Audie Awards Draws Record Turnout

Annual Audie Awards Gala to be Held at New York Historical Society
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced nominations for the 2009 Audies competition. Winners will be announced at The Audies gala on May 29, 2009 at the New York Historical Society in New York City.

The only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment drew in a record 1,000 entries from audio publishers this year, reflecting the health of the audio industry. New this year, the category Distinguished Achievement in Production joins Audiobook of the Year as one of the most prestigious audiobook honors. Nominations for these two juried categories will be announced this spring.

"Not only did we receive a record number of submissions this year, our judges commented that the quality of the entries was better than it's ever been," said APA President, Anthony Goff. "Our industry has worked hard to raise the bar and we look forward to recognizing everyone for their accomplishments."

Winners in all 31 categories including Distinguished Achievement in Production and Audiobook of the Year will be announced at the New York Historical Society, located in the heart of Manhattan, overlooking Central Park. All gala attendees will have the unique opportunity to tour the Society's docent-staffed archives.

Finalists in this year's competition include the following titles:

AUDIOBOOK ADAPTATION
Branded Outlaw, by L. Ron Hubbard, Narrated by R.F. Daley, David O'Donnell, Bob Caso, Jim Meskimen and Tamra Meskimen, Galaxy Press
English Majors: A Comedy Collection for the Highly Literate, by Garrison Keillor, Narrated by Garrison Keillor and cast, with special guests Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Bly, Donald Hall, Allen Ginsberg, and Calvin Trillin, HighBridge Company
Halo: The Fall of Reach, by Eric Nylund, Narrated by Todd McLaren, Tantor Media
King for Kids, by Martin Luther King Jr., Edited by Clayborne Carson, Narrated by Martin Luther King Jr. and a full cast, Hachette Audio
Selected Shorts: For Better and For Worse, by Sherman Alexie, Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen E. Bender, Shahrnush Parsipur, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Ethan Canin, Narrated by Keir Dullea , Joanna Gleason, Joanne Woodward, Frances Sternhagen, Robert Sean Leonard and Harold Gould, Symphony Space

AUDIO DRAMA
Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac, by Patrick Fenton, Narrated by Len Cariou with a full cast, SueMedia Productions
The Odyssey, by Homer, Narrated by Tim McInnerny, Amanda Redman and a full cast, BBC Audiobooks America
Secret Order, by Bob Clyman, Narrated by George Segal, Will McCormack, Angela Goethals and Richard Schiff, L.A. Theatre Works
Sun Moon Stars Rain, by Jan Cheripko, Narrated by Spencer Murphy, Full Cast Audio
Tales from the Perilous Realm, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Narrated by Michael Hordern and a full cast, BBC Audiobooks America

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
Black Wave, by John and Jean Silverwood, with Malcolm McConnell, Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie and Joe Barrett, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch, Narrated by Erik Singer, HyperionAudio
The Legs Are the Last to Go, by Diahann Carroll, Narrated by Diahann Carroll, HarperAudio
The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Waiter Rant, by Steve Dublanica, Narrated by Dan John Miller, Brilliance Audio

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL
Awakening the Entrepreneur Within, by Michael E. Gerber, Narrated by Michael E. Gerber, HarperAudio
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon Fogarty, Narrated by Mignon Fogarty, Macmillan Audio
The Little Red Book of Selling, by Jeffrey Gitomer, Narrated by Jeffrey Gitomer, Simon & Schuster Audio
Mastering the Seven Decisions, by Andy Andrews, Narrated by Andy Andrews, Oasis Audio
Stirring it Up, by Gary Hirshberg, Narrated by Gary Hirshberg, HyperionAudio
The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington, by David Sirota, Narrated by Lloyd James, Tantor Media

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12
The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden, Narrated by Tony Shalhoub, Macmillan Audio
Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine, Narrated by Sarah Naughton and a full cast, Full Cast Audio
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman, HarperAudio
One-Handed Catch, by M.J. Auch, Narrated by Ryan Sparkes and a full cast, Full Cast Audio
Nation, by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Stephen Briggs, HarperAudio

