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The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

Garnering far less attention than its musical equivalent, the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album is nonetheless a prestigious prize itself. Won in the past by U.S. presidents, major Hollywood stars, comedians and satirists, its recipients are frequently even more celebrated than the recordings for which they have won.

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  • A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety Audiobook by Jimmy Carter Narrated by Jimmy Carter

    A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jimmy Carter
    • Narrated By Jimmy Carter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Jimmy Carter, 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.

    2016 winner
  • Diary of a Mad Diva Audiobook by Joan Rivers Narrated by Joan Rivers

    Diary of a Mad Diva

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    • Narrated By Joan Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say. About everything. And everyone, God help them..

    2015 winner
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography Audiobook by Janis Ian Narrated by Janis Ian

    Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
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    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Reezka68 says: "Awesome audiobook"
    2013 winner
  • Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Audiobook by Michael J Fox Narrated by Michael J Fox

    Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael J Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J Fox
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    Struck with Parkinson's - a debilitating, degenerative disease - at the height of his fame, Fox has taken what some people might consider cause for depression and turned it into a beacon of hope for millions. Now, in Always Looking Up, he writes about the personal philosophy that carried him through his darkest hours, and speaks with others who have emerged from difficult periods with optimism to spare.

    2010 winner
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right Audiobook by Al Franken Narrated by Al Franken

    Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
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    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    ADS says: "Brilliant"
    2004 winner
  • A Song Flung Up to Heaven Audiobook by Maya Angelou Narrated by Maya Angelou

    A Song Flung Up to Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is the next installment in a six volume autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In A Song Flung Up to Heaven Maya Angelou describes her poignant encounters with Martin Luther King, Jr.; her work with the civil rights movement; and witnessing the Watts riots. Battered by the loss of revered black leaders, it takes writer James Baldwin to finally force her out of isolation with a dinner party that inspired her to write.

    2003 winner
  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography Audiobook by Sidney Poitier Narrated by Sidney Poitier

    The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

    2001 winner
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Audiobook by Clayborne Carson - editor Narrated by Levar Burton

    The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Clayborne Carson - editor
    • Narrated By Levar Burton
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    He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world. Now, in a special program commissioned and authorized by his family, here is the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. Featuring King's I Have a Dream Speech.

    Lawrence says: "inspiring"
    2000 winner
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville Audiobook by Shelby Foote, Ken Burns - introduction Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns - introduction
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac.

    Benjamin says: "A Wonderful Overview"
    1992 winner
  • Ages of Man: Readings from Shakespeare Audiobook by William Shakespeare Narrated by John Gielgud

    Ages of Man: Readings from Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By John Gielgud
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    The seven ages are: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon and second childishness ready by Sir John GielgudThe seven ages are: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon and second childishness. The speach about the seven ages of man happens in 'As You Like It'. The words are spoken by the character Jaques in Act 2, Scene 7:' All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances....

    1980 winner
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