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Looking for a Good Ear Read? Try These Audie Award Finalists for 2017

The Audie Awards, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA),  recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audio Awards finalists for 2017, the 22nd year of the Audies Awards, have been named in 26 categories. We have included some of the nominee catagories here, but for a full list please see the Audies website.

If you are looking to get lost in a good book, then try some of these 2017 Audie nominated ear reads.  

Good Stories + Engaging Narrators = Excellent "Reading" Experiences.  So #ListenFreely

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Around the Way Girl written and narrated by Taraji P. Henson.  Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart, narrated by Hannah Hart and Judy Young. Available via OverDrive.

The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham, narrated by Dion Graham.*

The Rainbow Comes and Goes written and narrated by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. Available via OverDrive.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Foreword by Abraham Verghese, narrated by Sunil Malhotra and Cassandra Campbell. Available via OverDrive

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR

Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson, narrated by Robin Miles. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated by Tavia Gilbert. Available via OverDrive.

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien, narrated by Juliet Stevenson. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, narrated by Emma Thompson.*

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, narrated by Bahni Turpin. Available as a Book on CD and via OverDrive.

BEST MALE NARRATOR

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff by Pappy Pariah, narrated by Sean Penn.*

End of Watch by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

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. Available via OverDrive.

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Capital Offenses: Business Crime and Punishment in America's Corporate Age by Samuel W. Buell, narrated by LJ Ganser.*

Humans Need Not Apply by Jerry Kaplan, narrated by John Pruden, published by Tantor Media. Available via hoopla.

Shrill written and narrated by Lindy West. Available via OverDrive.

The Storyteller’s Secret written and narrated by Carmine Gallo.*

Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek by Manu Saadia, narrated by Oliver Wyman.*

FANTASY

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks, narrated by Simon Vance. Available via OverDrive and hoopla

The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey, narrated by Oliver Wyman.

The Hike by Drew Magary, narrated by Christopher Lane.*

League of Dragons by Naomi Novik, narrated by Simon Vance. Available via OverDrive and hoopla

FICTION

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, narrated by Cassandra Campbell. Available via OverDrive.

Darktown by Thomas Mullen, narrated by Andre Holland. Available via OverDrive.

End of Watch by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia by Julian Fellowes, narrated by Juliet Stevenson.

Sister of Mine by Sabra Waldfogel, narrated by Bahni Turpin.*

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY

In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton, narrated by Mark Boyett.*

Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman, narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

 A Time to Die by Robert Moore, narrated by Pete Cross.*

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick, narrated by Scott Brick. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

The Year of Lear by James Shapiro, narrated by Robert Fass.*

HUMOR

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, narrated by Keith Szarabajka, John Reynolds, Fran Tunno, Cherise Boothe, Dan Woren, P.J. Ochlan, Gregory Itzin, Paula Jai Parker-Martin, Mia Barron, Ron Butler, and James Shippy. Available via OverDrive.

I’m Judging You written and narrated by Luvvie Ajayi. Available via OverDrive.

Life and Other Near Death Experiences by Camille Pagán, narrated by Amy McFadden.*

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson; Foreword by Jessica Williams, narrated by Phoebe Robinson. Available via OverDrive.

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, narrated by Scarlett Johansson.*

Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson, narrated by Robin Miles. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, narrated by Richard Armitage.*

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

LaRose written and narrated by Louise Erdrich. Available as Book on CD, Playaway, and via OverDrive.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, narrated by Bahni Turpin. Available as a Book on CD and via OverDrive

MYSTERY

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, narrated by Rene Auberjonois.  Available as Book on CD, Playaway and via OverDrive.

The Crossing by Michael Connelly, narrated by Titus Welliver. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst.

The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens, narrated by R.C. Bray, David Colacci and Amy McFadden. Available via hoopla.

IQ by Joe Ide, narrated by Sullivan Jones. Available via OverDrive.

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

Dear Mr. You written and narrated by Mary-Louise Parker.*

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo written and narrated by Amy Schumer. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox written and narrated by Carol Burnett. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive

LaRose by Louise Erdrich, written and narrated by Louise Erdrich. Available as Book on CD, Playaway, and via OverDrive.

A Life in Parts written and narrated by Bryan Cranston. Available via OverDrive.

The View from the Cheap Seats written and narrated by Neil Gaiman. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

NON-FICTION

Adnan’s Story written and narrated by Rabia Chaudry.*

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, narrated by Dion Graham.*

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee, narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris. Available as Book on CD and via OverDrive.

Hillbilly Elegy written and narrated by J.D. Vance. Available via OverDrive.

A Million Years in a Day by Greg Jenner, narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies.*

Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally) written and narrated by John McWhorter.*   

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

Cross Justice by James Patterson, narrated by Ruben Santiago Hudson and Jefferson Mays. Available as Book on CD and Playaway.

The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw, narrated by Eric G. Dove. Available via hoopla.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, narrated by Santino Fontana.*

Home by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber.

The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons, narrated by James Patrick Cronin.*

* indicates that this title (in this audiobook format) is not currently in the Richland Library collection. 

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