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8
Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners), by Laurie Keller, Narrated by Jack Sundrud, Galen Fott, Rusty Young, David de Vries, Diana Canova and others, Weston Woods Studios
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat, by Nikki Giovanni, Narrated by Nikki Giovanni, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
James Herriot's Treasury for Children, by James Herriot, Narrated by Jim Dale, Macmillan Audio
The Shoe Bird, by Samuel Jones, Narrated by Jim Dale, Brilliance Audio
What Do You Do with a Kangaroo?, by Mercer Mayer, Narrated by Jane Casserly, Scholastic Audio

CLASSIC
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, Narrated by John Lee, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Galapagos, by Kurt Vonnegut, Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Audible, Inc.
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, Narrated by Simon Vance, Tantor Media
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, Narrated by Simon Vance, Blackstone Audio, Inc.

FICTION
Change of Heart, by Jodi Picoult, Narrated by Danielle Ferland, Jim Frangione, Jenny Ikeda, Stafford Clarke-Price and Nicole Poole, Recorded Books
Duma Key, by Stephen King, Narrated by John Slattery, Simon & Schuster Audio
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Narrated by a full cast, Books on Tape
Prisoner of Birth, by Jeffrey Archer, Narrated by Roger Allam, Macmillan Audio
The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry, Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan, HarperAudio

HISTORY
The Bloody Shirt, by Stephen Budiansky, Narrated by Phil Gigante, Brilliance Audio
Gandhi and Churchill, by Arthur Herman, Narrated by John Curless, Recorded Books
The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea - The Forgotten War of the South Pacific, by James Campbell, Narrated by Stephen Hoye, Tantor Media
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed, Narrated by Karen White, Tantor Media
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, by Mark Harris, Narrated by Lloyd James, Tantor Media

HUMOR
Atomic Lobster, by Tim Dorsey, Narrated by Oliver Wyman, HarperAudio
The Learners, by Chip Kidd, Narrated by Bronson Pinchot, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Martin Misunderstood, by Karin Slaughter, Narrated by Wayne Knight, BBC Audiobooks America
Me of Little Faith, by Lewis Black, Narrated by Lewis Black, Penguin Audio
When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris, Narrated by David Sedaris, Hachette Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION
Adam, by Ted Dekker, Narrated by Tim Gregory, Oasis Audio
John, by Niall Williams, Narrated by Nicholas Bell, Bolinda Audio
Prague Counterpoint, by Bodie and Brock Thoene, Narrated by Sean Barrett, FamilyAudioLibrary.com
The Shack, by William P. Young, Narrated by Roger Mueller, Oasis Audio
The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner, by Andrea Smith, Narrated by Lizan Mitchell, Recorded Books

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage, by Joe Wheeler, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Oasis Audio
The Cross and the Switchblade, by David Wilkerson, John Sherill and Elizabeth Sherill, Narrated by Paul Michael, Christianaudio
Life Beyond Measure, by Sidney Poitier, Narrated by Sidney Poitier, HarperAudio
Mother Teresa, Come Be My Light, by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., Narrated by Paul Smith and Sherry Kennedy-Brownrigg, St. Anthony Messenger Press
The Word of Promise®: Next Generation-New Testament, by Various Authors, Narrated by Sean Astin and a full cast including Codey Linley, AnnaSophia Robb and Jordin Sparks, Thomas Nelson, Inc.

