The 2014 Armchair Audies Ballot is Here!

At long last, the 2014 Audie Awards is almost here. Team Armchair Audies has diligently listened to the titles nominated in 13 categories (including two of our own) over the past few months. It’s now time to sit back and enjoy the night we’ve all been waiting for. It wouldn’t be complete, however, without a ballot to play along with at home (or at the awards themselves if you’re one of the lucky ones). We’ve got you covered. You can get your own 2014 Armchair Audies ballot here! It contains all of the Audie categories, two Armchair Audies categories. Team Armchair Audies selections are highlighted in red.

For those of you who will be following the award ceremony, we’ll be tweeting the winners using the #ArmchairAudies hashtag tomorrow night beginning at 8pm.

1st Annual Listener’s Choice Award

Every year the APA gives an award for the Audiobook of the Year. While the name of the award would indicate that it is for the best the audiobook industry has to offer that year, the APA’s award is about marketing plans and sales figures. The Armchair Audies thinks this is sad and would like for there to be an award specifically for the author and narrator(s) whose work on a 2013 release epitomizes the art of audiobooks.

This year, we’re asking listeners and lovers of audiobooks to cast a vote for the BEST Audiobook of the Year. Let us know which audiobook and narrator came together so well that it knocked your socks off in 2013. All 2013 audiobook releases are eligible.

To vote for the best audiobook of 2013, fill out the form below by specifying the title, narrator or narrators, and a brief description of why you’ve chosen that audiobook over all other 2013 releases. Your descriptions may be featured on this website when the winner is announced. If you’d like credit for them, please add your name along with it.

One vote per person, please. The Armchair Audies will be keeping an eye out for voting malfeasance because we want to honor the audiobook and performance that truly captured our audiobook loving hearts. Votes we deem suspicious will not be counted.

The audiobook receiving the most votes will be named the Armchair Audies Listener’s Choice Award winner. While it may not be as fancy as an actual Audie Award, the narrator(s) will receive an award certificate from the Armchair Audies (assuming we have the means to do so).

Voting is open until Tuesday, May 27th at 12pm EST. Thank you for your vote!

2014 Thriller/Suspense Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Thriller/Suspense Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Susie from Miss Susie’s Reading & Observations. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Book of Obeah: Crossroads, Book 1 (by Sandra Carrington-Smith; Narrated by Dave Fennoy; Cherry Hill Publishing)
  • The Fifth Assassin (Enemies of Time, Book #2; by Brad Meltzer; Narrated by Scott Brick; Hachette Audio)
  • The Hit (Will Robie, Book #2; by David Baldacci; Narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy; Hachette Audio)
  • Suspect (by Robert Crais; Narrated by MacLeod Andrews; Brilliance Audio)
  • Sycamore Row (by John Grisham; Narrated by Michael Beck; Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

2014 Teens Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Teens Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Lucy from The Reading Date. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • Eleanor & Park (by Rainbow Rowell; Narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra; Listening Library)
  • Far Far Away (by Tom McNeal; Narrated by W. Morgan Sheppard; Listening Library)
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (by Matthew Quick; Narrated by Noah Galvin; Hachette Audio)
  • Rose Under Fire (by Elizabeth Wein; Narrated by Sasha Pick; Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd)
  • Viva Jacquelina (Bloody Jack, Book #10; by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren; Listen & Live Audio)

2014 Short Stories/Collections Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Short Stories/Collections Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Jennifer from Literate Housewife. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Ballad of the Sad Café (by Carson McCullers; Narrated by David Ledoux, Joe Barrett, Therese Plummer, Kevin Pariseau, Suzanne Toren, Edoardo Ballerini, and Barbara Rosenblat; Audible, Inc.)
  • The Cage Keeper and Other Stories (by Andre Dubus III; Narrated by Andre Dubus III; Blackstone Audio Inc)
  • Nine Inches (by Tom Perrotta; Narrated by William Dufris, Andi Arndt, Tom Perrotta, and Rupert Degas; Macmillan Audio)
  • Nothing Gold Can Stay (by Ron Rash; Narrated by Alexander Cendese, Robert Petkoff, Prentice Onayemi, Christian Baskous, and Phoebe Strole; HarperAudio)
  • Sherlock Holmes in America (by John L. Lellenberg et al.; Narrated by Graeme Malcolm; Audible, Inc.)
  • We Live in Water (by Jess Walter; Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Jess Walter; HarperAudio)

2014 Science Fiction Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Science Fiction Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Bob from Guilded Earlobe. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga, Book #15; by Lois McMaster Bujold; Narrated by Grover Gardner; Blackstone Audio Inc.)
  • Extinction Machine (The Joe Ledger Novels, Book #5; by Jonathan Maberry; Narrated by Ray Porter; Macmillan Audio)
  • MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy, Book #3; by Margaret Atwood; Narrated by Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, and Robbie Daymond; Random House Audio/Books on Tape)
  • The Martian (by Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray; Podium Publishing)
  • Protector: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 2 (by C.J. Cherryh; Narrated by Daniel Thomas May; Audible, Inc.)
  • Shaman (by Kim Stanley Robinson; Narrated by Graeme Malcolm; Hachette Audio)

2014 Romance Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Romance Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category will be judged by Dee from Dee’s Book Blog. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Darkest Craving (by Gena Showalter; Narrated by Max Bellmore; Audible, Inc.)
  • For My Lady’s Heart (by Laura Kinsale; Narrated by Nicholas Boulton; Hedgehog, Inc.)
  • Kissing under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas (by Bella Andre; Narrated by Eva Kaminsky; Oak Press LLC)
  • The Longest Ride (by Nicholas Sparks; Narrated by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy; Hachette Audio)
  • The Wanderer (by Robyn Carr; Narrated by Therese Plummer; Recorded Books)
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