The Year’s Best Audiobooks: 2016 Audie Award Winners

AudiobookerThe “Oscars” of audiobooks have been announced by the Audio Publishers Association in a dazzling ceremony that honors the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, and the amazing narrators who bring literature to life. Congratulations to all of the winners, marked in bold red below, along with the nominees in all 29 categories. The event, hosted by Paula Poundstone the evening of May 11 at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, honored over 135 audiobooks, from classics to erotica, business to paranormal, in every genre for every age. You can see all of the past Audies winners here—twenty-one years of the very best in audiobooks!


Award categories & 2016 winners & nominees:

The Girl on the TrainAudiobook of the Year: This award recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry.

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. Read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher (Penguin Audio / Books on Tape)

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee. Read by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. Read by Polly Stone (Macmillan Audio)

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

 

Best Female Narrator                            

All the Stars in the Heavens, by Adriana Trigiani. Read by Blair Brown (HarperAudio)

The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant. Read by Linda Lavin (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Lair of Dreams, by Libba Bray. Read by January LaVoy (Listening Library)

The Lost Landscape, by Joyce Carol Oates. Read by Cassandra Campbell (HarperAudio)

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. Read by Polly Stone (Macmillan Audio)

Wild Rover No More, by L. A. Meyer. Read by Katherine Kellgren (Listen & Live Audio)

 

Best Male Narrator                                 

Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut. Read by John Malkovich (Audible Studios)

Classic Love Poems, by Various. Read by Richard Armitage (Audible Studios)

Dead Wake, by Erik Larson. Read by Scott Brick (Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio)

The English Spy, by Daniel Silva. Read by George Guidall (HarperAudio)

Finders Keepers, by Stephen King. Read by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton. Read by Scott Brick (Brilliance Audio)

 

Excellence in Design

The 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

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee. Read by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

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

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

Welcome to Night Valeby Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Read by Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, Therese Plummer, and Dan Bittner (HarperAudio)

 

Excellence in Production 

Amok, by Sebastian Fitzek. Read by Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, Peter Firth, Brendan Coyle, and Hugh Skinnert (Audible Studios)

Go Set a Watchmanby Harper Lee. Read by Reese Witherspoon (HarperAudio)

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

The Patriot Threat, by Steve Berry. Read 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. Read by Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, Tim McInnerny, Bernard Cribbins, Celia Imrie, and Martin Shaw (Audible Studios)

 

Audio Drama    

Amok, by Sebastian Fitzek. Read by Full Cast (Audible Studios)

Christmas Eve, 1914, by Charles Olivier. Read byFull Cast (Audible Studios)

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

The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, and Michael Maloney (HarperAudio)

The Starling Project, by Jeffery Deaver. Read by Alfred Molina and a full cast (Audible Studios)

 

Autobiography / Memoir

Born with Teeth, by Kate Mulgrew. Read by Kate Mulgrew (Hachette Audio)

The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath, by Ben S. Bernanke. Read by Grover Gardner (Brilliance Publishing)

Ghost Boy, by Martin Pistorius. Read by Simon Bubb (Thomas Nelson)

I Must Say, by Martin Short. Read by Martin Short (HarperAudio)

Keep Moving, by Dick Van Dyke. Read by Dick Van Dyke (Blackstone Audio)

Travels, by Michael Crichton. Read by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Audio)

 

Business / Personal Development                           

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey. Read by Mike Hodge (HarperAudio)

A Curious Mind, by Brian Grazer with Charles Fishman. Read by Norbert Leo Butz (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Get Big Things Done, The Power of Connectional Intelligence, by Erica Dhawan and Saj-nicole Joni. Read by Christina Moore (Recorded Books)

Talking to Crazy, by Mark Goulston. Read by L.J. Ganser (Audible Studios)

Wake up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life, by Michael Strahan and Veronica Chambers. Read by Michael Strahan (Simon & Schuster Audio)

 

Erotica              

Beg Tease Submit, by CD Reiss. Read by Jo Raylan (Flip City Media)

Beta, by Jasinda Wilder. Read by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne (ACX/Seth Clarke)

Control Burn Resist, by CD Reiss. Read by Jo Raylan and Christian Fox (Flip City Media

Curing Doctor Vincent, by Renea Mason. Read by Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard (Renea Mason)

Trust, by Ella Frank. Read by Shannon Gunn (Audible Studios)

 

Fantasy              

Ascension: The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1, by Brian K. Fuller. Read by Simon Vance (Podium Publishing)

The Cycle of Arawn, by Edward W. Robertson. Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Podium Publishing)

The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin. Read by Robin Miles (Hachette Audio)

Nice Dragons Finish Last, by Rachel Aaron. Read by Vikas Adam (Audible Studios)

Son of the Black Sword, by Larry Correia. Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Audible Studios)

 

Fiction

Citizens Creek, by Lalita Tademy. Read by Bahni Turpin and J. D. Jackson (Brilliance Publishing)

A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson. Read by Alex Jennings (Hachette Audio)

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal. Read by Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg (Penguin Audio / Books on Tape)

The Last Bus to Wisdom, by Ivan Doig. Read by David Aaron Baker (Recorded Books)

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. Read by Polly Stone (Macmillan Audio)

The Sellout, by Paul Beatty. Read by Prentice Onayemi (Audible Studios)

 

History/Biography                                   

In Search of Sir Thomas Browne, by Hugh Aldersey-Williams. Read by Simon Vance (HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books)

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, by Andrew Chaikin and Tom Hanks. Read by Bronson Pinchot (Audiobooks.com Publishing)

Operation Nemesis, by Eric Bogosian. Read by Eric Bogosian (Hachette Audio)

Pacific, by Simon Winchester. Read by Simon Winchester (HarperAudio)

Texas Rising, by Stephen L. Moore. Read by P. J. Ochlan (HarperAudio)

 

Humor               

Almost Interesting, by David Spade. Read by David Spade (HarperAudio)

Car Talk Classics: No Factory Recalls, So Far, by Tom and Ray Magliozzi. Read by Tom and Ray Magliozzi (HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books)

Furiously Happyby Jenny Lawson. Read by Jenny Lawson (Macmillan Audio)

Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg. Read by Aziz Ansari (Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio)

Texts from Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg. Read by Amy Landon and Zach Villa (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. Read by Mindy Kaling (Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio)

 

Inspirational Faith-Based Fiction          

Come to Me Alive, by Leah Atwood. Read by Pamela Almand (ACX)

Her Brother’s Keeper, by Beth Wiseman. Read by Clifton Harris (Thomas Nelson)

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, by Lori Benton. Read by Kate Forbes (Recorded Books)

Secrets She Kept, by Cathy Gohlke. Read by Morgan Hallett and Suzy Jackson (Recorded Books)

 To Win Her Favor, by Tamera Alexander. Read by Melba Sibrel (Zondervan)

 

Inspirational Faith-Based Non-Fiction 

And Then There Were Nuns, by Jane Christmas. Read by Elizabeth Wiley (Post Hypnotic Press)

Boy Born Dead, by David Ring. Read by Paul Michael (christianaudio)

Glory Days, by Max Lucado. Read by Ben Holland (Thomas Nelson)

The Pastor’s Wife, by Sabina Wurmbrand. Read by Sadie Alexandru (christianaudio)

Through the Eyes of a Lion, by Levi Lusko. Read by Levi Lusko (Thomas Nelson)

 

Literary Fiction & Classics                    

The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma. Read by Chukwudi Iwuji (Hachette Audio)

Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Read by Kieron Elliott (Recorded Books)

Little Big Man, by Thomas Berger. Read by Scott Sowers, cameo by David Aaron Baker (Recorded Books)

Sweetland, by Michael Crummey. Read by John Lee (HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books)

Til the Well Runs Dry, by Lauren Francis-Sharma. Read by Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books)

 

Middle Grade  

Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan. Read by Mark Bramhall, David deVries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler (Scholastic Audio)

The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie, by Bruce Coville. Read by full cast (Listening Library)

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V, by Maryrose Wood. Read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)

Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, by Sally Derby. Read by Dion Graham, Bahni Turpin (Brilliance Publishing)

Stella by Starlight, by Sharon M. Draper. Read by Heather Alicia Simms (Simon & Schuster Audio)

 

Multi-Voiced Performance                     

Clockwork Lives, by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart. Read by Morgan Hallet, George Guidall, Richard Poe, Jim Jenner, Tandy Cronyn, Pete Bradbury, Barbara Rosenblat, and Brian Hutchison (Recorded Books)

Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan. Read by Mark Bramhall, David deVries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler (Scholastic Audio)

How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon. Read by Cherise Boothe, Shari Peele, Kevin R. Free, Avery Glymph, Patricia R. Floyd, and Brian Hutchison (Recorded Books)

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Read by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, and Jonathan McClain (Listening Library)

Just Kids from the Bronx, by Arlene Alda. Read by Alan Alda, Arlene Alda, Christina Delaine with Milton Glaser, Regis Philbin, Robert Klein, Gabrielle Salvatto and Carlos Serrano (Macmillan Audio)

With Lee in Virginia, by G.A. Henty. Read by Brian Blessed, Sean Astin, Kirk Cameron, and a full cast (Heirloom Audio Productions)

 

Mystery             

All the Old Knives, by Olen Steinhauer. Read by Ari Fliakos and Juliana Francis Kelly (Macmillan Audio)

Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith. Read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)

