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2018 Audies – Paranormal Nominees

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:
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

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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events


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2018 Audies – Romance Nominees

When I left work the day of the Audies Nominations being announced, I was excited to see that for the first time in a couple of years, the Romance Nominees were mostly what I would term to be traditional romances (i.e. boy mets girl, boy falls in love with girl and they live happily ever after). Over the last few years, I’ve been disappointed seeing books by authors like Nicholas Sparks nominated or something like The Bridges of Madison County which won a few years ago. As an avowed romance reader, seeing non-romances being nominated and then winning hurts my soul. But alas, I’ll step off my soapbox and talk about the nominees for this year!

Without further ado, the 2018 Audies Nominees for Romance are:
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

My Initial Thoughts:
Ohh, this is going to be a fun category to listen to over the next couple of months.
☼ I’ll admit that the Robyn Carr book is one of the ones on this list that I am less than excited about – don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with her writing, it just doesn’t always work for me, but I know many of my friends love her. But at the same time, anything narrated by Therese Plummer is normally a winner for me.

☼ J. Bergtsson is a new author to me but I’ll admit that I love a good rockstar romance at times. I’m a solid Andi Arndt fan girl when it comes to audiobooks, but Joe Arden is a new to me name – so this book could be a double winner for me if i like it.

☼ Nora Roberts has long been an author that appears on my frequently read/listen to list – although I’ll admit that I haven’t listened to some of her more recent stuff (although I do continue to devour the books she writes under her alter-ego, JD Robb). I’ve listened to several narrations by Elisabeth Rodgers before and found her narration solid – it isn’t horrible, but at the same time, doesn’t necessarily blow me away either.

☼ Tessa Dare is an author I know that I should read/listen to more of – I’ve read several of her books and rated each of them in the solid 3.5-4 star realm, but I’ve never listened – so i’m looking for a new author to add to my audiobook listening pile. Mary Jane Wells is also a new narrator to me but she has a pretty hefty romance narration backlist with lots of historical romances – so fingers crossed.

☼ The Carolyn Brown book is the one that I felt doesn’t (upon first read of the summary) really fit into the traditional romance category – it seems to be much more of a women’s lit to me (where the focus is more on the growth of the characters vs. the actual romance) – but I’ll see if i’m wrong down the road. Donna Postel is another new narrator to me but she has an interesting backlist of other audiobooks, should I decide I want to listen to more by her in the future.

My Prediction:
Based on what I know about the different narrators and my experience with them (or lack thereof) in the past, my initial pick (pre-listen) to the winner for the Romance category is:
Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson, narrated by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden

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Posted by on February 10, 2018 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events


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2017 Audie Awards – Overview

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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Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events


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Dishing with Dee….for the love of audiobooks

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Its hard to remember a time when I didn’t listen to audiobooks – I think its probably been a good ten years now. I originally started listening to them when I had long drives to visit family in Michigan (driving from Virginia makes it about a 12-16 hour drive depending on where I was in the state at a given time). Mostly it was due to my fustration of trying to find a new/decent radio station to listen to every 100 miles or so, only to have said radio station fizzle out an hour or so later.

Fast forward to current day and between my daily commute into work (anywhere from 40min to 1.5 hours one way…thank you DC traffic), to working in an open workspace office (you know the kind where there are 10 people in each work segment with no real division between them), audiobooks are probably responsible for me still being sane (or as sane as you can be in a situation like this). I find they let me get lost in my world of data analysis and data inputing, as well as kinda of controlling my road rage (if you’ve ever driven in DC you know what I am talking about).

Listening to audiobooks has always pushing my reading/listening boundaries – I have discovered over the years that I am more willing to give a new author a try in the audiobook realm if its narrated by someone I have enjoyed in the past (people like Phil Gigante, Simon Vance, Xe Sands and my new favorite, RC Bray). Plus listening to audiobooks make me feel like I can enjoy my favorite hobby at all hours of the day and not just when I am at home and able to sneak in a page or two.

What about your guys – do you listen to audiobooks? If yes, do you have a favorite narrator or book? What would you recommend to a newbie?


Posted by on March 31, 2015 in Dishing with Dee



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 😉

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Armchair Audies


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Armchair Audies 2014

Armchair Audies

I had so much fun listening to the various books nominated for the Audie Awards next year that I decided (prior to the release of nominations), that I wanted to participate again and that I would likely do the romance category again. But that being said, when the nominees were announced, I was kind of disappointed in the nominations. Looking at the nominees garnered as interesting selection of books, two of which I may have trouble understanding because they are books 10 in series where I have only read up to book 5 in one and hadn’t even started the other; one by an author I don’t particularly enjoy (and debate whether he actually falls into the romance category or one); one book I had already read and one book that i’m actually interested in listening to…so all in all, I’m feeling a bit ehh going into my listen.

The nominees for an Audie in the Romance Audiobook Category are:

The Darkest Craving – Gena Showalter; Narrated by Max Bellmore
For My Lady’s Heart – Laura Kinsale; Narrated by Nicholas Boulton
Kissing under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas – Bella Andre; Narrated by Eva Kaminsky
The Longest Ride -Nicholas Sparks; Narrated by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy
The Wanderer – Robyn Carr; Narrated by Therese Plummer

I will admit that while I’m ambivalent about the books themselves, I’m looking forward to checking out the narrators, many of who are new to me. So it will be an interesting listening season.

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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Armchair Audies


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2013 Armchair Audies – Multi-voiced Performance

Armchair Audies

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.

multivoice narration nominees

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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Armchair Audies


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