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And the winner for The 2018 Best Audiobook of the Year Audie Award goes to…..

Lincoln in the Bardo narrated by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris and a full cast. Published by Random House Audio, the recording of George Saunders’ first novel features a record-setting 166 narrators. 

The Audie Awards recognize excellence in nearly thirty categories including: young adult fiction, short story collections, humor, biography, romance novels and science fiction.  

Audiofile Magazine just lauched an interactive display of winners and short listening samples that will tempt even the most stubborn paperbound holdouts.

All The Cool Kids Are Doing It
Audie winners are an impressive roster of Hollywood actors, award winning fiction writers, notable journalists and of course the elite core of audiobook narrators like Simon Vance, Jim Dale and Cassandra Campbell all three of which are members of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on professional narrators for exceptional listener reviews, breadth of work and a demonstrated commitment to the craft of producing transformative audiobooks. 

Andover readers are already big audiobook fans.  Our collections librarians are working every day to keep pace with local demand for high-production quality audio content in a variety of formats.  Commuters, road trippers, reluctant readers and knitters are all fueled by MHL’s growing collection of fiction and non-fiction spoken word entertainment.

There were no red carpets and no Vanity Fair after party with swag, but the 2018 Audie Awards for the Year’s Best Audiobooks were announced with great fanfare last night at a sold out New York Soiree sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association.   Publishers Weekly reports that audiobook sales are growing at a rate of 20-30% annually and that there are more than 75,000 audiobooks produced and sold each year. If you are curious audiobooks in downloadable e-audio format or on cd, stop by the reference desk anytime and our librarians will send you home with some fantastic listening swag! 

	Lincoln in the bardo
Lincoln in the bardo
by George Saunders
Narrated by the author, David Sedaris, Nick Offerman and cast

A long-awaited first novel by the National Book Award-nominated, New York Times best-selling author of Tenth of December traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the 16th President after the death of his 11-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War. Simultaneous.

	Born a crime
Born a crime
by Trevor Noah
Read by the author

The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world. Simultaneous.

	Born to run
Born to run
by Bruce Springsteen
read by the author

In a personal account inspired by the remarkable 2009 Super Bowl halftime show, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer traces his life from his childhood in a Catholic New Jersey family and the musical experiences that prompted his career to the rise of the E Street Band and the stories behind some of his most famous songs. Simultaneous.

	Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
by David Hewson 
narrated by Richard Armitage 

using contemporary slang, the author gives the followers of the Montague and Capulet families street cred: They wear red or blue feathers in their hats. Armitage makes even secondary characters unique, with Romeo's and Juliet's fathers sounding like the bitter old men they are

	Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine
by Gail Honeyman
Narrated by Cathleen McCarron 

A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness