Best Audiobooks of the Year: The 2020 Audies Award nominees!

Each year, the Audio Publishers Association recognizes the best audiobooks of the prior year at the Audie Awards. The awards ceremony is a big fancy to-do: here’s video of last year’s awards,  and here is a spreadsheet of previous awards. This year’s Audies gala will happen on March 2 in New York City, but the nominees have just been announced. Your library doesn’t own every last one, but here is a full list of those we do have.

Among this year’s nominees are great recordings for kids – such as Jim Dale leading a full cast in an original musical production of a delightfully irreverent Puss in Boots, as well as a new recording of Charlotte’s Web with an a full cast of stellar audiobook narrators, headed up by Meryl Streep. Older kids may enjoy Julie Berry’s Lovely War, in which seven narrators’ tales of love and war interweave in unexpectedly haunting and romantic ways, or On the Come Up, Angie Thomas’s second novel (after to The Hate U Give) in which Bahni Turpin impersonates a whole neighborhood, as related by young hip-hop artist Bri.

For older listeners, there’s Søren Sveistrup’s riveting crime thriller The Chestnut Man, a ghastly serial killer thriller brought to terrifying life by narrator Peter Noble, or Will Patton’s latest narration in James Lee Burke’s brilliantly atmospheric Louisiana-set Dave Robichaux mysteries, New Iberia Blues. Find out why Cassandra Morris was nominated for received a Best Female Narrator nomination for Michelle Sach’s tale of a 7 year old girl on an increasingly strange road trip, All The Lost Things. or why Robert Bathhurst keeps getting nominated for his splendid recordings of Louise Penney’s mysteries, including the latest, Kingdom of the Blind. Find out why the best way to experience Anna Burns’s Booker-Award-winning stream-of-consciousness novel Milkman may well be to listen to Brid Brennan’s superlative reading of it. All these and many more Audies in our library catalog can be found right here. And here’s the full list of this year’s Audie Award finalists.

     ~ posted by David W. 

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