For your listening pleasure

Selecting a good audiobook, whether on CD or in digital format, can be a two-step process. There is the first and most obvious step of selecting for the content of the book: Is it an author you like? Can they write well? Is the subject interesting? If you have listened to audiobooks for a while, you realize there is an important second step: Is the narrator any good? A narrator that you find annoying can really kill the experience no matter how good the content. On the flip side, an excellent narrator can make a book you might not consider at first a fascinating listen. The problem is, how do you find these great narrators.

One way is to check out an award given by the Audio Publishers Association named the Audies. The Audies are given to titles recorded in a given year based in large part on the excellence of the reader or readers. Even better, they are divided into categories (Biography, Fiction, Mystery, Humor etc.) so you can select in the genre you are interested in. This year, the winners will be announced on Thursday May 29th in New York. Until then you can browse this list of all the nominees, complete with audio samples. You may also be interested in viewing the winners from past years for further listen opportunities. To help you get through the rather long list for this year’s ceremony, here is a selection of the nominated audiobooks by category with links to our catalog. Enjoy!

Audiobook of the Year

Still Foolin’Em by Billy Crystal, Read by Billy Crystal

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin, Read by Meryl Streep

Biography/Memoir

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Read by Archie Panjabi

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, Read by Rita Moreno

Business/Educational

The Everything Store by Brad Stone, Read by Pete Larkin

Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan, Read by Jonathan Davis

Classic

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Read by Jake Gyllenhaal

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Read by Armando Duran

Fantasy

Wisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe, Read by Stefan Rudnicki

Fiction

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, Read by Will Patton

The Good House by Ann Leary, Read by Mary Beth Hurt

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Read by Neil Gaiman

History

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff, read by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Hour of Peril by Danil Stashower, read by Edoardo Ballerini

One Summer by Bill Bryson, Read by Bill Bryson

Humor

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris, Read by David Sedaris

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction

A Story of God and All of Us by Mark Burnett &Roma Downey, Read by authors and Keith David

Truth-Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock, Read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction

Break Out! By Joel Osteen, Read by Joel Osteen

Literary Fiction

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Read by David Pittu

The Son by Philipp Meyer, Read by Will Patton, Scott Shepherd, Kate Mulgrew, Clifton Collins

Multi-Voiced Performance

Ender’s Game Alive by Orson Scott Card, Read by full cast

World War Z by Max Brooks, Read by full cast

Mystery

Death and the Lit Chick by G.M. Malliet, Read by Davina Porter

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti, Read by Cassandra Campbell

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman, Read by Judy Kaye

Non-Fiction

Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill, Read by Sandy Rustin

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Read by Malcolm Gladwell

The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti, Read by L.J. Ganser

Thank You for Your Service by Daivd Finkel, Read by Arthur Bishop

Paranormal

Ever After by Kim Harrison, Read by Marguerite Gavin

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy, Read by Benjamin Percy

Romance

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, Read by January LaVoy, Ron Mclarty

Science Fiction

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood, Read by Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond

The Martian by Andy Weir, Read by R.C. Bray

Thriller/Suspense

The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer, Read by Scott Brick

The Hit by David Baldacci, Read by Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy

Suspect by Robert Crais, Read by Macleod Andrews

Sycamore Row by John Grisham, Read by Michael Beck

Be sure to visit A Reading Life for more reviews and news of all things happening at the Everett Public Library.

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