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Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010

October 8, 2010

Launched in July, the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010 features the best in audio publishing from April 2009—March 2010. Comprised of four categories—fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s—the objective is to showcase the very best audiobooks, and the resulting shortlist features a diverse collection of audio ranging from Shakespeare to Charlaine Harris.

Over 100 titles were submitted by audio publishers to a judging panel formed of key figures from the book trade and national media, including The Times’ audiobook reviewer Christina Hardyment, and audiobook reviewer for The Independent Sue Gaisford. The panel’s selections were based on excellence in several criteria: quality of literary content, abridgement, reading, production value and sound quality.

The following four Naxos AudioBooks were included in the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010 Shortlist:


Mrs Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf, read by Juliet Stevenson
6 CDs | Running Time: 7h 06m
ISBN 978-962-634-133-9 | Cat. no. NA613312

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day. Luminously beautiful, Mrs Dalloway uses the internal monologues of the characters to tell a story of inter-war England. With this, Virginia Woolf changed the novel forever.

The Cellist of Sarajevo
by Steven Galloway, read by Gareth Armstrong
6 CDs | Running Time: 5h 28m
ISBN 978-962-634-333-3 | Cat. no. NA633312

Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre. A true story of a cellist’s resistance helps to form this pivotal event in Steven Galloway’s extraordinary novel. Against this, the author touchingly describes three ordinary townspeople and their efforts to retain their humanity, sanity and autonomy as war takes hold of their lives. This bestselling novel is immediate, vivid and deeply affecting on audiobook, fully immersing the listener in the havoc of war.

Music and Silence
by Rose Tremain, read by Michael Praed
6 CDs | Running Time: 7h 54m
ISBN 978-962-634-975-5 | Cat. no. NA697512

The award-winning Music & Silence is one of Tremain’s most popular works. Set in the court of Christian IV of Denmark during the seventeenth century, it is a beautiful and enduring tale of love, intrigue and betrayal. Part history, part imagination, Music & Silence lyrically evokes the rich tapestry of court life. The obsessions and secret woes of a host of memorable characters are brilliantly realised by Tremain, who deftly weaves together the numerous sub-plots. We encounter a King, tormented by his quest for perfection; the raucous and spoilt Kirsten, raging against the constraints of her queenly situation; and the silently grieving Emilia.


From Shakespeare with Love
by William Shakespeare
read by David Tennant, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, etc.
1 CD | Running Time: 1h 15m
ISBN 978-962-634-956-4 | Cat. no. NA195612

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, one of the most remarkable collections of poetry, was first published in 1609, 400 years ago, by Mr Thomas Thorpe. Naxos AudioBooks marks the occasion with a selection of 80 of the finest, read by leading actors. The selection includes famous ones such as ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’ as well as lesser well-known sonnets though of equally fine stature.

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