The paranormal category for the Audies is one that I have listened to on and off over the years – there have been several years where it has been heavier on the paranormal romance/urban fantasy side of the house where I have jumped on the chance to listen and others where it has been weirder stuff that I haven’t been as interested in. This year the nominees were definitely more on the paranormal romance/urban fantasy side of the house, so it was a no-brainer to pick it as a category.
The Nominees for the Paranormal category are:
Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2 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 Publishing
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, narrated by Angela Dawe, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
Initial Thoughts on the Nominees:
☼ This will be the third book by Faith Hunter that I have listened to over the last year, to include the first book in this series which was nominated for an Audie in the same category last year and she is rapidly moving her way up my autobuy pile. Without a doubt, Khristine Hvam is a favorite narrator of mine and has narrated many of my 5 star listens.
☼ Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series is one of those that has grown progressively weaker as the series has continued (normally its the reverse). I find Charley to be annoying and hasn’t really grown as the series has progressed – but thankfully, Lorelei King’s narration has been a saving grave over the last few books as I started listening and not reading them.
☼ Lane Whitt is another new to me author that I will get to experience during this iteration of the Armchair Audies. Although Goodreads reviews of this seem to be fairly hit or miss among my friends, it does have a fairly high rating overall; but it is written in first person (according to several reviews) which I’m not a huge fan of. Both Aletha George and Cooper North are new to me narrators – so i’m intrigued to see how they do.
☼ The Night of the Living Dead anthology might be the entry in this category that I am most intrigued about – I’ve found most Zombie books to be intriguing on how they each approach the outbreak – but this anthology goes back to the founding of the genre. With multiple authors and narrators – It’s hard-pressed for me to decide what i’m most looking forward to with this entry.
☼ Last but not least is the most recent addition to Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series – when compared to the Charley Davidson series which I’ve found to get weaker over each book, the Psy-Changling series continues to grow and evolve and bring more depth and intricacy into the story-telling. This is a re-read for me (or is it re-listen…) – I’m not a huge re-reader in general, but typically, I’ve found listening after reading has just opened my horizons even more. I’ve listened to a few books narrated by Angela Dawe in the past – I find her a solid narrator but she isn’t a favorite of mine.
My prediction for the winner in this category last year was the Faith Hunter book and while it didn’t win, I was excited to see the next book nominated this year. So my initial prediction is:
Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2 by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam