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2012 Audies Finalists announced

The Audio Publishers Association will award the “Oscars” of audiobooks, the Audies, on June 5, 2012. Today the APA announced the finalists for this year’s honors. Take a look at all the nominees below for a fantastic list to add to my compilation of 2011 audiobook “Bests.” This announcement is perfect timing for library A/V departments looking for a new audiobook display or website splash page – why not capitalize on Oscar fever with a feature on possible Audies winners? And for audiobook listeners, time to reserve & download selections from the nominee list to catch this year’s best listening!


The Arthur Miller Collection, by Arthur Miller, Narrated by Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed O’Neill, Brian Cox and a full cast, L.A. Theatre Works

The Graduate, adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and  the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, Narrated by Bruce Davidson, John Getz,  Jamison Jones, Devon Sorvari, Linda Purl, Matthew Rhys and Kathleen Turner, L.A. Theatre  Works

I, Claudius, by Robert Graves, Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Tim McInnerny, Harriet Walter,  AudioGO/BBC Audio

The Mark of Zorro, by Johnston McCulley and Yuri Rasovsky, Narrated by Val Kilmer and a full cast, Blackstone Audio

We’re Alive, by Kc Wayland, Narrated by a full cast, Blackstone Audio

Bossypants, by Tina Fey, Narrated by Tina Fey, Hachette Audio

The Dirty Life, by Kristin Kimball, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Tantor Audio

Here Comes Trouble, by Michael Moore, Narrated by Michael Moore, Hachette Audio

My Dog Tulip, by J.R. Ackerley, Narrated by Ralph Cosham, Blackstone Audio

Until Tuesday, by Louis Carlos Montalvan, Narrated by Louis Carlos Montalvan, Audible, Inc.

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, by Ha-Joon Chang, Narrated by Joe Barrett, Audible, Inc.

Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown, by David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer and Cindy S. Spitzer, Narrated by Christopher Kipiniak, Audible, Inc.

The Barefoot Executive, by Carrie Wilkerson, Narrated by Carrie Wilkerson, Oasis Audio

The Blue Sweater, by Jacqueline Novogratz, Narrated by Jacqueline Novogratz, Audible, Inc.

I’m Feeling Lucky, by Douglas Edwards, Narrated by Douglas Edwards, Audible, Inc.

The Thank You Economy, by Gary Vaynerchuk, Narrated by Gary Vaynerchuk, HarperAudio

Countdown, by Deborah Wiles, Narrated by Emma Galvin, Random House Audio/Listening Library

The Flint Heart, by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, Narrated by Ralph Lister, Brilliance Audio

Heart and Soul, by Kadir Nelson, Narrated by Debbie Allen, HarperAudio

The Hidden Valley: The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place: Book II, by Maryrose Wood, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, HarperAudio

A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz, Narrated by Johnny Heller, Recorded Books, LLC

Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson, by Charles R. Smith, Jr., Narrated by Dion Graham, Live Oak Media

Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist, by Bonnie Christensen, Narrated by George Guidall, Live Oak Media

Looking Like Me, by Walter Dean Myers, Narrated by Dion Graham and Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Live Oak Media

Stone Soup, by John J. Muth, Narrated by BD Wong, Weston Woods

When I Grow Up, by Al Yankovic, Narrated by Al Yankovic, HarperAudio

Wolf Pie, by Brenda Seabrooke, Narrated by Andrew Watts, Recorded Books, LLC

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Narrated by Elijah Wood, Audible, Inc.

Deliverance, by James Dickey, Narrated by Will Patton, Audible, Inc.

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, Audible, Inc.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, Narrated by Maya Angelou, Random House/Books on Tape

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens, Narrated by Simon Vance, Tantor Audio

The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez, Narrated by Marc Vietor, Audible, Inc.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, Narrated by Khristine Hvam, Hachette Audio

The Land of Laughs, by Jonathan Carroll, Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Audible, Inc.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, by Steve Hockensmith, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Audible, Inc.

Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures, by Walter Moers, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Blackstone Audio.

Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank, Narrated by Will Patton, Audible, Inc.

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, Sarah Jones and a full cast, HarperAudio

Heat Rises, by Richard Castle, Narrated by Johnny Heller, Hyperion Audio

Portrait of a Spy, by Daniel Silva, Narrated by Simon Vance, HarperAudio

Winds of War, by Herman Wouk, Narrated by Kevin Pariseau, Audible, Inc.

1812: The Navy’s War, by George C. Daughan, Narrated by Marc Vietor, Audible, Inc.

1861: The Civil War Awakening, by Adam Goodheart, Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Audible, Inc.

Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt, Narrated by Wanda McCaddon, Tantor Audio

The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Narrated by Stephen Hoye, Tantor Audio

In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson, Narrated by Stephen Hoye, Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Bossypants, by Tina Fey, Narrated by Tina Fey, Hachette Audio

Go the F—k to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach, Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Audible, Inc.

