Audie Awards 2013

2013-audie

Here are some of the 2013 winners from our catalog! Take a look at the 2013 Winner page for the full list. Don’t forget to contact the Southfield library to place items on hold if we don’t have a copy available right away!

teota-bocThe End of the Affair
Winner of: Audio Book of the Year

Greene, Graham
Narrated by Colin Firth

The End of the Affair is set in London during and just after World War II, is the story of a flourishing love affair between Maurice Bendrix, a rising writer during the Second World War in London, and Sarah Miles, the wife of an impotent civil servant. After a violent episode at Maurice's apartment, Sarah suddenly and without explanation breaks off the affair.

Later, Bendrix is still wracked with jealousy when he sees Sarah's husband, Henry, crossing the Common that separates their flats. Henry has finally started to suspect something, and Bendrix decides to go to a private detective to discover Sarah's new lover. Through her diary, he learns that, when she thought he was dead after the bombing, she made a promise to God not to see Bendrix again if He allowed him to live again. After her sudden death from a lung infection brought to a climax by walking on the Common in the rain, several miraculous events occur, advocating for some kind of meaningfulness to Sarah's faith.

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dracula-bocDracula
Winner of: Distinguished Achievement in Production & Multi-Voiced Performance

Stoker, Bram
Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, et al.
Audio copy, ask a librarian for the newer edition.

Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, visits Count Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania to provide legal support for a real estate transaction. At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manners, Harker soon realizes that he is Dracula's prisoner. After the preparations are made, Dracula leaves Transylvania and abandons Harker to three female vampires, called "the sisters". Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life.

Dracula attempts to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

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seamstressThe Seamstress
Winner of: Biography/Memoir

Bernstein, Sara Tuvel & Thornton, Louise Loots & Samuels, Marlene Bernstein
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

From the start, she recounts her own premature birth, triggered by terrifying rumors of an incipient pogrom. She was born into a large family in rural Romania and grew up feisty, willing to fight back physically against anti-Semitism from other schoolchildren. She defied her father's orders to turn down a scholarship that took her to Bucharest, and got herself expelled from that school when she responded to a priest/teacher's vicious diatribe against the Jews by hurling a bottle of ink at him.

After a series of incidents that ranged from dramatic escapes to a year in a forced labor detachment, Sara ended up in Ravensbruck, a women's concentration camp, and managed to survive.

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spy-the-lieSpy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Tech you How to Detect Deception
Winner of: Business/Educational

Houston, Philip (& Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and Don Tennant)
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

Three former CIA officers—among the world’s foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie.

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences.

As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily live.

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same-sun-hereSame Sun Here
Winner of: Children's Titles for Ages 8-12

House, Silas & Vaswani, Neela
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River’s town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions.

Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun.

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tgcm-bocThe Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Cake:
Winner of: Children's Titles for Ages up to 8

McCall Smith, Alexander
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh

Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective?

This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious, a little girl living in Botswana, who wishes to be a detective someday. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective.

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dombey-and-sonDombey and Son
Winner of: Classic

Dickens, Charles
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

Mr. Dombey is a man obsessed with his firm. His son is groomed from birth to take his place within it, despite his visionary eccentricity and declining health. But Dombey also has a daughter, whose unfailing love for her father goes unreturned. 'Girls' said Mr. Dombey, 'have nothing to do with Dombey and Son'.

When Walter Gay, a young clerk in her father's office, rescues her from a bewildering experience in the streets of London, his unforgettable friends believe he is well on his way to receiving her hand in marriage and inheriting the company.

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handmaids-tale-bocThe Handmaid's Tale
Winner of: Fiction

Atwood, Margaret
Narrated by Claire Danes
Audio copy, ask a librarian for the newer edition.

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred is now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may leave the home once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.

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butb-bocBring Up the Bodies: A Novel
Winner of: Literary Fiction

Mantel, Hilary
Narrated by Simon Vance

Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?

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tbmThe Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Winner of: Mystery

Penny, Louise
Booky copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.

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otnywbOn the Night You Were Born
Winner of Package Design

Tillman, Nancy
Package Design by Margo Goody
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, "Life will never be the same."

On the night you were born, the whole world came alive with thanksgiving. The moon stayed up till morning. The geese flew home to celebrate. Polar bears danced.

On the night you were born you brought wonder and magic to the world.

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the-witnessThe Witness
Winner of: Romance

Roberts, Nora
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious and obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and a professional level. Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.

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taomThe Age of Miracles: A Novel
Winner of: Science Fiction

Walker, Karen Thompson
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

“It still amazes me how little we really knew...Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

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tbitsThe Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery
Winner of: Solo Narration-Female

Kaaberbøl, Lene & Friis, Agnette
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

Because inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive. Nina's natural instinct is to rescue the boy, but she knows the situation is risky. Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is hunting him down. When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too.

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beautiful-ruinsBeautiful Ruins
Winner of Solo Narration-Male

Walter, Jess
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

The story begins in 1962. On the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning 50 years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, and the rakish Richard Burton himself—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars, and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.

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tfios-bocThe Fault in our Stars
Winner of: Teens

Greene, John
Narrated by Kate Rudd

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But then she meets and falls in love with Augustus 'Gus' Waters, a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group.

Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.

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rwbloodRed, White, and Blood: The President's Vampire
Farnsworth, Christopher
Book copy, ask a librarian for an audio book copy.

A political operative and a volunteer are brutally murdered while caught in a compromising position. Written in their blood on the wall of the crime scene: IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK.

And with that, a centuries-old horror known only as the Boogeyman returns to taunt Nathaniel Cade, the president's vampire. Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential race, with the threat of constant exposure by the media, Cade and Zach must stop the one monster Cade has never been able to defeat completely. And they must do it before the Boogeyman adds another victim to his long and bloody list: the President of the United States himself.

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50grey-bocFifty Shades of Grey
Winner of: Special Achievement in Sales Award

James, E. L.
Narrated by Becca Battoe

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

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