Check Out Our 2019 Audie Finalists!

We’re so excited to have 15 Audie Award nominations this year! Congratulations to all of our incredible authors and narrators. We are also thrilled that Tan France, author and narrator of Naturally Tan, will be hosting the Audie Awards!

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And listen to excerpts from all of our finalists below:
Nominee for Audiobook of the Year and Young Adult

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Read by Bahni Turpin

“Turpin’s sonorous incantation of prayers, as well as her brisk pacing during exciting moments of danger, will have listeners on the edge of their seats. Her depiction of the king’s rage is also downright terrifying, as Turpin is unafraid to roar. Her hypnotic performance is one to be reckoned with.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

 

Nominee for Audio Drama

Steal the Stars by Mac Rogers

Read by a full cast

“The listener experiences the audio drama as it unfolds and the quirky characters come to life, making this program addictive.” — AudioFile

 

 

Nominee for Best Male Narrator

The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch

Read by Euan Morton

“Narrator Euan Morton’s soft Irish brogue transports listeners to New York City in 1799.” — AudioFile

 

 

 

Nominee for Business/Personal Development

The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Read by the authors

“Until this point in my life, I’ve never read a book that reveals the truths of leadership in such detail and rawness. The true value of this book cannot be quantified in words.”    — Pete Roberts, Co-Founder & CEO, Origin Maine USA

 

 

Nominee for Faith-Based Fiction/Non-Fiction

The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere

Read by the author

“VanLiere is an expert at tugging heartstrings, and this sincere tearjearker delivers.” — Library Journal

 

 

Nominee for Fiction

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Read by Julia Whelan

“Voice actor Whelan ratchets up the suspense in her tense narration of this tale of Ernt Albright, a Vietnam vet with PTSD, who takes his wife, Cora, and 13-year-old daughter, Leni, to Alaska to live off the grid.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

 

Nominee for History/Biography

Robin by Dave Itzkoff

Read by Fred Berman and Dave Itzkoff

“Narrator Fred Berman’s youthful enthusiasm percolates through his performance of this in-depth, detailed, and quite revealing biographical analysis of Robin Williams’s life and career.” — AudioFile

 

 

Nominee for Literary Fiction & Classics

Housegirl by Michael Donkor

Read by Adjoa Andoh

“Narrator Adjoa Andoh will have listeners aching for the lost childhoods of Belinda and Mary as the two child servants work in an upper-middle-class home in Ghana.” — AudioFile

 

 

Nominee for Multi-Voiced Performance and Young Adult

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Read by Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler, Gabra Zackman, Fred Berman, and a full cast

“The premise of this young adult thriller makes it a perfect audiobook, as much of the story is recounted as a radio whodunit.” — The New York Times

 

 

 

Nominee for Mystery

Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves

Read by Kenny Blyth

“Narrator Kenny Blyth draws the listener into the mystery and beauty of the Shetland Islands as DI Jimmy Perez and his senior colleague and love interest, Willow Reeves, investigate the murder of a young nanny, Emma Shearer. ” — AudioFile on this Earphones Award-winning title

 

 

Nominee for Science Fiction

Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci

Read by Dan Bittner

“Narrator Dan Bittner throws himself into this science-fiction adventure with the enthusiasm the story begs for.” — AudioFile

 

 

Nominee for Short Stories/Collections

The Flame by Leonard Cohen

Read by Margaret Atwood, Seth Rogen, Michael Shannon, Will Patton, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, Jim Fletcher, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, Ross Marquand, and Neela Vaswani

“The many narrators are familiar with Cohen’s phrasing, and they provide an eloquent tribute.” — AudioFile

 

 

Nominee for Thriller/Suspense

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

Read by Euan Morton

“Two of the best times to pick up an audiobook are 1) when you want to get sucked into a great mystery, and 2) when you want to do a backstroke through an accent not your own. Candice Fox’s Crimson Lake series, set in the croc-infested north of Australia, lets you do both.” — Paste

 

 

Best Quotes from Isaac Mizrahi’s Memoir, I.M.

I.M. is a fashion memoir anyone can enjoy.

From the moment I started listening to I.M. by Isaac Mizrahi, I couldn’t stop.

