Everyone's got Oscar fever this week, but we're also really excited about another awards ceremony coming up—the 2013 Audies, which recognize distinction in audiobooks.

Finalists were announced by the Audio Publishers Association today, and the winners will be awarded at the Audies Gala on May 30 in New York City. Our own Associate Publisher Julia Steele and Contributing Editor Sukey Howard (who writes our monthly audio column) are serving as judges in the competition.

Here are some highlights from the list of finalists:

Sex and God at Yale by Nathan Harden (narrated by Scott Aiello), Audible Inc.
Love Is the Cure by Elton John (narrated by Elton John), Hachette Audio
Breasts by Florence Williams (narrated by Kate Reading), Tantor Media
Cemetery John by Robert Zorn (narrated by Sean Runnette), Tantor Media
The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart (narrated by Lloyd James), Tantor Media

A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes (narrated by Samuel L. Jackson), Audible Inc.
• The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (narrated by Claire Daines), Audible Inc.
Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon (narrated by Edoardo Ballerini), Audible Inc.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (narrated by Edoardo Ballerini), Harper Audio
The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig (narrated by David Aaron Baker), Recorded Books

America Again by Stephen Colbert (narrated by Stephen Colbert), Hachette Audio
I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern (narrated by Sean Schemmel), Harper Audio
The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days by Ian Frazier (narrated by Cynthia Nixon), Macmillan Audio
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (narrated by Jenny Lawson), Penguin Audio
Me the People by Kevin Bleyer (narrated by Kevin Bleyer), Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Don't Cry for Me by Sharon Sala (narrated by Kathe Mazur), Audible Inc.
The Witness by Nora Roberts (narrated by Julia Whelan), Brilliance
Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt (narrated by Ashford MacNab), Hachette Audio
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley (narrated by Angela Dawe), Tantor Media
Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks (narrated by Kristen Potter), Tantor Media

Hush Money by Chuck Greaves (narrated by Dan Butler), AudioGo
The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas by Chris Ewan (narrated by Simon Vance), AudioGo
And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman (narrated by Linda Emond), Macmillan Audio
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (narrated by Ralph Cosham), Macmillan Audio
The Nightmare by Lars Kepler (narrated by Mark Bramhall), Macmillan Audio

See the full list here (PDF link). What do you think of the finalists? Which audio books of the last year were your favorites, and are there any that you feel were snubbed? What books are you listening to right now?


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