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2020 Audies Finalists

The Audies are one of the most prestigious awards in audiobook and spoken word entertainment. This playlist includes the finalists for 2020 and our blog has the list of award winners https://blog.libro.fm/2020-audie-award-winners/

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The Testaments

The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood
Narrated by: Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal & Margaret Atwood
Length: 13 hours 17 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.


More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on... Read more »

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The Dutch House

A Novel

By Ann Patchett
Narrated by: Tom Hanks
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

The Dutch House

“You can sign me up for any book that is narrated by Tom Hanks. His voice is so incredibly soothing that I could have fallen asleep listening to it. But that would be a mistake. The Dutch House is the evil stepmother story you never knew you needed, and so much more. Though it may be my first read by Ann Patchett, it certainly won't be my last. She writes so lyrically, lending this family epic extra heart and a whole lot of beauty. Though it centers on incredible hardship and grief, I laughed (sometimes at the preposterousness of the situation or commentary) as often as I cried. Patchett made me care, deeply, about her characters, especially Maeve. A timely commentary on how family values influence our choices, the value of forgiveness, and the importance of asserting our own individuality, The Dutch House is a must-listen.”

Second Star to the Right image Britt, Second Star to the Right
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Charlotte's Web

By E. B. White
Narrated by: E. B. White
Length: 3 hours 34 minutes

This Newbery Honor Book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."
 
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply... Read more »

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Becoming

By Michelle Obama
Narrated by: Michelle Obama
Length: 19 hours 1 minutes

Becoming

“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”

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Angels in America

A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

By Tony Kushner, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Bobby Cannavale & Edie Falco
Narrated by: Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Bobby Cannavale & Edie Falco
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

Presenting an original audiobook performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival.

In this production, adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National... Read more »

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Me

Elton John Official Autobiography

By Elton John
Narrated by: Elton John & Taron Egerton
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

Me

“This is highly entertaining, and Taron Egerton's narration is spot on. Libro.fm is the way to go on this one.”

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From Scratch

A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

By Tembi Locke
Narrated by: Tembi Locke
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

From Scratch

“I just finished wiping away my last tear as I close the curtain on From Scratch, a brilliant, compelling memoir. Tembi Locke lost her larger-than-life Italian chef husband at an early age to cancer. The book is a love letter to him as well as to enchanting Sicily and its aromatic, tantalizing food. But more than anything, it is the most memorable and thoughtful gift that her daughter will ever receive. I highly recommend the audio version which is read by the author. From Scratch is one of the best memoirs that I have ever read and one of my top five best books that I read this Summer.”

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Puss in Boots

A Musical

By Neil Fishman, Harvey Edelman & Khristine Hvam
Narrated by: Jim Dale, Mark Aldrich, Nick Sullivan, Brian Holden, Al Fallick, Lisa Livesay, Lynn Norris, John E. Brady, Johnny Heller, Meredith Inglesby & Barrett Leddy
Length: 2 hours 27 minutes

2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Audio Drama

2019 SOVAS Voice Arts Award—Best Voiceover in Children's Audiobook

2019 SOVAS Voice Arts Award—Outstanding Production in Audiobook

Puss in Boots, a fractured fairytale musical, is a tale of conquering fears, finding your truth, discovering your strengths, and standing for what you believe in, with lots of... Read more »

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The Only Plane in the Sky

An Oral History of September 11, 2001

By Holter Graham & Garrett M. Graff
Narrated by: A Full 45-Person Cast
Length: 15 hours 54 minutes

The Only Plane in the Sky

“This is a book you really need to hear instead of read. I was an adult with 2 children on 9/11 and I learned so much listening to this. This is more than just people recounting what happened to them on that dark day, it is a reenactment from key people told in chronological order. You get the where and learn exactly what they experienced. There is a full cast of people retelling their stories and their observations. It was heartbreaking but also eye-opening. Although I lived through this, I gained a better understanding of those affected by the events first hand. The people that were right there tell you their view and how the responded. Listening to this I was riveted. The scope of 9/11 is bigger than just one person, or a few people. It encompasses every American. This book does a fantastic job of putting you right there.”

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How to Read a Book

By Kwame Alexander
Narrated by: Kwame Alexander
Length: 5 minutes

2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Young Reader 

Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander narrates the audiobook version of his How to Read a Book, a poetic journey about the experience of reading.

