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Audiobook Review – Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man – Mark Tufo

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fall of manLycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man
Author: Mark Tufo
Series: #2 in the Rise of the Werewolf series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Run Time: 11hrs and 23min
Audiobook Producer: Podium Publishing
Audiobook Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Review Copy Provided by Audiobook Producer

Description:
Mike is back. Devastated by his loss he strikes out on a doomed journey to wipe the earth of the Lycan scourge, with his faithful companion Oggie by his side. Bailey, a distant relative of Mike’s best friend BT, joins him but for different reasons. Azile struggles to reign him in, while a world already pushed to the edge begins its fall over the precipice. When all is lost, can anything ever be won? Join Mike on another epic adventure as he fights foes both new and old

Review:
Every year when I listen to my chosen armchair audies nomination, there is at least one book that I discover, that not only is totally new to me but one that never would have crossed my path. But Fall of Man has so far (after listening to multiple books in several categories) that book for me in 2016. I’ll admit that while I like dystopia type stories, those that are based around a nuclear holocaust type scenario, typically don’t pique my interest, but this was intriguing with the mix of both werewolves and lycan, which in Rufo’s world are 2 separate/distinct beings (one good and one evil).

I was a bit concerned as I started to listen to the Fall of Man because it is the second book in a series. Especially when the description of the book ending with “Join Mike on another epic adventure as he fights foes both new and old” – I had to wonder, what Mike gotten up to in the previous book? words like epic were used, so i expected something that was a roller-coaster of a ride and Tufo didn’t disappoint – while the narration of Fall of Man was 11hrs long, it definitely didn’t feel like it. There was very much a journey-ish feel to the story – as Mike traveled through a country that had been destroyed and was trying to recover. I think one of the more interesting scenes to me was when Mike used a rifle to shoot at invaders that were encroaching on territory – but as technology they were so far advanced from anything that was currently in existance, but Rufo had a way of writing the scene that it reminded me of when I was learning to shoot my rifle when preparing for deployment a few years ago – the adjustment of the sights, aiming firing, fixing again, etc.

Sean Runnette is another new to me narrator that i have encountered during this years Armchair Audies, although he has an extensive backlist (like 200+ audiobooks extensive) – although since the majority of them are in the sci-fi/fantasy realm so not necessarily a genre i listen a lot to. That being said, he had a very smooth reading style that just sucked you in. i felt like I was on the journey with Mike – seeing the world that had been destroyed through his eyes; fighting the lycans and making friends with the werewolves. The speed and pacing of Runnette’s narration was perfect – there are times where I want to speed up or slow down the audible app, but in this case, i didn’t.

The audiobook producer of Fall of Man – Podium Publishing – was also new to me, but i found that the audio was high quality and well produced. Looking at their website, they have lots of audios I would be interested in listening to from many new to me and familiar narrators (hello, R.C. Bray). So I know they will be on my list in the future.

For me Fall of Man was what I am terming my surprise listen of the 2016 Armchair Audies. An unknown author and narrator to me but both of whom I will pick up again in the future. Overall, I gave 3.5 stars for the story itself and 4 stars for narration.

 

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The 2015 Audies – my thoughts on the winners…

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Last night in New York (as part of Book Expo America (BEA)), the Audio Publishers Association (APA) held their annual award ceremony – also known as the Audies – These awards recognize the achievement in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. In previous years, I was able to freely stalk twitter during the event (thanks Xe Sands and others who provided running commentary) and while the event this year was live-streamed for those of us unable to attend, I was unable to watch. However, I do have some thoughts on who the various winners were (and a bit of a rant as well).

mandelaAudiobook of the Year: This is the biggie award, equivalent to the Best Picture at the Oscars. When I initially saw the nominations (that were released in April), I was unsure of which book I thought I would win, however, based on previous years, I figured Amy Poehler’s, Yes Please would be a heavy favorite to win. Personally, I’m not a fan of self-narrated audiobooks or comedian autobiographies, so I figured I was setting myself up for disappointment by hoping that another book won. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Mandela: An Audio History – narrated by Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela declared to be the winner. Of all the books in the category, I figured that was the complete underdog to win and likely wouldn’t have picked it in a million years.

alphaErotica: Over the last few months, I listened to the majority of the books in this category – the only one that remains unfinished had the same two narrators as another book in the category – so I figured I had a good idea of how that one would play out and while the category in general was disappointing to me, I had picked Alpha (Jasinda Wilder) to win. It was not only the closest representative to the erotica genre in the category, but had the best narration – it was heads and shoulders above. While my review isn’t yet written – it should be up in the next week or so and I’m looking forward to listening to the next book(s) in the series.

girl of all giftsParanormal: I knew that this was going to be a tough category going in – after listening to (once again) all but one book in the nominations – the separation between the different books for narration/performance and writing was miniscule. Honestly, I can say that I would have been happy with any of the winners because it was an exceptionally strong category. But I will admit that I was a bit upset that my favorite narrator who had multiple nominations in the category didn’t win. While I really liked the winning book (The Girl with all the Gifts) and wasn’t surprised to see it win, I would have loved to have seen Damoren (Seth Skorkowsky; narrated by R.C. Bray) win – it was my favorite in the category (and audible even named it as a book to watch on one of their posts in the lead-up).

bridges madison countyRomance: This is where I rant – just so you are forewarned. In previous years, I have listened to and loved the romance category of the Audies – even last year when Nicholas Sparks was nominated for and won the romance audio of the year – admittedly, it was closer to a romance than any of his other books, but still not one by the industry definition of the word. But this year – in a multi-billion dollar a year industry (yes, romance brings in that much), that there were only FIVE nominations in the category (where others had 6) and that TWO of the nominations weren’t even romance by the industry standard (which is defined as a Happily Ever After/Happy For Now). Within the 5 nominations, there were only 3 true romance audiobooks and none of them won. The winner was (no drumroll) The Bridges of Madison County – now, I’ll readily admit, I haven’t read the book, but I saw the absolutely horrible movie that was made of it a while back – but any book that has a basic premise of cheating and having an affair center stage will NEVER be a romance. It may be literary fiction with some romantic elements, but it is NOT a romance. I just cringed when I not only saw the nominees, but which book was the ultimate winner. I have no idea how/if nominations for categories are even vetted for appropriateness – based on not only this one, but the erotica category, I have to believe that they are not.

I’m still looking at the various other category winners – so there may be an addendum to this post later on – you never know…

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Armchair Audies

 

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Audiobook Review – Beauty from Pain – Georgia Cates

audies nominee erotica

beauty from painBeauty from Pain
Author: Georgia Cates
Series: #1 in the Beauty series
Rating: ☆ ☆ ½

Narrators: Bunny Warren, Robert Black
Run Time: 9 hrs, 9 mins
Narration Rating: ☆ ☆ ½

Description:
They agreed on three months…but their love knew no boundaries.

Jack McLachlan is a winemaking magnate and easily one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors. His success and wealth make him no stranger to the complications of romantic relationships and that’s why he goes to extreme measures to avoid the hassle. He prefers simplicity in the form of a beautiful female companion with no strings attached. He arranges relationships like business deals and they’re always the same. No long term relationships. No real names.

It’s his game and his rules. He’s content to play as usual, but when Laurelyn Prescott enters his life, his strategy must change because this player is like none he’s ever encountered. His world is turned on its head after he begins a three month affair with the beautiful American musician. Nothing goes according to plan and as he breaks more and more of his own rules for her, she’s exceptionally close to becoming something he never thought possible. His ultimate game changer.

Review:
I’ll admit it, i’m a sucker for a gorgeous cover and if I had been in the bookstore, Beauty from Pain (and its subsequent books) totally would have caught my eye. I love the black and white photography with the erotic looking cover, that still stays this side of being too much. But since I was listening to the audiobook, well, I did still gaze at the cover, but it didn’t affect my choice as much. I will admit that when I pick up a book that has been marketed as erotica/nominated in an erotica category for awards, I have certain expectations and unfortunately for me Beauty from Pain just didn’t live up to that. For me, erotica is about the sexual journey of the participants and while there were some spicy scenes in Beauty from Pain, it read more like a traditional romance to me. The only thing that really could potentially push it into the “erotica/erotica lite” category is that there really wasn’t a happily ever after which is required for a romance, but that being said, this was really the first in a series with a continuing storyline where I expect one to culminate at the end of book 3.