It was wonderful to listen to on my morning commute, and I especially loved listening to it while shopping for clothes. I have almost no knowledge of the fashion industry, but I do love a witty, juicy memoir, and Mizrahi certainly delivers. As RuPaul states, “Isaac Mizrahi is a true Renaissance man. He can do it all! He’s managed to live several lives in one lifetime.” Mizrahi is not only a designer, but also an actor, writer, and talk show host, so his memoir has something for everyone. It’s also a compelling look into what it is like to grow up gay in a Syrian Jewish Orthodox Family.

The audiobook is read by Mizrahi himself, and it’s very satisfying to hear him tell the story of his life in his clear, matter-of-fact voice.

Here are some of the coolest quotes that stood out to me while listening:
“Mystery is the soul of style…not money.”
“Forget the pen, dress is so much mightier than the sword.”
“Feelings don’t lie. I don’t know what taught me that lesson, perhaps a lot of artists are born with an innate trust in their feelings.
“I’m not as sure about what I want as I am about what I don’t want.”
“Wit and nerve were the most important elements of style.”

There you have it! Now that you’ve been inspired by these incredible, hand-picked quotes, go ahead and pre-order the audiobook! And happy Friday!

-Cassidy Graham, Assistant to Publisher

 

Thriller Thursday: Sharon Bolton’s The Craftsman

Dive into master of suspense Sharon Bolton’s creepiest standalone yet, THE CRAFTSMAN, following a young cop trying to trace the disappearance of a small town’s teenagers.

Florence Lovelady hit the career jackpot when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. Florence solved the mystery and got a confession out of Larry before more children were murdered, and he spent the rest of his life in prison.

But now, decades later, after Grassbrook’s death, events from the past start to repeat themselves. Is someone copying the original murders? Or did Lovelady get it wrong all those years ago?  When her own son goes missing under similar circumstances, the case not only gets reopened… it gets personal.

Narrator Nathalie Buscombe perfectly encapsulates the hectic horror that the characters must face in this spine-chilling audiobook.

Listen to an excerpt below! 

Thriller Thursday: David Hagberg’s Face Off

New York Times bestselling author David Hagberg continues his acclaimed Kirk McGarvey series with another compelling and timely thriller.

Kirk McGarvey is enjoying his lunch in the Eiffel Tower when terrorists attempt to bring down the Paris landmark. He springs into action to stop the attack, only to find there’s a much larger plot at stake. One that aims to force the incompetent US President out by pitting him against Russia.

But Putin himself is eager to avoid World War III. When a Russian nuclear weapon goes missing and is found heading to the US, Putin enlists McGarvey’s help in stopping it.

The stakes couldn’t be higher, and the outcome couldn’t be more unclear. Only McGarvey stands a chance of intervening before it’s too late, in a race against time across Paris, Istanbul, Moscow, and Washington, D.C.

Narrator Jeff Gurner’s powerful, steady voice balances the action and sense of urgency that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats in this thrilling audiobook.

Listen to an excerpt below!

Thriller Thursday: Andrew Gross’ Button Man and Ian K. Smith’s The Ancient Nine

This week, we have two thrilling releases for you: Andrew Gross’ BUTTON MAN and Ian K. Smith’s THE ANCIENT NINE. Both based on true stories, these vibrant tales of history and hardship will leave you hanging on every word.

 

Andrew Gross’ next historical thriller audiobook, BUTTON MAN, brings to life the dramatic birth of organized crime in 1930s New York City. The story follows three brothers: Morris, the youngest who drops out of school to work at a clothing factory, Sol, the brains who attends accounting school, and Harry, the wildcard with a fiery personality and gangster best friends.

When Morris asks his brothers to come work with him at his factory, Sol agrees but Harry isn’t so easily convinced. Working for his brothers means giving up the glamour, the power, and the money that come from his association with Louis Buchalter, New York’s most ruthless mobster and Morris’ enemy. When Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that staff the garment makers’ factories, a fatal showdown is inevitable, pitting brother against brother.

Gross’ atmospheric writing coupled with Edoardo Ballerini’s captivating voice will leave listeners on the edge of their seat as the violent vengeance heats up.  

Listen to an excerpt below! 

 

THE ANCIENT NINE, Ian K. Smith’s new thriller, follows one college student’s foray into Harvard’s hallowed secret societies.

Spencer Collins arrives at Harvard with two goals: to play basketball and take his pre-med classes. Little does he know, The Delphic Club, one of Harvard’s most elite finals clubs, is determined to have Spencer join. Once “punched,” Spencer enters the inner sanctum and uncovers secrets, male privilege, and century-old club mysteries. On one hand, Spencer doesn’t want to lose his focus. On the other, it feels nice to be sought out by a club his classmates would kill to be in. But why is a shadowy group of powerful old men so determined to recruit him? And what is “The Ancient Nine”?

Narrator Brad Sanders brings an authority to Spencer’s character while still underscoring the confusion, mystery, and shock he encounters by the end of the audiobook. Inspired by the author’s own experiences at Harvard, the audiobook will leave listeners wondering how to separate fact from fiction.

Listen to an excerpt below! 

Thriller Thursday: T.M. Logan’s Lies

What if your whole life was based on LIES?  Find out in T.M. Logan’s chilling audiobook thriller.

Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife’s car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend’s husband, and before Joe confronted the other man, leaving him bleeding and unconscious.

Now, Joe’s world is crumbling. His wife has lied to him, and her deception has put their entire family in jeopardy. The man she met at the hotel has vanished. And as the police investigate his disappearance, all fingers point to Joe.

Unable to trust the woman he loves, Joe finds himself at the mercy of her revelations and deceits, unsure of who or what to believe. All he knows is that her actions have brought someone dangerous into their lives—someone obsessed with her and determined to tear Joe’s world apart.   

Leighton Pugh’s calm narration contrasts yet perfectly depicts the rapid unraveling that occurs in this fast-paced audiobook.

“Lies is positively riveting, from the captivating first scene to the shocking twist at the end.” — Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seeing Red

Listen to an excerpt below!

Thriller Thursday: Wild Fire, the Final Audiobook in Ann Cleeves’s Shetland Series

The betrayal of those closest burns most of all . . .

Inspector Jimmy Perez takes on his eighth and final case in bestselling author Ann Cleeves’s highly anticipated audiobook thriller, WILD FIRE.

Hoping for a fresh start, Helena Fleming and her husband Daniel move to the remote Shetland islands, eager to give their autistic son a better life.

But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn beside their home, rumors of her affair with the husband spreads, and in this village of dysfunctional families and broken relationships, gossip can spread faster than wildfire. As suspicion and resentment of the family blazes in the community, Detective Inspector Perez is called in to investigate. He knows it will mean his boss, Willow Reeves, returning to run the investigation, and confronting their complex relationship.

With families fracturing and long-hidden lies emerging, Jimmy faces the most disturbing case of his career.

Narrator Kenny Blyth’s captivating narration, which Audiofile magazine has previously called “delightful,” transports listeners into Shetland’s mystifying world Shetland and will keep them engaged every thrilling moment.

Listen to an excerpt of the eighth and final book of the Shetland Island series.

Sound Clip Saturday: Stay Up Late Listening to Sandie Jones’s The Other Woman

Sandie Jones (right) stopping by the recording studio during Clare Corbett’s (left) reading.

He loves her, but she loves her not. Beware of the other woman.

When Emily meets Adam, she cannot believe her luck at finding such a perfect man. Adam adores her just as much as she adores him, and she cannot wait for their happily ever after. However, there’s someone lurking in the shadows: Adam’s vindictive mother, Pammie. Emily has won over Adam, but she cannot crack his mother, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

As Emily fights her future mother-in-law’s wrath, Adam will hear nothing of it, insisting that his darling mother only wishes them the best. When Adam’s charming brother tries to save Emily from her own mess, secrets are exposed, revealing just how far Pammie will go to protect her beloved son.

Clare Corbett perfectly encapsulates Emily’s impassioned fury while matching Pammie’s coy attempt at innocence, making her the perfect narrator for this twisted audiobook. Listen to an excerpt to the audiobook that will keep you up all night. You’ll need extra coffee in the morning.

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