Corrupted, by Lisa Scottoline. Read by Kate Burton (Macmillan Audio)

Gun Street Girl, by Adrian McKInty. Read by Gerard Doyle (Blackstone Audio)

Malice at the Palace, by Rhys Bowen. Read by Katherine Kellgren (Audible Studios)

The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny. Read by Robert Bathurst (Macmillan Audio)

 

Narration by Author                               

The Art of Asking, by Amanda Palmer. Read by Amanda Palmer (Hachette Audio)

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew. Read by Kate Mulgrew (Hachette Audio)

Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson. Read by Jenny Lawson (Macmillan Audio)

I Must Say, by Martin Short. Read by Martin Short (HarperAudio)

Thirteen Ways of Looking, by Colum McCann. Read by Colum McCann (Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio)

 

Non-Fiction       

The Dorito Effect, by Mark Schatzker. Read by Chris Patton (Dreamscape)

Ghettoside, by Jill Leovy. Read by Rebecca Lowman (Random House Audio / Books on Tape)

I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out, by Lee Gutkind. Read by Tavia Gilbert (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books

Missoula, by Jon Krakauer. Read by Mozhan Marno (Books on Tape/ Penguin Random House Audio)

Song Machine, by John Seabrook. Read by Dion Graham (Highbridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books)

 

Original Work  

Carmilla, by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Read by Rose Leslie and David Tennant (Audible Studios)

Drunken Fireworks, by Stephen King. Read by Tim Sample (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Locke & Key, by Joe Hill. Read by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, and a full cast (Audible Studios)

NPR American Chronicles: First Ladies, by National Public Radio. Read by Cokie Roberts (HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

The Starling Project, by Jeffery Deaver. Read by Alfred Molina and a full cast (Audible Studios)

StoryCorps: Outloud: Voices of the LGBTQ Community from Across America, by David Isay. Read by Ari Shapiro and a full cast (HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books)

 

Paranormal      

The Dead House, by Dawn Kurtagich. Read by Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson (Hachette Audio)

Hounacier, by Seth Skorkowsky. Read by R. C. Bray (Audible Studios)

Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man, by Mark Tufo. Read by Sean Runnette (Podium Publishing)

Seven Years, by Dannika Dark. Read by Nicole Poole (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books)

White Trash Zombie Gone Wild, by Diana Rowland. Read by Allison McLemore (Audible Studios)

 

Romance           

The Duke’s Holiday, by Maggie Fenton. Read by Sue Pitkin (Brilliance Publishing)

The Highwayman, by Kerrigan Byrne. Read by Derek Perkins (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books)

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, by Sarah MacLean. Read by Justine Eyre (HarperAudio)

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, by Julia Quinn. Read by Rosalyn Landor (HarperAudio)

A Sorceress of His Own, by Dianne Duvall. Read by Kirsten Potter (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books)

 

Science Fiction  

Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie. Read by Adjoa Andoh (Hachette Audio)

Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson. Read by Ali Ahn (Hachette Audio)

Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy, by Pierce Brown. Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Recorded Books)

Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton. Read by Scott Brick (Brilliance Publishing)

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger. Read by Marc Thompson (Listening Library)

 

Thriller/Suspense                                   

Blue Labyrinth, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Read by Rene Auberjonois (Hachette Audio)

The Patriot Threat, by Steve Berry. Read by Scott Brick (Macmillan Audio)

The President’s Shadow, by Brad Meltzer. Read by Scott Brick (Hachette Audio)

Season of Fear, by Brian Freeman. Read by Joe Barrett (Blackstone Audio)

Signal, by Patrick Lee. Read by Ari Fliakos (Macmillan Audio)

 

Young Adult     

All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven. Read by Kirby Heyborne, Ariadne Meyers, and Jennifer Niven (Listening Library)

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. Read by January LaVoy (Listening Library)

The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, and Michael Maloney (HarperAudio)

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation), by Laura Hillenbrand. Read by Edward Herrmann (Listening Library)

The Winter Horses, by Philip Kerr. Read by James Langton (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books)

X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon. Read by Dion Graham and Ilyasah Shabazz (Brilliance Publishing)

 

Young Listeners (up to age 8)               

Appleblossom the Possum, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Read by Dustin Hoffman (Listening Library)

Brother Hugo and the Bear, by Katy Beebe and S.D. Schindler. Read by Gildart Jackson (Dreamscape)

Dory Fantasmagory, by Abby Hanlon. Read by Suzy Jackson (Recorded Books)

The Eloise Collection, by Kay Thompson. Read by Bernadette Peters, with music by Anthony de Mare (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Little Shop of Monsters, by R. L. Stine and Marc Brown. Read by Jack Black (Hachette Audio)

Nino Wrestles the World, by Yuyi Morales. Read by Adriana Sananes (Dreamscape)

 

 

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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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