Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life. Read by: Emily Janice Card.
Audie Award: Science Fiction
The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue's stories have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They are gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross other borders too: those of race, law, sex, and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress. With rich historical detail, the celebrated author of Room takes us from puritan Massachusetts to revolutionary New Jersey, antebellum Louisiana to the Toronto highway, lighting up four centuries of wanderings that have profound echoes in the present. Read by: Khristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Dion Graham, and Suzanne Toren.
Audie Award: Short Stories/Collections
“Lucky Lindy,” Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, saw a fellow adventurer in Anne Morrow. Following a brief courtship, they began a married life of flying and exploring. Regrettably, their fame attracted the kind of attention that led to the kidnapping and death of their firstborn son. Anne had many achievements in her own right and her book Gift from the Sea has become a classic. Narrator Lorna Raver provides excellent transition from Anne’s educated East Coast voice to Charles’s earnest, reedy Midwestern tones in this fictionalized biography that will inspire listeners to explore further Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s fascinating and challenging life. (LJ 7/13)
No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Québec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as "the beautiful mystery." But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. Read by: Ralph Cosham.
Audie Award: Mystery.
The story begins in 1962. On the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, an American starlet, and she is dying. The story begins again today when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studios back lot, searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier. Read by: Edoardo Ballerini.
Audie Award: Solo Narration, Male.
When Nina's friend Karin gives her a key to a public locker in a Copenhagen train station, Nina opens it to find a suitcase. When Nina opens the suitcase, she is shocked to find a drugged, barely alive three-year-old boy. Before Nina can even decide what to do next, Karin is murdered, forcing Nina to take the boy and go on the run before whomever is responsible for this all goes after her next. Read by: Katherine Kellgren.
Audie Award: Solo Narration, Female.
While nursing her second child, Williams (contributing science editor, Outside Magazine) wrote an article about chemicals in human breast milk that prompted further research on the environmental history of breasts. Investigating the latest science in the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine, she explores where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them. From interviews with scientists and doctors around the world, she learned that mammary glands evolved out of sweat glands, breast size has grown larger over time, breasts are arriving earlier than they did 15 years ago, breastfeeding is still controversial, and breast cancer is the number one cancer killer of women globally. Williams aptly distills scientific data in an engaging manner with her witty journalistic style and jocular observations. (c) Library Journal Read by: Kate Reading
Audie Award: Nonfiction
Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head? Read by: Simon Vance.
Audie Award: Literary Fiction
Harry Middleton has possession of a priceless score by Frederic Chopin that puts him and thousands of Americans in grave danger. Hidden amidst measures and notes is a secret that others are willing to kill for, and Middleton must work toward discovering the mystery of the manuscript while also protecting his life. Jeffery Deaver wrote the first and last chapters, while fifteen thriller authors each wrote one chapter. Read by Alfred Molina.
Audie Award: Audiobook of the Year, 2008
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Read by: Kate Rudd.
Audie Award: Teens
Fink’s meticulous and extensive research is apparent in this detailed description of a large urban hospital in New Orleans in crisis during Hurricane Katrina. The first half of the book vividly describes the situation in the hospital during the storm, and the equally engrossing second half addresses the legal cases resulting from the aftermath of medical professionals’ controversial actions. Reader Kristin Potter narrates professionally and evenhandedly. (LJ 10/15/13)
Zuckoff here writes an account of the U.S. cargo plane that crashed into the Greenland ice cap on November 5, 1942, and the subsequent attempts to rescue the survivors. Four days later, the search and rescue plane also crashed. The ensuing narrative is a fascinating reminder of the sacrifices of American military personnel and their families. Well read by the author, this is an extraordinary tale of adventure and heroism. (LJ 9/1/13)
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. This Newberry Award-winning book will appeal to children and adults. Read by the author.
Audie Award: Audiobook of the Year, 2009.
Full-cast dramatization of Life, the Universe and Everything, the third book in Adams's famous "trilogy in five parts." Arthur Dent is transported from a prehistoric Earth to a cricket match at Lords' Cricket Ground, two days before the Earth is to be demolished by the Vogens.