LITERARY FICTION
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Narrated by Anthony Heald, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Elmer Gantry, by Sinclair Lewis, Narrated by Anthony Heald, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Enchantress of Florence, by Salman Rushdie, Narrated by Firdous Bamji, Recorded Books
Lush Life, by Richard Price, Narrated by Bobby Cannavale, Macmillan Audio
The White Tiger: A Novel, by Aravind Adiga, Narrated by John Lee, Tantor Media

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
Family Audio Bible, Narrated by Dick Cavett, Marsha Mason, Andrew McCarthy, Martha Plimpton and Tom Wopat, HarperAudio
Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan, Narrated by Joey Collins, Peter Jay Fernandez, Kate Forbes, Ezra Knight, Brenday Pressley and Tom Stechschulte, Recorded Books
The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich, Narrated by Peter Francis James and Kathleen McInerney, HarperAudio
The Word of Promise®: Next Generation-New Testament, by Various Authors, Narrated by Sean Astin and a full cast including Codey Linley, AnnaSophia Robb and Jordin Sparks, Thomas Nelson, Inc

MYSTERY
A Killing Frost, by R. D. Wingfield, Narrated by Stephen Thorne, Ulverscroft Group Ltd
Cross, by Ken Bruen, Narrated by Gerry O'Brien, Ulverscroft Group Ltd
The Silver Swan, by Benjamin Black, Narrated by Timothy Dalton, Macmillan Audio
Swan Peak, by James Lee Burke, Narrated by Will Patton, Simon & Schuster Audio
Voice of the Violin, by Andrea Camilleri, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter, Random House Audio
Joshilyn Jackson, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Hachette Audio
Cokie Roberts, Ladies of Liberty, HarperAudio
David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Hachette Audio
Maria Shriver, Just Who Will You Be? HyperionAudio

NON-FICTION
Abraham Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage, by Joe Wheeler, Narrated by Grover Gardner, Oasis Audio
Buying In, by Rob Walker, Narrated by Robert Fass, BBC Audiobooks America
Gang Leader for a Day, by Sudhir Venkatesh, Narrated by Reg Rogers, HarperAudio
Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, Narrated by Oliver Wyman, Macmillan Audio
Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China, by Philip P. Pan, Narrated by David Colacci, Tantor Media

ORIGINAL WORK
Brainstorm, by Mariette DiChristina, Narrated by William Dufris, Macmillan Audio
Louis Vuitton Soundwalk, China: Beijing, by Stephan Crasneanscki, Narrated by Gong Li, Soundwalk
Many Things Invisible, by Carrington MacDuffie, Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Metatropolis, by John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder, Narrated by Michael Hogan, Alessandro Juliani, Kandyse McClure, Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki, Audible, Inc.
The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, by Various Writers, Narrated by Stacy Keach, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Sugar Pop Thoughts, by Shayna Lance, Narrated by Shayna Lance, CoolBeat Audiobooks

PACKAGE DESIGN
Behind the Wheel: French 1, by Mark Frobose, Narrated by Mark Frobose, Macmillan Audio
The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden, Narrated by Tony Shalhoub, Macmillan Audio
Founding Fathers, edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Narrated by Ira Claffey and Richard Rohan, Macmillan Audio
The Story of Swan Lake, by Tchaikovsky, Narrated by Yadu, Maestro Classics/Magic Maestro Music
Under the Black Ensign, by L. Ron Hubbard, Narrated by a full cast, Galaxy Press

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
A Whole New Mind, by Daniel Pink, Narrated by Daniel Pink, Audible, Inc.
Happy for No Reason, by Marci Shimoff with Carol Kline, Narrated by Marci Shimoff with an introduction by Jack Canfield, Simon & Schuster Audio
Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture, by David Kidder and Noah Oppenheim, Narrated by Oliver Wyman and Helen Litchfield, Macmillan Audio
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch, Narrated by Erik Singer, HyperionAudio
What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage, by Amy Sutherland, Narrated by Hillary Huber, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
You Staying Young, by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, Narrated by Johnny Heller, Recorded Books

POLITICS - JUDGES AWARD
Descent into Chaos, by Ahmed Rashid, Narrated by Arthur Morey, Brilliance Audio
Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, Narrated by Oliver Wyman, Macmillan Audio
Mike's Election Guide, by Michael Moore, Narrated by Michael Moore, Hachette Audio
The War Within, by Bob Woodward, Narrated by Boyd Gaines, Simon & Schuster Audio
The Way of the World, by Ron Suskind, Narrated by Alan Sklar, HarperAudio

