2018 AUDIE AWARDS®
Best Audiobook Narrators And Audiobooks
Announced At Audie Awards® Gala In New York
June 1, 2018
By Tom Dheere
Voice Actor, Audiobook Narrator & Coach
Supremely talented and proud audiobook production and performance nominees with medals draped on their chests traversed the halls of the elegant New-York Historical Society last night at the 2018 Audie Awards® Gala.
Presented by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) and now in its 23rd year, this was a classy yet casual affair as audiobook producers, publishers and narrators reveled in the evening's festivities and cheered as winners of the APA's annual Audie Awards competition were announced.
2017 Best Male Narrator winner Simon Vance hosted the show with both gravitas and a delightfully dry wit.
Lincoln in the Bardo was feted as Audiobook of the Year (see comments below), and top narrator honors went to:
Highlights from the evening included Simon's charming opening monologue, a brief but heartfelt acknowledgement of the passing of narrator great Katherine Kellgren, and the running joke when one of the presenters asked when announcing the nominees, should they say the word "slash" if there is a slash in the script?
It was a wonderful celebration of the audiobook industry. Special thanks to the Audio Publishers Association for putting together an unforgettable night!
AND THE 2018 WINNERS ARE ...
Congratulations to all!
PRAISE FOR LINCOLN IN THE BARDO
The APA explains that the Audiobook of the Year award recognizes the audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had the most significant impact on the industry.
"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," says the APA.
"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."
ABOUT THE AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
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.
Among the many events it sponsors are the annual Audie Awards competition, the Audio Publishers Annual Conference (APAC) and networking events.
Please visit www.audiopub.org for more information about the APA, and www.theaudies.com for more info about the Audies competition.
Over two decades, Tom Dheere has narrated thousands of projects for clients in over a dozen countries and voiced more than 40 audiobooks. He is also a voice over business consultant, coach at Edge Studio, was the marketing consultant for the Voice Over Virtual online conference, and is also writer/producer of the sci-fi action comic book Agent 1.22.
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