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Year 2009 Top Audiobook Picks

All the Living by C.E. Morgan. Aloma moves to her boyfriend Orren's Kentucky farm when his family dies in a car accident. And as a bereaved Orren withdraws, Aloma's chances of becoming a concert pianist diminish. Read by Julia Gibson

Closing Time: a Memoir by Joe Queenan. Queenan's deeply funny and affecting memoir about his great escape from a childhood of poverty in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s. Read by Johnny Heller

The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs. Essays on all of A.J.'s hilarious adventures as a human guinea pig, including "My Outsourced Life" and "The Truth About Nakedness." Read by the author

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project. Read by multiple readers

Little Bee by Chris Cleave. A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. Read by Anne Flosnik

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker. Truly paid the price of her enormity, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers, while her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection, leads a life of privilege. Read by Carrington MacDuffie

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, home to the Ayres family. The once grand Georgian house is now in decline. But are the Ayres haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Farady know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. Read by Simon Vance

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly. Focusing on the case of Alonzo Winslow, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus and that the real killer is operating completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Read by Peter Giles

Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos. A portrait of three siblings who have lived in the shadow of unresolved grief since their mother's disappearance when they were children. Read by Tavia Gilbert

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith. When Precious Ramotswe asks her dependable husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to fix her tiny, white van, she fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern, and he does. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down--and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner. Read by Lisette Lecat


Fri, 2010-01-15 11:16
"Sing Them Home" narrator Tavia Gilbert wrote us the following-- I see that Sing Them Home is listed as one of your top audiobooks for 2009. I loved the book and was honored to narrate it, especially because Stephanie Kallos is a former teacher of mine and a dear friend. I just wanted to thank you for highlighting the book as one of the year's best. I'm flattered and hope it brings more listeners to a lovely, complex, original story. Best wishes for a prosperous, peaceful, joyful 2010! Regards, Tavia Gilbert