Category Archives: Fiction

2016 Fiction Finalists and Reviews

The following audiobooks were nominated in the 2016 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 armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy, read by Bahni Turpin and JD Jackson
  • A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson, read by Alex Jennings
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal, read by Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Last Bust To Wisdom by Ivan Doig, read by David Aaron Baker
  • The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah, read by Polly Stone
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty, read by Prentice Onayemi
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2015 Fiction Nominees and Reviews

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 armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • 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

Overreader’s Full Review

  • 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

Overreader’s Full Review

  • 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

Overreader’s Full Review

  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon; Narrated by Davina Porter from Recorded Books

2014 Fiction Nominees and Reviews

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

This category will be judged by Carina from Reading Through Life. Would you like to join her? Send an email to armchairaudies@gmail.com.

Here are the nominees:

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  • Doctor Sleep (Sequel to The Shining; by Stephen King; Narrated by Will Patton; Simon & Schuster Audio)
  • The Golem and the Jinni (by Helene Wecker; Narrated by George Guidall; HarperAudio)
  • The Good House (by Ann Leary; Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt; Macmillan Audio)
  • The Imposter Bride (by Nancy Richler; Narrated by Tavia Gilbert; Tantor Media)
  • Jacob’s Oath (by Martin Fletcher; Narrated by George Guidall; Macmillan Audio)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (by Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Neil Gaiman; HarperAudio)

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.

ARageinHarlem

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

Reviews

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.

TheBartendersTale

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

Reviews

None currently available

BeautifulRuins

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

Reviews

None currently available

TheHandmaidsTale

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

Reviews

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.

SpeakstheNightbird

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini

Reviews

None currently available