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Audies Finalists Announced

2010’s top audiobook titles, selected from a field of over 1,000 entries. The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists that will vie for the 2011 Audies Awards, to be named at the Audies Gala in New York City on May 24th. As an Audies judge, I can attest to the difficult task of narrowing the large field of excellent nominees down to the five finalists in each category. There’s plenty of great listening and recommendations for patron-pleasing purchases in this year’s list. Why not pull out the finalist audiobook titles on your shelf for a Audies-nominees display next to your Oscar DVD display to tempt your AV customers? And add some links to your downloadable titles to an Audies announcement on your library’s webpage! Congratulations to the narrators & producers below…

Finalists in this year’s Audies competition include the following titles:

Art, by Yasmina Reza, Narrated by Bob Balaban, Brian Cox, Jeff Perry, L.A. Theatre Works
Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw, Narrated by Amy Irving, Edward Herrmann, Kristoffer
Tabori, and a distinguished cast, Blackstone Audio
Sunset Limited, by Cormac McCarthy, Narrated by Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight, Tom
Stechschulte, Recorded Books
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, Narrated by Emily Bergl, Charles Busch, Neil
Dickson, Jill Gascoine, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Matthew Wolf, and Sarah
Zimmerman, L.A. Theatre Works
Vengeance, by AJ Scudiere, Narrated by Kristoffer Tabori, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Don Leslie,
Griffyn Ink Corp

NPR: The First 40 Years, by NPR hosts and guests, HighBridge Company
No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy, Narrated by Sean Barrett, Naxos AudioBooks
Selected Shorts: American Classics, by Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, Edgar Allan
Poe, Joyce Carol Oates, John Sayles, Alice Walker, and John Cheever, Narrated by Freda Foh
Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, René Auberjonois, Christine Baranski, Jerry Stiller,
Carmen de Lavallade, and Malachy McCourt, Symphony Space
Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs, by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Jonathan Lethem, Miranda July,
Saki, Harry Mathews, Thomas Meehan, Julia Slavin, and Philip Roth, Narrated by Stephen
Colbert, Robert Sean Leonard, Parker Posey, Marian Seldes, Isaiah Sheffer, Christine Baranski,
Alec Baldwin, and Jerry Zaks, Symphony Space
Venetia, by Georgette Heyer, Narrated by Richard Armitage, Naxos AudioBooks

Abigail Adams, by Woody Holton, Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Tantor Audio
Life, by Keith Richards, Narrated by Johnny Depp with Joe Hurley (Featuring Keith Richards),
Hachette Audio
Somewhere Inside, by Lisa Ling and Laura Ling, Narrated by Lisa Ling and Laura Ling,
The Slave Across the Street, by Theresa Flores, Narrated by Renee Raudman, Christianaudio
This Time Together, by Carol Burnett, Narrated by Carol Burnett, Random House Audio

Buy-In, by John P. Kotter and Lorne A. Whitehead, Narrated by Tim Wheeler, Brilliance Audio
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, by Tony Hsieh, Narrated by Tony
Hsieh, Hachette Audio
Lead Like Ike, by Geoff Loftus, Narrated by Mort Crim, Oasis Audio
The 4-Hour Workweek (Expanded and Updated), by Timothy Ferriss, Narrated by Ray Porter,
Blackstone Audio
The Intelligent Entrepreneur, by Bill Murphy, Jr., Narrated by LJ Ganser and Fred Berman,
Audible, Inc.

Alchemy and Meggy Swan, by Karen Cushman, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Random House
Audio/Listening Library
Nanny McPhee Returns, by Emma Thompson, Narrated by Emma Thompson, Macmillan Audio
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia, Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson, Recorded Books
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, Narrated by Natalie Ross, Brilliance Audio
The Magician’s Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo, Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Brilliance Audio

Despicable Me: The Junior Novel, by Annie Auerbach, Narrated by Tim Curry, Hachette Audio
Epossumondas Plays Possum, by Coleen Salley, Narrated by Cynthia Darlow, Recorded Books
Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday, by Megan McDonald, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat,
Brilliance Audio
One Beastly Beast, by Garth Nix, Narrated by Stig Wemyss, Bolinda
This Jazz Man, by Karen Ehrhardt, Narrated by James “D Train” Williams, Live Oak Media

