Audie Finalists for Audiobook of the Year Announced!

Hold the phone, audiophiles: we just received a very exciting press release!

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced Audie Award® finalists for Audiobook of the Year and for Excellence in Design, Excellence in Marketing, and Excellence in Production. The winners of the Excellence Awards will be announced at the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) on May 30, 2018, in New York. The winner of the Audiobook of the Year will be announced at the Audie Awards® Gala on May 31, 2018, at the New-York Historical Society in New York City. . . Additional information can be found online at


To follow are this year’s finalists, linked to their Booklist reviews when available:


Audiobook of the Year

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah


Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1, by Craig Alanson, narrated by R.C. Bray


The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast


Lincoln in the Bardoby George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others


The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, written and narrated by Paula Poundstone



Excellence in Design

In Death Limited Collector’s Edition, by J.D. Robb, design by Carissa Dreese


Indigo Girl, by Natasha Boyd, design by Kathryn English


Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease, by Niki Kapsambelis, design by Christa Douyard


Red Plenty, by Francis Spufford, design by Amy Fernald


A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead, design by Margo Goody



Excellence in Marketing                     

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Eddie Redmayne, published by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling


I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, by Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss, narrated by Kevin Hart, published by Audible Studios


“Get Your Heart Racing,” campaign from Macmillan Audio


“Transform Your Commute,” campaign from Penguin Random House Audio


What Happened, written and narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, published by Simon & Schuster Audio



Excellence in Production

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II, an Audible Original narrated by Martin Sheen, published by Audible Originals


Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others, published by Random House Audio


Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things, written and narrated by Loudon Wainwright III, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books


New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld, published by Hachette Audio


Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry, narrated by Stephen Fry, published by Audible Studios


The X-Files: Cold Cases, by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios'

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