Armchair Audies 2013 Category Wrap Up Post: Paranormal

22 05 2013

2013 Armchair Audies Category Wrap up: Paranormal:

Ah, Paranormal. The catch all category to throw uneasily labeled genre fiction into. The Paranormal Category seems to be the red headed step child of Speculative Fiction, with an easily malleable definition. Surprisingly, it was one hell of a category this year. Some of my overall favorites made it into this category, with only one real head scratcher title. My listening experiences within this category is why I love this event. I may not have listened to a title like Gunmetal Magic, nor, despite my issues with the series, ever visited Simon R. Green’s Nightside. So, here are the nominees.

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The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire Book One) by Clay and Susan Griffith

Read by James Marsters

Buzzy Multimedia

Length: 10 Hrs 41 Min

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Read by Renee Raudman

Tantor Audio

Length: 12 Hrs 43 Min

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diane Rowland

Read by Allison McLemore

Audible Frontiers

Length: 8 Hrs 44 Min

Spellbound by Larry Correia (Book 2 of the Grimnoir Chronicles)

Read by Bronson Pinchot

Audible Frontiers

Length: 16 Hrs 25 Min

The Bride Wore Black Leather by Simon. R. Green (Nightside, Bk. 12)

Read by Marc Vietor

Audible Frontiers

Length: 10 Hrs 31 Min

My Picks

For this category, I decided to break it down into two picks, with a pick for who I think will win, and my overall pick. I did this because it was just so close and I feel both titles deserved recognition. Last Year, Larry Correia’s Hard Magic was by far the best of the lot. This year, the sequel Spellbound had my overall favorite narrator performance. Bronson Pinchot just blew me away. Yet, I have this little itching in my gut that says that James Marster’s performance of The Greyfriar could easily pull it out. It’s a great performance of a fun book, and would be deserving of the win. So:

Who Will Win

My Pick To Win





Armchair Audies 2013 Wrap Up Post: Science Fiction

21 05 2013

2013 Armchair Audies Category Wrap up: Science Fiction

This years Science Fiction nominees offered an interesting dilemma, except for one title, I had already listed to them. The Science Fiction Category offers a lot of wonderful audiobooks this year from a wide selection of subgenres. I was truly amazed by the diversity of the titles. All of them offer wonderful performances by their narrators and there’s not one title here that I would be disappointed if it won. Here are the nominees.

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Pure by Julianna Baggott

Read by Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins and Casey Holloway

Hachette Audio

Length: 14 Hrs and 9 Min

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Read by Emily Janice Card

Random House Audio

Length: 9 Hrs and 3 Min

Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio (A Girl Genius Novel, Bk. 2)

Read by Angela Dawe

Brilliance Audio

Length: 18 Hrs 35 Min

14 by Peter Clines

Read by Ray Porter

Audible Frontiers/Permuted Press

Length: 12 Hrs 42 Min

Invincible (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Bk. 2) by Jack Campbell

Read by Christian Rummel

Audible Frontiers

Length: 11 Hrs 46 Min

My Picks

I really struggled picking a winner out of such a strong category. I think Emily Janice Card’s performance of Age of Miracles was mesmerizing, and I couldn’t help but be happy that one of my favorite series, The Lost Fleet and it’s excellent narrator Christian Rummel received a nod. Julianna Baggot’s brilliant world in Pure came alive through the work of four excellent narrators. Angela Dawe gave one of the most fascinating and funniest performances in her reading of Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess   Yet, when it came time to chose who I thought would win, and which title I wanted to win, I came up with two distinctively different titles. Peter Clines 14 was one of my overall favorite audiobooks of 2012 and Ray Porter is a breathtaking narrator. Yet, the slow burning Apocalypse in The Age of Miracles and spot on narration of Card I feel may sway more judges.

Who Will Win:

My Pick: