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The Year’s Best Audiobooks: 2016 Audie Award Finalists

AudiobookerA total of 135 audiobooks in 25 categories, from classics to erotica, business to paranormal, and every genre for every age. The Audio Publishers Association honors distinction in audiobook and spoken-word entertainment with the Audies, the only awards program in the United States devoted solely to the audio format. The audiobook field is the fastest-growing segment in publishing, and as a judge in this year’s deliberations, I was overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of my judging category in the tsunami of Audies submissions. If you’re curious about exactly how the system works, check out the APA Audies Judging Process & Criteria. The winners will be announced at the annual Audies Gala, the Oscars of the audiobook world. I’ll be at the fabulous formal event hosted by Paula Poundstone on May 11, at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, where you can join in by watching the live stream. If you are interested in all things Audies, you can watch a recording of the 2015 Audies gala and see past winners here.

AudiesBelow you’ll see the complete list of this year’s finalists, which does not reveal the titles under consideration for the
premier level of recognition: Audiobook of the Year, which is awarded based upon a balance of three factors, marketing (40%), sales (35%), and quality (25%). The finalists for this award will be announced in March, along with those for three newly added Industry Awards for Excellence: one each for design, marketing, and production. These awards will be given at the annual Audio Publishers Association Conference on May 10 in Chicago, and recognized during the Audies Gala. Congratulations to all of the producers and narrators who have created the very best in literary listening! 

UPDATE: Here’s the full list of winners 

The Year’s Best Audiobooks: 2016 Audie Award Winners

 Audies Finalists Title Author Narrator Publisher
Audio Drama Amok Sebastian Fitzek Full Cast Audible Studios
  Christmas Eve, 1914 Charles Olivier Full Cast Audible Studios
  Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories Rudyard Kipling Full Cast Audible Studios
  The Sleeper and the Spindle Neil Gaiman Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, and Michael Maloney HarperAudio
  The Starling Project Jeffery Deaver Alfred Molina and a full cast Audible Studios
Autobiography / Memoir Born with Teeth Kate Mulgrew Kate Mulgrew Hachette Audio
  The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath Ben S. Bernanke Grover Gardner Brilliance Publishing
  Ghost Boy Martin Pistorius Simon Bubb Thomas Nelson/ HarperAudio
  I Must Say Martin Short Martin Short HarperAudio
  Keep Moving Dick Van Dyke Dick Van Dyke Blackstone Audio
  Travels Michael Crichton Christopher Lane Brilliance Audio
Best Female Narrator All the Stars in the Heavens Adriana Trigiani Blair Brown HarperAudio
  The Boston Girl Anita Diamant Linda Lavin Simon & Schuster Audio
  Lair of Dreams Libba Bray January LaVoy Listening Library/ Penguin Random House Audio
  The Lost Landscape Joyce Carol Oates Cassandra Campbell HarperAudio
  The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Polly Stone Macmillan Audio
  Wild Rover No More L.A. Meyer Katherine Kellgren Listen & Live Audio
Best Male Narrator Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut John Malkovich Audible Studios
  Classic Love Poems Various Richard Armitage Audible Studios
  Dead Wake Erik Larson Scott Brick Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio
  The English Spy Daniel Silva George Guidall HarperAudio
  Finders Keepers Stephen King Will Patton Simon & Schuster Audio
  Jurassic Park Michael Crichton Scott Brick Brilliance Audio
Business/ 

Educational

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man Steve Harvey Mike Hodge HarperAudio
  A Curious Mind Brian Grazer with Charles Fishman Norbert Leo Butz Simon & Schuster Audio
  Get Big Things Done, The Power of Connectional Intelligence Erica Dhawan and Saj-nicole Joni Christina Moore Recorded Books
  Talking to Crazy Mark Goulston L.J. Ganser Audible Studios
  Wake up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life Michael Strahan and Veronica Chambers Michael Strahan Simon & Schuster Audio
Erotica Beg Tease Submit CD Reiss Jo Raylan Flip City Media
  Beta Jasinda Wilder Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne ACX/Seth Clarke
  Control Burn Resist CD Reiss Jo Raylan and Christian Fox Flip City Media
  Curing Doctor Vincent Renea Mason Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard Renea Mason
  Trust Ella Frank Shannon Gunn Audible Studios
Fantasy Ascension: The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1 Brian K. Fuller Simon Vance Podium Publishing
  The Cycle of Arawn Edward W. Robertson Tim Gerard Reynolds Podium Publishing
  The Fifth Season N.K. Jemisin Robin Miles Hachette Audio
  Nice Dragons Finish Last Rachel Aaron Vikas Adam Audible Studios
  Son of the Black Sword Larry Correia Tim Gerard Reynolds Audible Studios
Fiction Citizens Creek Lalita Tademy Bahni Turpin and J. D. Jackson Brilliance Audio
  A God in Ruins Kate Atkinson Alex Jennings Hachette Audio
  Kitchens of the Great Midwest J. Ryan Stradal Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg Penguin Audio / Books on Tape
  The Last Bus to Wisdom Ivan Doig David Aaron Baker Recorded Books
  The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Polly Stone Macmillan Audio
  The Sellout Paul Beatty Prentice Onayemi Audible Studios
History/

