Listen Up Awards for 2006

Listen Up Awards are selected by the audio editors of Publishers Weekly as a way to acknowledge excellence in a creative industry. Categories include fiction, nonfiction, mystery, biography, humor, and religion.  The awards are announced in January.  The winners of the 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001 Listen Up Awards are also available online.


Firefly Cloak by Sheri Reynolds, read by Jenna Lamia (HighBridge)
Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris, read by Steven Pacey (HarperAudio)
The Girls by Lori Lansens, read by Stephanie Zimbalist and Lolita Davidovich (Hachette Audio), unabridged CD
Once Upon a Day by Lisa Tucker, read by Joyce Bean (Brilliance)
Strivers Row by Kevin Baker, read by Thomas Anthony Penny(HarperAudio)
The Prisoner of Guantánamo by Dan Fesperman, read by David Colacci (Brilliance)
The Sea by John Banville, read by John Lee (Random), unabridged CD
Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky, read by Daniel Oreskes & Barbara Rosenblat (HighBridge), unabridged CD
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frasier, read by Will Patton (Random), unabridged CD
The Whole World Over by Julia Glass, read by Denis O'Hare (Random)
The Zero by Jess Walter, read by Christopher Graybill (HarperAudio)


Iliad by Homer, trans. and read by Stanley Lombardo (Parmenides Audio)
Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser (Audio Partners),
unabridged CD
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, read by Sissy Spacek (Caedmon), unabridged CD
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, read by Virginia Leishman (Recorded Books), unabridged CD
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut, read by a full cast (Caedmon), unabridged CD


The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman, read by the author (Penguin), abridged CD
I Like You by Amy Sedaris, read by the author (Hachette), unabridged CD
I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This by Bob Newhart, read by the author (Hyperion), abridged CD
The Sweet Potato Queens' Wedding Planner/Divorce Guide by Jill Conner Browne, read by the author (Random), unabridged CD
The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set by David Sedaris, read by the author (Hachette)

Author-Read Fiction

Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson (Hachette), unabridged CD
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg (Random), unabridged CD
Damnation Street by Andrew Klavan (Brilliance)
Hit Parade by Lawrence Block (Harper), unabridged CD
The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos (Audio Renaissance)
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Harper), abridged CD and eAudiobook

Author-Read Nonfiction

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Random), unabridged CD
Rough Crossings by Simon Schama (HarperAudio), abridged CD
She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel (HighBridge), unabridged CD
With Ossie & Ruby: In This Life Together by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (Hachette), unabridged CD

Full-Cast Recording

Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card (Audio Renaissance), unabridged CD
Essential Shakespeare Live edited by Gregory Doran (Sourcebooks)
Operation Homecoming by Andrew Carrol (Blackstone), unabridged CD
Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night edited by James Patterson (Brilliance)
12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose (L.A. Theatre Works), unabridged CD
World War Z by Max Brooks (Random)

Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke, read by Simon Prebble and Davina Porter (Audio Renaissance)
Orbit by John J. Nance, read by the author (Brilliance)
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick, read by Paul Giamatti (Random), unabridged CD
The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue, read by Andy Paris and Jeff Woodman (Recorded Books), unabridged CD


The Confession by James McGreevey, read by the author (HarperAudio)
My Life in France by Julia Child, read by Flo Salant Greenberg (Random)
An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina, read by Dominic Hoffman (Penguin), unabridged CD
Sharon Osbourne Extreme by Sharon Osbourne, read by the author (Hachette)


The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy, read by Stephen Hoye (Random), unabridged CD
Dark Assassin by Anne Perry, read by David Colacci (Brilliance), unabridged CD
Dead Center by David Rosenfelt, read by Grover Gardner (Listen & Live Audio), unabridged CD
Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline, read by Barbara Rosenblat (HarperAudio), unabridged CD
Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith, read by William Dufris (Tantor)
Marked Man by William Lashner, read by Richard Rohan (HarperAudio), unabridged CD and eAudiobook
Ricochet by Sandra Brown, read by Dennis Boutsikaris (S&S), unabridged CD


Cell by Stephen King, read by Campbell Scott (S&S), unabridged CD
Chasing the Dead by Joe Schreiber, read by Renee Raudman (Tantor)
Errors and Omissions by Paul Goldstein, read by Brian Keeler (Random)
The Husband by Dean Koontz, read by Holter Graham (Random), unabridged CD
Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder, read by Scott Brick (Audio Renaissance), unabridged CD
Mission Song by John le Carré, read by David Ovelowo (Hachette), unabridged CD
Nightlife by Thomas Perry, read by Shelly Frasier (Tantor), unabridged CD
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, read by Ann Marie Lee (Random)


American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips, read by Scott Brick (Penguin), unabridged CD
The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong, read by the author (Random), unabridged CD
The Gospel of Jesus, edited by Daniel Johnson, read by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge), abridged CD


At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch, read by Joe Morton (S&S)
The Judgment of Paris by Ross King, read by Tristan Layton (Audio Renaissance), CD
Manhunt by James Swanson, read by Richard Thomas (HarperAudio)
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, read by George Guidall (Penguin), unabridged CD
Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll, read by Stephen Lang (S&S)

True Crime

Crime Beat by Michael Connelly, read by Len Cariou, Nancy McKeon, Carl Franklin (Hachette)
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger, read by Kevin Conway (HarperAudio), unabridged CD
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, read by Scott Brick (Random)