Each year Publishers Weekly awards the Listen Up Awards to the best audio titles that they review.
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  • A Hologram for the King

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (223)

    In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This richly layered novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.

    Darwin8u says: "Subtle Paean to Emptiness, Failure & Loneliness"
    2012 Listen Up Awards, Audiobook Reader of the Year
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (30196)
    Performance
    (24287)
    Story
    (24200)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    2011 Listen Up Awards, Best Audiobook of 2011
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1541)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    2011 Listen Up Awards, Best Audiobook Reader of 2011 and Best Non-Fiction of 2011
  • The Neil Simon Collection

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Nathan Lane, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    Ten essential plays by Neil Simon, one of the world’s most celebrated, translated, and widely performed playwrights, including Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and more.

    Michael says: "What a wonderful way to spend some time..."
    2011 Listen Up Awards, Best Full Cast Production of 2011
  • Drama: An Actor's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (291)

    In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life.

    Diane Havens says: "Superb"
    2011 Listen Up Awards, Best Read by Author of 2011
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1088)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    Ilana says: "A Suspense that Keeps You Guessing"
    2011 Listen Up Awards, Best Classic of 2011
  • Untouchable: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Scott O’Connor
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    It is the autumn of 1999. A year has passed since Lucy Darby’s unexpected death, leaving her husband David and son Whitley to mend the gaping hole in their lives. David, a trauma-site cleanup technician, spends his nights expunging the grisly remains of strangers, helping their families move on, though he is unable to do the same. Whitley—an eleven-year-old social pariah known simply as the Kid—hasn’t spoken since his mother’s death.

    Sunny Webb says: "Super heavy, but it pays off in the end."
    2011 Listen Up Awards, Best Fiction of 2011
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5754)
    Performance
    (3128)
    Story
    (3112)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Caitland says: "Good book... Buy it in print"
    2010 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2010
  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (496)

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

    Cat F. says: "The Publisher's Summary is Anemic"
    2010 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2010
  • Remarkable Creatures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    From the moment she's struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has "the eye"-and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight.

    Griffin says: "Wonderful Book!"
    2010 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2010
  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (442)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Shaun says: "A pretty good listen."
    2010 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2010
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (939)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    2010 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2010
  • Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (327)

    A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind. At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.

    S. Perry says: "There's always more to learn"
    2009 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2009
  • Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday: My Life with Brian

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kim "Howard" Johnson
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In 1978, Kim "Howard" Johnson ran away to join the circus - Monty Python's Flying Circus, that is. The Pythons converged on Tunisia to film their timeless classic Life of Brian, and Howard found himself in the thick of it, doubling for nearly all the Pythons, playing more roles in the film than John Cleese, and managing to ruin only one shot. He became the unit journalist, substitute still photographer, Roman soldier, peasant, near-stalker, and, ultimately, friend and confidant of the comedy legends.

    Jacob says: "A boring log book."
    2009 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2009
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30580)
    Performance
    (16974)
    Story
    (17016)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    2009 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2009
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2175)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1283)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    2009 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2009
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5263)
    Performance
    (2576)
    Story
    (2569)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    2008 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2008
  • Lush Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard Price
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (211)

    What do you do? Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter...But now he's 35 years old and he's still living downtown, still in the restaurant business, working night shifts and serving the people he always wanted to be. What does Eric do? He manages.

    Stephen McLeod says: "Brilliant"
    2008 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2008
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2739)
    Performance
    (1773)
    Story
    (1790)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Danica says: "A Masterpiece"
    2008 Listen Up Awards, Best Audios of 2007
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