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, Narrated by Charlton Griffin, Audio Connoisseur
Light in August, by William Faulkner, Narrated by Will Patton, Audible, Inc.
The Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi, Narrated by Scott Brick, Tantor Audio
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, Narrated by Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and
Judy Geeson, Blackstone Audio
Watership Down, by Richard Adams, Narrated by Ralph Cosham, Blackstone Audio

Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen, Narrated by Hope Davis, Simon & Schuster Audio
Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett, Narrated by John Lee, Penguin Audio
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, by Steve Hockensmith, Narrated by
Katherine Kellgren, Audible, Inc.
The Lonely Polygamist, by Brady Udall, Narrated by David Aaron Baker, Recorded Books
The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake, Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy, Blackstone Audio
Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell, Narrated by Emma Galvin, Hachette Audio

1959: The Year Everything Changed, by Fred Kaplan, Narrated by Joe Barrett, Audible, Inc.
A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, Narrated by Jeff Zinn, HarperAudio
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, by Gordon S. Wood, Narrated by Robert Fass,
Audible, Inc.
The History of Rome, Volume 1, by Livy, Narrated by Charlton Griffin, Audio Connoisseur
Vikings of the Ice, by George Allan England, Narrated by Frank Holden, Rattling Books

Old Jews Telling Jokes, by Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman, Narrated by Sam Hoffman with
Eric Spiegelman and an ensemble cast, HighBridge Company
Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, by Alan Goldsher, Narrated by Simon Vance,
Blackstone Audio
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook), by Jon Stewart and The Daily
Show, Narrated by Jon Stewart, with Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, and John
Oliver, featuring Sigourney Weaver, Hachette Audio
Sh*t My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern, Narrated by Sean Schemmel, HarperAudio
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, by David Sedaris, Narrated by David Sedaris, Elaine Stritch, Dylan
Baker, and Siân Phillips, Hachette Audio

Edge of Apocalypse, by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall, Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Zondervan
Fireflies in December, by Jennifer Erin Valent, Narrated by Kate Forbes, Recorded Books
Missing Max, by Karen Young, Narrated by Laural Merlington, Oasis Audio
The Gathering Storm, by Bodie Thoene, Ph.D. and Brock Thoene, Ph.D., Narrated by Bil
Cornelius, Oasis Audio
Unlocked, by Karen Kingsbury, Narrated by Roxanne Hernandez, Zondervan

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours, by Regina Brett, Narrated by Regina Brett,
Hachette Audio
In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, by Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy with
Sally Jenkins, Narrated by Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy, Kathleen McInerney, and Rick
Adamson, Macmillan Audio
Shattered: Struck Down But Not Destroyed, by Frank Pastore and Ellen Vaughn, Narrated by Tim
Gregory, Oasis Audio
The Blueprint: A Plan for Overcoming Life’s Obstacles, by Kirk Franklin, Narrated by Dion
Graham, Brilliance Audio
Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together, by His Holiness
the Dalai Lama, Narrated by Richard Gere, Random House Audio

Bayou Moon, by IIona Andrews, Narrated by Renée Raudman, Tantor Audio
Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Hachette
Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1, by Faith Hunter, Narrated by Khristine Hvam, Audible, Inc.
So Cold the River, by Michael Koryta, Narrated by Robert Petkoff, Hachette Audio
The Girl on Legare Street, by Karen White, Narrated by Aimee Bruneau, Listen & Live Audio

Beautiful Maria of My Soul, by Oscar Hijuelos, Narrated by Armando Duran, Blackstone Audio
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, Narrated by David LeDoux, Macmillan Audio
My Life As a Man, by Philip Roth, Narrated by Dan John Miller, Brilliance Audio
Snakewoman of Little Egypt, by Robert Hellenga, Narrated by Coleen Marlo, Tantor Audio
Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell, Narrated by Jonathan Aris and Paula
Wilcox, Recorded Books

Great Classic Science Fiction, by H. G. Wells, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Lester del Rey, Fritz Leiber,
James H. Schmitz, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert and Andre Norton, Narrated by Simon Vance,
Nick Sullivan, Robert Fass, Katherine Kellgren, Stephen R. Thorne, Greg Itzin, Scott Brick, and
Barbara Rosenblat, AudioGo (formerly BBC Audiobooks America)
Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book, by Adele Park, Narrated by a full cast, Straight to Audio
Room, by Emma Donoghue, Narrated by Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and
Suzanne Toren, Hachette Audio
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, Narrated by Emily Bergl, Charles Busch, Neil
Dickson, Jill Gascoine, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Matthew Wolf, and Sarah
Zimmerman, L.A. Theatre Works
The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self, by Deepak Chopra, Debbie
Ford and Marianne Williamson, Narrated by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne
Williamson, HarperAudio

Dog Tags, by David Rosenfelt, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Listen & Live Audio
Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery, by Rhys Bowen, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren,
Audible, Inc.
Our Kind of Traitor, by John LeCarre, Narrated by Robin Sachs, Penguin Audio
The Dead Room, by Chris Mooney, Narrated by Regina Reagan, Isis Publishing Ltd
The Reversal, by Michael Connelly, Narrated by Peter Giles, Hachette Audio
This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George, Narrated by John Lee, HarperAudio

Thomas Cobb, Crazy Heart, HarperAudio
Garrison Keillor, A Christmas Blizzard, HighBridge Company
Emma Thompson, Nanny McPhee Returns, Macmillan Audio
Alice Walker, The Color Purple, Recorded Books
John Waters, Role Models, Tantor Audio

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John
Heilemann, Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris, HarperAudio
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller, by Harry Markopolos, Narrated by Scott Brick,
Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, Neil Chelo, David Kotz, Gaytri Kachroo, and Michael Ocrant,
Audible, Inc.
Obama’s Wars, by Bob Woodward, Narrated by Boyd Gaines, Simon & Schuster Audio
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, Narrated by Cassandra Campbell with
Bahni Turpin, Random House Audio
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by
Deborah Blum, Narrated by Coleen Marlo, Tantor Audio

Fashionably Undead, by Meg Cabot and the Twitterverse, Narrated by Sarah Drew, AudioGo
(formerly BBC Audiobooks America)
Hearts, Keys and Puppetry, by Neil Gaiman and the Twitterverse, Narrated by Katherine
Kellgren, AudioGo (formerly BBC Audiobooks America)
New Adventures of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer Vol. 2: The Little Death, by Max Allan Collins
from a story by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, Narrated by Stacy Keach and a full cast,
Blackstone Audio
The Alchemist and the Executioness, by Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell, Narrated by
Jonathan Davis and Katherine Kellgren, Audible, Inc.
William’s Leap for Freedom, Adapted by Renee Pringle with assistance by Sue Zizza, Narrated
by Dion Graham and Mirron E. Willis and a full cast, SueMedia

Malcolm Gladwell: The Box Set, by Malcolm Gladwell, Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell, Hachette
Martin Luther King, Junior: The Essential Box Set, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Edited by Clayborne
Carson, Kris Shepard, and Peter Holloran, Narrated by Keith David, Jay Gregory, and Martin
Luther King, Hachette Audio
Peter & Max, by Bill Willingham, Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Brilliance Audio
Shakespeare the Essential Tragedies Volume 1, by William Shakespeare, Narrated by a full cast,
AudioGo (formerly BBC Audiobooks America)
The Very Best of Bob and Ray: Legends of Comedy, by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, Narrated
by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, HighBridge Company

Good Discipline, Great Teens, by Dr. Ray Guarendi, Narrated by Dr. Ray Guarendi, St. Anthony
Messenger Press
Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom, by Queen Latifah,
Narrated by Queen Latifah, Hachette Audio
Spiritual Partnership, by Gary Zukav, Narrated by Gary Zukav, HarperAudio
The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, by Victor L. Wooten, Narrated
by Victor L. Wooten, Tantor Audio
This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording, by David Foster Wallace, Narrated
by David Foster Wallace, Hachette Audio
Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series, by Zig Ziglar, Narrated by Zig Ziglar, Blackstone Audio

