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2018 Audie Award Finalists Announced

The Audio Publisher’s Association has announced the nominees for the 2018 Audie Awards, honoring excellence in audiobooks and spoken entertainment. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala at the New York Historical Society on May 31.

Congratulations to the distinguished nominees! Below is a complete list of finalists, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.

 

Audio Drama

Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, by Paul McCusker, narrated by Joseph Timms, Owen Teale, and Geoffrey Palmer, published by Augustine Institute

Cicero, by David Llewellyn, narrated by Samuel Barnett and George Naylor, published by Big Finish Productions

The Mean, written and narrated by John Arthur Long, published by Blackstone Audio

Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama, by Robert Louis Stevenson and Marty Ross, narrated by Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale, and Gerran Howell, published by Audible Studios

The Tug of War, by David Rambo, narrated by Matthew Arkin, Hugo Armstrong, Seamus Dever, Matthew Floyd Miller, James Morrison, David Selby, Rich Sommer, Josh Stamberg, Nick Toren, John Vickery, and Jules Willcox, published by LA Theatre Works

 

Autobiography / Memoir

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, written and narrated by Al Franken, published by Hachette Audio

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

Born to Run, written and narrated by Bruce Springsteen, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Nevertheless, written and narrated by Alec Baldwin, published by HarperAudio

We’re Going to Need More Wine, written and narrated by Gabrielle Union, published by HarperAudio

What Happened, written and narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

 

Best Female Narrator

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, published by HarperAudio

Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams, published by Audible Studios

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio

The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee, published by Audible Studios

The Stone Sky, by N. K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio

 

Best Male Narrator

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee, narrated by Christian Coulson, published by HarperAudio

Glass Houses, by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, published by HarperAudio

Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry, narrated by Stephen Fry, published by Audible Studios

 

Business / Personal Development

Do More Great Work, by Michael Bungay Stanier, narrated by Daniel Maté, published by Post Hypnotic Press, Inc.

Getting There: A Book of Mentors, by Gillian Zoe Segal, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Rene Ruiz, and Alex Hyde-White, published by Novel Audio

How to Work for an Idiot (Revised and Expanded with More Idiots, More Insanity, and More Incompetency): Survive and Thrive Without Killing Your Boss, by John Hoover, narrated by Brian Sutherland, published by Audible Studios

Peak Performance, by Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness, narrated by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Publishing

Unfu*k Yourself, written and narrated by Gary John Bishop, published by HarperAudio

 

Erotica

Claim and Protect, by Rhenna Morgan, narrated by John Lane, published by Harlequin Audio

His Alone, by Alexa Riley, narrated by Summer Morton and Jay Crow, published by Harlequin Audio

More Than Want You, by Shayla Black, narrated by Christian Fox, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

One Night of Sin, by Elle Kennedy, narrated by Joe Arden, published by Brilliance Audio

Taking Turns, by J. A. Huss, narrated by Ava Erickson, Sebastian York, Tad Branson, and Joe Arden, published by Podium Publishing

 

Fantasy

Red Sister, by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neil, published by Recorded Books

The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Karis A. Campbell, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Skullsworn, by Brian Stavely, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, published by Brilliance Publishing

Snake Eyes, by John Conroe, narrated by James Patrick Cronin, published by Audible Studios

Spellmonger, by Terry Mancour, narrated by John Lee, published by Podium Publishing

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss, narrated by Kate Reading, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

 

Fiction

An Almond for a Parrot, by Wray Delaney, narrated by Rachel Atkins, published by Harlequin Audio

Beartown, by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron, published by Penguin Audio

I Liked My Life, by Abby Fabiaschi, narrated by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, and Therese Plummer, published by Macmillan Audio

The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, by Nancy Peacock, narrated by JD Jackson, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio

 

History / Biography

Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud, by Shaun Considine, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Graymalkin Media

Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope, by Wendy Holden, narrated by Elizabeth Wiley, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Code Girls, by Liza Mundy, narrated by Erin Bennett, published by Hachette Audio

