Audie Award Winners 2020 (Audiobooks)

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This is the very best your ears can handle, voted on by the good people at the Audio Publishing Association.  Winners and nominees included on the list, because you can't have too many good audiobooks.


Best History/Biography
Douglas Brinkley, Stephen Graybill
Description: On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. It brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.
Call Number: 629.40973 Bri
Format: Book
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Audio Drama
Tony Kushner, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough
Description: Tony Kushner presents an original audiobook performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival. In this production, adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National Theatre revival of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. With narration by Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco and a musical score by Adrian Sutton, this audiobook is a compelling and immersive theatrical listening experience.
Call Number: 812 Kus 2019
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Autobiography/Memoir
Michelle Obama, Inc OverDrive
Description: An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Middle Grade
E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, Meryl Streep, January LaVoy, Kirby Heyborne, MacLeod Andrews
Description: Brought to life by Meryl Streep and a full cast, this beloved book by E.B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature. Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter. E.B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
Call Number: J FIC Whi
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Fiction
Elizabeth Gilbert, Blair Brown, Inc OverDrive
Description: AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things , a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. "A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness." - PopSugar "Intimate and richly sensual, razzle-dazzle with a hint of danger." - USA Today "Pairs well with a cocktail...or two." - TheSkimm "Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are." Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Romance
Lisa Kleypas, Mary Jane Wells
Description: Beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel but she knows one thing: he's a mean, rotten bully. In boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing stranger who sends a jolt of attraction through her. And he is none other than West Ravenel.
Call Number: FIC Kle
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Short Stories/Collections
Joe Hill, Stephen King, Joe. Throttle Hill, Joe. Dark carousel Hill, Joe. Wolverton station Hill
Description: "In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including "In The Tall Grass," one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix. A little door that opens to a world of fairy tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in "Faun." A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique Bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in "Late Returns." In "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain," two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water's edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality, and other horrors that lurk in the water's shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in "Throttle," co-written with Stephen King. Featuring two previously unpublished stories, and a brace of shocking chillers, Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hil
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Non-fiction
Jennifer (Jennifer Berry) Hawes, Karen Chilton
Description: Follows the experiences of the survivors and victims' families following the 2015 shootings at Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church, chronicling the events and emotions that came in the aftermath of the shooting.
Call Number: 364.1523 Haw
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Jarrett Krosoczka, Jeanne Birdsall, Richard Ferrone, Jenna Lamia, publisher Scholastic Audiobooks
Description: In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery, Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents, two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
Call Number: YA 362.2913 Kro
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Faith-based fiction/nonfiction
Jolina Petersheim, Tavia Gilbert, Oasis Audio (Firm), Inc Recorded Books
Description: When Ruth Neufeld's husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps. Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband's cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she'd lost forever. But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn't dead after all.
Call Number: FIC Pet
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Male Narrator
Louise Penny, Robert Bathurst
Description: When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane? When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.
Call Number: FIC Pen
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Female Narrator
Kevin Wilson, Marin Ireland
Description: Lillian and Madison were unlikely, yet inseparable friends at their boarding school. Then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal, and they have barely spoken since. Years later, Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison's twin stepkids are moving in, and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it's the truth. Thinking of the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other while also staying out of the way of Madison's uptight husband. Surprised by her intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her. Could this be the start of the amazing life she'd always hoped for?
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Business/Personal Development
Kristen Meinzer
Description: From the influential podcast producer and host of By the Book, this motivational how-to guide gives you the tools you need to start a podcast, and the insight to keep it thriving.
Call Number: 006.7876 Mei
Format: Book
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Mystery
Søren Sveistrup, Peter (Narrator) Noble, Caroline Waight
Description: A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a "chestnut man"--a handmade doll-which he leaves at each bloody crime scene. Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery, a fingerprint belonging to a government minister's daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago. To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must piece together the Chestnut Man's gruesome clues.
Call Number: FIC Sve
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Thriller/Suspense
Stephen King, Santino Fontana
Description: In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents, telekinesis, and telepathy, who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, 'like the roach motel,' Kalisha says. 'You check in, but you don't check out.' In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts.
Call Number: FIC Kin
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Audio Book of the Year
Garrett M. Graff, Holter Graham
Description: An award-winning journalist shares the first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001--a panoramic narrative woven from hundreds of interviews, transcripts, and declassified documents.
Call Number: 973.931 Gra
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Fantasy
Alix E. Harrow, January LaVoy, Inc OverDrive
Description: As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, January Scaller feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls of his sprawling mansion: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure, and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Literary Fiction & Classics
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Joe Morton
Description: Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her, but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram's resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
Call Number: FIC Coa
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
Best Read By Author
Elizabeth Acevedo
Description: Ever since she got pregnant in her freshman year, Emoni Santiago's life has been about making tough decisions. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen. Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it's impossible. Yet once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.
Call Number: YA FIC Ace
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 22, 2020
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American Moonshot [Audiobook] : John F. Kennedy And The Great Space Race
Douglas Brinkley, Stephen Graybill
629.40973 Bri
Kingdom Of The Blind [Audiobook]
Louise Penny, Robert Bathurst
FIC Pen
Angels In America [Audiobook] : A Gay Fantasia On National Themes
Tony Kushner, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough
812 Kus 2019
Nothing To See Here [Audiobook]
Kevin Wilson, Marin Ireland
FIC Wil
Becoming [Electronic Resource]
Michelle Obama, Inc OverDrive
So You Want To Start A Podcast [Audiobook] : Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, And Building A Community That Will Listen
Kristen Meinzer
006.7876 Mei
Charlotte's Web [Audiobook]
E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, Meryl Streep, January LaVoy, Kirby Heyborne, MacLeod Andrews
J FIC Whi
The Chestnut Man [Audiobook] : A Novel
Søren Sveistrup, Peter (Narrator) Noble, Caroline Waight
FIC Sve
City Of Girls [Electronic Resource] : A Novel. Elizabeth Gilbert.
Elizabeth Gilbert, Blair Brown, Inc OverDrive
The Institute [Audiobook]
Stephen King, Santino Fontana
FIC Kin
Devil's Daughter [Audiobook]
Lisa Kleypas, Mary Jane Wells
FIC Kle
The Only Plane In The Sky [Audiobook] : An Oral History Of 9/11
Garrett M. Graff, Holter Graham
973.931 Gra
Full Throttle [Audiobook] : Stories
Joe Hill, Stephen King, Joe. Throttle Hill, Joe. Dark carousel Hill, Joe. Wolverton station Hill
FIC Hil
The Ten Thousand Doors Of January [Electronic Resource]
Alix E. Harrow, January LaVoy, Inc OverDrive
Grace Will Lead Us Home [Audiobook] : The Charleston Church Massacre And The Hard, Inspiring Journey To Forgiveness
Jennifer (Jennifer Berry) Hawes, Karen Chilton
364.1523 Haw
The Water Dancer [Audiobook] : A Novel
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Joe Morton
FIC Coa
Hey, Kiddo [Audiobook]
Jarrett Krosoczka, Jeanne Birdsall, Richard Ferrone, Jenna Lamia, publisher Scholastic Audiobooks
YA 362.2913 Kro
With The Fire On High [Audiobook]
Elizabeth Acevedo
YA FIC Ace
How The Light Gets In [Audiobook]
Jolina Petersheim, Tavia Gilbert, Oasis Audio (Firm), Inc Recorded Books
FIC Pet