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APA Announces 2018 Audie Award® Winners

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(New York, NY - June 1, 2018) -- The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Audie Awards at its 23rd Annual Audies Gala on May 31st at the New York Historical Society in New York City. Often referred to as the "Oscars of spoken word entertainment," the evening marks a gathering of authors, narrators and publishers excited to hear who will win the most prestigious awards in the United States honoring audiobooks.

The Audiobook of the Year recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing, and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry. The award for Audiobook of the Year went to Lincoln in the Bardo, published by Random House Audio. The distinguished panel of judges praised this work:

"This year's Audiobook of the Year committee was dazzled by Lincoln in the Bardo's record-breaking cast of 166 voices, showcasing celebrity voices including Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and author George Saunders as well as expert audio narrators, notably Cassandra Campbell and Kirby Heyborne. This unique title provides an auditory experience unlike any other, with strong appeal to literary readers new to audiobooks, fans of the format captivated by stellar production qualities, and podcast listeners intrigued by the soundscape's realization of Saunders’ unique authorial structure."

Award-winning narrator, Simon Vance hosted the event, delighting the audience with his wit and spontaneity. Linda Lee, President of the APA, had this to say about tonight’s event, “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 are...

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a full cast. 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. Augustine Institute

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

  • Born to Run, written and read by Bruce Spingsteen. Simon & Schuster Audio

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR

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

BEST MALE NARRATOR

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

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Peak Performance By Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness Read by Christopher Lane Brilliance Publishing

EROTICA

  • Claim & Protect By Rhenna Morgan Read by John Lane Harlequin Audio

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN

  • In Death Limited Collector's Edition By J.D. Robb Design by Carissa Dreese 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 Audible Studios

FANTASY

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter By Theodora Goss Read by Kate Reading Simon & Schuster Audio

FICTION

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman Read by Cathleen McCarron Penguin Audio

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY

  • Loving Vs. Virginia By Patricia Hruby Powell Read by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews Dreamscape Media

HUMOR

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

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

  • Catching the Wind By Melanie Dobson Read by Nancy Peterson Two Words Publishing | Tyndale House – Print publisher

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 HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS

  • House of Names By Colm Toibin Read by Juliet Stevenson, et al. 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 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 Recorded Books

MYSTERY

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye By David Lagercrantz Read by Simon Vance Random House Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR

  • Norse Mythology Written and read by Neil Gaiman HarperAudio

NON-FICTION

  • American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West By Nate Blakeslee Read by Mark Bramhall Random House Audio

ORIGINAL WORK

  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel By David Hewson Read by Richard Armitage Audible Studios

PARANORMAL

  • Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2 By Faith Hunter Read by Khristine Hvam Audible Studios

ROMANCE

  • The Duchess Deal By Tessa Dare Read by Mary Jane Wells HarperAudio

SCIENCE FICTION

  • Provenance By Ann Leckie Read by Adjoa Andoh Hachette Audio

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic By Leigh Bardugo Read by Lauren Fortgang Audible Studios

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

  • The Fourth Monkey By J.D. Barker Read by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton Recorded Books

YOUNG ADULT

  • The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas Read by Bahni Turpin HarperAudio

YOUNG LISTENERS

  • Trombone Shorty By Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews By Charles R. Smith, Jr. Read by Dion Graham Live Oak Media

Additional information can be found online at www.theaudies.com. For more information about the Audies Gala, contact Rachel Tarlow Gul at Over the River Public Relations: 201-503-1321 or pr@audiopub.org.


About the Audio Publishers Association (APA)

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) is a not-for-profit trade organization whose primary goals are to promote awareness of the audiobook industry, gather and disseminate industry statistics, encourage high production standards and represent the interests of audiobook publishers. Since 1986, the APA has worked to bring audio publishers together to increase interest in audiobooks. Please visit www.audiopub.org for more information.


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