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II, narrated by Martin Sheen, published by Audible Originals

Loving vs. Virginia, by Patricia Hruby Powell, narrated by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews, published by Dreamscape Media

My Life, My Love, My Legacy, by Coretta Scott King as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, narrated by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy, published by Macmillan Audio

 

Humor

The Book of Leon, by Leon Black (J. B, Smoove) and Iris Bahr, narrated by Leon Black, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Carpet Diem: Or. . . How to Save the World by Accident, by Justin Lee Anderson, narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, by Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss, narrated by Kevin Hart, published by Audible Studios

Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery, by Rhett & Link, narrated by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, published by Audible Studios

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, written and narrated by Paula Poundstone, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

 

Inspirational / Faith-based Fiction 

Captain Bayley’s Heir, by G. A. Henty, narrated by Brian Blessed, John Rhys-Davies, Jade Williams, Ian Porter, Finty Williams, David Shaw-Parker, and a full cast, published by Heirloom Audio Productions

Catching the Wind, by Melanie Dobson, narrated by Nancy Peterson, published by Two Words Publishing | Tyndale House (print publisher)

Ebb Tide, by Beverly Lewis, narrated by Christina Moore with Stephanie Cozart, published by Recorded Books

Sandpiper Cove, by Irene Hannon, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books

The Trials of Saint Patrick, by Paul McCusker, narrated by John Rhys-Davies, published by Augustine Institute

 

Inspirational / Faith-based Non-fiction

Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace, by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

The Mission Walker, by Edie Littlefield Sundby, narrated by Jaimee Paul, published by Thomas Nelson

Of Mess and Moxie, written and narrated by Jen Hatmaker, published by Thomas Nelson

The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World, written and narrated by Lisa Harper, published by christianaudio, a division of Recorded Books

Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, written and narrated by Agapi Stassinopoulos, published by Random House Audio

We Stood upon Stars, by Roger W. Thompson, narrated by John McLain, published by Oasis Audio

 

Literary Fiction and Classics

Beast, by Paul Kingsnorth, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Daisy Miller, by Henry James, narrated by Kitty Hendrix, published by Spoken Realms

Dracula, by Bram Stoker, narrated by Nick Sandys, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios

House of Names, by Colm Toibin, narrated by Juliet Stevenson, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Phineas Finn, by Anthony Trollope, narrated by David Shaw-Parker, published by Naxos

 

Middle Grade

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, written and narrated by Pablo Cartaya, published by Listening Library

Patina, by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Heather Alicia Simms, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Refugee, by Alan Gratz, narrated by Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, and Assaf Cohen, published by Scholastic Audio

See You in the Cosmos, by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello and a full cast, published by Listening Library

Wedgie & Gizmo, by Suzanne Selfors, narrated by Johnny Heller, published by HarperAudio

 

Multi-Voiced Performance

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others, published by Random House Audio

Restart, by Gordon Korman, narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, and John Kroft, published by Recorded Books

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Alma Cuervo, Robin Miles, and Julia Whelan, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, and others, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

The X-Files: Cold Cases, by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

 

Mystery

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Random House Audio

Glass Houses, by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond, published by HarperAudio

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service, by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, published by Audible Studios

Telling Tales, by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Julia Franklin, published by Macmillan Audio

 

Narration by the Author or Authors

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, written and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, published by Blackstone Audio

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios

Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & a Good Cry, written and narrated by Nikki Giovanni, published by HarperAudio

Norse Mythology, written and narrated by Neil Gaiman, published by HarperAudio

This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

 

Non-fiction

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, by Nate Blakeslee, narrated by Mark Bramhall, published by Random House Audio

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, written and narrated by Jon Ronson, published by Audible Originals

Ghosts of the Tsunami, by Richard Lloyd Parry, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Macmillan Audio

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, narrated by Kimberly Farr, published by Random House Audio

This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

 

Original Work

The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire

 

Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios

Mother Go, by James Patrick Kelly, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Audible Original Publishing

Nevertheless We Persisted, edited by Tanya Eby, written by Amy Oestreicher, Cat Gould, Charlotte McKinnon, Christa Lewis, Christina St. Clair, Danielle Dayney, Deepti Gupta, Echo Aspnes, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Jack Arkel, Jacqueline Pick, Janina Edward, Jerrianne Hayslett, Karen Randall, Karen White, Kass Hillard, Laura Schmidt, Lauren Ezzo, Lily Schmidt, Mark Blickley, Martha McSweeney Brower, Nancy Wagner, Rodney Vaccaro, Sandy Logan, Sahana Kumar, Sue Pitkin, Tanya Eby, Tamara Hansen, Tammy Scott, Tricia Lowther, and Viji Chary, narrated by Amy Landon, Amy McFadden, Bailey Carr, Cat Gould, Christa Lewis, Deepti Gupta, Emily Beresford, Emily Sutton-Smith, Erin Bennett, Erin Mallon, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Julie McKay, Lauren Ezzo, Lauri Jo Daniels, James Patrick Cronin, Janina Edwards, Karen White, Kate Rudd, Nancy Wagner, Nicol Zanzarella, Mark Kamish, Paul Heitsch, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Sue Pitkin, and Tanya Eby, published by Blunder Woman Productions

Rebuttal, by Jyotsna Hariharan, narrated by Phoebe Strole, published by HarperAudio

Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, by David Hewson, narrated by Richard Armitage, published by Audible Studios

 

Paranormal

Curse on the Land, by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam, published by Audible Studios

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King, published by Macmillan Audio

Finding My Pack, by Lane Whitt, narrated by Cooper North and Aletha George, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology, edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, Ray Porter, Kristoffer Tabori, and Kasey Lansdale, published by Blackstone Audio

Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh, narrated by Angela Dawe, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

 

Romance

Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books

Cake: A Love Story, by J. Bengtsson, narrated by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden, published by J. Bengtsson

Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare, narrated by Mary Jane Wells, published by HarperAudio

The Ladies’ Room, by Carolyn Brown, narrated by Donna Postel, published by Brilliance Publishing

 

Science Fiction 

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden, narrated by Janina Gavankar, published by Random House Audio

New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter

Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld, published by Hachette Audio

Provenance, by Ann Leckie, narrated by Adjoa Andoh, published by Hachette Audio

The Stone Sky, by N. K. Jemisin, narrated by a Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio

The X-Files: Cold Cases, by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

 

Short Stories / Collections

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Audible Studios

Good Behavior, by Blake Crouch, narrated by Blake Crouch and Julia Whelan, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, by Leigh Bardugo, narrated by Lauren Fortgang, published by Audible Studios

Tales of Ordinary Madness, by Charles Bukowski, edited by Gail Chiarrello, narrated by Will Patton, published by Audible Studios

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, published by Hachette Audio Books

 

Thriller / Suspense

The Breakdown, by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire, published by Macmillan Audio

Don’t Let Go, by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer, narrated by Ellen Archer, published by Hachette Audio

The Fourth Monkey, by J.D. Barker, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton, published by Recorded Books

A Legacy of Spies, by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander, published by Penguin Audio

Mississippi Blood, by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick, published by HarperAudio

 

Young Adult 

Before the Devil Breaks You, by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Listening Library

Disappeared, by Francisco X. Stork, narrated by Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas, published by Scholastic Audio

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio

Solo, by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander, music by Randy Preston, published by Blink

You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins, narrated by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, and others, published by Listening Library

 

Young Listeners (up to age 8)

Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins, narrated by Robertson Dean, published by Weston Woods Studios

Poem for Peter, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, narrated by Channie Waites, published by Recorded Books

Princess Cora and the Crocodile, by Laura Amy Schlitz, narrated by Davina Porter, published by Recorded Books

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead, narrated by Jim Dale, published by Macmillan Audio

Trombone Shorty, by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, narrated by Dion Graham, published by Live Oak Media

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