Listen Up Awards for 2007

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 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001 Listen Up Awards are also available online.


Six Best Audios of 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale (Listening Library/Random House), unabridged CD
Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin, read by the author (HarperAudio)
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner, read by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone), unabridged CD
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio), unabridged CD
Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCraig , read by John Bedford Lloyd (Macmillan)
Roots by Alex Haley, read by Avery Brooks (BBC Audio America)

Fiction

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta, read by Campbell Scott (Macmillan)
Away by Amy Bloom, read by Barbara Rosenblat (HighBridge), unabridged CD
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures: Stories by Vincent Lam, read by Christopher Lane (Brilliance)
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, read by Jonathan Davis with Staci Snell (Penguin), unabridged CD
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig, read by Andrew Dennis (HighBridge)
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, read by Anna Fields (Blackstone)
Place on Earth by Wendell Berry, read by Paul Michael (Christian Audio)
The Religion by Tim Willocks, read by Simon Vance (Macmillan)
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessi, read by Emily Janice Card (Penguin), unabridged CD

Fun Fiction

Austenland by Shannon Hale, read by Katherine Kellgren (Macmillan), unabridged CD
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, read by Olagh Cassidy (Penguin), unabridged CD
Plum Lovin’ by Janet Evanovich, read by Lorelei King (Macmillan), unabridged CD
The Sweet Potato Queen’s 1st Big-Ass Novel by Jill Conner Browne, read by the author (Brilliance), unabridged CD

Mystery

Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs, read by Linda Emond (S&S)
Christine Falls by Benjamin Black, read by Timothy Dalton (Macmillan), unabridged CD
Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis, read by Todd McLaren (Tantor)
Daddy’s Girl by Lisa Scottoline, read by Barbara Rosenblat (HarperAudio), unabridged CD
Dark of the Moon by John Sandford, read by Eric Conger (Penguin), unabridged CD
Dirty Martini by J. A. Konrath, read by Susie Breck and Dick Hall (Brilliance), unabridged CD
Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie, read by Hugh Fraser (Audio Partners)
Naming the Dead by Ian Rankin, read by James Gale (Hachette)
New England White by Stephen L. Carter, read by Bahni Turpin (Random)
The Overlook by Michael Connelly, read by Len Cariou (Hachette), abridged CD and eAudiobook
A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie, read by Rosalind Ayres (Audio Partners), unabridged CD
Red Cat by Peter Spiegelman, read by Elliott Gould (Phoenix Audio)
Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger, read by Jenna Lamia (Random)
T Is for Trespass by Sue Grafton, read by Judy Kaye (Random), unabridged CD
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon, read by Peter Riegert
(HarperAudio)
, unabridged CD

Fantasy

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, read by David Thorn (Random)
Infinite Crisis Part 1 and Part 2 by Greg Cox, read by a full cast (Graphic Audio)
It’s Superman! by Tom DeHaven, read by Scott Brick (Blackstone)
Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper, read by Brian Holsopple (Audio Realms)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, read by the author (HarperAudio)
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, read by J. Paul Boegmer and Coleen Marlo (HighBridge)

Thriller

Blood Lies by Daniel Kalla, read by Anthony Heald (Blackstone)
Brother Odd by Dean Koontz, read by David Aaron Baker (Random), unabridged CD
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, read by Stephen Lang (HarperAudio)
Outsourced by R. J. Hillhouse, read by Hillary Huber (Blackstone)
The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva, read by Phil Gigante (Brilliance), unabridged CD
Silence by Thomas Perry, read by Michael Kramer (Tantor), unabridged CD
Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann, read by Josephine Bailey (Tantor), unabridged CD

Classics

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, read by Jay O. Sanders (Caedmon), unabridged CD
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, read by Tom Hollander (Caedmon), unabridged CD
The Eight by Katherine Neville, read by Susan Denaker (Random), unabridged CD
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, read by Robertson Dean (Blackstone), unabridged CD and Digital Player
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, read by Kristoffer Tabori (Blackstone)
Jonathan Winters Performs A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (HighBridge)
The Letter of Marque by Patrick O’Brian, read by Simon Vance (Blackstone)
Persuasion by Jane Austen, read by Juliet Stevenson (Naxos)
The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien, read by Jim Norton (Naxos)

Biographies

Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee, read by Kate Reading (Random)
Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power by Robert Dallek, read by Eric Conger (HarperAudio)
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, read by Edward Herrmann (S&S), unabridged CD
Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat, read by Robin Miles (Recorded Books), unabridged CD
Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton, read by Bill Nighy (Random)

History/Politics

The Assault on Reason by Al Gore, read by Will Patton (Penguin), unabridged CD
Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, read by Scott Brick (Audio Evolutions/Gildan Media)
Buried in the Bitter Waters by Elliot Jaspin, read by Don Leslie (HighBridge)
Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty, read by John H. Mayer (Random), unabridged CD
First into Nagasaki by George Weller, read by Stefan Rudnicki (Blackstone), unabridged CD
Power, Faith and Fantasy by Michael B. Oren, read by Norman Dietz (Tantor)
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, read by Jennifer Wiltsie (Macmillan), abridged CD
The War: An Intimate History 1941–1945 by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, read by Burns and others (S&S), abridged CD
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, read by Adam Grupper (Macmillan), unabridged CD

Inspiration

Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup, read by the author (Hachette)
Here’s the Bright Side: Of Failure, Fear, Cancer, Divorce and Other Bum Raps by Betty Rollin, read by Pam Ward (Blackstone)
In An Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing by Lee and Bob Woodruff, read by the authors (Recorded Books)
Leading a Worthy Life: Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bible Study with Jimmy Carter by Jimmy Carter, read by the author (S&S)

Author-Read

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (S&S), unabridged CD
I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert (Hachette)
Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums (Macmillan)
The Old Way: A Story of the First People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (Tantor)
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (Random), unabridged CD

Full Cast/Multiple Voices

Mary Stuart by Peter Oswald (LA Theatre Works)
Selected Shorts: Food Fiction collected by Symphony Space (Symphony Space)
Selected Shorts: Pets! collected by Symphony Space (Symphony Space)