Carnegie Medal
Awards & Recognition, Collection Development Listen to Audiobook Clips from the 2019 Carnegie Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence is out, and the following BOT audiobooks are on it! Make sure you have these special listens in your collection before the patron requests start rolling in. The winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

For our complete collection of BOT titles on the 2019 Carnegie Longlist, click here.

Washington Black
Author: Esi Edugyan
Read by: Dion Graham
“This memorable audiobook takes a young slave from captivity to freedom as narrator Dion Graham wrings every heartfelt emotion from the story. Edugyan’s work embodies the fear and brutality of 1800s slavery, using beautifully turned phrases and clear-eyed observations–which Graham takes to another level–to give voice to the horror and high adventure of Washington Black’s life. Graham modulates the tension in his voice as a single fateful event causes Black and his mentor to leave the plantation and traverse the globe…Listeners will be rooting for this most unlikely of heroes.”—AudioFile Earphones Award winner
The Great Believers
Author: Rebecca Makkai
Read by: Michael Crouch
“Two stories run parallel throughout the novel, one unfolding during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago and the other taking place in a more contemporary time in Paris. The earnestness of Michael Crouch’s performance suits the tone of both narratives well. Crouch is expressive and empathetic, breathing life into the many characters without ever overacting or exaggerating accents. His timing is superb, rarely rushing or slowing the pace even when the novel takes circuitous routes.”—AudioFile
There There
“Narrators Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Kyla García, and Alma Cuervo help to keep characters distinct; that all but Cuervo identity as Native American/First Nations undoubtedly enhances their nuanced performances.”—Library Journal, starred audio review

“An ensemble cast is an effective vehicle for a novel about contemporary Native Americans living in Oakland, California…Listeners will enjoy the individual stories as they unfold and slowly intertwine. The emotions that Alma Cuervo and Kyla Garcia bring to the characters of Jacquie Red Feather and her sister, Opal, are particularly memorable.”—AudioFile
The Line Becomes a River
Author: Francisco Cantú
Read by: Francisco Cantú
“This gritty, graphic description of problems on our southern border and the failures in enforcing immigration laws is a must-add to adult collections.”—Library Journal, audio review

“A heart-wrenching, discussion-provoking perspective on how a border, the separation of two countries, can tear apart families, lives, and a sense of justice.”—Booklist
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