appear on the list, as well as distinctly UK titles such as The Last Fighting Tommy by Harry Patch, who at age 110 wrote his life story including his time in the trenches in WWI, and who reads a portion of the audiobook. Always great to have another “best” list to have on hand! Click “Read the rest…” to see the complete list:

British Publisher / Title / Author / Narrator

2009 Top 20 Titles

CSA Word     A Room With a View E. M Forster     Juliet Stevenson
Naxos     The Road Cormac McCarthy     Rupert Degas
Macmillan     Revelation C. J. Sansom     Anton Lesser
Hachette Digital     Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Alexander McCall Smith     Adjoa Andoh
Orion     The White Tiger Aravind Adiga     Kerry Shale
Orion     Past Imperfect Julian Fellowes     Julian Fellowes
Orion     The Brass Verdict Michael Connelly     Michael Brandon
Penguin     Devil May Care Sebastian Faulks (writing as Ian Fleming)     Jeremy Northam
BBC     Paul Temple and the Front Page Men Durbridge, Francis     Head, Anthony
Harper Collins     Slumdog Millionaire Vikas Swarup     Kerry Shale
BBC     Doctor Who: Pest Control (audio exclusive story)     Anghelides, Peter     Tennant, David
Random House     Dear Fatty Dawn French     Liza Tarbuck
Hachette Digital     The Last Fighting Tommy Harry Patch with Richard Van Emden     Alan Howard
Orion     Wake Up and Change Your Life Duncan Bannatyne     David Rintoul
Bloomsbury     The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Kate Summerscale     Harriet Walter
Canongate     Dreams From My Father Barack Obama     Barack Obama
BBC     I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Live: Vol 2 Radio Soundtrack     Clue team
Bloomsbury     The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman     Neil Gaiman
Harper Collins     The Boy In The Dress David Walliams     David Walliams and Matt Lucas
Harper Collins     Paddington Here and Now Michael Bond     Stephen Fry

Back catalogue top 20
Harper Collins     Murder of Roger Ackroyd/on Orient Express Agatha Christie     Hugh Fraser
Orion     Exit Music Ian Rankin
Naxos     Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen     Juliet Stevenson
Naxos     Great Expectations Charles Dickens     Anton Lesser
BBC     The Fellowship of the Ring J.R Tolkein
Random House     Birdsong Sebastian Faulks     Samuel West
Random House     Curious Incident Of The Dog In the Night-Time Mark Haddon     Ben Tibber
BBC     The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Primary Phase Douglas Adams
CSA Word     Uncle Fred in The Springtime P. G. Wodehouse     Martin Jarvis
Harper Collins     The Life of Pi Yann Martel     Kerry Shale
Naxos     The Essential Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas     Philip Madoc et al
Naxos     A Bad Birdwatcher’s Companion Simon Barnes     Simon Barnes
Macmillan     History of Modern Britain Andrew Marr     Andrew Marr
BBC     America, Empire of Liberty: Vol 1, Liberty and Slavery Reynolds, David     Reynolds, David
BBC     Talking Heads No.1 Alan Bennett
Naxos     Othello William Shakespeare     Full Cast
CSA Word     Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh     Jeremy Northam
Orion     Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb Francesca Simon
Macmillan     The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson     Imelda Staunton
Naxos     The Sword in the Stone T. H. White     Neville Jason



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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