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Best of 2008 in Audio KEYWORDS: RELATED: Library Journal and Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2008Amazon Best books of the Year 2008Audies Finalists 2009

Trying to read more in 2009? Listening to audiobooks is how many voracious readers make the most of their time. Start off the new year by listening to these amazing audios, pulled from various "best of 2008" lists around the country and online!

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Lush Life

A Novel

From a great American realist—the author of Clockers and co-writer of The Wire—a riveting story of two urban worlds in collision

"...on Lush Life, Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award   "Reader Bobby Cannavale does an excellent..."

By Richard Price and Bobby Cannavale

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Home

A Novel

A moving novel about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who brought us Gilead....

"...from grace."--AudioFile magazine, Winner of an Earphones Award   "Robinson's style is old-fashioned… Maggi-Meg Reed is perfectly amenable, retreating into the audio attic and retrieving some..."

By Marilynne Robinson and Maggi-Meg Reed

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

A rousing manifesto for our climate-challenged future

"...for The World is Flat—winner of the 2006 Audie award for best nonfiction: “Narrator Oliver Wyman does a superb job...The audiobook technology that enables us to take in so much information while caught..."

By Thomas L. Friedman and Oliver Wyman

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The Story of a Marriage

A Novel

From the bestselling author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a love story full of secrets and astonishments set in fifties San Francisco

"...unexpected challenges."--AudioFile, Winner of Earphones Award   “Andrew Sean Greer is a devastating..."

By Andrew Sean Greer and S. Epatha Merkerson

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Alphabet Juice

The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory

Alphabet Juice derives an organic take on language that is unlike, and more fun than, any other.

Roy Blount Jr. Roy Blount Jr.

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Man in the Dark

A Novel

A brilliant, devastating tale about the many realities we inhabit as wars flame all around us.

"...of our moment, an audiobook that forces us to confront the blackness of night even as it celebrates..."

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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The Silver Swan

A Novel

Quirke returns in another spellbinding crime novel, in which a young woman’s dubious suicide sets off a new string of hazards and deceptions.

By Benjamin Black and Timothy Dalton

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The Finder

A Novel

In this electrifying thriller, a beautiful Chinese woman gets involved in a scheme to steal valuable information from corporations in New York City. ...

By Colin Harrison and Jason Culp

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An Incomplete Revenge

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Extraordinary Psychologist and Investigator, Maisie Dobbs, investigates a strange series of crimes in a small rural community.

"...1920s make a vivid audio mystery." - AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner   "This series is outstanding..."

By Jacqueline Winspear and Orlagh Cassidy

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Fearless Fourteen

A Stephanie Plum Novel

The number one blockbuster bestselling phenomenon continues in the fourteenth Stephanie Plum adventure

"...on Fearless Fourteen, an Earphones Award Winner   "AudioFile Golden Earphones Award-winning actress..."

By Janet Evanovich and Lorelei King

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A Prisoner of Birth

International bestseller Jeffrey Archer returns with his most enthralling novel since Kane and Abel

"...  "...Roger Allam gives an award-worthy performance in this crisply paced production."—Publishers..."

By Jeffrey Archer and Roger Allam

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Acheron

A Dark-Hunter Novel

A Dark-Hunter series audiobook from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon

"...also allowing glimpses of their vulnerabilities." - AudioFile, Winner of an Earphones Award..."

By Sherrilyn Kenyon and Holter Graham

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Blue Heaven

The break-out novel from the award-winning author of the Joe Pickett series

"...The break-out novel from the award-winning author of the Joe Pickett series. A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children’s fate. In a ranching community..."

By C.J. Box and John Bedford Lloyd

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Up Till Now

The Autobiography

The riotous, self-deprecating story of William Shatner's life, by the man himself

"...The riotous, self-deprecating story of William Shatner's life, by the man himself, and the ultimate listen for fans of Star Trek, Boston Legal, and the.... This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. The audio will take readers from the streets of Montreal to regional theatre, where Shatner was once called upon to replace Christopher Plummer as Henry V— in a role..."

By William Shatner and David Fisher

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Ender in Exile

This science fiction phenomenon takes place between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead.

By Orson Scott Card and Stefan Rudnicki

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Brown Bear & Friends

This wonderful compilation brings together four beloved Bear books read by Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

"...? The stories are read with warmth and humor by Academy Award-winning actress and mother Gwyneth Paltrow..."

By Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle and Gwyneth Paltrow

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Wedding Belles

This frank, funny, and fabulous novel fearlessly takes on mothers and daughters, wedding madness, and midlife passion.

By Haywood Smith and Cynthia Darlow

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Secrets of a Shoe Addict

A tale of three women who must save themselves from financial destitution, emotional blackmail, marital ruin, and really, really awful blind dates...

"...operators to pay it off is a perfect fit for audio. Orlagh Cassidy milks the comedy to the hilt… [Her] timing and delivery are perfect, making this audio even more fun than the print version.”--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review   Rave reviews for Shoe Addicts Anonymous: "Kick off your Keds (unless you're..."

By Beth Harbison and Orlagh Cassidy

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A Wolf at the Table

A Memoir of My Father

The #1 bestselling author of Running with Scissors and Dry returns with a most unexpected and powerful memoir.

"...to his emotions, he makes each moment immediate for the listener." - AudioFile   "In audiobook form..."

By Augusten Burroughs, Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson and Tegan Quin

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The Cricket in Times Square

Streetwise city mouse Tucker and his friend Harry Cat show country Chester Cricket around New York City in this charming tale. 

By George Selden and Tony Shalhoub

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Nick of Time

An epic adventure story starring young Nick McIver, who uses a time machine to rescue two young children taken prisoner by pirates.

"...his varied characters to life." - AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner..."

By Ted Bell and John Shea

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The Lemur

A Novel

The first stand-alone thriller from the Booker Prize–winning author of The Sea and Christine Falls...

"...The first stand-alone thriller from the Booker Prize–winning author of The Sea and Christine Falls.... When John Glass’s billionaire father-in-law hires him to write his biography, he feels he can’t refuse. Then his research assistant on the book discovers some very sensitive information about John’s in-laws, and is murdered before he can tell anyone what he knows. John is on his own to find out the young man’s secret, before the murderer finds him.. Praise for CHRISTINE FALLS   “A page..."

Benjamin Black Benjamin Black

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Paul of Dune

The mesmerizing story of what happened to Paul Muad’Dib between Dune and Dune Messiah.

"...alike.” - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review   Frank Herbert's Dune ended with Paul Muad’Dib..."

By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson and Scott Brick

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This I Believe II

More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

A collection of inspiring personal philosophies from a noteworthy group of seventy-five essayists

By Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

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