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Booklist Editors’ Choice: Top adult & youth audiobooks of the year

Bossypants by Tina Fey is the top of the list for 2011 – the complete list is below, with links to the original Booklist reviews. Plenty here for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations to all of the producers, directors, and narrators on creating this year’s best in listening! And be sure to check out the ENTIRE Booklist Editors’ Choice list here for more great fiction, nonfiction, reference, and DVDs

Audio for Adults

The Adults. By Alison Espach. Read by Tavia Gilbert. 2011. 10hr. Dreamscape, CD, $39.99 (9781611200133).

Bossypants. By Tina Fey. Read by the author. 2011. 5.5hr. AudioGO, CD, $64.99 (9781609417192). (Top of the List)

Clara and Mr. Tiffany. By Susan Vreeland. Read by Kimberly Farr. 2011. 16hr. Books on Tape, CD, $45 (9780307876720).

The Confession. By John Grisham. Read by Scott Sowers. 2010. 14.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $45 (9780307702944).

The Four Just Men. By Edgar Wallace. Read by Bill Homewood. 2011. 4.5hr. Naxos, CD, $28.98 (9781843794554).

Freedom. By Jonathan Franzen. Read by David Ledoux. 2010. 25hr. AudioGO, CD, $99.95 (9780792773214).

The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam. By Chris Ewan. Read by Simon Vance. 2011. 7hr. AudioGO, CD, $64.95 (9780792778400).

The Graduate. By Terry Johnson. Read by Kathleen Turner and others. 2011. 107min. LA Theatre Works, CD, $25.95 (1-58081-820-X).

Life Itself. By Roger Ebert. Read by Edward Herrmann. 2011. 14hr. AudioGO, CD, $94.99 (9781611137927).

Middlemarch. By George Eliot. Read by Juliet Stevenson. 2010. 35hr. Naxos, CD, $152.98 (9781843794394).

Moonlight Mile. By Dennis Lehane. Read by Jonathan Davis. 2010. 8.5hr. Harper, CD, $34.99 (9780062010865).

The Tiger’s Wife. By Téa Obreht. Read by Susan Duerden. 2011. 11hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780307877024).

A Trick of the Light. By Louise Penny. Read by Ralph Cosham. 2011. 12hr. Macmillan, CD, $36.99 (9781427213204).

Audio for Youth

After Ever After. By Jordan Sonnenblick. Read by Nick Podehl. 2011. 5hr. Brilliance, CD, $54.97 (9781611061352). Gr. 5–8.

Beauty Queens. By Libba Bray. Read the by author. 2011. 14.5hr. Scholastic, CD, $44.99 (9780545315234). Gr. 8–12.

Chicken Little. By Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley. Read by Walter M. Mayes. 2011. 8min. Weston Woods, CD, $59.95 (9780545295949). PreS–K.

Countdown. By Deborah Wiles. Read by Emma Galvin. 2011. 7.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $40 (9780307879677). Gr. 5–7.

The Emerald Atlas. By John Stephens. Read by Jim Dale. 2011. 11.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $35 (9780307879783). Gr. 4–7.

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices. By Walter Dean Myers. Read by Muhammad Cunningham and others. 2010. 1.5hr. Live Oak, CD, $28.95 (9781430108405). Gr. 6–10.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery. By Maryrose Wood. Read by Katherine Kellgren. 2011. 6hr. Listening Library, CD, $50 (9780307917003). Gr. 4–6.

The Knife of Never Letting Go. By Patrick Ness. Read by Nick Podehl. 2010. 12hr. Brilliance, CD, $69.97 (9781441889003). Gr. 8–12.

The Marbury Lens. By Andrew Smith. Read by Mark Boyett. 2010. 11hr. Brilliance, CD, $74.97 (9781441888402). Gr. 10–12.

Okay for Now. By Gary D. Schmidt. Read by Lincoln Hoppe. 2011. 9hr. Listening Library, CD, $40 (9780307915948). Gr. 6–9.

Rotters. By Daniel Kraus. Read by Kirby Heyborne. 2011. 9hr. Listening Library, CD, $65 (9780307941824). Gr. 9–12.

The Secret Garden. By Frances Hodgson Burnett. Read by Finola Hughes. 2011. 8.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $37 (9780307746122). Gr. 3–6.

Thunder over Kandahar. By Sharon E. McKay. Read by Mozhan Marno. 2011. 6.5hr. Listening Library, CD, $39 (9780307879714). Gr. 7–12.





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.' William says:

    EXCELLENT list of bestsellers for 2011. I especially enjoyed “The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam” By Chris Ewan
    I get my audiobooks mostly from they do a great job and I’ve found the best prices. But some I get from amazon and iTunes as well. Thanks for the list, as there there are some I did not know about. Always exciting to find audiobooks I have yet to listen to. Also good to hear from fellow “addicted to audiobooks” people. May 2012 be WONDERFUL!

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