A Kiss at Midnight, by Eloisa James, Narrated by Susan Duerden, HarperAudio
By King’s Command, by Linda Lea Castle, Narrated by a full cast, Siren Audio Studios
Fantasy in Death, by J.D. Robb, Narrated by Susan Ericksen, Brilliance Audio
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, by Syrie James, Narrated by Bianca Amato, Recorded
The Elusive Bride, by Stephanie Laurens, Narrated by Simon Prebble, HarperAudio

Black Magic Sanction, by Kim Harrison, Narrated by Marguerite Gavin, Blackstone Audio
Feed, by Mira Grant, Narrated by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein, Hachette Audio
Halo: Evolutions, by various authors including Tobias S. Bucknell, B.K. Evenson, and Jonathan
Goff, Narrated by Steve Downes, Holter Graham, Frank O’Connor, and Jen Taylor, Macmillan
The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham, Narrated by Graeme Malcolm, Audible, Inc.
The Stainless Steel Rat, by Harry Harrison, Narrated by Phil Gigante, Brilliance Audio
WWW: Watch, by Robert J. Sawyer, Narrated by Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman,
Jennifer Van Dyck, and Robert J. Sawyer, Audible, Inc.

And Thereby Hangs a Tale, by Jeffrey Archer, Narrated by Gerard Doyle, Macmillan Audio
A Matter of Matter, by L. Ron Hubbard, Narrated by Corey Burton, R.F. Daley, Jim Meskimen,
Tait Ruppert, and Josh Thompson, Galaxy Audio
A Touch of Dead, by Charlaine Harris, Narrated by Johanna Parker, Recorded Books
Ford County: Stories, by John Grisham, Narrated by John Grisham, Random House Audio
How Did You Get This Number, by Sloane Crosley, Narrated by Sloane Crosley, Penguin Audio
Long After Midnight, by Ray Bradbury, Narrated by Michael Prichard, Tantor Audio
Stories, by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantino, Narrated by Anne Bobby, Jonathan Davis, Peter
Francis James, Katherine Kellgren, and Euan Morton, HarperAudio

Laura Bush, narrator of Spoken from the Heart, by Laura Bush, Simon & Schuster Audio
Katherine Kellgren, narrator of Rapture of the Deep, by L.A. Meyer, Listen & Live Audio
Katherine Kellgren, narrator of The Invisible Order: Rise of the Darklings, by Paul Crilley, Audible,
Juliet Stevenson, narrator of The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing, Naxos AudioBooks
Juliet Stevenson, narrator of The Magician’s Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo, Brilliance Audio
Alfre Woodard, narrator of Glorious, by Bernice McFadden, Audible, Inc.

Alan Cumming, narrator of Zorgamazoo, by Robert Paul Weston, Penguin Audio
Jim Dale, narrator of The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, by Mathias Malzieu, Blackstone
Charlton Griffin, narrator of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2, by Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle, Audio Connoisseur
George Guidall, narrator of Every Man Dies Alone, by Hans Fallada, Recorded Books
Edward Herrmann, narrator of Innocent, by Scott Turow, Hachette Audio

Here in Harlem, by Walter Dean Myers, Narrated by a full cast, Live Oak Media
Rapture of the Deep, by L.A. Meyer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Listen & Live Audio
The Rock and the River, by Kekla Magoon, Narrated by Dion Graham, Brilliance Audio
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan, Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
and Nick Podehl, Brilliance Audio
Zora and Me, by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon, Narrated by Channie Waites, Brilliance Audio

Dead Aim, by Thomas Perry, Narrated by Michael Kramer, Tantor Audio
Interface, by Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George, Narrated by Oliver Wyman, Audible, Inc.
The Book of Spies, by Gayle Lynds, Narrated by Kate Reading, Blackstone Audio
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson, Narrated by Simon Vance, Random
House Audio
Vengeance, by AJ Scudiere, Narrated by Kristoffer Tabori, Stephanie Zimbalist and Don Leslie,
Griffyn Ink Corp



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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  1.' Nancy Schummer says:

    How can someone become a judge for the Audies? I’m a librarian in Roswell NM and would like to do this. Cordially, Nancy S.

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