Looking for an audiobook mystery?

Try these 2012 Audies nominees – from cozy to hard-boiled, there’s something for everyone. May is Mystery Month on BooklistOnline and in Booklist magazine. I’ll be featuring audio mysteries here each Thursday, and often in-between. There’s nothing better than a great detective story in the car CD player on your way to your next heist or on the cell phone while shadowing a suspect. The Audio Publishers Association narrowed down over 1,250 entries to the cream of the crop in preparation for the June 5th Audies Award Gala, where the winners will be announced. There’s great listening in many of the Audies categories…

  • Like your mysteries straight up? Sample the MYSTERY nominees:

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 Studios

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

  • Prefer a twist of trouble? These THRILLER/SUSPENSE nominees are for you:

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

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

  • Got a taste for Country Noir? The CLASSIC category has a sure-fire favorite:

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

  • Snack-sized bites? SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS classic tales:

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

  • How about a fresh take on a classic character? Try this ORIGINAL WORK:

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

  • Savoring a science fiction genre-bender? The FANTASY category includes:

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

  • Craving true crime? This meaty NON-FICTION listen is for you:

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

  • Deliciously fun and doubly good – this title is a nominee in both the PARANORMAL & SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE categories:

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

  • Got a taste for Sherlock? Sample this SOLO NARRATION – MALE nominee:

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

  • And the kid’s menu includes two titles for CHILDREN AGES 8-12:

The Hidden Gallery: The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place: Book II, by Maryrose Wood, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, HarperAudio/Listening Library

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

I’ll be back next Thursday with interviews featuring Johanna Parker, narrator of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse mysteries;  Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series, along with narrator Dick Hill; and Louise Penny, author of the Three Pines mystery series, plus narrator Ralph Cosham.




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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