2016 Audie Award Finalists: Audiobook of the Year and More

AudiobookerThe Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for the premier level of Audies Awards: Audiobook of the Year, Excellence in Design, Excellence in Marketing, and Excellence in Production. This is the first year that the three awards for excellence will be announced at the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC), which will be held on May 10, 2016 in Chicago. The winner of the Audiobook of the Year Award will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala on May 11, 2016, at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. You can check out the full roster of all of the other nominees in this post: The Year’s Best Audiobooks 2016.

Audiobook of the Year

This award recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry. Each nominated title is distinguished by excellence in production as well as their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative marketing. The four finalists competing for this award are:

The girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins; narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher  (Penguin Audio / Books on Tape)

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee; narrated by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah; narrated by Polly Stone (Macmillan Audio)

The Water Diviner, by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios; narrated by Jack Thompson (Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd)

 

Excellence in Design

This award recognizes the product design for packaging or display art. The five finalists competing for Excellence in Design are:

Art of WarThe Art of War, by Sun Tzu; design by Alex Odulio (Audible Studios)

Bill O’Reilly’s History Collection: Audiobook Boxed Set, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard; package/cover design by Margo Goody (Macmillan Audio)

Forces from Beyond, by Simon R. Green; cover design by Ashlee Sasscer (Recorded Books)

The Hunger Games Trilogy Collection, by Suzanne Collins; package/cover design by Kathlyn Miller (Recorded and published by Scholastic Audio, and distributed by Brilliance Publishing, Inc.)

Locke & Key, by Joe Hill; design by Matthew Angorn, Kari Niles, Nick Horvath, Gabriel Rodriguez, Diane Chang, and Amil Dave (Audible Studios)

 

Excellence in Marketing

This award recognizes the promotional campaign that contributed most to generating attention and bringing new listeners to spoken word. The five finalists competing for Excellence in Marketing are:

Go Set A WatchmanGo Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee; narrated by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez; narrated by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and a full cast (Audible Studios)

Read Proud Listen Proud, LGBTQ literature awareness campaign (Penguin Random House Audio)

Welcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor; narrated by Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, Therese Plummer, and Dan Bittner (HarperAudio)

 

Excellence in Production 

This award recognizes a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence.The five titles competing for Excellence in Production are:

AmokAmok, by Sebastian Fitzek; narrated by Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, Peter Firth, Brendan Coyle, and Hugh Skinnert (Audible Studios)

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee; narrated by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez; narrated by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and a full cast (Audible Studios)

The Patriot Threat, by Steve Berry; narrated by Scott Brick with special bonus “writer’s cut” read by Steve Berry (Macmillan Audio)

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, by Rudyard Kipling; narrated by Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, Tim McInnerny, Bernard Cribbins, Celia Imrie, and Martin Shaw (Audible Studios)

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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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