In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks, by Adam Carolla, Narrated by Adam Carolla, Random House/Books on Tape

Shatner Rules, by William Shatner with Chris Regan, Narrated by William Shatner, Penguin Audio

This Is an Audiobook, by Demetri Martin, Narrated by Demetri Martin, Hachette Audio

The Christmas Note, by Donna VanLiere, Narrated by Donna VanLiere, Macmillan Audio

Courageous, by Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick, Narrated by Roger Mueller, Oasis Audio

Lion of Babylon, by Davis Bunn, Narrated by Paul Boehmer, eChristian, Inc.

The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 1: The Witnesses, by Sharon Ewell Foster, Narrated by John McLain, Oasis Audio

Thunder of Heaven, by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall, Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Zondervan

Wonder of Your Love, by Beth Wiseman, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, eChristian, Inc.

All Is Grace, by Brennan Manning, Narrated by Maurice England, eChristian, Inc.

Buddha Standard Time, by Lama Surya Das, Narrated by Peter Berkrot, Tantor Audio

The Invisible World: Understanding Angels, Demons, and the Spiritual Realities that Surround Us, by Anthony DeStefano, Narrated by Anthony DeStefano, Audible, Inc.

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, by James Martin, Narrated by James Martin, HarperAudio

Resolving Everyday Conflict, by Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson, Narrated by Maurice England, eChristian, Inc.

The Story, by Zondervan, Narrated by Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett and a full cast, Zondervan

Emily and Einstein, by Linda Francis Lee, Narrated by Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell, Tantor Audio

Follow the River, by James Alexander Thom, Narrated by David Drummond, Tantor Audio

The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides, Narrated by David Pittu, Macmillan Audio

No One in the World, by E. Lynn Harris and R.M. Johnson, Narrated by Alan Bomar Jones, Tantor Audio

State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett, Narrated by Hope Davis, HarperAudio

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, Narrated by Mark Boyett, Marc Vietor and Allison Hiroto, Audible, Inc.

Bruiser, by Neal Shusterman, Narrated by Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels and Laura Hamilton, Brilliance Audio

The Graduate, adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, Narrated by Bruce Davidson, John Getz, Jamison Jones, Devon Sorvari, Linda Purl, Matthew Rhys and Kathleen Turner, L.A. Theatre Works

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, Narrated by Judyann Elder, James Gleason, Noah Gray-Cabey, Corey Hawkins, Deidrie Henry, Terrell Tilford, Rutina Wesley and Mirron E. Willis, L.A. Theatre Works

The Watch That Ends in the Night, by Allan Wolf, Narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington and Angela Dawe, Brilliance Audio

Feast Day of Fools, by James Lee Burke, Narrated by Will Patton, Simon & Schuster Audio

Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery, by Rhys Bowen, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Audible, Inc.

One Dog Night, by David Rosenfelt, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Listen & Live Audio

Return to Marshall’s Bayou: A Dassas Cormier Mystery, by S.H. Baker, Narrated by a full cast, Siren Audio Solutions

Rogue Island, by Bruce DeSilva, Narrated by Jeff Woodman, Audible, Inc.

Libba Bray, Beauty Queens, Scholastic Audio

Tina Fey, Bossypants, Hachette Audio John Lithgow, Drama, HarperAudio

Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding, Hachette Audio

Rob Lowe, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Macmillan Audio

The 4 Percent Universe, by Richard Panek, Narrated by Ray Porter, Blackstone Audio

Dog Sense, by John Bradshaw, Narrated by Michael Page, Tantor Audio

The Murder of the Century, by Paul Collins, Narrated by William Dufris, AudioGO

My Korean Deli, by Ben Ryder Howe, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Blackstone Audio

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, Narrated by Edward Herrmann, Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Macbeth: A Novel, by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson, Narrated by Alan Cumming, Audible, Inc.

METAtropolis: Cascadia, by Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder, and Tobias S. Buckell, Narrated by Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton, Audible, Inc.

The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Vol. 3, by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane, Narrated by Stacy Keach and a full cast, Blackstone Audio

Prayers: A Personal Selection, by various authors, Narrated by Michael York, eChristian, Inc. Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem, Narrated by Alessandro Juliani, Audible, Inc.

The Witches of Lublin – Collector’s Edition, by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom, Narrated by Ellen Kushner and a full cast, SueMedia Productions

Jane Austen: Classic BBC Radio Productions, by Jane Austen, Narrated by Angharad Rees and a full cast; Hannah Gordon and a full cast, Juliet Stevenson; Annette Crosbie, AudioGO/BBC Audio

Kardashian Konfidential, by Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian, Narrated by Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian, Macmillan Audio

NPR American Chronicles: The Civil War, by NPR, Narrated by various performers, hosted by Neal Conan, HighBridge Company

One Grave at a Time, by Jeaniene Frost, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Blackstone Audio

Sherrilyn Kenyon Audio Coffin Box Set, by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Narrated by Fred Berman and Carrington MacDuffie, Macmillan Audio

The Witches of Lublin – Collector’s Edition, by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom, Narrated by Ellen Kushner and Miriam Margolyes, SueMedia Productions

The Cypress House, by Michael Koryta, Narrated by Robert Petkoff, Hachette Audio Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison, Narrated by Sophie Eastlake, Tantor Audio

First Grave on the Right, by Darynda Jones, Narrated by Lorelei King, Macmillan Audio

Hard Magic, by Larry Correia, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Audible, Inc.

Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia, Narrated by Oliver Wyman, Audible, Inc.

The Courage to Be Free, by Guy Finley, Narrated by Sean Runnette, Tantor Audio

Don’t Sing at the Table, by Adriana Trigiani, Narrated by Adriana Trigiani, HarperAudio

Fortytude, by Sarah Brokaw, Narrated by Sarah Brokaw, Macmillan Audio

iGetSlim: Amazing Daily Weight-Loss Program, by Tony Wrighton, Narrated by Tony Wrighton, 70,000 thoughts audiobooks

Money Secrets of the Amish, by Lorilee Craker, Narrated by Lorilee Craker, Oasis Audio, LLC

Prime Time, by Jane Fonda, Narrated by Jane Fonda, Random House Audio/Books on Tape

The Darkest Surrender, by Gena Showalter, Narrated by Max Bellmore, Audible, Inc.

New York to Dallas, by J.D. Robb, Narrated by Susan Ericksen, Brilliance Audio

Notorious, by Nicola Cornick, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Audible, Inc.

Summer Rental, by Mary Kay Andrews, Narrated by Isabel Keating, Macmillan Audio

When Beauty Tamed the Beast, by Eloisa James, Narrated by Susan Duerden, HarperAudio

The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley, Narrated by Rosalyn Landor, Audible, Inc.

Agent to the Stars, by John Scalzi, Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Audible, Inc.

The Cold Commands, by Richard K. Morgan, Narrated by Simon Vance, Tantor Audio

Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi, Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Audible, Inc.

Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey, Narrated by Jefferson Mays, Recorded Books, LLC.

Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem, Narrated by Alessandro Juliani, Audible, Inc.

The Tears of the Sun, by S.M. Stirling, Narrated by Todd McLaren, Tantor Audio

Black Mask: Doors in the Dark, Edited by Otto Penzler, Narrated by Eric Conger, Oliver Wyman, Alan Sklar, Pete Larkin and Jeff Gurner, HighBridge Company

Bullfighting, by Roddy Doyle, Narrated by Lorcan Cranitch, AudioGO

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty, by Eudora Welty, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Jessica Almasy, Victor Bevine, Mark Boyett, Jonathan Davis and Coleman Domingo, Audible, Inc.

Selected Short Stories: New American Stories, by Aleksandar Hemon, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sherman Alexie, Narrated by Boyd Gaines, Rita Wolf, Condola Rashad and BD Wong, Symphony Space

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, Tantor Audio

You Know When the Men Are Gone, by Siobhan Fallon, Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Tantor Audio

Katherine Kellgren, narrator of Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1, by Ilsa J. Bick, Audible, Inc.

Katherine Kellgren, narrator of The Wake of the Lorelei Lee, by L.A. Meyer, Listen & Live Audio

Lorelei King, narrator of First Grave on the Right, by Darynda Jones, Macmillan Audio

Rosalyn Landor, narrator of The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley, Audible, Inc.

Sissy Spacek, narrator of Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter, by Loretta Lynn with George Vecsey, Random House/Books on Tape

Kenneth Branagh, narrator of Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, Audible, Inc.

Dion Graham, narrator of Going to Meet the Man, by James Baldwin, AudioGO

Charlton Griffin, narrator of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Audio Connoisseur

Bronson Pinchot, narrator of Hard Magic, by Larry Correia, Audible, Inc.

Simon Vance, narrator of The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, Tantor Audio

Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray, Narrated by Libba Bray, Scholastic Audio

Chime, by Franny Billingsley, Narrated by Susan Duerden, Random House Audio/Listening Library

Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt, Narrated by Lincoln Hoppe, Random House Audio/Listening Library

Pick-Up Game, by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr., Narrated by Dion Graham and Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Brilliance Audio

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee, by L.A. Meyer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Listen & Live Audio

Adrenaline, by Jeff Abbott, Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Hachette Audio

The Bone House, by Brian Freeman, Narrated by Joe Barrett, Blackstone Audio

A Kiss Before Dying, by Ira Levin, Narrated by Mauro Hantman, AudioGO The Nightmare Thief, by Meg Gardiner, Narrated by Susan Ericksen, Brilliance Audio

Out of My Head, by Didier van Cauwelaert, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Blackstone Audio

Silent Screams, by Karen Rose, Narrated by Marguerite Gavin, Blackstone Audio



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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