#JIAM2012 Audies Awards announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Oscars of the audiobook world! 2012’s top narrators & producers were recognized at the Audio Publishers Association’s Audies Award Gala June 5th at the New York Historical Society in New York City. Comedian, actor, writer and director Michael Showalter emceed the event, where I was thrilled to be in the company of the stars of the industry. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Audiobook of the Year recognized for unparalleled listening experiences; creative, innovative and effective marketing; and significant sales impact on the audiobook industry.

Congratulations to the three finalists for Audiobook of the Year:
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)
Go the F**k to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Audible)
Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, narrated by Dylan Baker with an introduction by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio)

AND THE AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER IS: Bossypants, written and narrated by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)

The prestigious Distinguished Achievement in Production Award recognizes a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence. Congratulations to the three finalists:

The Mark of Zorro, by Yuri Rasovsky, narrated by Val Kilmer and a full cast (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 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, Miriam Margolyes and a full cast (SueMedia Productions)

AND THE DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION AWARD WINNER IS: 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)

And the winners of the following Audies cataories…

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE

Rosalyn Landor, narrator of The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley, Audible, Inc.

SOLO NARRATION—MALE

Simon Vance, narrator of The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, Tantor Audio

AUDIO DRAMA

I, Claudius, by Robert Graves, Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Tim McInnerny, Harriet Walter,  AudioGO/BBC Audio

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Bossypants, by Tina Fey, Narrated by Tina Fey, Hachette Audio

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

The Barefoot Executive, by Carrie Wilkerson, Narrated by Carrie Wilkerson, Oasis Audio

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

Heart and Soul, by Kadir Nelson, Narrated by Debbie Allen, HarperAudio

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist, by Bonnie Christensen, Narrated by George Guidall, Live Oak Media

CLASSIC

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens, Narrated by Simon Vance, Tantor Audio

FANTASY

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, Narrated by Khristine Hvam, Hachette Audio

FICTION
Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank, Narrated by Will Patton, Audible, Inc.

HISTORY

1861: The Civil War Awakening, by Adam Goodheart, Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Audible, Inc.

HUMOR

Shatner Rules, by William Shatner with Chris Regan, Narrated by William Shatner, Penguin Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

Courageous, by Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick, Narrated by Roger Mueller, Oasis Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

The Story, by Zondervan, Narrated by Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett and a full cast, Zondervan

LITERARY FICTION

State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett, Narrated by Hope Davis, HarperAudio

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, Narrated by Judyann Elder, James Gleason, Noah Gray-Cabey, Corey Hawkins, Deidrie Henry, Terrell Tilford, Rutina Wesley and Mirron E. Willis, L.A. Theatre Works

MYSTERY

Feast Day of Fools, by James Lee Burke, Narrated by Will Patton, Simon & Schuster Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

Libba Bray, Beauty Queens, Scholastic Audio

NON-FICTION

The Murder of the Century, by Paul Collins, Narrated by William Dufris, AudioGO

ORIGINAL WORK

METAtropolis: Cascadia, by Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder, and Tobias S. Buckell, Narrated by Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton, Audible, Inc.

PACKAGE DESIGN

Jane Austen: Classic BBC Radio Productions, by Jane Austen, Narrated by Angharad Rees and a full cast; Hannah Gordon and a full cast, Juliet Stevenson; Annette Crosbie, AudioGO/BBC Audio

PARANORMAL

Hard Magic, by Larry Correia, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Audible, Inc.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Prime Time, by Jane Fonda, Narrated by Jane Fonda, Random House Audio/Books on Tape

ROMANCE

New York to Dallas, by J.D. Robb, Narrated by Susan Ericksen, Brilliance Audio

SCIENCE FICTION

Fuzzy Nation, by John Scalzi, Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Audible, Inc.

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

Selected Short Stories: New American Stories, by Aleksandar Hemon, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sherman Alexie, Narrated by Boyd Gaines, Rita Wolf, Condola Rashad and BD Wong, Symphony Space

TEENS

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee, by L.A. Meyer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Listen & Live Audio

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

The Nightmare Thief, by Meg Gardiner, Narrated by Susan Ericksen.

The complete list of nominees for the awards can be found here. Congratulations to every narrator & producer recognized for excellence in this year’s Audies competition!

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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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  1. Sue-Ellen says:

    Thanks for posting this so quickly, Mary. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

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