Sunday Salon: Armchair Audies, 2015 Edition


armchairaudiesThis will be my third year participating in the Armchair Audies. In 2012, I read and predicted the HumorNarration by the Author/Authors, and Audiobook of the Year categories. In 2013, I read and predicted the Non-Fiction and Short Stories/Collections categories. Last year, I kinda dropped the ball and still haven’t gotten around to reading most of the books I was supposed to. But I’m trying to get back in on things!

But first, what’s the Armchair Audies all about? I loved Overreader‘s description 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 decided to read in the Short Stories/Collections category, along with a few other random books that piqued my fancy. We’ll see in a few weeks what the nominations for Audiobook of the Year are. Until then, here are the books that I’ll be tackling in the category I’ve already chosen:

Short Stories/Collections

  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories by Hilary Mantel (read by Jane Carr)
  • Dangerous Women edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (read by Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, Stana Katic, Lee Meriwether, Emily Rankin, Harriet Walter, and Jake Weber)
  • FaceOff edited by David Baldacci (read by Dylan Baker, Jeremy Bobb, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Gerroll, January LaVoy, and David Baldacci)
  • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin (read by Todd Haberkorn)
  • The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore (read by Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny)
  • The Wily O’Reilly: Irish Country Stories by Patrick Taylor (read by John Keating)


  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (read by Michael C. Hall)


  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (read by Robert Petkoff)

Autiobiography/Memoir and Narration by Author

  • Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming (read by Alan Cumming)

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