2018 Audie Award Winners Announced!

This year’s Audie Award winners were just announced at the 2018 Audies Gala, hosted by Award-winning narrator Simon Vance, at the New York Historical Society in New York City. Lincoln in the Bardo—a production that involved a record 166 narrators—took home the award for Audiobook of the Year. You can read our interview with author George Saunders and the team behind Lincoln here. (And read Joyce Saricks’s Booklist interview with Simon Vance here, and her interview with Young Adult Narrator winner Bahni Turpin here.)

The president of the Audio Publishers Association, Linda Lee, praised all participants in the competition in a statement: “The Audies Awards Gala gives us a time to recognize all the hard work that so many talented people put into thousands of productions each year. Each of the nominees and winners are to be commended for the tremendous contributions they have made to our flourishing industry and this special event is the perfect venue for us to show appreciation to each and every one of them.”

And the winners, linked to their Booklist reviews when available, are:


Lincoln in the BardoAudiobook of the Year

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a full cast, published by Random House Audio


Audio Drama

Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, by Paul McCusker, read by over 30 actors including Joseph Timms, Owen Teale, and Geoffrey Palmer, published by Augustine Institute



Born to Run, written and read by Bruce Springsteen, published by Simon & Schuster Audio


Best Female Narrator

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, read by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio


Best Male Narrator

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and read by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios


Business/Personal Development

Peak Performance, by Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness, read by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Publishing



Claim & Protect, by Rhenna Morgan, read by John Lane, published by Harlequin Audio


Excellence in Design

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


Excellence in Marketing

Transform Your Commute Campaign, Penguin Random House Audio


Excellence in Production

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



The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss, read by Kate Reading, published by Simon & Schuster Audio



Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, read by Cathleen McCarron, published by Penguin Audio



Loving Vs. Virginia, by Patricia Hruby Powell, read by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews, published by Dreamscape Media



Carpet Diem: Or. . .How to Save the World by Accident, by Justin Lee Anderson, read by Matthew Lloyd Davies, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books


Inspirational Faith-Based Fiction

Catching the Wind, by Melanie Dobson, read by Nancy Peterson, published by Two Words Publishing


Inspirational Faith-Based Nonfiction

Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace, by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, read by Emily Woo Zeller, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books


Literary Fiction & Classics

House of Names, by Colm Tóibín, read by Juliet Stevenson, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio


Middle Grade

See You in the Cosmos, by Jack Cheng, read by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Michael Crouch, and a full cast, published by Listening Library


Multi-Voiced Performance

Restart, by Gordon Korman, read by Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, and John Kroft, published by Recorded Books



The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz, read by Simon Vance, published by Random House Audio


Narration by Author

Norse Mythology, written and read by Neil Gaiman, published by HarperAudio



American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, by Nate Blakeslee, read by Mark Bramhall, published by Random House Audio


Original Work

Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, by David Hewson, read by Richard Armitage, published by Audible Studios



Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2, by Faith Hunter, read by Khristine Hvam, published by Audible Studios



The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare, read by Mary Jane Wells, published by HarperAudio


Science Fiction

Provenance, by Ann Leckie, Read by Adjoa Andoh, published by Hachette Audio


Short Stories/Collections

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, by Leigh Bardugo, read by Lauren Fortgang, published by Audible Studios



The Fourth Monkey, by J.D. Barker, read by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton, published by Recorded Books


Young Adult

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, read by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio


Young Listeners

Trombone Shorty, by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, read by Dion Graham, published by Live Oak Media

About the Author:

Rebecca Gonner is a recent graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in English Literature. When she's not at work, you'll likely find her watching anime, playing her ukulele, or reading.

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