While the storyline was intriguing, I found the writing to be chunky in places with lots of redundant sentences. Maybe it was because I was listening to it, but weak writing is much more obvious to be when I’m listening to audiobooks, rather than when I’m reading. I think because I actually concentrate more in the audio, rather than reading where I tend to skim read. And maybe it is a small thing, but it got really annoying with the alternating point of views, that each chapter was titled who was speaking/thinking – I wish that had actually been left out, because I do think the voices were distinct enough that it was obvious the POV that the chapter was written from (also an minor irk, Laurelyn barely went by that name in the book, so it was disconcerting to hear that every time it was her point of view). In general, I didn’t mind Jack and Laurelyn’s story – I think it had potential to be really good, although there were some things that Jack did that just weren’t resolved for me. Certain things he was adamant about and then all of the sudden just changed his mind, no explanation (i mean, I’d expect that from a female, but not a male…well, you know what I mean – j/k) however, I spent the majority of the book hating the secondary characters. I wasn’t a fan of Laurelyn’s friend, or her friend’s brother (Ben) because he was a douchebag and the limited mention of Laurelyn’s mother made me go crazy, she was just so self-obessessed (and I have a feeling she is going to be significant in book 2, which I’m not looking forward to).

Both Bunny Warren and Robert Black were new narrators to me. I’ve found when listening to duo’s narrating books that I often really like one, and not so much the other; or find them both to be fairly middle of the road. In this instance, it was the former – I really liked Bunny’s narration – I found she did a great job of narrating Laurelyn’s POV – her voice was pleasant to listen to and I found myself sucked into those portions of the audiobook. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about Robert Black’s narration. Maybe it had something to do with having grown up in Australia (for the first nearly two decades of my life), but the accent that he used for Jack just grated on me. Maybe that is how Australian’s sound to a complete outsider, but I don’t remember ever hearing them talk to like. I found it hard to listen to and distracting to the point that I struggled to listen to his portions of the audio. I almost wish I could have listened to Bunny’s stuff and read the male POV’s – it may have worked better for me. It also seemed like the author dug in and found all the random slang that aussies use – some frequently and other not so – I actually posted a question on facebook about one such phase because I had never heard of it in my life (apparently, Sanga is short for Sandwich, but not where I grew up). That made it hard for me.

I know that I will be finishing the series – because I want to see what happens between Laurelyn and Jack (and because book 3 in the series was also nominated for an audie award in the same category). But overall, I was disappointed – it didn’t live up to what I expected, based on the number of high rated reviews from Goodreads friends/ the fact that it was nominated for an award (even if the award was for narration). Both the story and the narration got 2.5 stars from me, but if Bunny had been the sole narrator, it would have been more like 3.5 stars.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Armchair Audies, Audiobook Review

 

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Audiobook Review – Suffer the Children – Craig DiLouie

Audies nominee paranormal

suffer the childrenSuffer the Children
Author: Craig DiLouie
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Narrator: R.C. Bray
Run Time: 11hrs 26min
Narration Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Description:
Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod’s Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were…but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

Review:
WARNING: Book contains scenes that may be nightmare inducing to parents of young children
It is very rare that I need to pause listening to a book mid-way through for a mental break, but Craig DiLouie’ Suffer the Children made me do just that. I’ll be upfront and say that horror is normally not a genre I would pick up, although there are some authors that I will stick my toes into that field just for them (and I guess the same could be said for narrators I enjoy). In fact, this book never would have crossed my reading/listening path, if it hadn’t been nominated for an audie in the Paranormal category but I am so glad that I had the opportunity to listen to it.

