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The Audie Awards ceremony begins! Finalists in 25 categories were shown onscreen, and then winners announced - Wednesday at the 21st Annual Audie Awards® Gala in Chicago. (Screen photos by Tom Dheere)

2016 AUDIE AWARDS
®
At Gala, Best Female And Male Narrators
Among Scores Of Audie Award
® Winners
May 12, 2016

(VOXtra) - With punchy and passionate wit, award-winning comedian/commentator Paula Poundstone led the 21st Annual Audie Awards® Gala Wednesday night in Chicago through a ceremony of cheers and applause as winners of this year's prestigious Audie Awards for audiobook excellence were announced.

Sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), the Audies are often referred to as the "Oscars of spoken word entertainment,” and the event at Chicago's Adler Planetarium was a gathering of authors, narrators and publishers to honor recipients.

Especially notable for narrators were awards to Katherine Kellgren for Best Female Narrator, and to George Guidall for Best Male Narrator. (See details below.)

Top honor for Audiobook of Year went to The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins, read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher, and published by Penguin Audio/Books On Tape.

Judges praised this audiobook for its "trio of skilled narrators (who) pull listeners into the psychological suspense.

"The ‘trust no one’ twists and possible unreliability of the three central women compel the listening experience and make this a great choice to recommend to audiobook fans or newcomers to the format," the judges added. "With storytelling this good, it’s clear to see why the audiobook continues to gain fans across a broad market.”

About all award winners, APA President Linda Lee remarked: "As the audiobook industry grows and thrives, we reach new heights of visibility, quality, and audience enthusiasm for the format – all reflected in every one of tonight’s nominees and winners!”

THE WINNERS ARE ...

Winners of the 2016 Audie Awards were chosen by judges from a field they had earlier narrowed to finalists in 25 categories (see all finalists). And the winners are:

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

The Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
Read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher
Penguin Audio / Books on Tape

AUDIO DRAMA
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories
By Rudyard Kipling
Read by a Full Cast
Audible Studios

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
Ghost Boy
By Martin Pistorius
Read by Simon Bubb
Thomas Nelson

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR

Wild Rover No More
By L.A. Meyer
Read by Katherine Kellgren
Listen & Live Audio

BEST MALE NARRATOR
The English Spy
By Daniel Silva
Read by George Guidall
HarperAudio

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Wake up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life
By Michael Strahan and Veronica Chambers
Read by Michael Strahan
Simon & Schuster Audio

EROTICA
Curing Doctor Vincent
By Renea Mason
Read by Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard
Renea Mason

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN

The Hunger Games Trilogy Collection
By Suzanne CollinsMP3-CD Collection Package Design: Kathlyn Miller
Recorded and published by Scholastic Audio
Distributed by Brilliance Publishing, Inc.

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING
Locke & Key
By Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Read by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and a full cast
Audible Studios

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories
By Rudyard Kipling
Read by a Full Cast
Audible Studios

FANTASY
Nice Dragons Finish Last
By Rachel Aaron
Read by Vikas Adam
Audible Studios

FICTION

The Nightingale
By Kristin Hannah
Read by Polly Stone
Macmillan Audio

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY
A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
By Andrew Chaikin and Tom Hanks
Read by Bronson Pinchot
Audiobooks.com Publishing

HUMOR
Furiously Happy
Written and read by Jenny Lawson
Macmillan Audio

INSPIRATIONAL FAITH-BASED FICTION
To Win Her Favor
By Tamera Alexander
Read by Melba Sibrel
Zondervan

INSPIRATIONAL FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
Boy Born Dead
By David Ring
Read by Paul Michael
christianaudio

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS
Little Big Man
By Thomas Berger
Read by Scott Sowers, cameo by David Aaron Baker
Recorded Books

MIDDLE GRADE
Echo
By Pam Munoz Ryan
Read by Mark Bramhall, David deVries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler
Scholastic Audio

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
Illuminae
By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Read by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, and Jonathan McClain
Listening Library

MYSTERY
Career of Evil
By Robert Galbraith
Read by Robert Glenister
Hachette Audio

NARRATION BY AUTHOR
Born with Teeth
Written and read by Kate Mulgrew
Hachette Audio

NON-FICTION

Ghettoside
By Jill Leovy
Read by Rebecca Lowman
Random House Audio / Books on Tape

ORIGINAL WORK
The Starling Project
By Jeffery Deaver
Read by Alfred Molina and a full cast
Audible Studios

PARANORMAL
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
By Diana Rowland
Read by Allison McLemore
Audible Studios

ROMANCE
The Highwayman
By Kerrigan Byrne
Read by Derek Perkins
Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books

SCIENCE FICTION
Jurassic Park
By Michael Crichton
Read by Scott Brick
Brilliance Publishing

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
The Patriot Threat
By Steve Berry
Read by Scott Brick
Macmillan Audio

YOUNG ADULT

Lair of Dreams
By Libba Bray
Read by January LaVoy
Listening Library

YOUNG LISTENERS
Little Shop of Monsters
By R.L. Stine and Marc Brown
Read by Jack Black
Hachette Audio


Congratulations to all winners!

FOR MORE ABOUT APA & AUDIES ...

For more about the the Audie Awards, visit www.theaudies.com.

And to learn about the APA - whose members include audiobook narrators, publishers and others in the audiobook industry, visit www.audiopub.org.

Founded in 1986, the 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.

In addition to the Audie Awards competition, the APA sponsors an annual conference (APAC), and numerous local and online events for members for learning and networking.

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Lynn Benson
5/13/2016 at 12:50 AM
Thanks for sharing. It is always great to see (hear) what is happening and to take a moment or several to listen to the work of others.
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