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AUDIE AWARDS
'Audiobook of the Year' Finalists Announced,
Plus 'Distinguished Achievement in Production'
April 10, 2013

(VOXtra) - Four audiobook titles have been announced by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) as finalists for Audiobook of the Year, in the 18 Annual Audie Awards competition. And an additional four are finalists in the Distinguished Achievement in Production category.

Winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala, May 30 at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.

The four titles competing for Audiobook of the Year are:
  • American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen and Garden, by Michelle Obama, Narrated by Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, Christeta Comerford, Sam Kass, Bill Yosses, and a full cast, Random House Audio.
  • Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter, Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, HarperAudio.
  • The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene, Narrated by Colin Firth, Audible, Inc.
  • Killing Kennedy, by Bill O'Reilly, Narrated by Bill O'Reilly, Macmillan Audio.
"All four titles are distinguished by excellence in production as well as their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through creative and innovative marketing," notes the APA.

The jury tasked with judging this category commented that this year's Audiobook of the Year finalists each found new audiences for audiobooks while presenting a unique listening experience and the promise of a long listening life.

Ellen Myrick, Audies Judging Chair, adds: "This year's finalists demonstrate the diversity and passion that is at the heart of the audiobook community.

"In this year's finalists for Distinguished Achievement in Production and Audiobook of the year, there truly is something for everyone," she says, "whether you want to understand our country better, gain a new appreciation for classic literature, dive into the lives of fascinating people, or simply enjoy superlative fiction."

DISTINGUISHED PRODUCTION


The four titles competing for Distinguished Achievement in Production are:
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Narrated by Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Alan Cumming, Tim Curry and a full cast, Audible, Inc.
  • Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, stories by Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Audrey Niffenegger, Dave Eggers and others, Narrated by George Takei, Edward Herrmann, Kate Mulgrew, F. Murray Abraham, Neil Gaiman, Peter Appel and James Urbaniak, HarperAudio.
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography, by Janis Ian, Narrated by Janis Ian, Audible, Inc.
  • We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart, by Walter Dean Myers, Narrated by Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers, Dion Graham, Olivia DuFord and others, Live Oak Media.
This award recognizes a production that represents the best the format has to offer in listening excellence, the APA explains.

"Every year our task to select the best and the most impactful audiobooks becomes harder as the quality of the productions and innovation in marketing reaches new heights," notes Myrick, the Audies Judging Chair.

Michele Cobb, President of the APA, adds, "It's no wonder that the audience and enthusiasm for audiobooks continue to grow as our members produce high caliber and high visibility titles such as these. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments."

To see all finalists in this year's competition, please click here for VoiceOverXtra's earlier article.

And for more about the APA and the Audie Awards, please visit www.AudioPub.org.

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