First things first, this isn’t your normal vampire fare (or how vampire fare has come to be written recently) – if I had to draw parallel’s it is much more like the old school dracula type vampire, rather than the new romance-y ones. There was nothing nice/romantic about these but that being said, there wasn’t anything really original about the vampires either. For me, the draw in the book was more the philosophical take on how far would you go – it reminded me a lot of the questions asked in the morality class I took in college – if you had to kill 5 or 1 which would you pick? what was the solution for the greater good. I don’t necessarily know if that was what DiLouie was trying to convey in the book (I have a feeling that it was), but that is where my mind went. The prevailing question – what would you do for just one more hour, one more day with your children? I’m not a parent and the idea of having to make that choice is just horrific to me, I can’t imagine who someone who is a parent and listening to this would react.

I will say that I wasn’t expecting the book as it did – although that ending kind of makes sense…it kind of makes me wonder what happens next…

R.C. Bray, once again, brought his skillful narration to the book and it was via this that I felt myself cringing in places and ending up having at least one nightmare during the course of listening. (BTW, tweeting that to an horror author will get you a huge thanks…lol). Having listened to Bray narrate several books in different sub-genres (sci-fi; urban fantasy and now paranormal/horror), its safe to say that he is going to be an auto-buy/listen in the future. Its hard to peg exactly how his narration worked – maybe the fact that I found myself physically cringing in places as I heard his narration of different parts or the fact that I was so invested in what happened to the different characters that hearing what happened to them made me sit in my car in shock for a good 20 minutes one day.

Both the book and the narration were a solid 4 stars for me and I know that I will be checking out more work by DiLouie in the future (even if his writing scares the beejeebers out of me at times). Hopefully with more narration by R.C. Bray in the future.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Armchair Audies, Audiobook Review

 

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2015 Audies Finalist Watch

Credit: Erin Cosyn - Tattle

Credit: Erin Cosyn – Tattle

Ok, yes, this is where I show my complete audiobook dorkiness. Over the last few years, I have had a great time listening to and picking *MY* winners for the various Audie categories. The Audies are the annual awards hosted by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) that recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. And while I haven’t always agreed with the nominees (hello, Nicholas Sparks is NOT romance); for the most part, they make me diversify my listening and get me out of my comfort zone.

However, today is the big day when the nominations for each category are announced, which means, its almost time for the Armchair Audies.

I’ll be checking back in during the day to post the nominations for each category as I see them annouced, so stay tuned 😉

AUDIO DRAMA
Anne Manx and the Blood Chase – Larry Weiner; Narrated by Claudia Christian, Moira Kelly, Patricia Tallman, with full cast
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright; Narrated by Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Henri Lubatti, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, Darren Richardson
Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson; Narrated by Terence Aselford, Kimberly Gilbert, David Jourdan and a full cast
The Swords of Riverside – Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman; Narrated by Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Katherine Kellgren, Dion Graham, Simon Jones, et al.
Under Drake’s Flag – G.A. Henty; Narrated by Brian Blessed

not my fathers sonAUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
Daring: My Passages – Gail Sheehy; Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
Living on Air – Joe Cipriano and Ann Cipriano; Narrated by Joe Cipriano
My Life in Middlemarch – Rebecca Mead; Narrated by Kate Reading
Not My Father’s Son – Alan Cumming; Narrated by Alan Cumming
Yes Please – Amy Poehler; Narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL
#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso; Narrated by Sara Jes Austell
Creativity, Inc – Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace; Narrated by Peter Altschuler
A More Beautiful Question – Warren Berger; Narrated by Michael Quinlan
Playing to Win – A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin; Narrated by L.J. Ganser
Like TED – Carmine Gallo; Narrated by Carmine Gallo

hero's guideCHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8– 12
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind– Tutt
The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw – Christopher Healy; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
How to Catch a Bogle – Catherine Jinks; Narrated by Mandy Williams
A Snicker of Magic – Natalie Lloyd; Narrated by Cassandra Morris
Unstoppable Octobia May – Sharon G. Flake; Narrated by Bahni Turpin

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8
Deep in the Swamp – Donna M. Bateman; Narrated by Tom Chapin
Follow, Follow – Marilyn Singer; Narrated by Marilyn Singer & Joe Morton
H.O.R.S.E. – Christopher Myers; Narrated by Christopher Myers and Dion Graham
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker – Patricia Hruby Powell; Narrated by Lizan Mitchell
This Is Not My Hat – Jon Klassen; Narrated by John Keating
Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter – Beatrix Potter; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

CLASSIC
Andersonville – MacKinlay Kantor; Narrated by Grover Gardner
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote; Narrated by Michael C. Hall
Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil – W.E.B. Du Bois; Narrated by Bernard K. Addison, Dion Graham, Lisa Renee Pitts, Bahni Turpin, and Mirron Willis
The New York Stories – John O’Hara; Narrated by E.L. Doctorow, Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Richard Kind, Jan Maxwell, Gretchen Mol, and Dallas Roberts
The Odyssey – Homer/Robert Fitzgerald; Narrated by Dan Stevens

EROTICA
Alpha – Jasinda Wilder; Narrated by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne
Beauty from Love – Georgia Cates; Narrated by Bunny Warren and Robert Black
Beauty from Pain – Georgia Cates; Narrated by Bunny Warren and Robert Black
Carter Reed – Tijan; Narrated by Lucy Rivers
One Dom to Love – Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl; Narrated by Christian Fox

FANTASY
Cress – Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler
The Emperor’s Blades – Brian Staveley; Narrated by Simon Vance
Hawk – Steven Brust; Narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark
The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson; Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer

five and twenty fivesFICTION
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr; Narrated by Zach Appelman
Fives and Twenty Fives – Michael Pitre; Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Nick Sullivan, Jay Snyder, Fajer Al-Kaisi and Michael Pitre
The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd; Narrated by Sue Monk Kidd, Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye
Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King; Narrated by Will Patton
Us – David Nicholls; Narrated by David Haig
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon; Narrated by Davina Porter

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY
The Bully Pulpit – Doris Kearns Goodwin; Narrated by Edward Herrmann
Enduring Courage – John F. Ross; Narrated by Edward Herrmann
Enemy Coast Ahead – Uncensored – Guy Gibson; Narrated by Simon Vance
In the Kingdom of Ice – Hampton Sides; Narrated by Arthur Morey
Lincoln’s Gamble – Todd Brewster; Narrated by Todd Brewster
A Spy Among Friends – Ben Macintyre; Afterword by John Le Carré; Narrated by John Lee

HUMOR
Ben Franklin: Unplugged – Josh Kornbluth; Narrated by Josh Kornbluth
The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell; Narrated by Greg Sestero
Food: A Love Story – Jim Gaffigan; Narrated by Jim Gaffigan
God Is Disappointed in You – Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler; Narrated by James Urbaniak
Yes Please – Amy Poehler; Narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner
You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty – Dave Barry; Narrated by Dave Barry

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH– BASED FICTION
The Auschwitz Escape – Joel C. Rosenberg; Narrated by Christopher Lane
Chasing the Lion – Nancy Kimball; Narrated by Joseph Narducci
The Christmas Light – Donna VanLiere; Narrated by Donna VanLiere
The First Phone Call from Heaven – Mitch Albom; Narrated by Mitch Albom
Grounded – Angela Correll; Narrated by Lyssa Browne
A Sensible Arrangement – Tracie Peterson; Narrated by Barbara McCulloh

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH– BASED NON– FICTION
Before Amen – Max Lucado; Narrated by Ben Holland
Living a Life That Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream – Ben Lesser; Narrated by Ben Lesser and Jonathan Silverman
Prepared for a Purpose – Antoinette Tuff; Narrated by Robin Miles
The Singer and the Song – Miriam Therese Winter; Narrated by Janis Ian
Steel Will – Shilo Harris; Narrated by Johnny Heller

