The Official 2015 Armchair Audies Ballot

After four months of listening, the Armchair Audies Team has made predictions in 13 of the Audie Award categories. The Armchair Audies Team will be using our ballot to follow along and invite you to follow along with us. Here is the Official 2015 Armchair Audies Ballot!

The Audies will be awarded on Thursday, May 28th beginning at 7:30 EST. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow the #ArmchairAudies and #Audies2015 hashtags to find out the winners. This year you can even watch the ceremony because it will be streamed online.

Good luck to all of the nominated titles, narrators, and publishers! We’ll be back to report on how the APA winners match up to the Armchair Audies predictions.

2015 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 MissSusie’s Reading and Observations. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Avengers, Lost Episodes Vol 1: Hot Snow Adapted by John Dorney; Narrated by Various from Big Finish Productions
  • Dead Six by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot from Audible, Inc.
  • In the Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty; Narrated by Gerard Doyle from Blackstone Audio Inc.
  • The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison; Narrated by Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews from Brilliance Publishing
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta; Narrated by Robert Petkoff from Hachette Audio

“I thought Robert Petkoff’s narration was amazing  and very impressive especially the narration of the 2 psycho hit men The Blackwell Brothers that are after Jace/Conner then when one of the characters describes how these men talk, it was even more right on because he narrated them exactly how the author describes them. Every character has a distinct voice and his female voices were well done.  I will be seeking out other books Petkoff has narrated. I see he narrates quite a few of Koryta’s books so; I will be listening to more of this author & narrator combo.” ~ Miss Susie

Miss Susie’s full review

“I will admit that I knew nothing about this author going into this book. I selected to review this book based pretty much on the narrator, Robert Petkoff, who I love and list in my top five favorite narrators. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting. Not knowing what I was getting into, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listen’s Full Review

Guest Review Post from The Book Nympho

  • Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke; Narrated by Will Patton from Simon & Schuster

2015 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 at The Reading Date. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp; Narrated by Steve West from Macmillan Audio
  • Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren from Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler from Macmillan Audio
  • Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger; Narrated by Moira Quirk from Hachette Audio
  • Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire; Narrated by Michael Page from Brilliance Publishing
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson; Narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels from Brilliance Publishing

2015 Solo Narration – Male Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Solo Narration – Male Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

This category is currently waiting an Armchair Audies judge. Would you like to join the crowd? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson; Narrated by Richard Armitage from Audible, Inc.
  • The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot from HarperAudio
  • The Martian; by Andy Weir Narrated by R.C. Bray from Podium Publishing

“The Martian is a life or death comedy of errors, that just so happens to take place on the surface of Mars. Andy Weir starts us off with a Mars expedition that suddenly takes a wrong turn and the crew has to evacuate under emergency conditions, leaving one of their own behind presumed dead. I am pretty sure that Mark Watney wished he was dead but he isn’t and no one knows that he isn’t, pretty much fu**ed.” ~ Audiobook Reviewer

Audiobook Reviewer’s Full Review

  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King; Narrated by Will Patton from Simon & Schuster
  • The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay; Narrated by Simon Vance from Macmillan Audio
  • Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah; Narrated by Dion Graham from Macmillan Audio

2015 Solo Narration – Female Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Solo Narration – Female Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.

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

Here are the nominees:

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  • Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren from Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • Life Drawing by Robin Black; Narrated by Cassandra Campbell from Penguin Random House Audio
  • Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen; Narrated by Nicola Barber from Audible, Inc.

“Nicola Barber’s narration is well done, she has many different accents in this book from Irish to American to a little Italian, and her male voices are also very good. I enjoyed her narration and I think it added to my enjoyment of this book.” ~ Miss Susie

Miss Susie’s full review

  • Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming; Narrated by Julia Whelan from Podium Publishing

“Julie Whelan’s narration is well done, I enjoyed her many female voices, however at times her male voices muddled together, especially when Nelly and John are talking and Nelly’s accent isn’t as pronounced I wasn’t sure which man was talking. I did enjoy her narration very much as I always do and love her regular talking voice, and the whininess of Anna was good and not overdone to be annoying, well any more annoying the character of Anna is!” ~ Miss Susie

Miss Susie’s full review

  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon; Narrated by Davina Porter from Recorded Books
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim; Narrated by Bahni Turpin from Brilliance Publishing

“I read this book in print back in 2012 and if I remember right I read it in Bahni’s voice so was very happy to listen to the real thing. Bahni Turpin’s narration was amazing; she is such a great narrator. Every character has their own voice and her male voices are great too.  She makes this story come to life and embodies every character and makes them real.” ~ Miss Susie

Miss Susie’s full review

2015 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 is being judged by Carina at Reading Through Life. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel; Narrated by Jane Carr from Macmillan Audio
  • Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois; Narrated by Claudia Black, Scott Brick, Karen Dotrice, Jonathan Frakes, Iain Glen, Janis Ian, Stana Katic, Inna Korobkina, Jenna Lamia, Lee Meriwether, Emily Rankin, Maggi-Meg Reed, Fred Sanders, Allan Scott-Douglas, Sophie Turner, Harriet Walter, Jake Weber from Penguin Random House Audio
  • Faceoff Edited by David Baldacci. Written by Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M. J. Rose, John Sandford, R.L. Stine, F. Paul Wilson; Narrated by Dylan Baker, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jeremy Bobb, Daniel Gerroll, January LaVoy, with David Baldacci from Simon & Schuster
  • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin; Narrated by Todd Haberkorn from Graymalkin Media
  • The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R. A. Salvatore; Narrated by Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi, Al Yankovic, Felicia Day, Greg Gurnberg, Melissa Rauch, Michael Chiklis, Sean Astin, Tom Felton, David Duchovny, Ice T, and Wil Wheaton from Audible, Inc.
  • The Wily O’Reilly: Irish Country Stories by Patrick Taylor; Narrated by John Keating from Macmillan Audio

