When I was asked to participate in the APA’s @Audiobook Community Audio Month campaign I jumped at the chance to feature the Short Stories/Collections category. After judging the Literary Fiction category for three years, I discovered this category and was so happy judging it. It offers such a wide variety of stories and narrators. While I am not one to sit down and read a collection of short stories, I absolutely devour them in audio.
Here are the titles nominated for the 2014 Audie Award in the Short Stories/Collections category:
- The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers (arrated by David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, Therese Plummer, Kevin Pariseau, Suzanne Toren, Edoardo Ballerini, and Barbara Rosenblat from Audible, Inc.)
- The Cage Keeper and Other Stories by Andre Dubus III (narrated by Andre Dubus III from Blackstone Audio, Inc)
- Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta (narrated by William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, and Rupert Degas from Macmillan Audio)
- Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash (narrated by Alexander Cendese, Robert Petkoff, Prentice Onayemi, Christian Baskous, and Phoebe Strole from HarperAudio)
- Sherlock Holmes in America by John L. Lellenberg et al. (narrated by Graeme Malcolm from Audible, Inc.)
- We Live in Water by Jess Walter (narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Jess Walter from HarperAudio)
I found each nominated title a joy to listen to. I would have been pleased to feature any of the titles as the Audie winner and I’ve looked forward to this day all month.
Without further ado, here is the 2014 Audie Award in the Short Stories/Collections category:
From Audible, Inc.: 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.
My thoughts: While the stories change settings throughout America and each author’s take on Sherlock Holmes was slightly different, Graeme Malcolm did an excellent job making this collection work as a whole. As a recent Sherlock convert, I loved every minute of it. Now that I’ve read about Sherlock’s exploits in America, I really must read the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I have one copy of Sherlock Holmes in America by various authors courtesy of Audible, Inc. to give away. Comment here by midnight on Saturday, July 5th to be entered to win. Tomorrow be sure to visit Audiobooker as Mary will be giving away the wining title in the Business/Educational category.