JUDGES’ AWARD: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The Copernicus Complex – Caleb Scharf; Narrated by Caleb Scharf
The Marshmallow Test – Walter Mischel; Narrated by Alan Alda
A Primate’s Memoir – Robert M. Sapolsky; Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
The Second Machine Age – Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee; Narrated by Jeff Cummings
When Google Met Wikileaks – Julian Assange; Narrated by Tom Pile

LITERARY FICTION
The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell; Narrated by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, and Anna Bentinck
Euphoria – Lily King; Narrated by Simon Vance and Xe Sands
Nora Webster – Colm Tóibín; Narrated by Fiona Shaw
The Patrick Melrose Novels – Edward St. Aubyn; Narrated by Alex Jennings
An Unnecessary Woman – Rabih Alameddine; Narrated by Suzanne Toren
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? – Dave Eggers; Narrated by MacLeod Andrews with Marc Cashman, Mark Deakins, Michelle Gonzalez, Rebecca Lowman, John H. Mayer, Kate McGregor– Stewart, and Bruce Turk

MULTI–VOICED PERFORMANCE
The Anatomy Lesson – Nina Siegal; Narrated by Adam Alexi– Malle, Peter Altschuler, Emma Jayne Appleyard, Hannah Curtis, Gildart Jackson, Bruce Mann, Steve West
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind– Tutt
Land of Love and Drowning – Tiphanie Yanique; Narrated by Cherise Boothe, Korey Jackson, Rachel Leslie, Myra Lucretia Taylor
A Long Time Gone – Karen White; Narrated by Susan Bennett, Jennifer Ikeda, and Pilar Witherspoon
The Sixteenth of June – Maya Lang; Narrated by Julia Whelan, Will Damron, and MacLeod Andrews
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian – Janis Ian (editor), Mike Resnick; Narrated by Janis Ian, Emily Rankin, Gabrielle du Cuir, John Rubinstein, Kathe Mazur, Kristoffer Tabori, Paul Boehmer, Sile Bermingham, Stefan Rudnicki and Susan Hanfield

MYSTERY
The Dead Will Tell – Linda Castillo; Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
Hounded – David Rosenfelt; Narrated by Grover Gardner
Malice – Keigo Higashino; Narrated by Jeff Woodman
Missing You – Harlan Coben; Narrated by January LaVoy
Rag – Bruce DeSilva; Narrated by Jeff Woodman
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith; Narrated by Robert Glenister

herbie hancockNARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS
A Fighting Chance– written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities– written and narrated by Herbie Hancock
Not My Father’s Son– written and narrated by Alan Cumming
What I Know For Sure– written and narrated by Oprah Winfrey
Yes Please– written and narrated by Amy Poehler, with Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner

NON-FICTION
Being Mortal – Atul Gawande; Narrated by Robert Petkoff
Deep Down Dark – Héctor Tobar; Narrated by Henry Leyva
Boys – Michael Lewis; Narrated by Dylan Baker
Furious Cool – David Henry and Joe Henry; Narrated by Dion Graham
The Innovators – Walter Isaacson; Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
Unruly Places – Alastair Bonnett; Narrated by Derek Perkins

ORIGINAL WORK
The Child – Sebastian Fitzek; Narrated by Rupert Penry– Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, Stephen Marcus, Robert Glenister, and Andy Serkis
Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book – Adele Park; Narrated by Garry Morris, Andra Harbold, Lesley Mendenhall, Abby Elvidge, Rhett Guter, Melissa Sandberg, Kent Hayes, Jack de Golia, Steve Campbell
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark – A.J. Hartley and David Hewson; Narrated by Richard Armitage
Mandela: An Audio History – Nelson Mandela; Narrated by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman
Transparent: Behind the Scenes; Narrated by Jeffrey Tambor

