The Colonel of Tamarkan by Julie SummersThe Colonel – Runner-up Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010

Philip Toosey 1974 © Toosey Family

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At 5 pm on Saturday 18 September 2010, at the Chiswick Book Festival, the results of the public vote for the Best Audiobooks of 2010 were announced. Thousands of votes had been received before voting closed on 10 September.

We are proud to announce that The Colonel of Tamarkan came an impressive third with 12% of the public vote in the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010.  To all of you who voted for us and forwarded our call to the ballot box around the world, our very grateful thanks.  Beaten only by Doctor Who: Dead Air by James Goss (read by David Tennant) – out in front with 40% of the public vote – and, narrowly, by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (read by Saul Reichlin) with 15% of the public vote, it can only be an honourable defeat.

Launched in July 2010, Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010 features the best new releases in audio-publishing during the period April 2009 to March 2010.  Comprising four categories – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s – the objective is to showcase the very best audiobooks, and the resulting shortlist featured 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 of literary content, abridgement, reading, production value and sound quality.

The Shortlist


The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré, read by Full Cast (AudioGo)
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, read by Juliet Stevenson (Naxos)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, read by Saul Reichlin (Whole Story Audio Books)
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, read by Johanna Parker (Orion Audio)
The Long Song by Andrea Levy, read by Andrea Levy and Adrian Lester (Hachette Digital)
The Complaints by Ian Rankin, read by James Macpherson (Orion Audio)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, read by Gareth Armstrong (Naxos)
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain, read by Michael Praed (Naxos)
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James, read by William Gaminara (Macmillan)
Doctor Who: Dead Air by James Goss, read by David Tennant (AudioGo)
Lenny Henry’s Othello by William Shakespeare, read by Full Cast (AudioGo)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, read by Dan Stevens (HarperCollins)
Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years by Sue Townsend, read by Mark Hadfield (Whole Story Audio Books)
Animal Farm by George Orwell, read by Simon Callow (CSA Word)


The Colonel of Tamarkan – Philip Toosey and The Bridge on the River Kwai by Julie Summers, read by Anton Lesser (Chrome Audio)
The Making of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr, read by Andrew Marr (Macmillan)
Thanks For Nothing by Jack Dee, read by Jack Dee (Random House)


From Shakespeare with Love by William Shakespeare, read by David Tennant, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser et al (Naxos)


War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, read by Dan Stevens (HarperCollins)
Flood and Fang by Marcus Sedgwick, read by Martin Jarvis (Orion Audio)

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