I loved Overreader‘s description from last year so much that I’m mostly stealing it. Here ya go:
It’s Armchair Audies time! What’s that? Never heard of them? Well, they’re new. The Audies are annual “awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment” and are awarded in June. [Over a hundred audiobooks are nominated in more than twenty different categories.] Rather more than even an audiobook maniac like myself can handle, so to get a handle on them all, blogger Literate Housewife spearheaded the Armchair Audies. Interested bloggers will listen to everything from one (or more) categories and give their opinions.
This year, I’ve been reading(/listening to) books from two Audies categories: Non-Fiction and Short Stories/Collections.
And now … it’s time for me to start making my predictions!
- The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart
- Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams
- Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS by Elton John
- Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping by Robert Zorn
- Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad by Nathan Harden
My pick: Breasts. It was informative, impartial, and the narrator made the material really come to life. The Crisis of Zionism came in a close second.
- I Am An Executioner: Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran
- Astray by Emma Donoghue
- Welcome to Bordertown: New Stories and Poems of the Borderlands edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
- When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories by Molly Ringwald
My pick: I Am An Executioner. There’s just such a variety of fabulous characters and themes there to enjoy, and the audiobook is a joy to listen to. Slouching Towards Bethlehem takes a “how did you even get nominated?!” nod from me.