2015 Literary Fiction Nominees and Reviews

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

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

Here are the nominees:

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  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell; Narrated by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, and Anna Bentinck from Recorded Books

“I normally do not have difficulty following novels that move fluidly through time in audio, but The Bone Clocks proved to be an exception. I enjoyed the individual stories and most of the narration, but I only finished this audiobook because I was stubborn.” ~ Literate Housewife

Literate Housewife’s full review

  • Euphoria by Lily King; Narrated by Simon Vance and Xe Sands from Blackstone Audio Inc.

“Both Vance and Sands impressed me with the way they brought their characters to life. Better yet, their styles complemented each other and the novel as a whole. My excitement over this collaboration was well deserved.” ~ Literate Housewife

Literate Housewife’s full review

  • Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín; Narrated by Fiona Shaw from Simon & Schuster
  • The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn; Narrated by Alex Jennings from Macmillan Audio

“The pretentious characters were an immediate turnoff and when a female character was degraded twice within the first hour, I pulled out my DNF card. Had there been more dialog near the beginning of the novel the narration would have been more noteworthy, but no narration would have been enough to prompt me to listen for 20 more hours.” ~ Literate Housewife

Literate Housewife’s full review

  • An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine; Narrated by Suzanne Toren from Audible, Inc.

“Suzanne Toren was the perfect choice to narrate Aaliya’s story. She innately understood her tone, the pacing of her thoughts, and her stubbornness. As a listener I understood how Aaliya felt about people or places by the way that the name rolled off of her tongue. When Aaliya eavesdropped on her neighbors while they drank their morning coffee, I could see what she was seeing as much by her descriptions as by her tone and inflection. Toren knew Aaliya well and it made An Unnecessary Woman a much more vivid experience than I imagine it would have been in print alone.” ~ Literate Housewife

Literate Housewife’s full review

  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers; Narrated by MacLeod Andrews with Marc Cashman, Mark Deakins, Michelle Gonzalez, Rebecca Lowman, John H. Mayer, Kate McGregor-Stewart, and Bruce Turk from Penguin Random House Audio

“While this audiobook contains the work of 8 different narrators, MacLeod Andrews portrayed Thomas. This is my first experience with his work and I was one happy audiobook listener to have discovered him. His performance was enthralling. When Thomas was excited, I felt it. When Thomas was irritated during a deposition, it set my teeth on edge. When I found Thomas’ discussions with the congressman making perfect sense to me, I wondered if I had developed a touch of Stockholm Syndrome. Andrews and his superb supporting cast provide one of the most entertaining audiobook experiences I’ve encountered in a very long time. I loved this audiobook so much that I’d be interested in reading about the experience of recording it. I want to know how the team pulled it all together.” ~ Literate Housewife

Literate Housewife’s full review

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