Outstanding Audiobooks, 2018

By Pat Gaines

This is a select list of finalists for the annual Audie Awards which recognize outstanding audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. The awards were conferred in May. See if I picked the winners:

  • American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

    2017 by Blakeslee, Nate

    Narrated by Mark Bramhall. Non-fiction nominee. The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

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  • Beartown: A Novel

    2017 by Backman, Fredrik

    Narrated by Marin Ireland. Fiction nominee. People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

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  • Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood

    2016 by Noah, Trevor

    Written and narrated by Trevor Noah. Autobiography/biography nominee. One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming-of-age story during the twilight of Apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

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  • The Breakdown

    2017 by Paris, B. A.

    Narrated by Georgia Maguire. Thriller/suspense nominee. “In the same vein as the author's acclaimed debut, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, this riveting psychological thriller pulls readers into an engrossing narrative in which every character is suspect. With its well-formed protagonists, snappy, authentic dialog, and clever and twisty plot, this is one not to miss.” (Library Journal)

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  • Carpet Diem: Or...How to Save the World by Accident

    2017 by Anderson, Justin Lee

    Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies. Humor nominee. Funny, engaging story in which a hermit, Simon, and his favorite rug must decide the fate of the world when an unusual pair of beings visit his home. Anderson's storytelling is inventive, and Davies' narration is the perfect complement.

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  • Come Sundown

    2017 by Roberts, Nora

    Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers. Romance nominee. Running the Montana ranch that has been home to four generations of her family, Bo and the man she is starting to love encounter her badly injured aunt, who ran off decades earlier, before a local murder reveals sinister activities in the mountains that surround their home. “Roberts always tells a good story that balances romance and suspense, but in this title, the narrative is deeper, the mystery is more layered, and with Alice, Roberts moves into another level of exploring physical and emotional trauma . . .” (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Glass Houses

    2017 by Penny, Louise

    Narrated by Robert Bathurst. Mystery nominee. “Gamache is still trying to restore the Sûreté du Québec back to what it was before it was corrupted under the previous regime. Choices are made that will forever change our hero in ways we can only begin to imagine. “ (NoveList) “While certain installments in Penny's bestselling series take Gamache and his team to the far reaches of Québec, others build their tension not with a chase but instead in the act of keeping still—this is one such book “ (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Magpie Murders

    2017 by Horowitz, Anthony

    Narrated by Samantha Bond. Mystery nominee. "Readers can imagine the frustration of book editor Susan Ryeland: the final chapters are missing from author Alan Conway's latest mystery manuscript starring his Poirot-esque detective! Conway’s sudden, suspicious death means that Susan must piece together the ending by interviewing his friends and family; then she realizes that the novel’s characters are stand-ins for real people and that the book may be related to the author’s death. Containing a novel-within-a-novel, suspense, and plenty of details that Golden Age mystery fans will relish, the cleverly plotted ‘Magpie Murders’ has something for everyone.” (NoveList)

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  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

    2017 by Alexie, Sherman

    Written and narrated by Sherman Alexie. Short stories/collections nominee. When his mother passed away at the age of seventy-eight, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. Featuring seventy-eight poems and seventy-eight essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine--growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.

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