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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!

All Nominees by Category

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  • The Ballad of the Sad Café

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, Therese Plummer, and others
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    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
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    A classic work that has charmed generations of readers, this collection assembles Carson McCullers' best stories, including her beloved novella The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose cafe serves as the town's gathering place. Among other fine works, the collection also includes "Wunderkind", McCullers' first published story, written when she was only 17, about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist.

    Amy M Collins says: "Disappointed"
  • The Cage Keeper, and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus
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    Passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those who stand on the edge of society—these are the hard-hitting themes of a stunningly crafted first collection of stories by the bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog.

    Mj says: "Great writing covering dark topics"
  • Nine Inches: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, and others
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    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    Tom Perrotta’s first book, Bad Haircut, consisted of linked stories featuring a shared protagonist. Now, nineteen years later, he has written and compiled his first true short story collection. This twelve story book features a group set in Perrotta’s trademark suburban setting, focusing on the fissures in families and unexpected connections among members of typical American communities, including “Senior Season” and "Nine Inches".

    Mark says: "great short stories capture modern day life"
  • Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ron Rash
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Robert Petkoff, Prentice Onayemi, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day. In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss' gruesomely unusual war trophies. In "The Trusty", which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer's young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is.

    FanB14 says: "24 Karat Collection"
  • Sherlock Holmes in America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jon L. Lellenberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Daniel Stashower (editor)
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (354)

    Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America - from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets America’s most famous figures.

    J. Comeaux says: "Laugh out loud stories clever and smart"
  • We Live in Water: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jess Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    We Live in Water, the first collection of short fiction from New York Times best-selling author Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made him one of our most talked-about writers.

    Suzn F says: "Interesting Collection of Short Stories"
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