Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The Man Booker judges are selected from the country's finest critics, writers and academics to maintain the consistent excellence of the prize.
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  • The Green Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anne Enright
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr, Lloyd James, Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Spanning 30 years, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, a family on the cusp of either coming together or falling irreparably apart. As they grow up, Rosaleen's four children leave the west of Ireland for lives they could have never imagined in Dublin, New York, and Mali, West Africa. In her early old age, their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds.

    Clio says: "Phenomenal"
    Man Booker Prize Longlist Nominee, 2015
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

    Andy Keck says: "Had to buy the hardcover book to accompany"
    Man Booker Prize Longlist Nominee, 2015
  • The Moor's Account

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laila Lalami
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (32)

    In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527 the conquistador Pnfilo de Narvez sailed from the port of Sanlcar de Barrameda with a crew of 600 men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernn Corts.

    Robert says: "Great historical fiction - narrator is fabulous"
    Man Booker Prize Longlist Nominee, 2015
  • Satin Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom McCarthy
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Meet U. - a corporate anthropologist secreted in the basement of a large consultancy. U. spends his time toiling away at a great, epoch-defining public project that no one, least of all its own creators, understands. Besieged by data, confronted at every turn by the fact of his own redundancy, U. grows obsessed with the images.

    Darwin8u says: "A glossy weft surface but a dull warped back."
    Man Booker Prize Longlist Nominee, 2015
  • The Fishermen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chigozie Obioma
    • Narrated By Chukwudi Iwuji
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing.

    OLANREWAJU says: "Captivating"
    Man Booker Prize Longlist Nominee, 2015
  • The Illuminations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Andrew O'Hagan
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Anne Quirk's life is built on stories - both the lies she was told by the man she loved and the fictions she told herself to survive. Nobody remembers Anne now, but this elderly woman was an artistic pioneer in her youth, a creator of groundbreaking documentary photographs. Her beloved grandson, Luke, now a captain with the Royal Western Fusiliers in the British army, has inherited her habit of transforming reality.

    Man Booker Prize Longlist Nominee, 2015
  • Lila: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Maggie Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (319)

    Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood.

    Stevon says: "Life is what it is...."
    Man Booker Prize Longlist Nominee, 2015
  • A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (934)

    "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.

    Sara says: "The Sharp Edge Of Family"
    Man Booker Prize Longlist Nominee, 2015
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (628)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2014
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1180)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2013
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1649)
    Performance
    (1413)
    Story
    (1425)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Ry Young says: "Perfection in story and the telling"
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2012
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (732)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Mel says: "'Something Happened'..."
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2011
  • Finkler Question

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Howard Jacobson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (80)

    The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best. Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick.

    Darwin8u says: "Meh. This novel ends with a whimper."
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2010
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2714)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1882)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Tim says: "Divorced, beheaded, died..."
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2009
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (943)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2008
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anne Enright
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. The Gathering is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations.

    Lori says: "Not For Everyone"
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2007
  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (150)

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2006
  • The Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (95)

    The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife's death, has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child; a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time.

    Karen says: "OVERWHELMINGLY FINE"
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2005
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12028)
    Performance
    (7088)
    Story
    (7152)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    Man Booker Prize Winner, 2002
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