Each year Publishers Weekly awards the Listen Up Awards to the best audio titles that they review.
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  • The Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By James Langton, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (338)

    The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

    Stefanie says: "Don't Waste Your Time"
    2014 Listen Up Awards, Fiction
  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (779)

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
    2014 Listen Up Awards, Nonfiction
  • Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Deborah Wiles
    • Narrated By Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J. D. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool....

    Skeezix says: "Excellent book for white teens and tweens"
    2014 Listen Up Awards, YA/Children and Audiobook Narrator of the Year
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Grahame Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate. The best of the Holmes novels!

    Eric Voreis says: "Great story, unfortunate narrator"
    2014 Listen Up Awards, Classics
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1625)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1492)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Ian C Robertson says: "Very Listenable"
    2014 Listen Up Awards, Read by Author
  • An Untamed State

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roxane Gay
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (213)

    Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom.

    Kat says: "Beautiful, But Disturbing."
    2014 Listen Up Awards, Audiobook Narrator of the Year
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1638)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Beth Anne says: "Top Listen for 2013 - A+++"
    2013 Listen Up Awards, Fiction
  • Bruce

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter A. Carlin
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    This sweeping biography of Bruce Springsteen features in-depth interviews with family, band members, childhood friends, ex-girlfriends, and a poignant retrospective from the Boss himself. It’s Bruce as his many fans haven’t before seen him - the man behind the myth, describing his life and work in intimate, vivid detail.

    Patrick King says: "For the most part, this is what I was hoping for"
    2013 Listen Up Awards, Nonfiction
  • The Tell-Tale Start: The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Gordon McAlpine
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Meet Edgar and Allan Poe - 12-year-old identical twins, the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They look and act so much alike that they're almost one mischievous, prank-playing boy in two bodies. When their beloved black cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and transported to the Midwest, Edgar and Allan convince their guardians that it's time for a road trip.

    virginia says: "Poe Fans are in for a Treat"
    2013 Listen Up Awards, YA/Children
  • Barry Lyndon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Like Tom Jones before him, Barry Lyndon is one of the most lively and roguish characters in English literature. He may now be best known through the colorful Stanley Kubrick film released in 1975, but it is Thackeray who, in true 19th-century style, shows him best.

    BB says: "A masterful reading"
    2013 Listen Up Awards, Classics
  • The Kill Room: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (369)

    It was a "million-dollar bullet," a sniper shot delivered from over a mile away. Its victim was a United States citizen, targeted by the United States government, and assassinated in the Bahamas. The nation's most renowned investigator and forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme, is drafted to investigate. As details of the case start to emerge, the he discovers that not all is what it seems. When a deadly, knife-wielding assassin begins systematically eliminating the witnesses, Lincoln's investigation turns into a chilling battle of wits against a cold-blooded killer.

    Bill says: "Buy the BOOK, skip the AUDIO"
    2013 Listen Up Awards, Audiobook Narrator of the Year
  • The Diviners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (460)

    Something dark and evil has awakened.... Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

    Amazon Customer says: "A delightful surprise."
    2013 Listen Up Awards, Audiobook Narrator of the Year
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2327)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2107)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    2013 Listen Up Awards, Full Cast Production
  • The Storm King: Stories, Narratives, Poems: Spoken Word Set to a World of Music

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Pete Seeger, Jeff Haynes (editor)
    • Narrated By Pete Seeger
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems - set to new music created by over 70 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic Music, Classical Guitar, Folk, Israeli Music, Jazz, Native American Music, and Tuvan Throat Singing - taking Pete's wisdom and stories out to new audiences and into a new technological age.

    2013 Listen Up Awards, Audiobook of the Year and Read by the Author
  • Shine Shine Shine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lydia Netzer
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and 18 days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the Earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together. Now, 20 years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be “normal”. She’s got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other. But now they’re parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. And her mother is dying in the hospital.

    Slay the Writer says: "A Delightful Surprise"
    2012 Listen Up Awards, Fiction
  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (354)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Barry says: "A man untroubled by his own contradictions"
    2012 Listen Up Awards, Nonfiction, Audiobook of the Year, and Audiobook Narrator of the Year
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1486)

    Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
    2012 Listen Up Awards, YA/Children
  • The Pickwick Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (commonly known as The Pickwick Papers) is the first novel by Charles Dickens. The book became the first real publishing phenomenon, with bootleg copies, theatrical performances, Sam Weller joke books and other merchandise.

    GERALD says: "My favorite Dickens Book Comes to Life"
    2012 Listen Up Awards, Classics
  • This Is How You Lose Her

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Junot Díaz
    • Narrated By Junot Díaz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (661)

    The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

    Roy Reiss says: "For narration leave the prose for the pros"
    2012 Listen Up Awards, Read by the Author
  • 8

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dustin Lance Black
    • Narrated By George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, and others
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    This play is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look at what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

    Jack says: "8 is a 10!!"
    2012 Listen Up Awards, Full Cast Production
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