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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:
  • Bahni Turpin, as Best Female Narrator - her second win in this category - for The Hate U Give, and
  • Trevor Noah, as Best Male Narrator, for Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which he also wrote.
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 ...
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 Springsteen
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 NON-FICTION
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 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   

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.
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ABOUT TOM
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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