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The Guardian First Book Award

The Guardian First Book Award’s longlist is selected by a panel of critics and writers, chaired by the The Guardian newspaper’s literary editor. Public discussion groups then select the shortlist of five, and the ultimate winner is selected by a panel of celebrity judges.

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  • The Yellow Birds Audiobook by Kevin Powers Narrated by Holter Graham

    The Yellow Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kevin Powers
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph. He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn't held for months. Wide-eyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home after a year in Iraq, memories swarm around him: bodies burning in the crisp morning air. Sunlight falling through branches; bullets kicking up dust; ripples on a pond wavering like plucked strings. The promise he made, to a young man's mother, that her son would be brought home safely....

    2012 winner
  • The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century Audiobook by Alex Ross Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Ross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Rest Is Noise takes the listener inside the labyrinth of modern music, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to downtown New York in the '60s and '70s. We meet the maverick personalities and follow the rise of mass culture on this sweeping tour of 20th-century history through its music.

    Don says: "Captivating- first class audiobook"
    2008 winner
  • Stuart: A Life Backwards Audiobook by Alexander Masters Narrated by Jot Davies

    Stuart: A Life Backwards

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander Masters
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A unique biography of a homeless man and a complete portrait of the hidden underclass. ‘So here it is, my attempt at the story of Stuart Shorter, thief, hostage taker, psycho and sociopath street raconteur, my spy on how the British chaotic underclass spend their troubled days at the beginning of this century: a man with an important life. I wish I could have presented it to Stuart before he stepped in front of the 11.15 train from London to Kings Lynn.’ Stuart Shorter’s brief life was one of turmoil and chaos.

    2005 winner
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