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2015 AUDIE AWARDS®
Audie Award
® Winners And 'Audiobook of the Year'
Announced And Celebrated At Audies Gala

May 30, 2015

Story and Photos by 
John Florian

VoiceOverXtra

Dressy elegance mingled with whoops and hollers for winners of the coveted Audie Awards® Thursday night at the 20th Annual Audie Awards Gala at the New York Academy of Medicine on New York City's Upper East Side.

Major winners:
  • Audiobook of the Year: Mandela, An Audio History;
  • Solo Narration, Female: Bahni Turpin (pictured), for Yellow Crocus; and
  • Solo Narration, Male: Bronson Pinchot, for The Hero's Guide to Being An Outlaw.
Created and sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), the Audies are considered the "Oscars" of spoken word entertainment, and the evening was a gathering of authors, publishers and narrators to celebrate and honor the winners of the industry's most prestigious award.

Following a reception, APA President Linda Lee noted the ever-growing popularity of audiobooks and that the industry is reaching "new heights of production quality – clearly reflected in tonight’s nominees and winners!”

Bestselling author Jack Gantos (pictured) hosted the presentation ceremony, opening with a hilarious recounting of his journey from prison to writing and then narrating audiobooks. Gantos is best known for his Joey Pigza stories, featuring a boy with ADHD, and the Rotten Ralph series, featuring a nasty-tempered red cat.

In a tearful presentation to the family of Edward Herrmann, the renowned actor and much-lauded audiobook narrator posthumously received a Special Achievement Award.

Audie finalists were announced earlier this year (click to see them all). And the 2015 Audie Award winners are ...

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
  • Mandela: An Audio History; by Radio Diaries; Narrated by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman; Highbridge, a division of Recorded Books
DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
  • The Graveyard Book; by Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt; HarperAudio
AUDIO DRAMA
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles; by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright; Narrated by Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Henri Lubatti, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, Darren Richardson; L.A. Theatre Works
AUTOBIOGRAPHY / MEMOIR
  • Not My Father's Son; by Alan Cumming; Narrated by Alan Cumming; HarperAudio
BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL
  • A More Beautiful Question; by Warren Berger; Narrated by Michael Quinlan (pictured); Audible, Inc.
CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12
  • The Graveyard Book; by Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt; HarperAudio
CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8
  • H.O.R.S.E.; by Christopher Myers; Narrated by Christopher Myers and Dion Graham; Live Oak Media
CLASSIC
  • The New York Stories; by John O'Hara; Narrated by E.L. Doctorow, Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Richard Kind, Jan Maxwell, Gretchen Mol, and Dallas Roberts; Penguin Random House Audio
EROTICA
  • Alpha; by Jasinda Wilder; Narrated by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne; ACX/Seth Clarke
FANTASY
  • Words of Radiance; by Brandon Sanderson; Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer; Macmillan Audio
FICTION
  • All the Light We Cannot See; by Anthony Doerr; Narrated by Zach Appelman; Simon & Schuster
HISTORY / BIOGRAPHY
  • The Bully Pulpit; by Doris Kearns Goodwin; Narrated by Edward Herrmann; Simon & Schuster
HUMOR
  • Yes Please; by Amy Poehler; Narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen and William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, and Kathleen Turner; HarperAudio
INSPIRATIONAL / FAITH-BASED FICTION
  • The Auschwitz Escape; by Joel C. Rosenberg; Narrated by Christopher Lane; Brilliance Publishing
INSPIRATIONAL / FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
  • Before Amen; by Max Lucado; Narrated by Ben Holland; Thomas Nelson
JUDGES’ AWARD: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  • The Second Machine Age; by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee; Narrated by Jeff Cummings; Brilliance Publishing
LITERARY FICTION
  • Euphoria; by Lily King; Narrated by Simon Vance (pictured) and Xe Sands; Blackstone Audio Inc.
MULTI–VOICED PERFORMANCE
  • The Graveyard Book; by Neil Gaiman; Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Neil Gaiman, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, and Julian Rhind-Tutt; HarperAudio
MYSTERY
  • The Silkworm; by Robert Galbraith; Narrated by Robert Glenister; Hachette Audio
NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS
  • Not My Father's Son; written and narrated by Alan Cumming; HarperAudio
NON-FICTION
  • Furious Cool; by David Henry and Joe Henry; Narrated by Dion Graham (pictured); Tantor Media
ORIGINAL WORK
  • Mandela: An Audio History; by Nelson Mandela; Narrated by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman; Highbridge, a division of Recorded Books
PACKAGE DESIGN
  • Light at the End; by Nicholas Briggs; Package Design by Alex Mallinson; Big Finish Productions
PARANORMAL
  • The Girl with All the Gifts; by M.R. Carey; Narrated by Finty Williams; Hachette Audio
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • What I Know For Sure; by Oprah Winfrey; Narrated by Oprah Winfrey; Macmillan Audio
ROMANCE
  • The Bridges of Madison County; by Robert James Waller; Narrated by Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale; Hachette Audio
SCIENCE FICTION
  • The Martian (revised); by Andy Weir; Narrated by R.C. Bray (pictured); Podium Publishing
SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher; by Hilary Mantel; Narrated by Jane Carr; Macmillan Audio
SOLO NARRATION — FEMALE
  • Yellow Crocus; by Laila Ibrahim; Narrated by Bahni Turpin; Brilliance Publishing
SOLO NARRATION — MALE
  • The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw; by Christopher Healy; Narrated by Bronson Pinchot; HarperAudio
TEENS
  • Egg & Spoon; by Gregory Maguire; Narrated by Michael Page; Brilliance Publishing
THRILLER/SUSPENSE
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead; by Michael Koryta; Narrated by Robert Petkoff; Hachette Audio
MORE ABOUT AUDIES & APA ...

For more about the Audie Awards and the Audio Publishers Association, please visit www.audiopub.org.
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