I had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the Audies‘ Distinguished Achievement in Production award, with the wonderful requirement of critically listening to outstanding audiobooks. Here’s the official press release on the nominees from the Audio Publishers Association:
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced three Audie nominees for the prestigious Audiobook of the Year Award and five nominees for the newly created Distinguished Achievement in Production category. The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala awards ceremony on May 29, 2009, at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.
The three titles that have been selected for Audiobook of the Year contention are: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, read by Gerard Doyle, published by Listening Library; The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by the author, published by HarperAudio; and A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father by Augusten Burroughs, read by the author, published by Macmillan Audio. All three titles are distinguished by excellence in production as well as by their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative and innovative marketing.
The five titles that have been selected to compete for the inaugural Distinguished Achievement in Production award are: Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren, published by Listen & Live Audio; Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine, read by Sarah Naughton and a full cast, published by Full Cast Audio; Many Things Invisible by Carrington MacDuffie, read by the author, published by Blackstone Audio; The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer by various authors, read by Stacy Keach and a full cast, published by Blackstone Audio; and Louis Vuitton Soundwalk: Shanghai read by Joan Chen, published by Soundwalk.
The Audies, the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment, drew in a record 1,000 entries from audio publishers this year, reflecting the health of the audio industry. In recognition of the diversity and excellence achieved by a wide range of audiobook publishers, the APA created the Distinguished Achievement in Production award this year to recognize a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence. Audiobook of the Year recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry.