Audiobook of the Year & Distinguished Achievement in Production Finalists Announced

Two premiere awards given by the Audio Publishers Association will be named at the annual Audies Awards on May 28th, and today the nominees were released. As a current Audies Award judge, I know that this year’s roster of nominees for the 30 individual category Audies Awards contains the very best in audio enjoyment. As a former judge of the Audiobook of the Year Award, I know just how rigorous the application and evaluation process is for the two top special awards. The criteria differ, with a focus on both quality of the audio experience and on the impact on the audiobook industry.

AudiesThe award for Distinguished Achievement in Production recognizes a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence. The Audiobook of the Year recognizes the audiobook that—through quality, innovation, marketing and sales—has had the most significant impact on the industry, balancing the listening experience with a title’s ability to bring new listeners to the audiobook format.

Here are the results from the APA’s press release, a list that includes Booklist’s Editors’ Choice Youth Audio “Top of the List” Revolution and the 2014 Editors’ Choice Adult Audio selection The Bully Pulpit

The five titles competing for Audiobook of the Year are:
  • The Bully Pulpit; by Doris Kearns Goodwin; narrated by Edward Herrmann; Simon & Schuster Audio
  • The Graveyard Book; by Neil Gaiman; narrated by Derek Jacobi and a full cast; HarperAudio
  • Mandela: An Audio History; by Nelson Mandela; narrated by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman; Highbridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books
  • What I Know For Sure; written and narrated by Oprah Winfrey; Macmillan Audio
  • Yes Please; written and narrated by Amy Poehler; Harper Audio
The four titles competing for Distinguished Achievement in Production are:
  • The Child; by Sebastian Fitzek; narrated by Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, Stephen Marcus, Robert Glenister, and Andy Serkis; Audible, Inc.
  • The Graveyard Book; by Neil Gaiman; narrated by Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt; HarperAudio
  • Report from Nuremberg: The International War Crimes Trial; by Harold Burson; narrated by Christian Rummel, Richard McGonagle, Gabrielle de Cuir, Kristoffer Tabori, Arthur Morey, Joe Nocera, and others; Audible, Inc.
  • Revolution; by Deborah Wiles; narrated by Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J.D. Jackson and Robin Miles; Listening Library

Good luck to all nominees. I will be in the audience as the winners are announced at the Audie Awards Gala at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City, which will be hosted by the incomparable Jack Gantos. I’ll try to grab some photos of the event known as the “Oscars of the Audiobook World” to share with you here!



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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