The following audiobooks were nominated in the Fiction Category. Reviews will be posted as they come in.
This category is being judged by Melanie at Overreader. Would you like to join her? Send an email to email@example.com.
Here are the nominees:
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; Narrated by Zach Appelman from Simon & Schuster
“Almost before 2014 had started, I began to hear buzz about this book from all kind of places. Online, sure, because that’s where I hear most book buzz (I am using both ‘hear’ and ‘buzz’ figuratively here.) But also from real live people! So I approached it with a little of that ‘will it live up to the hype?’ trepidation. Well, folks. Although it may just be compounding the hype problem, I can tell you: yep. It really does.
I was impressed with Appelman’s narration – he’s a new-to-me narrator, and I’m always pleased to find new voices to enjoy. It was steady and weighty and the various accents felt natural. I wished for a little more differentiation between character voices at times, but otherwise was happy to let him carry me on this journey across the sea.” ~ Overreader
- Fives and Twenty Fives by Michael Pitre; Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Nick Sullivan, Jay Snyder, Fajer AlKaisi and Michael Pitre from Audible, Inc.
“The distinctive voices of the marines were smoothly handled by Nick Sullivan, Kevin T. Collins, and Jay Snyder, but the standout for me was Fajer Al-Kaisi as the Iraqi interpreter Dodge. Al-Kaisi’s gusto as he takes on Dodge’s vibrant, sometimes angry, always analytical personality made a lively character come even more strongly to life.” ~ Overreader
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd; Narrated by Sue Monk Kidd, Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye from Penguin Random House Audio
- Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King; Narrated by Will Patton from Simon & Schuster
- Us by David Nicholls; Narrated by David Haig from HarperAudio
“David Haig is a new-to-me narrator, and he was good at inhabiting Douglas’s sometimes fretful but always measured voice. I don’t think he could have done a thing more to make this a higher-rated listen for me, given the fine but not overwhelmingly compelling source material.” ~ Overreader
- Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon; Narrated by Davina Porter from Recorded Books