There once was a time when I lived for the award season. I wanted to know who was nominated and what they wore on the red carpet. Then I fell in love with audiobooks and discovered The Audies. Now I can’t be bothered to watch any awards ceremonies. I even jumped off Twitter on the night of the Oscars because I just didn’t care. I would rather be pouring over the Audie nominations. Last year I had a good time watching the tweets go by announcing the winners. This year I’m actually going to be in NYC when the event is held. Even though I may not be at the ceremony itself, I want this year to be as special as possible. How?
If you were like me, you were overwhelmed by the complete list of Audie Nominees this year.There are 28 categories, each with 5 nominated audiobooks. As I looked through the list, I wondered how in the world I could even make a dent in the ginormous list of all of those audiobooks. At posting, I will have only listened to two of the nominees:
- You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon, narrated by Cassandra Campbell from Tantor Media
- The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, narrated by Simon Vance from Tantor Media
Okay, so that gives me an audiobooks/narrators to cheer for in 2 of the 28 categories.* Even if I spot listened through the other categories, what’s the point (other than to catch some good reads)? I won’t be really any closer to having an educated opinion than I was when I began.
So, through discussions with several inspiring people on Twitter, especially Tanya, I came up with the perfect solution. Instead of hop, skipping, and jumping through random audiobooks in random categories, I’m going to listen to each of the books in a single category before the awards. By listening to each of the 5 books, I’ll be able to judge for myself which book I think should win the Audie. Even if I’m wrong, the preparation will make the reveal that more interesting.
After reviewing the list, I selected Literary Fiction. Here are the nominees in alphabetical order:
This category fits best into my personal reading tastes and gives me the excuse to reread The Marriage Plot. With the exception of Cassandra Campbell, who co-narrates Emily and Einstein, all of the narrators in this category will be new to me. I think this little project will be a great deal of fun. My Armchair Audies begins tomorrow morning with STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett, narrated by Hope Davis from Harper Audio.
I’m not the only one. Bob from The Guilded Earlobe will be embarking on this journey with me. He’ll be exploring his favorite audiobook haunts: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal.
Would you like to join us? We’d love to have you play Armchair Audies with us. Just pick a category and start listening. By all means, share your progress on Twitter, too. Use hashtag #ArmchairAudies. Please feel free to let me or Bob know if you have any questions. We’d be happy to help in any way we can.
*Alright, you caught me. I will vote for Simon Vance in each of his categories, so that’s actually 5 categories out of 28.