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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North; Narrated by Peter Kenny from Hachette Audio
  • Lock In by John Scalzi; Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson, and a full cast from Audible, Inc.

“As the book introduces the characters I got a sense of real snarkiness form the two lead gals. Both cops, one locked in and one not. I love snarkiness in characters so this really thrilled me. There is some stuff about both gals that Scalzi does go into later on in the plot but not so much that it drags anything down. I really enjoyed hearing about their backgrounds, although, we learn about the main character, Chris Shane, pretty fast.” ~ Audiobook Reviewer

Audiobook Reviewer’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

2015 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 Loupe from Hot Listens. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller; Narrated by Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale from Hachette Audio
  • Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews; Narrated by Renee Raudman from HarperAudio

“In a world where magic is the most covet commodity and the ultimate ranking for social status, we get introduce to a run off the mill Private Investigator, Nevada Baylor, at the time when she is about to embark in a case that’s way above her head and expertise – thanks to the forceful insistence of a powerful individual.Until now, Nevada’s firm has only handled small fraud and cheating spouse cases, but the case in hand will demand extraordinary measures that will reveal an extraordinary heroine.I’m a huge fan of narrator Renée Raudman. She’s fantastic with every genre; she has no difficulties in bringing a meet-cute romance as well as a nail-biting suspenseful listen to life with full credibility.

I can’t imagine any other narrator who would be me more appropriate to perform this material despite running the risk of sounding a little too close to the other Author’s novels, in this case, Kate Daniels.

Well, my fears in this case were totally unfounded. In just in a few minutes of listening Ms. Raudman became Nevada Baylor and Mad Rogan, and I immediately got transported to a world of magic in Huston, Texas.” ~ Hot Listens

Hot Listens’ Full Review

  • First Love by James Patterson; Narrated by Lauren Fortgang from Hachette Audio
  • Just This Once by Rosalind James; Narrated by Claire Bocking from ACX/Rosalind Iiams
  • Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis; Narrated by Karen White from Tantor Media
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