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Predicting the Nominees for the 2013 Audie Award for Literary Fiction

Tomorrow the Audio Publishers Association will announce the nominees for the 2013 Audie Awards. Last year I judged the Literary Fiction category. As I was judging for the 2012 awards, I was thinking ahead for this year. Although I didn’t listen to them all, I tried to select audiobooks that I thought might be nominated in my category for 2013. I did this for two reasons: a) because it will be just as fun to see how close I can come to selecting the nominations as it is to seeing if the APA and I selected the same best audiobook and b) five audiobooks is a lot of listening (at my listening speed) between the time the nominations are announced and the week before the ceremony. If I am in luck, I will have given myself a head start for the 2013 season. Well, if I’m being honest, that would in actuality just give me the excuse I need to jump in and judge a second category.

If I were the APA, these are the audiobooks I would nominate for 2013 Audie Award for Literary Fiction (alphabetical by title):

Cover of A Land More Kind Than Home

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash ~ This was my favorite audiobook experience of 2012. Mark Bramhall, Lorna Raver, and Nick Sullivan were simply perfect. I thank Jen from Devourer of Books for the recommendation every time I think of it. It’s a top notch audiobook that fits the category.

Cover of Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter ~ I own this audiobook, but I haven’t yet listened to it. It has gotten an extreme amount of buzz all over the book-0-sphere, so I anticipate that it will be nominated in this category. It will be my first audiobook narrated by Edoardo Ballerini.

Cover of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain ~ I just finished this audiobook this week. Oliver Wyman’s narration was incredible. My emotions were all over the map while listening. It really made me think hard about our troops and how civilians “honor” them. I would love to see it nominated here.

Cover of Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel ~ This series about Thomas Cromwell his view of Henry VIII’s England has renewed my love for Tudor fiction. Simon Vance’s narration was spot on as well. It was as if he was in the author’s brain, picking up every nuance. Mantel has won the Man Booker Prize for both novels thus far. An Audie nomination seems like a must to me.

Cover of Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace ~ I have aspired to read this novel since I was in grad school. When Hachette Audio announced the first unabridged audiobook version, I was over the moon and  scooped it up. This will be my first Sean Pratt audiobook. It’s a true commitment at just over 56 hours. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I truly hope to see it nominated here. If it is, of course, my dreams of judging a second category are all but dashed. Crossing a book off of my bucket list will be worth it, though.

Alternate Titles

Last year there were only 5 titles nominated in this category, so I predicted 5 above. I did listen to two other audiobooks that would not be out of place in the Literary Fiction category:

Cover of The Casual Vacancy  Cover of The Invisible Ones

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney were both excellent audiobooks. I easily could have included them above, but I have a good feeling about Beautiful Ruins and Infinite Jest. Either of these titles would make for great nominees, though.

11 Comments

  • At 2013.02.15 07:03, Sandy said:

    The crazy thing is that I actually read IN PRINT A Land More Kind Than Home and Beautiful Ruins. And both were five stars in that format, so I can only imagine. I did also listen to The Invisible Ones and it was amazing. I did think that 11/22/63 was a home run, but I’m not sure if that one would qualify because of timing. I would also add Broken Harbor to the mix!

    • At 2013.02.15 07:51, bermudaonion(Kathy) said:

      The only one I’ve listened to is A Land More Kind Than Home and it was fantastic – I’d be shocked if it weren’t nominated.

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      • At 2013.02.15 09:00, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

        I have BEAUTIFUL RUINS and still need to listen to it, too. I’ve listened to other books he has narrated, though, and I love his voice.

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        • At 2013.02.15 09:57, Ti said:

          I just finished Billy Lynn. My review posted yesterday and I have to agree, my emotions were all over the place too. A quiet, yet lovely book. I am still thinking about it.

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          • At 2013.02.15 10:27, Michelle said:

            I think I am the only person that didn’t like A Land More Kind Than Home. Beautiful Ruins was SO GOOD though. As was The Invisible Ones.

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            • At 2013.02.16 02:15, Bob said:

              WOO HOO! I’ve actually listened to 2 of these and they were excellent. I’m definitely interested to see if Telegraph Avenue get’s nominated, and then see what you thought of it if it is. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that 50 Shades gets considered Literary Fiction and not Paranormal. Because #sexydragon beats #bsdmvampire every time.

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              • At 2013.02.16 21:42, MissSusie said:

                Great Post although I didn’t like Land More Kind as much as you did I did enjoy the narration and I have Beautiful Ruins on my ipod I need to listen to it yet!

                I put together a post for Solo Female Narration here http://misssusiesreading.blogspot.com/2013/02/predicting-nominees-for-2013-audie.html

                • At 2013.02.18 17:04, Laurie C said:

                  I just listened to Wolf Hall after the holidays and it was fantastic, so I’m eager to listen to Bring Up the Bodies. Beautiful Ruins and A Land More Kind Than Home are also on my TBR list.

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                  • At 2013.02.21 10:39, papercuts1 said:

                    I really love the idea of the Armchair Audies, and I’d been tempted to sign up for this year’s. It’s just such a wonderful idea and underlines how important it is that listeners/bloggers play their part in awards that can seem so removed from the actual audience.

                    But as I’d feard, this year’s nominees, again, are not all available in my country (Germany) due to international distribution rights. Damn. Which means I won’t be participating this year either, but I’m certainly looking forward to everyone’s predictions and posts.

                    I just finished ‘Bring up the Bodies’, and I am certain that it’s going to be a very strong contender in the Literary Fiction category!

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                    • At 2013.02.25 09:32, victoria dougherty said:

                      I fell into Bring up the Bodies and it was hard to come up for air. A lot of good choices, though. Thanks, Housewife.

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                      • At 2013.12.07 22:17, Sean Pratt said:

                        Well, I hope you liked Infinite Jest.
                        :-)

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