Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Armchair Audies Time!

The Audies nominees for 2013 are out - and there are some excellent audio productions included in the finalists list. Of the dozen that I've read (listened to), ten are among my favorites of 2012. (I listened to 149 books last year, so ten is a chunk of them, but not a massive percentage.)

In order to really judge, though, I can't look just at the one or two in a category I've read. And I'm not alone in that - a group of bloggers are, for the 2nd year in a row, taking on a category (or more) each. We'll listen to each nominee in that category and decide which we think should win. It's called The Armchair Audies, and it's quite a fun group blogger project (now with Facebook page!)

(Last year I did this with the Teen and the Narration by Author or Authors categories, and I was right about both my picks. Go, me!)

Anyhoo - this year I've picked 3 categories. That's 14 titles, but I've already heard 6 of them. I'm excited about the rest of them. These are the audiobooks you can look forward to me blathering on about in the near future:

LITERARY FICTION (a.k.a., Two Simons and a Colin, a.k.a. Melanie Heaven)         
REMEMBER BEN CLAYTON Stephen Harrigan Read by George Guidall (Recorded Books) 
HEFT Liz Moore Read by Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka (Blackstone Audiobooks) 
BRING UP THE BODIES Hilary Mantel Read by Simon Vance (Macmillan Audio) 
THE REMAINS OF THE DAY Kazuo Ishiguro Read by Simon Prebble (Tantor Media) 
THE END OF THE AFFAIR Graham Greene Read by Colin Firth (Audible, Inc.)          

SOLO NARRATION - MALE (a.k.a. Did I Mention the Simon and the Colin? Plus Edoardo!)       
BEING THERE Jerzy Kosinski Read by Dustin Hoffman (Audible, Inc.) 
THE ABSOLUTIST John Boyne Read by Michael Maloney (Tantor Media) 
BEAUTIFUL RUINS Jess Walter Read by Edoardo Ballerini (Harper Audio) 
THE END OF THE AFFAIR Graham Greene Read by Colin Firth (Audible, Inc.) 
THE TAO OF POOH Benjamin Hoff Read by Simon Vance (Tantor Media) 

TEENS (a.k.a. LOVE Green & Bray, LOVE Rudd & Kellgren - The Category of Fun and Tears)         
INHERITANCE Christopher Paolini Read by Gerard Doyle (Listening Library) 
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS John Green Read by Kate Rudd (Brilliance Audio)
ENCHANTED Alethea Kontis Read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio) 
THE DIVINERS Libba Bray Read by January LaVoy (Listening Library) 
DODGER Terry Pratchett Read by Stephen Briggs (Harper Audio)  


  1. I am glad to have another person judging the Literary Fiction category. I so loved Bring Up the Bodies and I'm well known for being partial to Simon Vance. This way it's not just my opinion. :)

    I think the Solo Narration - Male category looks interesting, too. Since I've already listened to two of the Lit Fic titles, I might be able to branch out more this year. We shall see.

    Thanks for taking the ride with us again this year.

    1. I'm so glad you're doing this whole thing again this year! Of course, anyone who adores Simon Vance as much as I do (you might claim to adore him more, but I'll deny it) is always right - if we just happen to pick his narration as best, well, that's just cause it will be. :)

      (I also adore Simon Prebble & Colin Firth, though. Plus I love the books they narrate in this category. This is going to be quite a challenge!)

      Have you listened to Beautiful Ruins? It's gorgeous, and I think you'd really like the story.