#Audies 2013

 

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The best audiobooks & narrators of the year, awarded by the Audio Publishers Association during the annual Gala event billed as the Oscars of audio. The celebration,  emceed by longtime friend and supporter of the audiobook industry writer Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket), took place at the New York Historical Society on May 30th. As an Audies judge, I was thrilled to be in the audience as so many of my favorite narrators and audio publishers were honored for their productions.

There are two prestigious  juried awards, determined by panels of audio experts in a spirited discussion of the titles’ merits and the award criteria. The finalists for these awards are below, with this year’s winner marked in red. What a great prequel to June is Audiobook Month #JIAM – stay tuned to Audiobooker as we celebrate all month long!

Distinguished Achievement in Production:  the production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence

Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Narrated by Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry and a full cast, Audible, Inc.

Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, stories by Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Audrey Niffenegger, Dave Eggers and others, Narrated by George Takei, Edward Herrmann, Kate Mulgrew, F. Murray Abraham, Neil Gaiman, Peter Appel and James Urbaniak, HarperAudio.

Society’s Child: My Autobiography, by Janis Ian, Narrated by Janis Ian, Audible, Inc.

We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart, by Walter Dean Myers, Narrated by Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Dion Graham, Olivia DuFord and others, Live Oak Media.

Audiobook of the Year:  excellence in production as well as their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative and innovative marketing

American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen and Garden, by Michelle Obama, Narrated by Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, Christeta Comerford, Sam Kass, Bill Yosses, and a full cast, Random House Audio.

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter, Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, HarperAudio.

The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene, Narrated by Colin Firth, Audible, Inc.

Killing Kennedy, by Bill O’Reilly, Narrated by Bill O’Reilly, Macmillan Audio

This year’s Audies had a record number of submissions for the remaining 29 genre categories, evaluated by teams of judges who narrowed the list to five nominated titles in each group. You can see the complete list of nominees below, with the 2013 Audies Award winner highlighted in red. Congratulations to ALL of the artists who worked on this stellar list – the producers, directors, studio engineers, narrators, publishers, marketing, and everyone in between!

SOLO NARRATION–FEMALE

Nicola Barber, Narrator of Call the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth, HighBridge Company

Cassandra Campbell, Narrator of Juliet in August, by Dianne Warren, Tantor Media

Katherine Kellgren, Narrator of The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, AudioGO

Katherine Kellgren, Narrator of The Unseen Guest: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 3, by

Maryrose Wood, HarperAudio

Anne Hathaway, Narrator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, Audible, Inc.

SOLO NARRATION–MALE

Michael Maloney, Narrator of The Absolutist, by John Boyne, Tantor Media

Edoardo Ballerini, Narrator of Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter, HarperAudio

Dustin Hoffman, Narrator of Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski, Audible, Inc.

Colin Firth, Narrator of The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene, Audible, Inc.

Simon Vance, Narrator of The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff, Tantor Media

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

Janis Ian, Society’s Child: My Autobiography, Audible, Inc.

Ayad Akhtar, American Dervish, Hachette Audio

Baratunde Thurston, How to Be Black, HarperAudio

Molly Ringwald, When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories, HarperAudio

Andy Cohen, Most Talkative, Macmillan Audio

Marcus Samuelsson, Yes, Chef, Random House Audio/Books on Tape

AUDIO DRAMA

Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You!, by Yuri Rasovsky, Narrated by a Full Cast, Blackstone Audio

The Star Angel, by Jerry Robbins, Narrated by Jerry Robbins and The Colonial Radio Players, Brilliance Audio

Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner, Narrated by Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, Robert Fass, Nick Sullivan, Simon Jones, Sam Guncler and Anne Bobby, SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents (ACX)

Titanium Rain, Episode One, by Josh Finney, Narrated by a Full Cast, The AudioComics Company

Trouble on His Wings, by L. Ron Hubbard, Narrated by Jennifer Aspen, Bob Caso, RF Daley, Jim Meskimen and Matt Scott, Galaxy Press

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Cronkite, by Douglas Brinkley, Narrated by George Guidall, HarperAudio

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, by The Countess of Carnarvon, Narrated by Wanda McCaddon, Tantor Media

My Cross to Bear, by Gregg Allman with Alan Light, Narrated by Will Patton, HarperAudio

The Seamstress, by Sara Tuvel Bernstein with Louise Loots Thornton and Marlene Bernstein Samuels, Narrated by Wanda McCaddon, Tantor Media

Two Rings, by Millie Werber and Eve Keller, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson; introduction read by Eve Keller, HighBridge Audio

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

A Capitalism for the People, by Luigi Zingales, Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Audible, Inc.