ROMANCE
The Dark Highlander, by Karen Marie Moning, Narrated by Phil Gigante, Brilliance Audio
Fire Me Up, by Katie MacAlister, Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Recorded Books
Forbidden, by Suzanne Brockmann, Narrated by Traci Svensgaard, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Mismatch, by Tami Hoag, Narrated by Jen Taylor, BBC Audiobooks America
Tribute, by Nora Roberts, Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, Brilliance Audio

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY
Calculating God, by Robert J. Sawyer, Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Audible, Inc.
Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke, Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer, Audible, Inc.
Ghost Radio, by Leopoldo Gout, Narrated by Pedro Pascal, HarperAudio
Skybreaker, by Kenneth Oppel, Narrated by David Kelly, Full Cast Audio
Sunrise Alley, by Catherine Asaro, Narrated by Hillary Huber, Blackstone Audio, Inc.

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
Armageddon in Retrospect, by Kurt Vonnegut, Narrated by Rip Torn and Michael Vonnegut, Penguin Audio
The Bandana Republic, by Louis Reyes Rivera and Bruce George, eds., Narrated by a full cast, Audible, Inc.
Fine Just the Way It Is, by Annie Proulx, Narrated by Will Patton, Simon & Schuster Audio
This I Believe II, by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, Various narrators, Macmillan Audio
When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris, Narrated by David Sedaris, Hachette Audio

SOLO NARRATION - FEMALE
Alyssa Bresnahan, narrator of The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry, HarperAudio
Katherine Kellgren, narrator of Curse of the Blue Tattoo, by L.A. Meyer, Listen & Live Audio
Sneha Mathan, narrator of The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Lorna Raver, narrator of The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Concetta Tomei, narrator of Amarcord, by Marcella Hazan, HarperAudio

SOLO NARRATION - MALE
Bobby Cannavale, narrator of Lush Life, by Richard Price, Macmillan Audio
Timothy Dalton, narrator of The Silver Swan, by Benjamin Black, Macmillan Audio
John Lee, narrator of The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
John Lee, narrator of The White Tiger: A Novel, by Aravind Adiga, Tantor Media
Richard Poe, narrator of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski, Recorded Books
Christopher Evan Welch, narrator of The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, HarperAudio

SPANISH LANGUAGE
América, by T. C. Boyle, Narrated by Sergio Gutierrez, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
De Como las Muchachas Garcia Perdierno su Acento, by Julia Alvarez, Narrated by Adriana Sananes, Rossmery Almonte, Silvia Sierra, Laura Gomez and Rosie Berrido, Recorded Books
El Vecindario de Quinito, by Ina Cumpiano, Narrated by Jonathan Davis, Audible, Inc.
La Bruja de Portobello / The Witch of Portobello, by Paulo Coelho, Narrated by a full cast, FonoLibro Inc.
Por un Dia Más, by Mitch Albom, Narrated by Jose Manuel Vieira, FonoLibro Inc.

TEENS
Burn Journals, by Brent Runyon, Narrated by Christopher Evan Welch, Recorded Books
The Compound, by S. A. Bodeen, Narrated by Christopher Lane, Brilliance Audio
Curse of the Blue Tattoo, by L.A. Meyer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, Listen & Live Audio
Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine, Narrated by Sarah Naughton, Full Cast Audio
Paper Towns, by John Green, Narrated by Dan John Miller, Brilliance Audio
The Uprising, by Margaret P. Haddix, Narrated by Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
Blue Heaven, by C.J. Box, Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd, Macmillan Audio
Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith, Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris, Hachette Audio
Executive Privilege, by Phillip Margolin, Narrated by Jonathan Davis, HarperAudio
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman, HarperAudio
Sweetheart, by Chelsea Cain, Narrated by Carolyn McCormick, Macmillan Audio


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