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The finalists for the 2014 Audie Awards, celebrating excellence in audiobooks, were just announced. Browse all the finalists by clicking on each category, or scroll through the best fiction, nonfiction, and selections from Audible Studios!

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  • A Long Walk to Water

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Linda Sue Park
    • Narrated By David Baker, Cynthia Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (11)
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    In 1985 southern Sudan is ravaged by war. Rebels and government forces battle for control, with ordinary people…people like the boy, Salva Dut…caught in the middle. When Salva's village is attacked, he must embark on a harrowing journey that will propel him through horror and heartbreak, across a harsh desert, and into a strange new life. Years later, in contemporary South Sudan, a girl named Nya must walk eight hours a day to fetch water. The walk is grueling, but there is unexpected hope.

  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

    Maureen says: "Fun! This is a real adventure"
  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    "The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Jane says: "This is feel-good."
  • Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jewell Parker Rhodes
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
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    (2)
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    For Sugar, life is anything but sweet.

    Ten-year-old Sugar lives on River Road Plantation along the banks of the Mississippi River. Slavery is over, but working in the sugarcane fields all day doesn’t make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar knows how to make her own fun, telling stories, climbing trees, and playing with forbidden friend Billy, the plantation owner’s son. Then a group of Chinese workers arrives to help harvest the cane. Sugar wants to know everything about them - she loves the way they dress, their unfamiliar language, and, best of all, the stories they tell of dragons and emperors.

  • The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathi Appelt
    • Narrated By Lyle Lovett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
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    (16)

    Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man - the massive creature who magnanimously rules over the swamp - is a big responsibility. 12-year-old Chap Brayburn is not a member of any such organization. But he loves the swamp something fierce. And help is surely needed, because world-class alligator wrestler Jaeger Stitch wants to turn Sugar Man swamp into an Alligator World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park.

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