Great on the Job, by Jodi Glickman, Narrated by Tanya Eby, Brilliance Audio

Inside Apple, by Adam Lashinsky, Narrated by Adam Lashinsky, Hachette Audio

The Personal MBA, by Josh Kaufman, Narrated by Josh Kaufman, Audible, Inc.

Spy the Lie, by Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero and Don Tennant, Narrated by Fred Berman, Macmillan Audio

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

The Cheshire Cheese Cat, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren and Robin Sachs, Listening Library/Books on Tape

The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman, Narrated by Robin Miles, Listening Library/Books on Tape

Same Sun Here, by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, Narrated by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, Brilliance Audio

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, Narrated by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl and Kate Rudd, Brilliance Audio

Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz, Narrated by Davina Porter, Recorded Books, LLC

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case, by Alexander McCall Smith, Narrated by Adjoa Andoh, Listening Library/Books on Tape

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion, by Mo Willems, Narrated by Mo, Cher, and Trixie Willems, Weston Woods Studios

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead, Narrated by David de Vries, Weston Woods Studios

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig, Narrated by James Earl Jones, Simon and Schuster Audio

We Are America, by Walter Dean Myers, Narrated by Dion Graham and a full cast, Live Oak Media

CLASSIC

A Death in the Family, by James Agee, Narrated by Lloyd James, Blackstone Audio

Dombey and Son, by Charles Dickens, Narrated by Charlton Griffin, Audio Connoisseur

Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan

Duerden, John Lee and Graeme Malcolm, Audible, Inc.

The Mark of Zorro, by Johnston McCulley, Narrated by Armando Durán, Blackstone Audio

The Prime Minister, by Anthony Trollope, Narrated by Simon Vance, Blackstone Audio

FANTASY

All Men of Genius, by Lev AC Rosen, Narrated by Emily Gray, Recorded Books, LLC

Anita, by Keith Roberts, Narrated by Nicola Barber, Audible, Inc.

Heroes Die, by Matthew Stover, Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Audible, Inc.

Princess of Wands, by John Ringo, Narrated by Suzy Jackson, Audible, Inc.

The Restorer, by Amanda Stevens, Narrated by Khristine Hvam, Audible, Inc.

Theft of Swords, by Michael J. Sullivan, Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds, Recorded Books, LLC

FICTION

The Bartender’s Tale, by Ivan Doig, Narrated by David Aaron Baker, Recorded Books, LLC

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter, Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, HarperAudio

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, Narrated by Claire Danes, Audible, Inc

A Rage in Harlem, by Chester Himes, Narrated by .Samuel L. Jackson, Audible, Inc.

Speaks the Nightbird, by Robert McCammon, Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Audible, Inc.

HISTORY

Da Vinci’s Ghost, by Toby Lester, Narrated by Stephen Hoye, Tantor Media

L.A. Noir, by John Buntin, Narrated by Kirby Heyborne, Tantor Media

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942, by Ian W. Toll, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Audible Inc.

Season of the Witch, by David Talbot, Narrated by Arthur Morey, Brilliance Audio

Twelve Desperate Miles, by Tim Brady, Narrated by Joe Barrett, AudioGO

The Wrecking Crew, by Kent Hartman, Narrated by Dan John Miller, Tantor Media

HUMOR

America Again, by Stephen Colbert, Narrated by Stephen Colbert, Hachette Audio

The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days, by Ian Frazier, Narrated by Cynthia Nixon, Macmillan Audio

I Suck at Girls, by Justin Halpern, Narrated by Sean Schemmel, HarperAudio

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson, Narrated by Jenny Lawson, Penguin Audio

Me the People, by Kevin Bleyer, Narrated by Kevin Bleyer, Random House Audio/Books on Tape

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

Coming Home, by Karen Kingsbury, Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir, Zondervan

The Good Dream, by Donna VanLiere, Narrated by Donna VanLiere, Macmillan Audio

His Love Endures Forever, by Beth Wiseman, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, eChristian Inc.