PACKAGE DESIGN
Bad Kitty Christmas Storytime Set – Nick Bruel; Package Design by Margo Goody
The Hall; from The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; Package Design by Cindy Belinfanti;
Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children® Series – Collector’s Edition
– Jean M. Auel; Package Design by Kathlyn Miller
Light at the End – Nicholas Briggs; Package Design by Alex Mallinson
Under Drake’s Flag – G.A. Henty; Package Design by Steve Tyrrell/Tyrrell Creative

girl of all giftsPARANORMAL
Damoren – Seth Skorkowsky; Narrated by R.C. Bray
The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey; Narrated by Finty Williams
Pleasure of a Dark Prince – Kresley Cole; Narrated by Robert Petkoff
A Second Chance – Jodi Taylor; Narrated by Zara Ramm
Suffer the Children – Craig Dilouie; Narrated by R.C. Bray
Yesterday’s Gone, Season One – Sean Platt, David Wright; Narrated by R.C. Bray, Chris Patton, Brian Holsopple, Ray Chase, Maxwell Glick, Tamara Marston

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success – Steve Harvey; Narrated by Mike Hodge
Autism Breakthrough – Raun K. Kaufman; Narrated by Raun K. Kaufman
Becoming the Kind Father: A Son’s Journey – Calvin Sandborn; Narrated by Michael Puttonen
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s – Joanne Koenig Coste; Narrated by Pam Ward
Strong Mothers, Strong Sons – Meg Meeker MD; Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
What I Know For Sure – Oprah Winfrey; Narrated by Oprah Winfrey

burn for meROMANCE
The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller; Narrated by Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale;
Burn for Me – Ilona Andrews; Narrated by Renee Raudman
First Love – James Patterson; Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
Just This Once – Rosalind James; Narrated by Claire Bocking
Rumor Has It – Jill Shalvis; Narrated by Karen White

SCIENCE FICTION
The Beam: Season 1 – Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant; Narrated by Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, Ray Chase, R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer, Chris Patton, Eric Martin, Brian Holsopple, Rachel Fulginiti, Stephen Bowlby, and Emily Woo Zeller
Dark Eden – Chris Beckett; Narrated by Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, Hannah Curtis, Robert Hook, Bruce Mann, Nicholas Guy Smith, and Heather Wilds
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North; Narrated by Peter Kenny
Lock In – John Scalzi; Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson, and a full cast
The Martian – Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray

margaret thatcherSHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel; Narrated by Jane Carr
Dangerous Women – George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois; Narrated by Claudia Black, Scott Brick, Karen Dotrice, Jonathan Frakes, Iain Glen, Janis Ian, Stana Katic, Inna Korobkina, Jenna Lamia, Lee Meriwether, Emily Rankin, Maggi
– Meg Reed, Fred Sanders, Allan Scott– Douglas, Sophie Turner, Harriet Walter, Jake Weber
Faceoff; Edited by David Baldacci. Written by Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M. J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, F. Paul Wilson; Narrated by Dylan Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jeremy Bobb, Daniel Gerroll, January LaVoy, with David Baldacci
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths – Bernard Evslin; Narrated by Todd Haberkorn
The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories – R. A. Salvatore; Narrated by Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi, Al Yankovic, Felicia Day, Greg Gurnberg, Melissa Rauch, Michael Chiklis, Sean Astin, Tom Felton, David Duchovny, Ice T, and Wil Wheaton
The Wily O’Reilly: Irish Country Stories – Patrick Taylor; Narrated by John Keating

SOLO NARRATION — FEMALE
Boston Jacky – L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Life Drawing – Robin Black; Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Murphy’s Law – Rhys Bowen; Narrated by Nicola Barber
Until the End of the World – Sarah Lyons Fleming; Narrated by Julia Whelan
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon; Narrated by Davina Porter
Yellow Crocus – Laila Ibrahim; Narrated by Bahni Turpin

