Oline H Cogdill

During the last couple of weeks, I have had at least two discussions about audiobooks.

And the talks began and ended the same way: Is listening to a book actually reading a book?

My response is, of course it is.

It is a different experience as you are “hearing” the book not just through the author’s vision but also through the narrators, as opposed to just you and the author.

And while to me there is nothing like holding a book in your hand and reading, audiobooks also give you that connection.

I always have an audiobook going on in my car at all times.

In fact, when I was recently buying a new car, it came down to two models. I chose the one that had the CD player, which most new cars no longer have.

Here are the finalists in the mystery and thriller categories for the 23rd annual Audie Awards®, as announced by the Audio Publishers Association.

Winners will be revealed at the Audie Awards® Gala on May 31, 2018, at the New-York Historical Society in New York City. You can find further details here. And yes, there are other categories.

Congratulations to all the finalists:

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance (Random House Audio)
Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst (Macmillan Audio)
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond (HarperAudio)
Onervice: A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible Studios)
Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Julia Franklin (Macmillan Audio)

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire (Macmillan Audio)
Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber (Brilliance Publishing)
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, narrated by Ellen Archer (Hachette Audio)
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton (Recorded Books)
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander (Penguin Audio)
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick (HarperAudio)