2017 Audie Awards – Overview

09 Feb

audie-award-2016-logo-260x200Oh its the most wonderful time of year…fourth(ish) only behind Christmas, my birthday and i’m sure some other day that I’m totally forgetting, is the day that the nominees for the Audie Awards are announced. Unlike last year, I actually remembered that they were being announced today, unfortunately, my bosses failed to understand the significance of this day and scheduled me for meetings pretty much all day (HOW DARE THEY??). So after I finally got some down time to take a look at the nominees (on the Audible website) – I had a slight freak out when I saw that there was a memoir listed in the romance category and knowing me I went high and right on my freak out. Thankfully, historical romance author extradoinaire, Laura Kinsale, talked me off the proverbial cliff and pointed out that the wrong audiobook was linked…(in my defense, it wouldn’t be the first time that a totally random listen had ended up nominated for a romance audie. So anyways – taking a look at this years nominees – it was hard to pick which categories I was going to review for Armchair Audies. Honestly, I don’t normally wish for a longer commute – but maybe I should, so I could fit in 4 categories of listening…haha!

And now to the nominees…

tenth-doctor-adventuresAUDIO DRAMA
Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama by Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Death and the Queen by James Goss
Doctor Who: The War Doctor: Only The Monstrous by Nicholas Briggs
In the Embers by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

Around the Way Girl written and narrated by Taraji P. Henson
Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart
The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham
The Rainbow Comes and Goes written and narrated by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

another-brooklynBEST FEMALE NARRATOR
Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson, narrated by Robin Miles
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated by Tavia Gilbert
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien, narrated by Juliet Stevenson
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, narrated by Emma Thompson
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, narrated by Bahni Turpin

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff by Pappy Pariah, narrated by Sean Penn
End of Watch by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton
Jerusalem by Alan Moore, narrated by Simon Vance
The Last Tribe by Brad Manuel, narrated by Scott Brick
The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne, narrated by Luke Daniels
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters, narrated by William DeMeritt

Capital Offenses: Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Age by Samuel W. Buell
Humans Need Not Apply by Jerry Kaplan
Shrill written and narrated by Lindy West
The Storyteller’s Secret written and narrated by Carmine Gallo
Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek by Manu Saadia

The Baller by Vi Keeland
The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
Eighteen (18): Based on a True Story by J.A. Huss
January: Calendar Girl, Book 1 by Audrey Carlan
Marriage Games by CD Reiss
Sweet Dreams by Sunny Leone

everything-box FANTASY
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
The Hike by Drew Magary
League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Darktown by Thomas Mullen
End of Watch by Stephen King
Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
Sister of Mine by Sabra Waldfogel

In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton
Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman
A Time to Die by Robert Moore
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick,
The Year of Lear by James Shapiro

The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy written and narrated by Rainn Wilson
Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years by D.L. Hughley
I’m Judging You written and narrated by Luvvie Ajayi
Life and Other Near Death Experiences by Camille Pagán
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
You’ll Grow out of It written and narrated by Jessi Klein

Beric the Briton by G.A. Henty
The Christmas Town written and narrated by Donna VanLiere
The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert
Journey’s End by Renee Ryan
Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture by Angela Hunt

The Awakening of HK Derryberry by Jim Bradford and Andy Hardin
Divine Collision by Jim Gash
Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer by Kate Grosmaire and Nancy French
The Great Good Thing written and narrated by Andrew Klavan
Space at the Table written and narrated by Brad Harper and Drew Harper

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
LaRose written and narrated by Louise Erdrich,
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Demon Dentist by David Walliams
The Enchanted Files: Hatched by Bruce Coville
How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

magic-strings-of-frankie-prestoMULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play by Choderlos de Laclos, narrated by Dominic West, Janet McTeer, Una Stubbs, Elaine Cassidy, Adjoa Andoh, Edward Holcroft, and Morfydd Clark
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom, narrated by Mitch Albom, Roger McGuinn, Ingrid Michaelson, John Pizzarelli, Paul Stanley, George Guidall, and more
Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction by Courtney Lance and Nikki Pope, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Kurtis
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, narrated by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell and Ari Fliakos
Thomas Jefferson-From Boy to Man by Jayne D’Alessandro-Cox, narrated by James Brinkley, published by James Brinkley/Jayne D’Alessandro-Cox
A Wild Swan by Michael Cunningham, narrated by Lili Taylor and Billy Hough, published by Macmillan Audio

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The Crossing by Michael Connelly
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
IQ by Joe Ide

Dear Mr. You written and narrated by Mary-Louise Parker
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo written and narrated by Amy Schumer
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox written and narrated by Carol Burnett
LaRose written and narrated by Louise Erdrich
A Life in Parts written and narrated by Bryan Cranston
The View from the Cheap Seats written and narrated by Neil Gaiman

Adnan’s Story written and narrated by Rabia Chaudry
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Hillbilly Elegy written and narrated by J.D. Vance
A Million Years in a Day by Greg Jenner
Words on the Move: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally) written and narrated by John McWhorter

dispatcher-copyORIGINAL WORK
The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent by Larry Correia
Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama by Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs
Car Talk Science: MIT Wants Its Diplomas Back written and narrated by Tom Magliozzi and Ray Magliozzi
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
In the Embers by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns
Pete Seeger: The Storm King, Vol. 2 by Pete Seeger, ed. and Jeff Haynes

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter
The Elementals by Michael McDowell
Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Staked by Kevin Hearne

Dirty by Kylie Scott
Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Glitterland by Alexis Hall
The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Ellison
Crosstalk by Connie Willis
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

The Brink: Stories by Austin Bunn
Certain Dark Things by M.J. Pack
Coffee at Luke’s edited by Jennifer Crusie
The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke by Arthur C. Clarke
East, West by Salman Rushdie
Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #1 by Louise Millar, Alex Marwood and Tammy Cohen

Cross Justice by James Patterson
The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Home by Harlan Coben
The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons

my-lady-janeYOUNG ADULT
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff,
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and James Patterson
Winter by Marissa Meyer

YOUNG LISTENERS (up to age 8)
28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr
Island Treasures: Growing up in Cuba by Alma Flor Ada
The Quentin Blake and John Yeoman Collection by Quentin Blake and John Yeoman
The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter
Voice of Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
The Wooden Prince: Out of Abaton by John Claude Bemis

Stay Tuned for my category blog posts for my 2017 Armchair Audies listening extravaganza!

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