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Audies® Finalists Announced For Record-
Breaking Competition; Check Them Here ...
Feb. 15, 2010
 
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced nominations for its 2010 Audies competition, the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment.
 
Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 25 at The Museum of the City of New York in New York City.
 
Another record-breaking year with 1,056 titles entered, 2010 was also a year of innovation for the competition, the APA reports. 
 
This year, the APA partnered with APA member, Audible Inc., to distribute almost all titles for consideration digitally to judges. In years past, judges primarily received shipments of audiobooks on CDs and cassettes.
 
Finalists for the most prestigious awards, Distinguished Achievement in Production and Audiobook of the Year, will be announced in the spring.
  • The Distinguished Achievement in Production award honors an audiobook that demonstrates excellence in all areas of production.
  • The Audiobook of the Year award recognizes an audiobook that, through quality, innovation, marketing and sales, has had a significant impact on the industry.
Other categories for the judges’ consideration included Audio Drama, Fiction, Non- Fiction, Humor, Multi-Voiced Performance, Mystery, Romance, Spanish Language, Thriller/Suspense and many more.
 
“Each year the entries continue to grow in number and improve in quality and production,” said Janet Benson, APA President.
 
“This is an encouraging indicator of the health of the audiobook industry. Also, such strong participation in the competition has allowed the association to plan for more widespread initiatives to ultimately help our member companies increase sales despite the challenging economic climate.”
 
AND THE FINALISTS ARE ...
 
Finalists in this year’s competition include the following titles:
 
AUDIOBOOK ADAPTATION
 
The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett, Narrated by Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrmann and a full cast, Blackstone Audio
 
NPR Favorite Driveway Moments, Hosted by Renée Montagne, High Bridge Company
 
Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic, Performed by René Auberjonois, Stephen Colbert, Daniel Gerroll, Dana Ivey, John Lithgow, James Naughton, Bernadette Quigley, Anthony Rapp, Maria Tucci and Jerry Zaks. Stories by Donald Barthelme, Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Ray Bradbury, Kevin Brockmeier, W.W. Jacobs, Andrew Lam, Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Safran Foer and Saki, Symphony Space
 
Selected Shorts: Whodunit? Performed by René Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan, Robert Sean Leonard, John Shea, Isaiah Sheffer and Hattie Winston. Stories by Louise Erdrich, Nadine Gordimer, Dashiell Hammett, Shirley Jackson, Ed McBain and C.S. Montanye, Symphony Space
 
Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! Famous People Who Returned Our Calls, Hosted by Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell, High Bridge Company
 
AUDIO DRAMA
 
Focus on the Family Radio Theatre: The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, adapted by Paul McCusker, Narrated by Andy Serkis and a full cast, Tyndale House
 
Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens, Narrated by Sir Ian McKellan and a full cast, BBC Audiobooks America
 
The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett, Narrated by Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrmann and a full cast, Blackstone Audio
 
The Rivalry, by Norman Corwin, Narrated by Paul Giamatti, James Gleason, Lily Rabe, David Strathairn and Shannon Cochran, L.A. Theatre Works
 
The Word of Promise® Audio Bible, Narrated by a full cast including Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise and others, Thomas Nelson Inc.
 
BIOGRAPHY / MEMOIR
 
Anne Frank Remembered, by Miep Gies and Leslie Gold, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Oasis Audio
 
The Golden Willow, by Harry Bernstein, Narrated by Mike Kellogg, Oasis Audio
 
The Secret Holocaust Diaries, by Nonna Bannister and Denise George, Narrated by Rebecca Gallagher, Oasis Audio
 
True Compass, by Senator Edward Kennedy, Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd, Hachette Audio
 
Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member, by Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, with Florence Fehrenbach and Jerome Fehrenbach, Narrated by Michael Prichard, Tantor Audio
 
BUSINESS / EDUCATIONAL
 
House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, by William D. Cohan, Narrated by Alan Sklar, Tantor Audio
 
Rain, by Jeffrey J. Fox, Narrated by Jeffrey J. Fox, Brilliance Audio
 
Too Big to Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Narrated by William Hughes, Blackstone Audio
 
Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves, by Adam L. Penenberg, Narrated by Richard Allen, Tantor Audio
 
What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis, Narrated by Jeff Jarvis, HarperAudio
 
CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12
 
A Season of Gifts, by Richard Peck, Narrated by Ron McLarty, Listening Library
 
Lawn Boy, by Gary Paulsen, Narrated by Tom Parks, Brilliance Audio
 
The Midnight Charter, by David Whitley, Narrated by Simon Vance, Macmillan Audio
 
Operation Yes, by Sara Holmes, Narrated by Jessica Almasy, Audible Inc.
 
Timothy and the Dragon's Gate, by Adrienne Kress, Narrated by Christopher Lane, Brilliance Audio
 
CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8
 
A Dog On His Own, by M.J. Auch, Narrated by William Dufris, Full Cast Audio
 
Arabel's Raven, by Joan Aiken, Narrated by Sneha Mathan, Listen & Live Audio
 
Friend or Fiend with the Pain and the Great One, by Judy Blume, Narrated by Kathleen McInerney and Judy Blume, Listening Library
 
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, by Mo Willems, Narrated by Mo and Trixie Willems, Westin Woods Studios
 
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, by Kate DiCamillo, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Live Oak Media
 
CLASSIC & MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
 
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, a new unabridged translation by Burton Raffel, Narrated by Rick Jerrom, Bill Wallis, Cameraon Stewart, Mark Meadows, Kim Hicks and Maggie Ollerenshaw, BBC Audiobooks America
 
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, Narrated by Charlton Griffin, Audio Connoisseur
 
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, Narrated by Charlton Griffin, Audio Connoisseur
 
Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne, Narrated by Anton Lesser, Naxos AudioBooks
 
The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, Narrated by Simon Vance and Vanessa Benjamin, Blackstone Audio
 
FICTION
 
The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe, Narrated by Joe Barrett, Blackstone Audio
 
Face of Betrayal, by Lis Wiehl and April Henry, Narrated by Pam Turlow, Oasis Audio
 
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell, Penguin Audio
 
The Pigman, by Paul Zindel, Narrated by Eden Riegel and Charlie McWade, Graymalkin Media
 
Slumdog Millionaire, by Vikas Swarup, Narrated by Christopher Simpson, BBC Audiobooks America
 
HISTORY
 
1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History, by Charles Bracelen Flood, Narrated by Mel Foster, Tantor Audio
 
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, by Niall Ferguson, Narrated by Simon Prebble, Tantor Audio
 
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Blackstone Audio
 
The Long Knives Are Crying, by Joseph M. Marshall III, Narrated by Joseph M. Marshall III, Blackstone Audio
 
Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath, by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman, Narrated by Michael Prichard, Tantor Audio
 
HUMOR
 
Church People: The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon, by Garrison Keillor, Performed by Garrison Keillor and a full cast, High Bridge Company
 
Don't Say I Didn't Warn You, by Anita Renfroe, Narrated by Anita Renfroe, Hyperion Audio
 
I Drink for a Reason, by David Cross, Narrated by David Cross, Hachette Audio
 
I Shudder, by Paul Rudnick, Narrated by Paul Rudnick, HarperAudio
 
More Information Than You Require, by John Hodgman, Narrated by John Hodgman and a full cast, Penguin Audio
 
INSPIRATIONAL / FAITH-BASED FICTION
 
Double Minds, by Terri Blackstock, Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Zondervan
 
Kiss, by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy, Narrated by Pam Turlow, Oasis Audio
 
A Month of Summer, by Lisa Wingate, Narrated by Johanna Parker, Recorded Books
 
The Shape of Mercy, by Susan Meissner, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Christianaudio
 
The Tempest Tales, by Walter Mosley, Narrated by Ty Jones, Recorded Books
 
INSPIRATIONAL / FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
 
The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne, Christianaudio
 
Lord of the Ringless, by Dee Aspin, Narrated by Julie Williams, Voice-overs.com
 
The Secret Holocaust Diaries, by Nonna Bannister and Denise George, Narrated by Rebecca Gallagher, Oasis Audio
 
What Southern Women Know About Faith, by Ronda Rich, Narrated by Ronda Rich, Zondervan
 
The Word of Promise® Audio Bible, Narrated by a full cast including Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, and others, Thomas Nelson Inc.
 
LITERARY FICTION
 
Come Sunday, by Isla Morley, Narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie, Macmillan Audio
 
The Coral Thief: A Novel, by Rebecca Stott, Narrated by Simon Prebble, Tantor Audio
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris, High Bridge Company
 
Good-bye and Amen: A Novel, by Beth Gutcheon, Narrated by Joyce Bean, Tantor Audio
 
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, Narrated by Simon Slater, Macmillan Audio
 
MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
 
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, Narrated by a full cast, BBC Audiobooks America
 
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, Narrated by a full cast, Blackstone Audio
 
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, Edited by Nelson Mandela, Narrated by a celebrity multi-cast, Hachette Audio
 
The Rivalry, by Norman Corwin, Narrated by Paul Giamatti, James Gleason, Lily Rabe, David Strathairn and Shannon Cochran, L.A. Theatre Works
 
The Word of Promise® Audio Bible, Narrated by a full cast including Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, and others, Thomas Nelson Inc.
 
MYSTERY
 
Black Money, by Ross Macdonald, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Blackstone Audio
 
Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley, Narrated by Michael Boatman, Audible Inc.
 
The Dying Breed, by Declan Hughes, Narrated by Stanley Townsend, Isis Publishing
 
Revelation, by C.J. Sansom, Narrated by Steven Crossley, Recorded Books
 
The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1, by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by Charlton Griffin, Audio Connoisseur
 
NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS
 
Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs, HarperAudio
 
Kristin Chenoweth, A Little Bit Wicked, Oasis Audio
 
Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants, HarperChildrensAudio
 
Tim Green, Baseball Great, HarperChildrensAudio
 
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses, Simon & Schuster Audio
 
NON-FICTION
 
Anne Frank Remembered, by Miep Gies and Leslie Gold, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Oasis Audio
 
Columbine, by Dave Cullen, Narrated by Don Leslie, Blackstone Audio
 
The National Parks, by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, Narrated by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, Random House Audio
 
Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell, Hachette Audio
 
What Americans Really Want...Really, by Frank I. Luntz, Narrated by L.J Ganser, Hyperion Audio
 
ORIGINAL WORK
 
The Copper Bracelet, by Jeffery Deaver, Gayle Lynds, David Hewson, Jim Fusilli, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, David Corbett, Linda Barnes, Jenny Siler, David Liss, P.J. Parrish, Brett Battles, Lee Child, Jon Land, and James Phelan, Narrated by Alfred Molina, Audible Inc. 
 
Darwin – In a Nutshell, by Peter Whitfield, Narrated by Peter Whitfield, Naxos AudioBooks
 
The Longest Night: A Personal History of Pan Am 103, by Helen Engelhardt, Narrated by Helen Engelhardt, Midsummer Sound Company
 
Tell Me A Story: Women of Wonder, by Amy Friedman, Narrated by Bryce Dallas Howard, Paula Poundstone, Wendy Hammers, Margot Rose, Jessica DiCicco and Yvette Freeman, Listen & Live Audio
 
A Way with Words IV: Understanding Poetry, by Professor Michael D.C. Drout, Narrated by Professor Michael D.C. Drout, Recorded Books
 
PACKAGE DESIGN
 
The J.R.R. Tolkien Collection, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Narrated by a full cast, BBC Audiobooks America
 
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, Narrated by David Strathairn and Richard Dreyfuss, BBC Audiobooks America
 
The Planet Mars and Its Inhabitants, by Eros Urides, Narrated by Peter Jahns, CoolBeat Audiobooks
 
The Word of Promise® Audio Bible, Narrated by a full cast including Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Gary Sinise, and others, Thomas Nelson Inc.
 
Tokyo Realtime: Kabukicho, by Max Hodges, Narrated by Max Hodges, White Rabbit Press
 
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
The Birth Order Book, by Kevin Leman, Narrated by Wayne Shepherd, Oasis Audio
 
The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics: A Philosophy for Achieving a Radiant Mind and Fabulous Body, by Jessica Porter, Narrated by Jessica Porter and Dan Bernard, Tantor Audio
 
How to Instantly Connect with Anyone, by Leil Lowndes, Narrated by Leil Lowndes, Listen & Live Audio
 
Nurtureshock, By Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Narrated by Po Bronson, Hachette Audio
 
Throw Out Fifty Things, by Gail Blanke, Narrated by Gail Blanke, Listen & Live Audio
 
ROMANCE
 
Dark Slayer, by Christine Feehan, Narrated by Phil Gigante and Jane Brown, Brilliance Audio
 
The House on Tradd Street, by Karen White, Narrated by Aimée Bruneau, Listen & Live Audio
 
A Rogue of My Own, by Johanna Lindsey, Narrated by Rosalyn Landor, Brilliance Audio
 
The Untamed Bride, by Stephanie Laurens, Narrated by Simon Prebble, HarperAudio
 
What I Did for Love, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Narrated by Julia Gibson, HarperAudio
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Bellwether, by Connie Willis, Narrated by Kate Reading, Blackstone Audio
 
