Audiobook Month Audies Giveaway: Solo Narration—Female

Edited to add: Congratulations to winner Gail Goodrick! The contest is now closed, but more comments are always welcome.

June is Audiobook Month! To celebrate, LJ and audiobook publishers are giving away the nominated books in eight Audie Awards categories, beginning with the Audie for distinction in Solo Narration: Female.

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 narrator was awarded the prize or if you would have given it to someone else.

The contest will remain open until June 19 at noon EDT, at which point a winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person, please.

Winner of the 2013 Audie for Solo Narration: Female
Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis

Read by Katherine Kellgren (AudioGO)

The nominees:
L. Frank Baum
Read by Anne Hathaway (Audible, Inc.)

Maryrose Wood
Read by Katherine Kellgren (Harper Audio)

Jennifer Worth
Read by Nicola Barber (HighBridge Audio)

Dianne Warren
Read by Cassandra Campbell (Tantor Media)

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    While I think Katherine Kellgren gives a good performance, I like Cassandra Campbell’s narration of Juliet in August. After listening to the clip, I’d really like to hear the rest of the book.

  2. Erin M says:

    After listening to all the clips, I think the judges did a good job. Katherine Kellgren has a great reading voice, though the book that grabbed my interest the quickest was The Unseen Guest more than The Boy in the Suitcase. Cheers to the other nominees! I have many more books on my “to listen to” list now. :D

  3. Ann S says:

    Great! Now I have even more books I want to read/hear. Enjoyed all of the clips but think my first choice would be The Boy in the Suitcase.

  4. Margo Jantzi says:

    I love the diction of Katherine Kellgren’s voice in your audio books. Yes, I would vote for her on this prize.

  5. Laura says:

    Love Katherine Kellgren’s voice and how she melds it to fit the story; I enjoyed the clip of The Boy in the Suitcase the most.

  6. Michele says:

    Katherine Kellgren is amazing. She manages to pull you into the story from the very beginning. The Unseen Guest would be my favorite selection for a child, but I agree that The Boy in the Suitcase is the best.

  7. Tara Coulter says:

    I find that, in order to maintain my interest, I need to be able to lose myself in the narrative, rather than being reminded of one’s voice and narration of a story or text. Cassandra Campbell’s reading of Juliet in August would allow me to do exactly that — follow the story, slip into that trance-like state of listening and absorbing, as her voice is even and calming.

  8. sue says:

    I also like Katherine Kellgren. The Unseen Guest grabbed me right away.

  9. Nancee says:

    A very nice selection to listen to, but I agree that I was more drawn to Kellgren reading to the Unseen Guest than the Boy in the Suitcase. I will likely listen to both! I was disappointed with the narration for Call the Midwife.

  10. Gail Goodrick says:

    I really enjoyed Cassandra Campbell reading Juliet in August. Her voice is very soothing. I was struck by Anne Hathaway’s reading because she managed to embody the different characters quite well I thought. I am tempted now to listen to all of these!

  11. Paulette says:

    I listened to the Katherine Kellgren read “The boy in the suitcase” and enjoyed that audio book, but hearing the clip of THE UNSEEN GUEST by Maryrose Wood – Read by Katherine Kellgren (Harper Audio) – made me really want to hear that book as well. It may even have gotten my vote!

  12. Karen Sterling says:

    Hard question based on these snippets – glad I was not the judge, I have to say that Anne Hathaway took me back to my childhood by bringing that scene back to life. I loved her mouse voices.

  13. Susan says:

    I agree with judges that Katherine Kellgren is top reader, especially paired with The Boy in the Suitcase- soundbinding match. However, Cassandra Campbell’s reading of Juliet in August is very close to top choice

  14. Anastasia says:

    The right narrator was given the prize: the inflection, intonation and tonality of Katherine Kellgren’s voice held my attention, leaving me wanting more.

    Had I been a member of the panel of judges, I would have chosen Cassandra Campbell’s reading of “Juilet in August” for second place.

    Thank you for the introduction!

  15. Jim says:

    The samples are too short to be sure, but I think Kellgren was better in Unseen Guest than Boy in the Suitcase where I got the impression she was over doing it a bit. From the samples I would vote for Campbell and Juliet in August. I would probably give all of them more of a listen except OZ which was way too much for me to listen to for very long.

  16. Mary Parmelee says:

    I’m surprised at the lack of response to Anne Hathaway. I think she does a great job with the Wizard of Oz, and have to say I really liked her reading of The Princess Diaries.