The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff, Narrated by Simon Vance, Tantor Media

Touching the Sky, by Tracie Peterson, Narrated by Renee Raudman, Brilliance Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Langdon, Narrated by Anne Flosnik, eChristian Inc.

Fearless, by Eric Blehm, Narrated by Paul Michael, eChristian Inc.

KJV Audio Bible, Pure Voice, by Zondervan, Narrated by a Full Cast including Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki,

Edward Herrmann, LeVar Burton, John Rubinstein, Juliet Mills and Samantha Eggar, Zondervan

Miracle For Jen, by Linda Barrick, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, eChristian Inc.

Real Marriage, by Mark and Grace Driscoll, Narrated by William Dufris and Tavia Gilbert, eChristian Inc.

LITERARY FICTION

Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel, Narrated by Simon Vance, Macmillan Audio

The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene, Narrated by Colin Firth, Audible, Inc.

Heft, by Liz Moore, Narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka, Blackstone Audio

The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro, Narrated by Simon Prebble, Tantor Media

Remember Ben Clayton, by Stephen Harrigan, Narrated by George Guidall, Recorded Books, LLC

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee and Graeme Malcolm, Audible, Inc.

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan, by Seth Rudetsky, Narrated by Seth Rudetsky, Andrea Burns, Paul

Castree, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Gad, Ana Gasteyer and Megan Hilty, Audible, Inc.

October Mourning, by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Lesléa Newman, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd and Christina Traister, Brilliance Audio

The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner and , Narrated by Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Joe Hurley, Katherine Kellgren, Nick Sullivan , Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day and Jason Collins , SueMedia Productions for Neil Gaiman Presents (ACX)

Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, by Etgar Keret, Narrated by Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Ben Marcus, Gary Shteyngart, Michael Chabon, Neal Stephenson and Stanley Tucci, Macmillan Audio

That Is All, by John Hodgman, Narrated by John Hodgman, Dick Cavett, Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Sarah Vowell and Brooke Shields, Penguin Audio

MYSTERY

And When She Was Good, by Laura Lippman, Narrated by Linda Emond, HarperAudio

The Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penny, Narrated by Ralph Cosham, Macmillan Audio

The Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas, by Chris Ewan, Narrated by Simon Vance, AudioGO

Hush Money, by Chuck Greaves, Narrated by Dan Butler, AudioGO

The Nightmare, by Lars Kepler, Narrated by Mark Bramhall, Macmillan Audio

NON-FICTION

Breasts, by Florence Williams, Narrated by Kate Reading, Tantor Media

Cemetery John, by Robert Zorn, Narrated by Sean Runnette, Tantor Media

The Crisis of Zionism, by Peter Beinart, Narrated by Lloyd James, Tantor Media

Love is the Cure, by Elton John, Narrated by Elton John, Hachette Audio

Sex and God at Yale, by Nathan Harden, Narrated by Scott Aiello, Audible, Inc.

ORIGINAL WORK

Coming Home to Us: A Trilogy of Love, Loss, and Healing, by Helen Engelhardt and Marjorie Van Halteren, Narrated by Helen Engelhardt, Marjorie Van Halteren , Suse Lowenstein, Mary Lou Ciulla, Mary Kay Stratis, Eleanor Bright, Pat Simpson and Wendy Giebler, Midsummer Sound Company

Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You!, by Yuri Rasovsky, Narrated by a Full Cast, Blackstone Audio

Gun Church, by Reed Farrel Coleman, Narrated by Joe Barrett and John Keating, Audible, Inc.

The Junkie Quatrain, by Peter Clines, Narrated by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer, Audible, Inc.