2015 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 The Guilded Earlobe, Paul from Audiobook Reviewer, and Sam from The AudioBookaneers. Would you like to join them? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Beam: Season 1 by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant; Narrated by Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, Ray Chase, R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer, Chris Patton, Eric Martin, Brian Holsopple, Rachel Fulginiti, Stephen Bowlby, and Emily Woo Zeller from Podium Publishing

“The audio talent is good and plentiful with 12 narrators of very different timbres and tones. I’ve seen in many reviews that the voice of Doc is the most criticized, and while I found Doc’s voice to take a little bit of getting used to, I grew fond of him quickly and looked forward to his narrations. I did, however, feel that there were far too many narrators. While I understand the parallel of an epic amount of narrators with an epic technology thriller series, the sheer volume of voice talent confused me, especially as new talent was introduced well into the book, and some voice talent read the same characters in ways different enough from other voice talents that I noticed and concentrated on the difference. Any facet of a book or audiobook that takes away from the writing is less than ideal, in my opinion.”

Audiobook Reviewer’s Full Review

“The performances are really quite fantastic as well, from the gritty tones for detective Dominic Long, the John Galt arrogance of Doc Stahl, the brother-versus-brother tension, the mysterious speechwriter, the aging singer, on and on. Well-cast and well-produced, it’s highly entertaining and winning fiction, presented with clear plot arcs across episodes and the season, successful on multiple levels.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

The Audiobookaneer’s Full Review

  • Dark Eden by Chris Beckett; Narrated by Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, Hannah Curtis, Robert Hook, Bruce Mann, Nicholas Guy Smith, and Heather Wilds from Penguin Random House Audio

“This book first came onto my radar way, way back in 2012 when I asked Steven Erikson for a book recommendation and he highly recommended Dark Eden, which would go on to win the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award and accumulate rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. But it wasn’t until the 2014 US release that we got this fantastic, full cast narration, and yet! by then my interest had largely cooled — two years is a long time to wait to keep the flame of a book recommendation burning. But, thanks to the Audie nomination, The Armchair Audies, and a welcome review copy from Random House Audio, I finally got to see what the fuss was about. And, holy hell, it was pretty much worth the wait, for all that.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

The Audiobookaneer’s Full Review

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North; Narrated by Peter Kenny from Hachette Audio

“Peter Kenny is the narrator and does an excellent job. Harry is British as is Kenny. His voices are well done and always enjoyable. His American accents are quirky and charming, not quite right but fun to listen to none-the-less.”

Audiobook Reviewer’s Full Review

“Harry August is just overall brilliant from the story (Harry August is born in England in 1919-ish and lives and dies, then is reborn again with all his memories, again and again, meanwhile finding out through a network of such people that “the world is ending as it always must, but the end of the world is getting faster”) to Peter Kenny’s narration.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

The Audiobookaneer’s Full Review

  • Lock In by John Scalzi; Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson, and a full cast from Audible, Inc.

“In Lock In you get a combination of sci-fi and police procedural.  The future setting feels real and other than the technology is not so different from today.  We follow Agent Shane, who grew up as a poster child for Hayden’s Syndrome and is trying to leave that behind him, on his first day of work for the FBI which also happens to be a the first day of the Hayden Walkout in protest of legislation that is going to go into effect taking away much of the government funding/benefits to people with Hayden’s.” ~ Audiobook Reviewer

Audiobook Reviewer’s Full Review

“I know Wheaton can be hit-or-miss for people. Some love his audio work, others don’t. I love it. He doesn’t fancy-pants around, drawing things out with slow, deliberate pacing, or over-the-top characterization. He’s quick, he’s clear, he’s punchy where he needs to be, and differentiates characters more than ably.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

The Audiobookaneer’s Full Review

  • The Martian by Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray from Podium Publishing

“The Martian is a life or death comedy of errors, that just so happens to take place on the surface of Mars. Andy Weir starts us off with a Mars expedition that suddenly takes a wrong turn and the crew has to evacuate under emergency conditions, leaving one of their own behind presumed dead. I am pretty sure that Mark Watney wished he was dead but he isn’t and no one knows that he isn’t, pretty much fu**ed.” ~ Audiobook Reviewer

Audiobook Reviewer’s Full Review

“The Martian was my first experience with narrator R.C. Bray, but I’m pretty sure that seeing his name in an audiobook’s credits will be a recommendation for me in the future. I really enjoyed his character-voice work, and his reading of the tightly-plotted final section had me nearly breathless. (I listen to audiobooks while driving, so this may not have been entirely safe.)” ~ 3R’S Blog

3R’s Blog’s Full Review

“Andy Weir’s The Martian was first self-published in late 2012 to tens of thousands of very happy readers, and R.C. Bray’s narration for Podium Publishing in 2013 was so good that it made many year’s best lists last year. Still, Podium went so far as to have Bray record a new narration to accompany the updated text in the February 2014 hardcover release by Crown and, again, it’s simply fantastic, a near one-of-a-kind book that spawns many, many requests for “similar” books and audiobooks, not to mention taking home this year’s Goodreads Science Fiction award and (quite recently) being named a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.” ~ The Audiobookaneers

The Audiobookaneer’s Full Review

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