Audies Award Update

Finalists for the most prestigious audiobook awards were announced today by the Audio Publishers Association. The three titles in the running for Audiobook of the Year, distinguished by excellence in production as well as by their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative and innovative marketing,  are:
* Life, by Keith Richards, narrated by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley
* The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, narrated by Katherine Kellgren and Kevin P. Free
* The Woody Allen Collection, written and narrated by Woody Allen
The six titles selected to compete for the Distinguished Achievement in Production award are:

* Chapters from My Autobiography, by Mark Twain, narrated by Bronson Pinchot
* The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson, narrated by Simon Vance
* Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices, by Walter Dean Myers, narrated by a full cast
* One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia, narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson
* Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw, narrated by Amy Irving, Edward Herrmann, Kristoffer Tabori and a full cast
* The Sunset Limited, by Cormac McCarthy, narrated by Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight and Tom Stechschulte

You’ll find more details about the titles in the complete press release. For the complete list of all this year’s Audies finalists, not just the two categories announced today, read this Audiobooker post. If you’d like to learn more about the Audies, and how the history of the award reflects changing trends in the audiobook publishing field, read the recent terrific article “Audio Paradiso” by Raya Kuzyk. I’ve only listened to four of the titles in the running for these two best-of-the-best awards – guess it’s time to slap on the headphones and start listening!

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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