The Chopin Manuscript Tops the List at the 2008 Audies

As the Get Caught Listening campaign kicks off it is so appropriate that the Audiobook of the Year for 2008 is a title that was made as an audio book, not a written book. The Chopin Manuscript won the award this past Friday in Los Angeles at the annual Audie Awards Banquet. The audies are awards similar in stature to the Grammy Awards for music and the Oscars for movies except the award is given out over 30 categories for audio books.

Besides just being produced as an audio book the Chopin Manuscript also is innovative in that it was written by 15 different authors. They are a who’s who of thriller writers that collaborated by taking what was passed on to them from previous chapters and adding on to it. The success of this audio book with its unique approach needed the talents of a very skilled narrator and they found one in Alfred Molina who had to adjust to the pace of each author and a full slate of characters with a variety of different accents.

As everyone who reads this blog knows I love a thriller and the Chopin Manuscript is definitely a thrill ride. With this list of authors no one should be surprised.

Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series)
David Hewson (Nic Costa series)
James Grady (Six Days of the Condor)
S. J. Rozan (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series)
Erica Spindler (Last Known Victim)
John Ramsey Miller (Winter Massey series)
David Corbett (Blood of Paradise)
John Gilstrap (Scott Free)
Joseph Finder (Power Play)
Jim Fusilli (Terry Orr series)
Peter Spiegelman (John March series)
Ralph Pezzullo (Jawbreaker)
Lisa Scottoline (Daddy’s Girl)
P.J. Parrish (Louis Kincaid, Joe Frye series)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)

Hats off to Audible for coming up with an award winning audiobook with a unique and innovative approach in the production of the Chopin Manuscript.

I will be expanding on other Audio Award Winners in the weeks and months ahead.

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  1. As an update to this post Audible has just done a press release about The Chopin Manuscript winning the Audie Award and is offering the following:

    “In celebration of this honor, people who join the AudibleListener Gold membership for the first time during the month of June will receive a free copy of the entire Chopin Manuscript. In addition, Audible is lowering the purchase price by $5.00 during the entire month of June, for both existing members and a la cart purchasers of the title.”

    From Audibles Business Wire Press Release.

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