Via Audiobooker, a Booklist blog, the 2012 Audies Finalists have been announced. Here are some of the titles I thought my readers here would find the most interesting, with links:
- The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez, Narrated by Marc Vietor, Audible, Inc.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, Narrated by Khristine Hvam, Hachette Audio
- The Land of Laughs, by Jonathan Carroll, Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Audible, Inc. (Neil Gaiman Presents)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, by Steve Hockensmith, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Audible, Inc.
- Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures, by Walter Moers, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Blackstone Audio.
- Agent to the Stars, by John Scalzi, Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Audible, Inc.
- The Cold Commands, by Richard K. Morgan, Narrated by Simon Vance, Tantor Audio
- Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi, Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Audible, Inc.
- Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey, Narrated by Jefferson Mays, Recorded Books, LLC.
- Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem, Narrated by Alessandro Juliani, Audible, Inc.
- The Tears of the Sun, by S.M. Stirling, Narrated by Todd McLaren, Tantor Audio
- Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank, Narrated by Will Patton, Audible, Inc.
- American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, Sarah Jones and a full cast, HarperAudio
- The Witches of Lublin – Collector’s Edition, by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom, Narrated by Ellen Kushner and a full cast, SueMedia Productions — the “full cast” includes: Ellen Kushner, Miriam Margolyes, Neil Gaiman, Simon Jones, Barbara Rosenblat, and many more
- 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, Narrated by Mark Boyett, Marc Vietor and Allison Hiroto, Audible, Inc.
- Macbeth: A Novel, by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson, Narrated by Alan Cumming, Audible, Inc.
- METAtropolis: Cascadia, by Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder, and Tobias S. Buckell, Narrated by Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton, Audible, Inc.
- The Cypress House, by Michael Koryta, Narrated by Robert Petkoff, Hachette
- Audio Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison, Narrated by Sophie Eastlake, Tantor Audio
- First Grave on the Right, by Darynda Jones, Narrated by Lorelei King, Macmillan Audio
- Hard Magic, by Larry Correia, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Audible, Inc.
- Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia, Narrated by Oliver Wyman, Audible, Inc.
And of course there’s more categories, and more titles in more categories as well as more titles in the above categories, in the full list. Some notes:
- The date range for works isn’t Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2011 — for example, Metatropolis: Cascadia was published in November 2010, so you don’t have to complain that John Crowley’s narration on his own Little, Big for Blackstone Audio in December 2011 isn’t on the author/narrator list: just wait until next year (and if it doesn’t show up then, complain loudly)
- John Scalzi books read by Wil Wheaton on this list: 2 (Agent to the Stars, Fuzzy Nation) — and Wheaton is on the cast of a 3rd book, Metatropolis: Cascadia
- Neil Gaiman gets a nod as author (American Gods), publisher (The Land of Laughs), and performer (The Witches of Lublin)
- Oliver Wyman gets two nods as narrator, one for Monster Hunter International and another for his work as part of the cast for the collection Black Mask: Doors in the Dark
- Simon Vance is nominated as a narrator in four categories: Classic (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens), Fiction (Portrait of a Spy, by Daniel Silva), Science Fiction (The Cold Commands, by Richard K. Morgan), and for Solo Narration (The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy)
- Marc Vietor is nominated as a narrator in three categories: Fantasy (The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez), History (1812: The Navy’s War, by George C. Daughan), and Multi-Voiced Performance (1Q84, by Haruki Murakami)
- Kathren Kellgren takes the cake with seven nominations: Children’s 8-12 (The Hidden Valley: The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place: Book II), Fantasy (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, by Steve Hockensmith), Mystery (Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery, by Rhys Bowen), Romance (Notorious, by Nicola Cornick), 2 nominations in Solo Narration (Ashes and The Wake of the Lorelei Lee), and again for The Wake of the Lorelei Lee in the Teen category
- Bronson Pinchot is nominated in five categories: Fantasy ( Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures, by Walter Moers), Non-Fiction ( My Korean Deli, by Ben Ryder Howe), Paranormal ( Hard Magic, by Larry Correia), Solo Narration (again for Hard Magic), and Thriller/Suspense ( Out of My Head, by Didier van Cauwelaert),