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The Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes, the most coveted writing prizes in the United States, are divided into two categories: Arts & Letters and Journalism. In the former category, Pulitzers are awarded annually for fiction, general non-fiction, drama, poetry, history, biography or autobiography and music.

Pulitzer Prize Categories

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  • The Underground Railroad Audiobook by Colson Whitehead Narrated by Bahni Turpin

    The Underground Railroad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (88)
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    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

    Jack Rabl says: "Incredibly moving"
    2017 winner
  • The Sympathizer Audiobook by Viet Thanh Nguyen Narrated by Francois Chau

    The Sympathizer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Viet Thanh Nguyen
    • Narrated By Francois Chau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2016. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

    Christopher says: "Do yourself a favour!"
    2016 winner
  • All the Light We Cannot See Audiobook by Anthony Doerr Narrated by Julie Teal

    All the Light We Cannot See

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Julie Teal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (786)

    Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

    Sophie says: "Stunning"
    2015 winner
  • The Goldfinch Audiobook by Donna Tartt Narrated by David Pittu

    The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (288)

    Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

    Jane Oliver says: "Brilliant study of insane grief with dark humour"
    2014 winner
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea Audiobook by Adam Johnson Narrated by Adam Johnson, Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee

    The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Adam Johnson, Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Sketcher says: "Even for North Korean standards unbelievable s"
    2013 winner
  • Tinkers Audiobook by Paul Harding Narrated by Christian Rummel

    Tinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Paul Harding
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating.

    2010 winner
  • Olive Kitteridge Audiobook by Elizabeth Strout Narrated by Jette Mechlenburg

    Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Jette Mechlenburg
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Olive Kitteridge er hovedpersonen i romanen af samme navn, der giver et billede af livet og dets forviklinger i den lille by Crosby, Maine, men det kunne være hvor som helst i verden. Olive er en pensioneret lærerinde, der står respekt om, og som mange frygter. Modsat sin mand Henry, apotekeren, der kommer godt ud af det med alle mennesker, har Olive en skarp tunge og kan være knortet som et gammelt oliventræ.

    Francene says: "Wrong Language"
    2009 winner
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Audiobook by Junot Diaz Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J R R Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku - the curse that has haunted his family for generations.

    Narelle Campbell says: "Both disturbing and engaging."
    2008 winner
  • The Road Audiobook by Cormac McCarthy Narrated by Tom Stechschulte

    The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    emmoff says: "The high bar of dystopian fiction"
    2007 winner
  • Gilead Audiobook by Marilynne Robinson Narrated by Tim Jerome

    Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    From the author of Housekeeping, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of America's finest writers.

    Chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the top six novels of 2004.

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames' life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.

    Rodney Fielding says: "Detail and depth"
    2005 winner
  • The Known World Audiobook by Edward P. Jones Narrated by Kevin Free

    The Known World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward P. Jones
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor, William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful white man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation, as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart.

    2004 winner
  • Empire Falls Audiobook by Richard Russo Narrated by Ron McLarty

    Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.

    2002 winner
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Audiobook by Michael Chabon Narrated by David Colacci

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    2001 winner
  • Interpreter of Maladies Audiobook by Jhumpa Lahiri Narrated by Matilda Novak

    Interpreter of Maladies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

    Charlotte says: "Wouldn't suggest"
    2000 winner
  • American Pastoral Audiobook by Philip Roth Narrated by Ron Silver

    American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

    1998 winner
  • Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer Audiobook by Steven Millhauser Narrated by George Guidall

    Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Millhauser
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Martin Dressler, son of an immigrant cigar maker, believes he can achieve anything if he works hard enough. At the turn of the century, he rises from the shadows of his father’s shop in New York City to become a powerful entrepreneur and builder of hotels. But, as he contemplates this land of almost limitless opportunity, his plans grow impossibly grand. Through the curve of Martin’s spectacular rise and eventual downfall in the business world, his tale remains a uniquely American one. Martin may not always control an empire, but he will always be able to dream.

    1997 winner
  • A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Audiobook by Robert Olen Butler Narrated by Robert Olen Butler

    A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Olen Butler
    • Narrated By Robert Olen Butler
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    Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. This edition includes two subsequently published stories - "Salem" and "Missing" - that brilliantly complete the collection's narrative journey with a return to the jungles of Vietnam.

    1993 winner
  • Breathing Lessons Audiobook by Anne Tyler Narrated by Suzanne Toren

    Breathing Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    Breathing Lessons covers the events of a day in the life of Maggie Moran, nearing fifty, married to Ira and with two children. Her eternal optimism and her inexhaustible passion for sorting out other people's lives and willing them to fall in love is severely tested one hot summer day. Maggie and Ira drive from Baltimore to Deer Lick to attend the funeral of the husband of Serena, Maggie's childhood friend.

    Cathie Dalliwall says: "Annoying characters"
    1989 winner
  • Beloved Audiobook by Toni Morrison Narrated by Toni Morrison

    Beloved

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

    Fiona O'Connell says: "A challenging listen"
    1988 winner
  • A Summons to Memphis Audiobook by Peter Taylor Narrated by Boyd Gaines

    A Summons to Memphis

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Peter Taylor
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
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    Born in 1917, Tennessee author Peter Taylor won the Pulitzer Prize for this exceptional work of literature. The well-to-do Carver family moves to Memphis from Nashville, where they become embroiled in a domestic dispute over the widower patriarch's decision to remarry.

    1987 winner
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