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Tavia Gilbert and Simon Vance gleam after winning Audie Awards for Best Female Narrator and Best Male Narrator at the Audie Awards Gala Thursday night in New York. (John Florian photo)


AUDIE AWARDS®
Tavia Gilbert, Simon Vance, Hamilton Win
Top Honors At 2017 Audie Awards
Gala
June 2, 2017

(VOXtra) - As the audiobook industry climbs to annual records in sales and titles, so too grows the number of audiobook narrators.

Yet known among the narrators is that bringing home a coveted Audie Award from the annual Audie Awards® Gala is recognition that they're among the best of the industry's very best.

Last night at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) in New York, scores of narrators and publishers were announced and honored as Audie Award winners in the 22nd annual competition sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

Congratulations to this year's big winners!
  • Tavia Gilbert - Best Female Narrator,
  • Simon Vance - Best Male Narrator, and 
  • Hamilton: The Revolution - Audiobook of the Year
Often referred to as the "Oscars of spoken word entertainment," the dressy affair was a gathering of authors, narrators and publishers excited to learn the winners of the most prestigious awards in the U.S. honoring audiobooks.

Award-winning comedian, author, and commentator Paula Poundstone emceed the awards portion for the second time, because, said APA President Linda Lee, "she would have been a tough act to follow after last year - so we invited her again." And Poundstone's off-the-cuff comments - even when reading a script - brought the house down with laughter.

Following an elegant reception, the shoulder-to-shoulder mix of the audiobook world moved to the theater for the presentation of awards ...

See all 22nd Annual Audie Award Finalists

AND THIS YEAR'S WINNERS ARE ...
AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, narrated by Mariska Hargitay with the authors, published by Hachette Audio

AUDIO DRAMA
In the Embers by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns, narrated by Robin Miles, Edwin Strout, Dean Johnson, et al; music by Mike Wheaton, published by Great Northern Audio Theatre/Blackstone Audio

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham, narrated by Dion Graham, published by Graymalkin Media

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, published by HarperAudio

BEST MALE NARRATOR
Jerusalem by Alan Moore, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Recorded Books

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Humans Need Not Apply by Jerry Kaplan, narrated by John Pruden, published by Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books

EROTICA
Marriage Games by CD Reiss, narrated by Sebastian York and Elena Wolfe, published by Flip CityMedia Inc.

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley, design by Jessica Daigle, published by HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 by L. Ron Hubbard, narrated by Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor, Stefan Rudnicki, Fred Tatasciore and a full cast, published by Galaxy Audio

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION
Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama by Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs, narrated by Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, Kathryn Drysdale, Laurel Lefkow, Andrea Deck, and Mac McDonald, published by Audible Studios

FANTASY
The Hike by Drew Magary, narrated by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Publishing

FICTION
Sister of Mine by Sabra Waldfogel, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by Brilliance Publishing

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY
In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton, narrated by Mark Boyett, published by Audible Studios

HUMOR
I'm Judging You written and narrated by Luvvie Ajayi, published by Macmillan Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION
Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture by Angela Hunt, narrated by P.J. Ochlan and Alana Kerr Collins, published by christianaudio, a division of Recorded Books

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
The Awakening of HK Derryberry by Jim Bradford and Andy Hardin, narrated by Milton Bagby, published by Thomas Nelson

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman, published by Penguin Random House Audio / Books on Tape

MIDDLE GRADE
How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon's Fury by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant, published by Hachette Audio

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, narrated by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, and Ari Fliakos, published by Penguin Random House Audio / Books on Tape

MYSTERY
The Crossing by Michael Connelly, narrated by Titus Welliver, published by Hachette Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS
A Life in Parts written and narrated by Bryan Cranston, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

NON-FICTION
Hillbilly Elegy written and narrated by J.D. Vance, published by HarperAudio

ORIGINAL WORK
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto, published by Audible Studios

PARANORMAL
Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella, narrated by Nicol Zanzarella, published by Brilliance Publishing

ROMANCE
Dirty by Kylie Scott, narrated by Andi Arndt, published by Macmillan Audio

SCIENCE FICTION
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster, narrated by Marc Thompson, published by Penguin Random House Audio / Books on Tape

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
The Brink: Stories by Austin Bunn, narrated by Austin Bunn, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby, Ralph Lister, Amy McFadden, Mikael Naramore, and Nick Podehl, published by Blunder Woman Productions via ACX

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
Cross Justice by James Patterson, narrated by Ruben Santiago Hudson and Jefferson Mays, published by Hachette Audio

YOUNG ADULT
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and Michael Crouch, published by Listening Library

YOUNG LISTENERS (up to age 8)
28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr., narrated by Dion Graham, William Jackson Harper, Zainab Jah, January LaVoy, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell,Jonathan Earl Peck, and Carter Woodson Redwood, published by Live Oak Media
"All the winners and nominees from tonight are to be congratulated in helping our industry grow to a higher level year after year," said APA President Linda Lee. "And this event allows us to show our appreciation to all of them for their tremendous contributions to our industry." 

Congratulations to all!


ABOUT THE APA ...

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) is a not-for-profit trade organization founded in 1986, 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. It also conducts an annual conference (APAC), networking socials and many additional programs.

For more about the APA, it's programs and how to join, visit www.audiopub.org.

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Peter K. O'Connell
6/3/2017 at 4:06 PM
Congratulations to ALL the winners.

Best always,
-Peter
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