2013 Fiction Nominees and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the Fiction Category. This category is being reviewed by Teresa from Teresa’s Reading Corner, Beth from Too Fond, and Jenny from The Many Exploits of Minneapolis Jenny. Would you like to join the crowd? Sign up here.


A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel by Chester Himes and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson


Teresa’s Reading Corner

I can see why Samuel L Jackson was a good choice to narrate A Rage in Harlem. Not only does he adequately distinguish between the various characters (there were several) he is able to give them personality. I can see him bringing new listeners to audio books through his celebrity, but I don’t see A Rage In Harlem being the top pick in the fiction category.


The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig and narrated by David Aaron Baker


None currently available


Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini


None currently available


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and narrated by Claire Danes


Teresa’s Reading Corner

The story was engaging and I experienced a wide range of emotions with the various twists and turns. I found myself taking every possible opportunity to listen to this audio book.

The narration was rigid at times and completely appropriate to convey the mood of the story. These were not happy times that Offred was relaying to the reader. Had Danes had any sort of jubilation in her voice, it would have been entirely inappropriate.

Reading Through Life

This was a really great re-read at this point in my life, and I’m glad that the Audies-nominated version caught my eye and made me interested enough to pick it up and give it another once-over. If you haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale before, or if you’ve been thinking about a re-read, now would be a good time for you to do so – and this would be a great version to pick up.


Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini


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