SOLO NARRATION — MALE
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark – A.J. Hartley and David Hewson; Narrated by Richard Armitage
The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw – Christopher Healy; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
The Martian – Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray
Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King; Narrated by Will Patton
The Other Story – Tatiana de Rosnay; Narrated by Simon Vance
Radiance of Tomorrow – Ishmael Beah; Narrated by Dion Graham

impossible knifeTEENS
The Accidental Highwayman – Ben Tripp; Narrated by Steve West
Boston Jacky – L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Cress – Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Curtsies and Conspiracies – Gail Carriger; Narrated by Moira Quirk
Egg & Spoon – Gregory Maguire; Narrated by Michael Page
The Impossible Knife of Memory – Laurie Halse Anderson; Narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
The Avengers, Lost Episodes Vol 1: Hot Snow; Adapted by John Dorney; Narrated by Various
Dead Six – Larry Correia and Mike Kupari; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
In the Morning I’ll Be Gone – Adrian McKinty; Narrated by Gerard Doyle
The Lost Key – Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison; Narrated by Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews
Those Who Wish Me Dead – Michael Koryta; Narrated by Robert Petkoff
Wayfaring Stranger James Lee Burke; Narrated by Will Patton

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF THE NOMINEES!

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Armchair Audies

 

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2013 Armchair Audies – Summary – Multi-Voiced Performance

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I’m squeezing in this post under the wire – since the announcement of the winners for the 2013 Audies awards starts at 8pm EST (so in about 30 minutes from now). But considering I didn’t finish the book I was listening to until 2 hours ago, I’m rather impressed 😉

Originally when I signed up to do the Armchair Audies, I participated in the Romance category, but since I finished that one in mid-April, and still had about 6 weeks to go until the announcement of the winners, I decided to dive head-first into another category – Multi-Voiced Performance. Unfortunately, time ran out and I only managed to get 5 of the 6 books nominated in this category listened to (if I hadn’t caved and listed to that non-nominated romance, I would have made it…oh well).

The nominations for this category are:
Dracula by Bram Stoker

My Awesome-Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories by Etgar Keret

That Is All written by John Hodgman (Un-listened)

Thoughts:
I’m very conflicted over which one of these books I think will win. It wasn’t like the romance category where I had a solid favorite. For me, there are three potentials – Dracula, My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan and The Privilege of the Sword. However, of these, My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan is the only one that I actually have a review posted for right now…and I just finished up Privilege today. And since I didn’t complete the category, I can’t say where, That Is All would have fallen in the scheme of things…so there you have it…I have a couple of potentials but no sure winner…

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Armchair Audies

 

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2013 Armchair Audies – Multi-voiced Performance

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Since I finished up my first category of nominations for the 2013 Armchair Audies (romance) and there was still a month and a bit before winners are to be annouced (sometime in May, I finished my category up in mid-April). I decided to take a look through the other categories and find one that no one was writing on and see if I could fit those books in prior to the announcement of the winners. I was surprised to see that there were several categories not being represented, and so I opted to do the Multi-Voice Performance Category. This is something totally new to me, I have listened to books with multiple narrators before (normally 2 or 3 – or in the case of The Help, 4). But never to the extend of the books that are being recognized in this category.

The nominations for this category are:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, Simon Prebble, and James Adams

My Awesome-Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky
Narrated by Seth Rudetsky, Andrea Burns, Paul Castree, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Gad, Ana Gasteyer, Megan Hilty, Marc Kudisch, Will Swenson, and James Wesley

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman
Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, and Christina Traister

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
Narrated by Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, Joe Hurley, Katherine Kellgren, Nick Sullivan, and Neil Gaiman

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories by Etgar Keret
Translated by Nathan Englander (translator), Miriam Shlesinger (translator), and Sondra Silverston (translator)
Narrated by Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Ben Marcus, Gary Shteyngart, Michael Chabon, Neal Stephenson, Nicole Krauss, and Josh Radnor

That Is All written by John Hodgman
Narrated by Dick Cavett, Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Sarah Vowell, Brooke Shields, Scott Adsit, Robin Goldwasser, Jonathan Coulton, John Roderick, Rachel Maddow, Wyatt Cenac, Stephen Fry, Paul F. Tompkins, and Prominent Ragnarok Denier Dr. Elliott Kalan

Initial Thoughts:
It was interesting to see the wide variety of genres presented here, from the classic Dracula to a book of poetry (October Mourning). I was also interested to see that for two of the books, the authors played a role in the narration. I’m looking forward to broadening my reading boundaries and listening to these books.

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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Armchair Audies

 

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