Biography

In Search of Sir Thomas Browne Hugh Aldersey-Williams Simon Vance HighBridge Audio / Recorded Books
  A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts Andrew Chaikin and Tom Hanks Bronson Pinchot Audiobooks.com Publishing
  Operation Nemesis Eric Bogosian Eric Bogosian Hachette Audio
  Pacific Simon Winchester Simon Winchester HarperAudio
  Texas Rising Stephen L. Moore P.J. Ochlan HarperAudio
Humor Almost Interesting David Spade David Spade HarperAudio
  Car Talk Classics: No Factory Recalls, So Far Tom and Ray Magliozzi Tom and Ray Magliozzi HighBridge Audio

/Recorded Books

  Furiously Happy Jenny Lawson Jenny Lawson Macmillan Audio
  Modern Romance Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg Aziz Ansari Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio
  Texts from Jane Eyre Mallory Ortberg Amy Landon and Zach Villa Tantor Media
  Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling Mindy Kaling Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio
Inspirational / Faith-Based Fiction Come to Me Alive Leah Atwood Pamela Almand ACX
  Her Brother’s Keeper Beth Wiseman Clifton Harris Thomas Nelson/ HarperAudio
  The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn Lori Benton Kate Forbes Recorded Books
  Secrets She Kept Cathy Gohlke Morgan Hallett and Suzy Jackson Recorded Books
  To Win Her Favor Tamera Alexander Melba Sibrel Zondervan/ HarperAudio
Inspirational / Faith-Based Non-Fiction And Then There Were Nuns Jane Christmas Elizabeth Wiley Post Hypnotic Press
  Boy Born Dead David Ring Paul Michael christianaudio
  Glory Days Max Lucado Ben Holland Thomas Nelson/ HarperAudio
  The Pastor’s Wife Sabina Wurmbrand Sadie Alexandru christianaudio
  Through the Eyes of a Lion Levi Lusko Levi Lusko Thomas Nelson/ HarperAudio
Literary Fiction & Classics The Fishermen Chigozie Obioma Chukwudi Iwuji Hachette Audio
  Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson Kieron Elliott Recorded Books
  Little Big Man Thomas Berger Scott Sowers, cameo by David Aaron Baker Recorded Books
  Sweetland Michael Crummey John Lee HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books
  Til the Well Runs Dry Lauren Francis-Sharma Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin Tantor Media
Middle Grade Echo Pam Munoz Ryan Mark Bramhall, David deVries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler Scholastic Audio
  The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie Bruce Coville Full Cast Listening Library/ Penguin Random House Audio
  The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V Maryrose Wood Katherine Kellgren HarperAudio
  Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar Sally Derby Dion Graham, Bahni Turpin Brilliance Publishing
  Stella by Starlight Sharon M. Draper Heather Alicia Simms Simon & Schuster Audio
Multi-Voiced Performance Clockwork Lives Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart Morgan Hallet, George Guidall, Richard Poe, Jim Jenner, Tandy Cronyn, Pete Bradbury, Barbara Rosenblat, and Brian Hutchison Recorded Books
  Echo Pam Munoz Ryan Mark Bramhall, David deVries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler Scholastic Audio
  How It Went Down Kekla Magoon Cherise Boothe, Shari Peele, Kevin R. Free, Avery Glymph, Patricia R. Floyd, and Brian Hutchison Recorded Books
  Illuminae Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, and Jonathan McClain Listening Library / Penguin House  Audio
  Just Kids from the Bronx Arlene Alda Alan Alda, Arlene Alda, Christina Delaine with Milton Glaser, Regis Philbin, Robert Klein, Gabrielle Salvatto and Carlos Serrano Macmillan Audio
  With Lee in Virginia G.A. Henty Brian Blessed, Sean Astin, Kirk Cameron, and a full cast Heirloom Audio Productions
Mystery All the Old Knives Olen Steinhauer Ari Fliakos and Juliana Francis Kelly Macmillan Audio
  Career of Evil Robert Galbraith Robert Glenister Hachette Audio
  Corrupted Lisa Scottoline Kate Burton Macmillan Audio
  Gun Street Girl Adrian McKInty Gerard Doyle Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  Malice at the Palace Rhys Bowen Katherine Kellgren Audible Studios
  The Nature of the Beast Louise Penny Robert Bathurst Macmillan Audio
Narration by Author The Art of Asking Amanda Palmer Amanda Palmer Hachette Audio
  Born with Teeth Kate Mulgrew Kate Mulgrew Hachette Audio
  Furiously Happy Jenny Lawson Jenny Lawson Macmillan Audio
  I Must Say Martin Short Martin Short HarperAudio
  Thirteen Ways of Looking Colum McCann Colum McCann Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio
Non-Fiction The Dorito Effect Mark Schatzker Chris Patton Dreamscape
  Ghettoside Jill Leovy Rebecca Lowman Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio
  I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out Lee Gutkind Tavia Gilbert Tantor Media
  Missoula Jon Krakauer Mozhan Marno Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio
  Song Machine John Seabrook Dion Graham Highbridge Audio / Recorded Books
Original Work Carmilla J. Sheridan Le Fanu Rose Leslie and David Tennant Audible Studios
  Drunken Fireworks Stephen King Tim Sample Simon & Schuster Audio
  Locke & Key Joe Hill Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, and a full cast Audible Studios
  NPR American Chronicles: First Ladies

