Sunday Salon: The Armchair Audies, Year 2

February 24, 2013

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armchairaudiesThis will be my second year participating in the Armchair Audies. Last year was the inaugural one, and it was so much fun that I’m very excited to participate again this year. I’ve even read a few of the nominees already! Last year, I read and predicted the Humor, Narration by the Author/Authors, and Audiobook of the Year categories. This year, I’ve decided to read new categories.

But first, what’s the Armchair Audies all about? 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.

One of the books I’ve already read this year that was nominated was American Dervish. It’s not in any of the categories that I’m reading, though. I’ve also read Astray already, in one of my categories below, which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow. My goal is to review one of my nominated books every Monday until the end of May when I will be making my categories predictions.

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 two categories I’ve already chosen (information and formatting taken from the Audiofile Audies page):

Non-Fiction

THE CRISIS OF ZIONISM
Peter Beinart
Read by Lloyd James (Tantor Media)
Read the review

BREASTS
Florence Williams
Read by Kate Reading (Tantor Media)
Read the review

LOVE IS THE CURE
Elton John
Read by Elton John (Hachette Audio)
Read the review

CEMETERY JOHN
Robert Zorn
Read by Sean Runnette (Tantor Media)
Read the review

SEX AND GOD AT YALE
Nathan Harden
Read by Jack Hume (Audible, Inc.)
Read the review

Short Stories/Collections

I AM AN EXECUTIONER
Rajesh Parameswaran
Read by Neil Shah, Lina Patel (Dreamscape)
Read the review

ASTRAY
Emma Donoghue
Read by Khristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren, Dion Graham (Hachette Audio)
Read the review

WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN
Holly Black, Ellen Kushner [Eds.]
Read by Cassandra Campbell, MacLeod Andrews, Holly Black, Ellen Kushner (Brilliance Audio)
Read the review

SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM
Joan Didion
Read by Diane Keaton (Audible, Inc.)
Read the review

WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU
Molly Ringwald
Read by Molly Ringwald (Harper Audio)
Read the review

If you enjoy reading audiobooks, you should definitely join in on the Armchair Audies! Let me know in the comments if you are, so that I’ll know to keep an eye on your reviews and predictions.

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