Audiobook Month Audies Giveaway: Audiobook of the Year

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Joyce!

June is Audiobook Month! To celebrate, LJ and audiobook publishers are giving away the nominated books in eight Audie Awards categories, including the Audie for Audiobook of the Year.

To enter the giveaway for all of the audiobooks listed below (on CD or as digital files—your choice, though some titles may be available only as one or the other), listen to the clips and leave a comment below telling us if you think the right audiobook was awarded the prize or if you would have given it to another title.

The contest will remain open until July 5 at noon EDT, at which point a winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person, please.

The winner:
Graham Greene
Read by Colin Firth (Audible, Inc.

The nominees:
Michelle Obama
Read by Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, Christeta Comerford, Sam Kass, Bill Yosses, and a Full Cast (Random House Audio/ Books on Tape

Jess Walter
Read by Edoardo Ballerini (Harper Audio/ Recorded Books

Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard
Read by Bill O’Reilly (Macmillan Audio

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  1. Jessi Brown says:

    I think they made the right choice

  2. CarolK says:

    Though I haven’t read any of these, I have read numerous reviews. The quick listen to the excerpts tells me this is the right choice.

  3. Joyce H says:

    I feel they made the right choice with The End of the Affair read by Colin Firth. The only strike I have against it is the fact that you can hear Firth’s breathing which can be distracting.

  4. Kelaine M says:

    According to the Audie website, the Audiobook of the Year recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry. Since I don’t have the data related to the impact upon the industry of these books, I’ll weigh in on the quality of the production instead.
    I actually like Colin Firth’s passion and his breath being heard. You get the feeling that he is actually infront of you relating the story.
    Michelle Obama was stilted and gave off a sense of nervousness in her voice. It’s difficult to truly evaluate the work though, as no other readers were included in the snippit.
    Beautiful Ruins I cannot evaluate at all because the snippit included above is of the book author talking about the reader, not the reader actually reading the story.
    Bill O’Reilly was disappointing to me due to the lack of vitality in his voice. He seemed bored.

    So, based upon the snippets provided above only, I believe The End of the Affair deserved the award.

  5. Jessi Brown says:

    Have they picked a winner for this yet?