You may have already heard,but the nominations for the Audie Awards were announced this week! We’re excited to share with you that Random House Audio and Listening Library grabbed 8 of them! Check out the titles below, and make sure you come back on May 31st to see who won (Fingers crossed)!
CHILDRENS UP TO 8
The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith, read by Adjoa Andoh
When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn’t always right. She also learns how to be a detective.
CHILDRENS 8 – 12
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman, read by Robin Miles
In 1960, thirteen-year-old Sophie isn’t happy about spending summer at her grandmother’s old house in the Bayou. But the house has a maze Sophie can’t resist exploring once she finds it has a secretive and playful inhabitant. When Sophie, bored and lonely, makes an impulsive wish inspired by her reading, hoping for a fantasy adventure of her own, she slips one hundred years into the past, to the year 1860. On her arrival she makes her way, bedraggled and tanned, to what will one day be her grandmother’s house, where she is mistaken for a slave.
The Chesire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright , read by Katherine Kellgren and Robin Sachs
Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life dodging fishwives brooms and carriage wheels and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Cheshire Cheese Inn. When he learns that the innkeeper is looking for a new mouser, Skilley comes up with an audacious scheme to install himself in the famous tavern. Once established in the inn, Skilley strikes a bargain with Pip, the intelligent mouse-resident, and his fellow mice. Skilley protects the mice and the mice in turn give to Skilley the delectable Cheshire cheese of the inn. Thus begins a most unlikely alliance and friendship. The cat and mouse design a plan to restore Maldwyn, wounded raven and faithful guard in the service of Queen Victoria, to his rightful place in The Tower. But first they must contend with a tyrannical cook, a mouse-despising barmaid, and an evil tomcat named Pinch. Will the famous author suffering from serious writer’s block who visits the Cheshire Cheese pub each day be able to help?
The Diviners by Libba Bray, read by January LaVoy
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.” When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, read by Gerard Doyle
Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?
NARRATION BY AUTHOR OR AUTHORS
Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, read by Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson’s journey to the top of the food world has been anything but typical: Born in Ethiopia, raised by an adoptive family in Sweden, gains fame and fortune in New York at an uncommonly young age, and most recently, stakes his reputation on an ambitious restaurant in Harlem, Red Rooster, that has since been called “among New York City’s most important” places to eat. In Yes, Chef, Marcus Samuelsson finally tells the full story of how he got here. This is an extraordinary journey of personal discovery, professional ambition, and the life-long pursuit of flavors. With the emotional intimacy of Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones, and Butter, and the warmth and sensory delights of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone, he recounts his struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen and the world.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, read by Emily Janice Card
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday morning, Julia and her family wake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. Set against this threat to normal life, The Age of Miracles beautifully maps the effects of catastrophes big and small on the lives of ordinary people, and in particular, one young girl. Extraordinary for its startingly original concept, unforgettable characters, and the grace, elegance and beauty of Karen Thompson Walker’s prose, The Age of Miracles is a mesmerizing story of family turmoil, young love, and coming-of-age set against an upending of life as we know it.
Me the People by Kevin Bleyer, read by Kevin Bleyer
What’s so great about the Constitution, anyway? It’s barely four pages long, was written by farmers more than two centuries ago and, not for nothing, was scribbled in handwriting with the quill of a goose. The word defence isn’t even spelled correctly. No less than Thomas Jefferson believed that the Constitution should “naturally expire” every 19 years; by his logic, this thing has been dead since 1808. It’s high time for a rewrite, and Kevin Bleyer — award-winning humorist, acclaimed speechwriter, affirmed gentleman — is just the man for the job. In Me the People, Bleyer finally drags our most sacred founding document into the 21st century, fixing its flaws and answering its unresolved questions (”What’s the matter with Kansas?” he wonders. “And what’s the point of Nebraska?”). In Bleyer’s hands, this audiobook will not only inspire and entertain the masses, it will save America. It is the least he can do.