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2012 AUDIE AWARDS
Best Audiobook: Tina Fey's Bossypants;
Many More Winners Celebrated At Gala

June 6, 2012
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(VOXtra) - The stars of the audiobook world shined Tuesday night (June 5) in New York City, as the Audio Publishers Association (APA) hosted the 17th Annual Audies Gala and announced winners of the 2012 Audie Awards.

Winners of the coveted award - the "Oscars" of spoken word entertainment - included:
  • Tina Fey's Bossypants, as Audiobook Of The Year,
  • Simon Vance (pictured) for best Solo Narration, Male, in The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, and 
  • Rosalyn Landor for best Solo Narration, Female, in The Winter Sea.
Also, the Distinguished Achievement in Production award was presented to the powerful historical audiobook, The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, authored by Allan Wolf and narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington and Angela Dawe. It is published by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio.

Telling the story of the Titanic in the voices of those who lived it, the audiobook is a "powerful example of a great book made even better by audio interpretation,"  judges said. Its production included sound effects of the ship going down, making the moments of raw emotion exceptionally real.  

AUDIOBOOK INDUSTRY 'THRIVING'

The Gala capped three days of excitement for narrators and publishers, from Sunday's networking mixer, to Monday's full-day APAC conference with educational sessions and networking, to the elegant Audies evening at the New York Historical Society.

"The audiobook industry is thriving, with a growing pool of talent and an ever-expanding range of material available,” notes Michele Cobb, APA President (pictured). "The Audies are a celebration of quality listening and our moment to recognize all who work hard to raise the bar each year.”

Comedian, actor, writer and director Michael Showalter hosted the event. Showalter, author and narrator of his comedic memoir, Mr. Funny Pants, is known for his sketch comedy as a member of the trio Stella and as a cast member on MTV’s The State, as well as movies such as Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and The Baxter (2005).

Other presenters included award-winning author Neil Gaiman and narrator, TV and movie actor Edoardo Ballerini.


AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
Bossypants
By Tina Fey
Read by Tina Fey
Hachette Audio  

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic
By Allan Wolf
Read by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington and Angela Dawe
Brilliance Audio  

SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE
Rosalyn Landor
The Winter Sea
By Susanna Kearsley
Audible, Inc.  

SOLO NARRATION—MALE
Simon Vance
The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
By Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
Tantor Media  

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS
Beauty Queens
By Libba Bray
Read by Libba Bray
Scholastic Audio  

AUDIO DRAMA
I, Claudius
By Robert Graves
Read by Derek Jacobi, Tim McInnerny, Harriet Walter and a full cast
AudioGO Ltd  

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
Bossypants
By Tina Fey
Read by Tina Fey
Hachette Audio  

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL
The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom
By Carrie Wilkerson
Read by Carrie Wilkerson
Oasis Audio, LLC  

CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 1 TO 8
Django: World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist
By Bonnie Christensen Read by George Guidall
Live Oak Media  

CHILDRENS TITLES AGES 8 TO 12
Heart and Soul
By Kadir Nelson
Read by Debbie Allen
HarperAudio  

CLASSIC
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
By Charles Dickens
Read by Simon Vance
Tantor Media  

FANTASY
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
By Laini Taylor
Read by Khristine Hvam
Hachette Audio  

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

HISTORY
1861: The Civil War Awakening
By Adam Goodheart
Read by Jonathan Davis
Audible, Inc.  

HUMOR
Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
By William Shatner with Chris Regan
Read by William Shatner
Penguin Audio  

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION
Courageous: A Novel
By Randy Alcorn
Based on a screenplay by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick
Read by Roger Mueller
Oasis Audio, LLC 

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People
By Zondervan
Read by Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett and a full cast
Zondervan  

LITERARY FICTION
State of Wonder
By Ann Patchett
Read by Hope Davis
HarperAudio  

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry
Read by Judyann Elder, Rutina Wesley and Mirron Willis with a full cast
L.A. Theatre Works  

MYSTERY
Feast Day of Fools
By James Lee Burke
Read by Will Patton
Simon & Schuster Audio  

NON-FICTION
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
By Paul Collins
Read by William Dufris
AudioGO  

ORIGINAL WORK
METAtropolis: Cascadia
By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, Ken Scholes, Karl Schroeder and Tobias Buckell
Read 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
Read by Angharad Rees and a full cast; Hannah Gordon and a full cast; Juliet Stevenson; Annette Crosbie
Designed by Tri-Plex Inc.
AudioGO  

PARANORMAL
Hard Magic
By Larry Correia
Read by Bronson Pinchot
Audible, Inc.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit and Making the Most of All of Your Life
By Jane Fonda
Read by Jane Fonda
Random House Audio/Books on Tape  

ROMANCE
New York to Dallas
By J. D. Robb
Read by Susan Ericksen
Brilliance Audio  

SCIENCE FICTION
Fuzzy Nation
By John Scalzi
Read by Wil Wheaton
Audible, Inc.  

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
Selected Shorts: New American Stories
By Aleksandar Hemon, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sherman Alexie
Read by Boyd Gaines, Rita Wolf, Condola Rashad and BD Wong
Symphony Space, Inc.  

TEENS
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee
By L.A. Meyer
Read by Katherine Kellgren
Listen & Live Audio                        

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
The Nightmare Thief
By Meg Gardiner
Read by Susan Ericksen
Brilliance Audio  


HEAR WINNERS' CLIPS ... ABOUT THE APA

Reviews and sound clips are available at www.TheAudies.com, courtesy of AudioFile magazine.  

Many audiobook narrators belong to the Audio Publishers Association, 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.

Visit www.audiopub.org for more information.  
   
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Comments (1)
Pamela Tansey
6/10/2012 at 1:25 PM
Congratulations to all ............... nominees as well as awardees!
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