Audie Award: Audiobook of the Year, 2006
This amazing entry in Penny’s popular series integrates sociopolitical commentary with well-drawn and, by now, familiar characters as it wraps up many of the plots and themes that had their roots in earlier titles. As in all previous books in the series, literary detective fiction and philosophy are intertwined with humor, tragedy, love, betrayal, intrigue, friendship, and faith. Narrator Ralph Cosham moves seamlessly from character to character, adding depth to each. His narration, coupled with a suspenseful writing style, makes for edge-of-your-seat listening. (LJ 10/1/13)
Fans of the #1 bestseller Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halperns dad as it crackles through this hysterical new audiobook. The story begins when Justin announces that hes decided to propose to his girlfriend. "Youve been dating her for four years," his dad replies. "It ain't like you found a parallel f***ing universe." But eventually he gives Justin some advice: that he should think back over everything he has learned in life about women, relationships, and himself before making his decision. And that's just what Justin does -- revisiting everything from his disastrous childhood crushes to the night he finally lost his virginity while working as a dishwasher at Hooters. Full of his dads patented brand of wisdom, its also full of new characters just as funny, from his brother, who provides insights into wedding night rituals, to his first boss, who warns Justin to man up. The result is a pilgrims progress through the landscape of sex and love, by one of the funniest writers at work today. Read by Sean Schemmel
Audie Award: Humor
Anderson’s fun and informative popular history chronicles T.E. Lawrence’s experiences in Arabia before, during, and immediately after World War I. This work tells as well the stories of three other spies: a Palestinian Zionist, a German agitator, and an American oil company employee. Their tales weave in and out of Lawrence’s narrative and are also used to show what was happening in other areas of the Ottoman front. Malcom Hilgartner’s clear reading allows the well-paced writing to deliver an engrossing experience. (LJ 11/15/13)
This brilliant and inventive novel features Pride and Prejudice’s belowstairs events in a classic tale of lost love, perseverance, and the early 19th century that will please even the most critical of Janeites. Emma Fielding brilliantly narrates this novel with her smooth English accent and does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life through inflections in all the right places. A must-listen for fans of historical fiction, Austen, and Downton Abbey. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 12/6/13)
Growing up, Sara (Seren) Tuvel was the smartest, most ambitious girl in her Romanian mountain village. When she won and accepted a scholarship to a Gentiles-only Gymnasium, she was forced to make a decision that would change her path forever. At thirteen, faced with a teacher's anti-Semitism, Seren walked out of her classroom and into a new existence. She became the apprentice to a seamstress, and her skill with needle and thread enabled her again and again to patch the fraying pieces of her life. As the Nazis encircled the country and bombs rained down, Seren stitched her way to survival, scraping together enough money to provide for her family. When she, her younger sister Esther, and two friends were sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany, the four girls became one another's shelter. Read by: Wanda McCaddon.
Audie Award: Biography/Memoir
Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song 'Society's Child' became a hit. An intimate portrait of an interracial relationship, 'Society's Child' climbed the charts despite the fact that many radio stations across the country refused to play it because of its controversial subject matter. However, this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. Read by the author.
Audie Award: Narration by the author or authors.
As former CIA agents, Philip Houston, Mike Floyd and Susan Carnicero are among the world's best at recognizing deceptive behavior. "Spy the lie" chronicles the story of how they used a methodology Houseon developed to detect deception in the counter-terrorism and criminal invesigation realms, and how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives. Read by: Fred Berman.
Audie Award: Business/Education
Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems--and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something--and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed. Read by: Julia Whelan.
Audie Award: Romance
In Messud’s latest intimate and piercing novel, Nora Eldridge’s life takes an unexpected turn when the cosmopolitan Shahid family moves in from Paris. She tries to get as involved in their lives as she can, until she ultimately realizes the cost of living vicariously through others. Cassandra Campbell does a lovely job of narrating Nora’s inner struggles. The listener easily gets lost in the beauty of her voice and the conviction of her efforts. (LJ 7/13)
A series of interviews with a number of individual characters (each played by a different reader) explores a worldwide zombie pandemic from outbreak to aftermath. The production is excellent, and each member of the all-star cast (e.g., Nathan Fillion, Mark Hamill, Masi Oka) brings out the nuances of the text. (LJ 7/13)