Titanium Rain, Episode One, by Josh Finney, Narrated by a Full Cast, The AudioComics Company

PACKAGE DESIGN

Coming Home to Us: A Trilogy of Love, Loss, and Healing, by Helen Engelhardt and Marjorie Van Halteren, Narrated by Helen Engelhardt, Marjorie Van Halteren , Suse Lowenstein, Mary Lou Ciulla, Mary Kay Stratis,

Eleanor Bright, Pat Simpson and Wendy Giebler, Midsummer Sound Company

The Great Gazzoon, by Rick Scott and Valley Hennell, Narrated by Rick Scott and a Full Cast, Grand Poobah Music

NPR Road Trips: Fairs and Festivals, by NPR, Narrated by Noah Adams, HighBridge Company

On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman, Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy, Macmillan Audio

Savages, by Don Wilson, Narrated by Michael Kramer, Tantor Media

PARANORMAL

The Bride Wore Black Leather, by Simon R. Green, Narrated by Marc Vietor, Audible, Inc.

The Greyfriar – Vampire Empire Book 1, by Clay and Susan Griffith, Narrated by James Marsters, Buzzy Multimedia Publishing

Gunmetal Magic, by Ilona Andrews, Narrated by Renée Raudman, Tantor Media

My Life as a White Trash Zombie, by Diana Rowland, Narrated by Allison McLemore, Audible, Inc.

Spellbound, by Larry Correia, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Audible, Inc.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, by Colin Powell, Narrated by Colin Powell, HarperAudio

Just One Thing, by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Narrated by Fred Stella, Brilliance Audio

Naked at Our Age, by Joan Price, Narrated by Suzanne Toren, Audible, Inc.

The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff, Narrated by Simon Vance, Tantor Media

The Whole-Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, Narrated by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, Brilliance Audio

ROMANCE

Don’t Cry for Me, by Sharon Sala, Narrated by Kathe Mazur, Audible, Inc.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, by Jennifer Ashley, Narrated by Angela Dawe, Tantor Media

Never Seduce a Scot, by Maya Banks, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, Tantor Media

Scandalous Desires, by Elizabeth Hoyt, Narrated by Ashford MacNab, Hachette Audio

The Witness, by Nora Roberts, Narrated by Julia Whelan, Brilliance Audio

SCIENCE FICTION

14, by Peter Clines, Narrated by Ray Porter, Audible, Inc.

Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio, Narrated by Angela Dawe, Brilliance Audio

The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker, Narrated by Emily Janice Card, Random House Audio/Books on Tape

Invincible, by Jack Campbell, Narrated by Christian Rummel, Audible, Inc.

Pure, by Julianna Baggott, Narrated by Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins and Casey Holloway, Hachette Audio

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

Astray, by Emma Donoghue, Narrated by Khristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren and Dion Graham, Hachette Audio

I Am an Executioner, by Rajesh Parameswaran, Narrated by Neil Shah and Lina Patel, Dreamscape Media, LLC

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion, Narrated by Diane Keaton, Audible, Inc.

Welcome to Bordertown, by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, MacLeod Andrews, Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, Brilliance Audio

When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories, by Molly Ringwald, Narrated by Molly Ringwald, HarperAudio

TEENS

The Diviners, by Libba Bray, Narrated by January LaVoy, Listening Library/Books on Tape

Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Stephen Briggs, HarperAudio

Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Brilliance Audio

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, Narrated by Kate Rudd, Brilliance Audio

Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini, Narrated by Gerard Doyle, Listening Library/Books on Tape

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

The Boy in the Suitcase, by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, AudioGO

The Chalk Girl, by Carol O’Connell, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Recorded Books, LLC

Odd Apocalypse, by Dean Koontz, Narrated by David Aaron Baker, Brilliance Audio

Red, White, and Blood, by Christopher Farnsworth, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Blackstone Audio

Rise Again, by Ben Tripp, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, Tantor Media

 

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Mary Burkey is a National Board Certified teacher-librarian in the Olentangy School District in Columbus, Ohio.

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  1. Fgoldsmith@gmail.com' Francisca Goldsmith says:

    Mary, thank you for getting this posted asap!

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