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
Are you looking for a digital audiobook to listen to while you’re waiting for Becoming to become available? Are you dreading the Seattle Squeeze and wondering how you’ll pass the time on those long commutes? We’ve got a solution for you. Fifty of them, actually.
The Seattle Public Library is happy to provide 50 Always Available Audiobooks through OverDrive! You can access them through OverDrive’s Libby app or stream them from your desktop computer, and they are available immediately. No holds, no wait, no worries! Continue reading “For Your Listening Pleasure: Always Available Audiobooks”
Actor, audiobook director and performer Robin Miles has narrated hundreds of audiobooks. Miles has the ability to convincingly recreate a huge range of speech patterns and accents, conveying more about a character than comes across through their words alone. After an experience narrating the horror book The Good House by Tananarive Due, she realized she could leverage this ability to take on more audiobook work in the sci-fi, horror, and fantasy genres, whose stories typically require more range to portray a large diversity of character-types and voices. Robin Miles is now an industry legend, and a recent inductee of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. Here are a few titles read by Miles in the collection:
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
In 1927 and 1931, author Zora Neale Hurston met and interviewed Cudjo Lewis, the last person alive who had been enslaved and transported from Africa as part of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. A Peak Pick! Continue reading “Audiobook Narrator Spotlight: Robin Miles”
I’m a self help fan who hates reading self help books. When it comes to encouraging words, I want to hear them, preferably while I go about my household chores, tend my garden, or take a walk in the park. These encouraging little talks between me and my iPod are just the thing to add more creation to my recreation, or to revivify a draining commute. Here are a few recent self-help audiobooks written and read by seasoned performers that make for great listens.
Creative Quest, by Questlove. Continue reading “That Encouraging Voice in Your Ear”
Audiobooks are great. They are not cheating – they count as reading. They are also wonderful opportunities for more tangibly presenting the characters and tone of any particular work. Whether it’s an individual narrator, or a full cast with sounds effects and music, listening to a well done audiobook can really magnify your experience of a book.
I try to find audiobooks that are read by what I call “contextually appropriate narrators.” While I love the deep tones and rich textures of a British man’s voice as much as the next bookworm or theatre-lover, this voice-type isn’t always the best or only option available to convey the personality, emotion, culture, and experience of every story’s characters.
While this idea is subjective, it isn’t that subjective. Is the main character a person of color? Then the narrator should be a person of color. Is the book about Chinese people? Then the person reading should probably have Chinese heritage. Not every narrator will wholly represent an entire story and all of its characters, but I believe they should relate in some central way. Continue reading “Contextually appropriate audiobook narrators”