-posted by Library staff
Award season isn’t over yet! Last month, the Audio Publisher’s Association announced the 2016 Audie Award Finalists and it is going to be difficult to choose winners from these amazing choices in 2015 audiobooks. The Audie is awarded to the best in the audiobook industry, in genre categories like “History / Biography” and “Humor” as well as performance categories like “Narration by the Author and “Multi-Voiced Performance”. Audie nominees are judged for performance, direction, production, and content. Listen to samples and read reviews for all the nominees here.
Being fairly picky about audiobooks–the pacing and tone of the narration has to be ‘just so’ or I’ll stick to print–I look to Audie nominees past and present for a handy selection of best bets. I often find books that I would not have considered reading in print, but that are in some way more compelling as a listen. In no genre is this truer for me than non-fiction. Here are few non-fiction highlights from this year’s nominees in various categories:
Aziz Ansari presents his research (with author and NYU sociology professor Eric Klineberg) on contemporary dating practices around the world, for which he travelled to Wichita, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and a Manhattan retirement community. Between fits of laughter, I learned quite a bit!
Best Multi-Voiced Performance:
Just Kids from the Bronx – Telling it the Way it Was, An Oral History
This audiobook moves along at a nice clip, with 65 biographical sketches just a few minutes a piece. Readings by Alan Alda, Regis Philbin, Robert Klein, and more.
Best Narration by the Author:
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Jenny Lawson’s hilarious and heartfelt exploration of her own experiences with mental illness. Also nominated in the Humor category.
Best Original Work:
A moving oral history of the LBTQ community past and present, presented by StoryCorps. Listen to two of those stories and learn more about StoryCorps OutLoud here.
I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
With a great variety of perspectives, this is an illuminating peek into the world of nursing. Also an Earphones Award Winner!
Best Male Narrator:
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Can you call an audiobook a page-turner? Narrator Scott Brick heightens the drama of Erik Larson’s latest and widely acclaimed historical narrative about the tragic sinking of ocean liner Lusitania during World War I.
Best Female Narrator:
The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age
Short of the author herself, Cassandra Campbell has the best voice for narrating this collection of essays by Joyce Carol Oates. Her intimate delivery of Oates’ reflections on family, childhood, and significant life events hits all the right notes.
Best Autobiography / Memoir:
I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
Comedian/actor/entertainer Martin Short talks about his life in show business and shares a few deeply personal stories. Also nominated in the “Narration by the Author” category.
Best Business / Personal Development:
Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life
Unfortunately, no one is exempt from dealing with the irrational around them or within themselves. Listen to learn how to handle it – or at least to feel a little better that you aren’t alone!
You can find all the non-fiction nominees available at the Library here. Awards will be announced on May 11th, so get your ballots ready and start listening!