 

National Public Radio Cokie Roberts HighBridge Audio / Recorded Books
  The Starling Project Jeffery Deaver Alfred Molina and a full cast Audible Studios
  StoryCorps: Outloud: Voices of the LGBTQ Community from Across America David Isay Ari Shapiro and a full cast HighBridge Audio / Recorded Books
Paranormal The Dead House Dawn Kurtagich Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson Hachette Audio
  Hounacier Seth Skorkowsky R.C. Bray Audible Studios
  Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man Mark Tufo Sean Runnette Podium Publishing
  Seven Years Dannika Dark Nicole Poole Tantor Media
  White Trash Zombie Gone Wild Diana Rowland Allison McLemore Audible Studios
Romance The Duke’s Holiday Maggie Fenton Sue Pitkin Brilliance Audio
  The Highwayman Kerrigan Byrne Derek Perkins Tantor Media
  Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover Sarah MacLean Justine Eyre HarperAudio
  The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy Julia Quinn Rosalyn Landor HarperAudio
  A Sorceress of His Own Dianne Duvall Kirsten Potter Tantor Media
Science Fiction Ancillary Mercy Ann Leckie Adjoa Andoh Hachette Audio
  Aurora Kim Stanley Robinson Ali Ahn Hachette Audio
  Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy Pierce Brown Tim Gerard Reynolds Recorded Books
  Jurassic Park Michael Crichton Scott Brick Brilliance Audio
  Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! Tom Angleberger Marc Thompson Listening Library / Penguin Random House Audio
Thriller/

Suspense

Blue Labyrinth Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child Rene Auberjonois Hachette Audio
  The Patriot Threat Steve Berry Scott Brick Macmillan Audio
  The President’s Shadow Brad Meltzer Scott Brick Hachette Audio
  Season of Fear Brian Freeman Joe Barrett Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  Signal Patrick Lee Ari Fliakos Macmillan Audio
Young Adult All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven Kirby Heyborne, Ariadne Meyers, and Jennifer Niven Listening Library / Penguin Random House Audio
  Lair of Dreams Libba Bray January LaVoy Listening Library / Penguin House Audio
  The Sleeper and the Spindle Neil Gaiman Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, and Michael Maloney HarperAudio
  Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) Laura Hillenbrand Edward Herrmann Listening Library / Penguin Random House
  The Winter Horses Philip Kerr James Langton Tantor Media
X: A Novel Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon Dion Graham and Ilyasah Shabazz Brilliance Audio
Young Listeners

(up to age 8)

Appleblossom the Possum Holly Goldberg Sloan Dustin Hoffman Listening Library / Penguin Random House Audio
  Brother Hugo and the Bear Katy Beebe and S.D. Schindler Gildart Jackson Dreamscape
  Dory Fantasmagory Abby Hanlon Suzy Jackson Recorded Books
  The Eloise Collection Kay Thompson Bernadette Peters, with music by Anthony de Mare Simon & Schuster Audio
  Little Shop of Monsters R.L. Stine and Marc Brown Jack Black Hachette Audio
  Nino Wrestles the World Yuyi Morales Adriana Sananes Dreamscape

 

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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.

6 Comments on "The Year’s Best Audiobooks: 2016 Audie Award Finalists"

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  1. alcidesramos3@gmail.com' Alcides says:

    Wow, great audio collection indeed! Will you release a post with each category winner once the results are announced?

  2. jeanforster@gmail.com' g says:

    wagwan my gs

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