The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, Macmillan Audio
 
Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey, Narrated by Anne Flosnik, Tantor Audio
 
Kushiel's Scion, by Jacqueline Carey, Narrated by Simon Vance, Tantor Audio
 
Podkayne of Mars, by Robert A. Heinlein, Narrated by Eimly Janice Card, Blackstone Audio
 
SHORT STORIES / COLLECTIONS
 
Black Mask Audio Magazine Vol 1, by various authors, Narrated by a full cast, Blackstone Audio
 
The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1, by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by Charlton Griffin, Audio Connoisseur
 
Just After Sunset, by Stephen King, Narrated by Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, George Guidall, Ron McLarty, Denis O’Hare and a full cast, Simon & Schuster Audio
 
Love Letters of Great Men, by Ursula Doyle, Narrated by Anton Lesser, Macmillan Audio
 
Nothing with Strings: NPR's Beloved Holiday Stories, by Bailey White, Narrated by Lorna Raver, Tantor Audio
 
SOLO NARRATION—FEMALE
 
Katherine Kellgren, narrator of In the Belly of the Bloodhound, by L.A. Meyer, Listen & Live Audio
 
Katherine Kellgren, narrator of Mississippi Jack, by L.A. Meyer, Listen & Live Audio
 
Jenna Lamia, narrator of The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams, Macmillan Audio
 
Lorna Raver, narrator of Washington Square, by Henry James, Tantor Audio
 
Barbara Rosenblat, narrator of Fatally Flaky, by Diane Mott Davidson, HarperAudio
 
SOLO NARRATION—MALE
 
Charlton Griffin, narrator of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, Audio Connoisseur
 
Charlton Griffin, narrator of Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, Audio Connoisseur
 
Edward Herrmann, narrator of The Birthing House, by Christopher Ransom, Blackstone Audio
 
Will Patton, narrator of Jesus' Son, by Denis Johnson, Macmillan Audio
 
Robert Petkoff, narrator of Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell, Hachette Audio
 
SPANISH LANGUAGE
 
El juego del angel, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Narrated by Francisco Rivela, Recorded Books
 
La audacia de la esperanza, by Barack Obama, Narrated by Erwin Dorado, FonoLibro
 
La traversia de Enrique, by Sonia Nazario, Narrated by Adriana Sananes, Recorded Books
 
Por qué ese idiota es rico y yo no?, by Robert Shemin, Narrated by Francisco Rivela, Recorded Books
 
Una nueva tierra, by Eckhart Tolle, Narrated by Jose Manuel Vieira, FonoLibro
 
TEENS
 
Going Bovine, by Libba Bray, Narrated by Erik Davies, Listening Library
 
In the Belly of the Bloodhound, by L.A. Meyer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Listen & Live Audio
 
Mississippi Jack, by L.A. Meyer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Listen & Live Audio
 
Peace, Locomotion, by Jacqueline Woodson, Narrated by Dion Graham, Brilliance Audio
 
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Narrated by Jeannie Stith, Brilliance Audio
 
THRILLER/SUSPENSE
 
Darling Jim: A Novel, by Christian Moerk, Narrated by Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre, Tantor Audio
 
The Devil's Punchbowl, by Greg Iles, Narrated by Dick Hill, Brilliance Audio
 
Level 26, by Anthony E. Zuiker w/ Duane Swierczynski, Narrated by John Glover, Penguin Audio
 
The Price of Love and Other Stories, by Peter Robinson, Narrated by John Lee, Gideon Emery, Rosalyn Landor and Angela Goethals, HarperAudio
 
Road Dogs, by Elmore Leonard, Narrated by Peter Francis James, HarperAudio
 
ABOUT THE APA ...
 
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. Voice actors also comprise a significant APA membership.
 
 
 
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Comments (4)
voice over
2/26/2010 at 4:29 AM
When events like this one take place, it serves as an inspiration to all voice-over artists, whether they are newbies, struggling to survive, stable, or professionals.

Thank you for sharing.
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John Florian
2/16/2010 at 2:37 PM
Good idea, Ed. The closest I find to that now is at www.audiofilemagazine.com. On the right side of the home page, check out the "Best of 2009" categories. In addition to reviews, they offer audio excerpts!
Ed Brand
2/16/2010 at 12:17 PM
It would be tremendously useful if we could actually LISTEN to samples of the nominees. Is this possible?
Vanessa Hart
2/16/2010 at 12:05 AM
Congrats to all! Some new names - which is exciting and some vets that are overdue - all in all a steller list!
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