Find a tree—a

black tupelo or

dawn redwood will do—and

plant yourself.

(It’s okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.)

With these words, an adventure begins.... Read more »

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On the Come Up

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Young Adult

#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Don't miss this audiobook, Audible's Young Adult Audiobook of the Year and an Audie Award finalist!

“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that... Read more »

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Lovely War

By Julie Berry
Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry, Dion Graham, Fiona Hardingham, John Lee, Nathaniel Parker & Steve West
Length: 12 hours 56 minutes

Lovely War

“One of the best, most unique novels I've read recently! The story of four young lovers during WW1, as told by the Greek Gods during a trial for Aphrodite. The audio cast is amazing, bringing to life the delights of first loves, the heartaches of separation, and the brutal truth of war. Simply perfect!”

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Like a Love Story

By Abdi Nazemian
Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose, Vikas Adam & Michael Crouch
Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Young Adult 

“A love letter to queerness, self-expression, and individuality (also Madonna) that never shies away from the ever-present fear within the queer community of late '80s New York, Like a Love Story made me feel so full—of hope, love, courage, pride, and awe for the many people who fought for love and... Read more »

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Lady in the Lake

A Novel

By Laura Lippman
Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

Lady in the Lake

“I continue to be in awe of Laura Lippman’s ability to write novels that are so much more than mysteries. Lady in the Lake is, of course, a wonderful mystery with twists and turns and surprises —nothing is predictable. But it is also a beautiful character study and a sensitive look at the desire to have a meaningful life and how ambition can be motivating but also blinding. I loved the multiple voices in the novel— Laura’s characters are never perfect and therefore come across as real people with real needs. I have no doubt that Lady in the Lake will be a huge success.”

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The Institute

A Novel

By Stephen King
Narrated by: Santino Fontana
Length: 18 hours 57 minutes

2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE AUDIE AWARD WINNER!

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It. “This is King at his best” (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke... Read more »

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Freefall

A Novel

By Jessica Barry
Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker & MacLeod Andrews
Length: 12 hours 3 minutes

Freefall

“There used to be a carnival ride where you would stand against a wall and as and the ride spun faster and faster, the floor would drop out but the force of the spin would keep you pinned to the wall. I got the same feeling when reading Jessica Barry’s Freefall. The plot moved faster and faster until I felt myself holding my breath, right up until the final page. Clear your schedule and order takeout before you start this thriller!”

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Blood in the Water

By Jack Flynn
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 11 hours 14 minutes

Jack Flynn's Blood in the Water is an edge-of-the-seat ride in a roller coaster, action-packed thriller with international terrorism at its core and family at its heart. Boston is in the grip of the coldest winter on record, but in its criminal underworld the temperature is rising. Harbor chief Cormack O'Connell has lived his life close to the... Read more »

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Kabu Kabu

By Nnedi Okorafor & Whoopi Goldberg
Narrated by: Yetide Badaki
Length: 10 hours 50 minutes

Kabu kabu—unregistered illegal Nigerian taxis—generally get you where you need to go. Nnedi Okorafor's Kabu Kabu, however, takes the listener to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations you didn't know you needed. This debut short story collection by an award-winning author includes notable... Read more »

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I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying

Essays

By Bassey Ikpi
Narrated by: Bassey Ikpi
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

2020 Audie Finalist – Short Stories/Collections

In I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi explores her life—as a Nigerian-American immigrant, a black woman, a slam poet, a mother, a daughter, an artist—through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. Her remarkable memoir in essays implodes our... Read more »

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Full Throttle

Stories

By Joe Hill
Narrated by: Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Neil Gaiman, Ashleigh Cummings, Joe Hill, Laysla De Oliveira, Nate Corddry, Connor Jessup, Stephen Lang & George Guidall
Length: 15 hours 45 minutes

Full Throttle

“What a ride! This book of stories (two written with Stephen King) is a fast ride through Hill’s considerable imagination. He takes us through 13 stories of suspense, from the back of a motorcycle and outrunning a murderous semi-truck driver to an American sea monster, then on to a young girl who befriends a machine, and ending with, well, the end of the world. His stories are reminiscent of a certain well-known horror writer, but are clearly his own brand of terror. I enjoyed each of them and wished that some might morph into full-length books because it was hard to let them go. I always look forward to Hill’s books, and this one did not disappoint.”

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