Alas, another season of Armchair Audies has come to an end (tear). Tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, members of the Audio Publishers Association, including many of the nominees, will gather at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, to find out who the this years winners are.
Over, the last 2 and a half months, I’ve had a great time (for the most part) listening to the nominees in my three chosen categories (Erotica, Paranormal and Romance). Between the 13 books that I listened to (either completely or partially), there were 8 new authors and 8 (or is it 9?) new narrators😉 Overall, I listened to 10 books in their entirety and at least 2 hours of the other three books (and I’ll finishing up listening to at least 2 of them after the Audies are annouced).
Every year, when I write my initial blog post for my Audies categories, I try to predict what books I think will win, based off previous experience with the authors/narrators and general description of the books (no samples are listened to prior to starting my official listen). My initial predictions for winners in each category were:
Curing Doctor Vincent – Renea Mason, narrated by Erin DeWard and Noah Michael Levine
Hounacier – Seth Skorkowsky, narrated by R.C. Bray
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy – Julia Quinn, narrated by Rosalyn Landor
My thoughts after finishing the majority of my books was that, if only the decision making process was as easy as I anticipated. honestly, even now, as I’m writing this post, I’m debating and considering what books I think should be my “picks” – I gave my initial picks for our own Armchair Audies organizer, the Literate Housewife herself, and i’m still thinking to myself, did I pick the right ones…
when I did my initial predictions, I was solidly in the Curing Doctor Vincent camp for winner – I had actually listened to it prior to it being nominated for an Audie and gave it a well-deserved awesome review. And I was totally in that camp, until I got to experience Jo Raylan narrating C.D. Reiss Song of Submission audiobooks (she solo narrated books 1 through 3) and then was joined by Christian Fox for books 4 through 6. I loved her narration so much that I deviated from finishing up at least one other Armchair Audie book because I HAD to listen to book 7 in the series to see how everything turned out. (what! don’t hate on me too much, there was a doozy of a cliffhanger at the end of book 6). While her narration was nominated twice, my pick for winner in the Erotica category is Jo Raylon narrating C.D. Reiss’s Beg Tease Submit.
My initial pick for winner in this category was R.C. Bray narrating Seth Skorkowsky’s Hounacier – the first book in the series (Damoren) had been nominated last year and I was excited to see Hounacier on the nominee list. And its hard for me to say that ultimately, while I enjoyed Hounacier, it isn’t getting my pick for the simple reason that while I enjoyed Bray’s narration (and I had all the other books narrated by him), I found my mind wandering with this one – I wasn’t an intrigued by the Voodoo storyline in this one, as I was the story in Damoren. Ultimately, for me, this pick came down to 2 books – The Dead House, by Dawn Kurtagich, narrated by Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson (although this was one of the 3 books that I only partially listened to) and Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man by Mark Tufo, narrated by Sean Runnette. Out of these two, i only fully listened to one of the books (if only I had about 10 more hours to finish listening to The Dead House) and because of that, Runnette’s narration of Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man is getting my pick for audiobook performance in the Paranormal category.
For my third and final category, I finally got to go back to my first love, romance novels, after a few iffy years of nominations that didn’t fall into the traditionally accepted romance genre (don’t worry, I won’t soap box too much!). I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised to see that all 5 books had a historical flair (which surprises me since contemporary romance seems to be the current market dominator). As with my other 2 categories, I had a great time listening to the romance nominees (with the exception of 1, which is queued up next on my ipod). Anyways, back to the nominees, anyone who knows me, knows that i’m one of the few people in the romance audiobook world who isn’t a die hard fan of Rosalyn Landor (a lot of it has to do with listening to books i’d already read and having some cognitive dissonance between her narration and how I imagined the voices to sound). But I also knew that she is an established entity in the narration world which was why I picked her as my potential winner for the romance category. that being said, it was a close call (are you starting to notice a pattern) between her narration of Julia Quinn’s The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy and Sue Pitkin’s narration of Maggie Fenton’s, the Duke’s Holiday. Rosalyn Landor had a solid narration that suited the partial serious narture of Quinn’s romance, but Sue Pitkin had made me laugh so hard in a few places that I had to pull over the car and her interpretation of the drunken footrace won me over. So for romance, my nominee is Sue Pitkin’s narration of The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton.
So there you have it – my predictions for the winner’s in my 3 armchair audies categories…now to wait until tomorrow night and see how I did!