Best Audiobooks of the Year: The 2020 Audies Award nominees!

Each year, the Audio Publishers Association recognizes the best audiobooks of the prior year at the Audie Awards. The awards ceremony is a big fancy to-do: here’s video of last year’s awards,  and here is a spreadsheet of previous awards. This year’s Audies gala will happen on March 2 in New York City, but the nominees have just been announced. Your library doesn’t own every last one, but here is a full list of those we do have.

Among this year’s nominees are great recordings for kids – such as Jim Dale leading a full cast in an original musical production of a delightfully irreverent Puss in Boots, as well as a new recording of Charlotte’s Web with an a full cast of stellar audiobook narrators, headed up by Meryl Streep. Older kids may enjoy Julie Berry’s Lovely War, in which seven narrators’ tales of love and war interweave in unexpectedly haunting and romantic ways, or On the Come Up, Angie Thomas’s second novel (after to The Hate U Give) in which Bahni Turpin impersonates a whole neighborhood, as related by young hip-hop artist Bri. Continue reading “Best Audiobooks of the Year: The 2020 Audies Award nominees!”

The Best Audiobooks of the Year: 2019 Audie Awards

This Monday was the 24th annual Audie Awards. Presented annually by the Audio Publisher’s Association, the Audies recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. These awards reflect not just excellence in writing, but all the work that goes into making a truly great listening experience, from direction to narration to production. For guaranteed worthwhile audiobooks in a wide array of categories, you can find library copies of this year’s nominees and winners on this list in our library catalog*. Here’s a look at some of this year’s winners.

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*Here is the official full list of finalists and winners for all twenty-four different categories.

   ~ Posted by David W

2016 Audie Award Nominees

-posted by Library staff

Award season isn’t over yet! Last month, the Audio Publisher’s Association announced the 2016 Audie Award Finalists and it is going to be difficult to choose winners from these amazing choices in 2015 audiobooks. The Audie is awarded to the best in the audiobook industry, in genre categories like “History / Biography” and “Humor” as well as performance categories like “Narration by the Author and “Multi-Voiced Performance”. Audie nominees are judged for performance, direction, production, and content. Listen to samples and read reviews for all the nominees here.

Being fairly picky about audiobooks–the pacing and tone of the narration has to be ‘just so’ or I’ll stick to print–I look to Audie nominees past and present for a handy selection of best bets. I often find books that I would not have considered reading in print, but that are in some way more compelling as a listen. In no genre is this truer for me than non-fiction. Here are few non-fiction highlights from this year’s nominees in various categories:

Modern Romance cover imageBest Humor:
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Aziz Ansari presents his research (with author and NYU sociology professor Eric Klineberg) on contemporary dating practices around the world, for which he travelled to Wichita, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and a Manhattan retirement community. Between fits of laughter, I learned quite a bit! Continue reading “2016 Audie Award Nominees”