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!”
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.
- Audiobook of the Year: Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi, narrated by Bahni Turpin
- Autobiography/Memoir: Educated, by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan
- Best Female Narrator: Julia Whelan, for Educated, by Tara Westover
- Best Male Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini, by Watchers by Dean Koontz
- Business/Personal Development: How to Be Heard, written and narrated by Julian Treasure
- Fantasy: Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik, narrated by Lisa Flanagan
- Fiction: The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris, narrated by Richard Armitage
- History/Biography: Darkest Hour, by Anthony McCarten, narrated by John Lee
- Humor: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History, written and narrated by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally
- Middle Grade: Sunny, by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard
- Multi-Voiced Performance: Dreamland Burning, by Jennifer Latham
- Mystery: The Punishment She Deserves, by Elizabeth George, narrated by Simon Vance
- Narration by Author: The Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange
- Non-Fiction: The Perfectionists, by Simon Winchester, narrated by
- Science Fiction: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase, by Eoin Colfer, full cast narration.
- Short Stories: Heads of the Colored People, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, narrated by Adenrele Ojo
- Thriller/Suspense: Crimson Lake, by Candice Fox, narrated by Euan Morton
- Young Adult: Sadie, by Courtney Summers, narrated by Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler, Gabra Zackman, and Fred Berman
*Here is the official full list of finalists and winners for all twenty-four different categories.
~ Posted by David W
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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:
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”