Audiobook of the Year and Distinguished Achievement in Production Finalists

Big news from the Audio Publishers Association:

APA Announces the 2012 Finalists for Most Prestigious Audie Awards

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has selected four finalists for the prestigious Audiobook of the Year Award and four finalists for the Distinguished Achievement in Production Award. The winners will be announced at the 17th Annual Audies® Gala and Awards Presentation on Tuesday, June 5 at The New-York Historical Society in New York City.

The four titles in the running for the 2012 Audiobook of the Year Award are:

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, Sarah Jones and a full cast (HarperAudio)
  • Bossypants, written and narrated by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio) [Booklist’s Top the List 2011 Editor’s Choice]
  • Go the F**k to Sleepby Adam Mansbach, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Audible)
  • Steve Jobsby Walter Isaacson, narrated by Dylan Baker with an introduction by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Audiobook of the Year Award recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the audio industry.

The four titles selected to compete for the 2012 Distinguished Achievement in Production Award are:

  • The Mark of Zorro, by Yuri Rasovskynarrated by Val Kilmer and a full cast (Zorro Productions, Inc., and Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
  • She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, selected, introduced and narrated by Caroline Kennedy and a full cast (Hyperion Audio)
  • The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, by Allan Wolf, narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington and Angela Dawe (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio)
  • The Witches of Lublin, by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom, narrated by Tovah Feldshuh, Neil Gaiman, Simon Jones, Barbara Rosenblat, Elizabeth Boskey, Joanne Borts, Yelena Shmulenson, Joyce Feurring, Tim Jerome and a full cast (SueMedia Productions)

The Distinguished Achievement in Production Award is presented to an audiobook that demonstrates excellence in all areas of production.

“This year has truly shattered the sound barrier,” said Ellen Myrick, Chair of the Audies judging committee, citing the record number of submissions and high quality of nominated titles in all categories. “This year’s finalists have most certainly won new fans to the format by the thousands.”

Click here to see the full press release including comments and insight into the selection of these finalists from this year’s judges.




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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