The 2012 Listen-Up Awards

Adam Boretz -- January 8th, 2013

With another year gone, we can look back at the amazing crop of audiobooks from 2012 and find a little something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of literary fiction or thrillers, celebrity memoirs or classic literature, history, theater, or romance, the audiobook industry had you covered. Among my personal highlights from 2012 are Symphony Space’s great Edgar Allan Poe collection, Selected Shorts: Poe!; David Colacci’s brilliant reading of Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Joan Rivers’s performance of I Hate Everyone… Starting with Me; Johnny Heller’s narration of Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan; and Alan Cumming’s one-man interpretation of Macbeth. Of the hundreds of audiobooks PW reviewed last year, here are the very best.

Fiction

★ Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer, read by Joshilyn Jackson (Macmillan Audio)

PW said: “While Jackson conveys all the book’s humor, her reading is also full of empathy, and she brings out the characters’ underlying humanity. This masterful, flawless narration of an imaginative novel is something special and not to be missed.”

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, read by Tom Hollander (Hachette Audio)

Silent House by Orhan Pamuk, read by a full cast (Random House Audio)

Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers, read by Dion Graham (Recorded Books)

Goats by Mark Jude Poirier, read by Ray Porter (Dreamscape Media)

Selected Shorts: Poe! by Edgar Allan Poe, read by multiple narrators (Symphony Space)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, read by David Colacci (Brilliance Audio)

Blind Goddess by Anne Holt, read by Kate Reading (Blackstone Audio)

A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama, read by Simon Vance (Macmillan Audio)

Pocket Kings by Ted Heller, read by William Roberts (HighBridge Audio)

The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy, read by Sneha Mathan (Dreamscape Media)

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