Distinguished Achievement in Audiobook Production

The best audiobook experience? The top four titles of 2013, according to the Audio Publishers Association, are listed below. The organization announce the finalists for the two premier categories recognized at the Audies Awards today. I announced the nominees for Audiobook of the Year earlier today, and the complete list of all 28 categories in this Audiobooker post. I’m thrilled at the spectrum of titles, from We Are America, a marvelous youth title, to Janis Ian’s musical memoir, to a celebration of short stories to honor Bradbury, and a new look at the classic Dracula – great listening all! Here’s more from the APA:

The four titles competing for Distinguished Achievement in Production are:

  • 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.

This award recognizes a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence.

“Every year our task to select the best and the most impactful audiobooks becomes harder as the quality of the productions and innovation in marketing reaches new heights,” said Ellen Myrick, Audies Judging Chair.

Michele Cobb, President of the APA, adds, “It’s no wonder that the audience and enthusiasm for audiobooks continue to grow as our members produce high caliber and high visibility titles such as these. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments.”



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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