AUDIO PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL AUDIE AWARDS

United Nations Building is Setting for Dinner Gala and Audie Awards Presentations
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has released the names of the 69 finalists for the Seventh Annual Audie Awards. This year, the Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing, will be presented in 23 categories. Finalists were selected by a panel of over 100 judges representing all areas of the audiobook world. Judges were responsible for reviewing 522 audiobooks submitted for consideration, all of which had to have been released between November 1, 2000 and October 31, 2001.

The black tie gala will take place on Friday evening, May 3, 2002 at the United Nations Building in New York City at the end of the first day of BookExpo America (BEA). Among the guests will be APA members, authors, narrators, finalists, members of the media, and friends of the industry who will first attend a cocktail reception on the west terrace of the United Nations Building and will then move on to dinner and the awards show in the Delegates Dining Room. Preceding the cocktail reception, special private guided tours of the U.N. meeting rooms and art collection are available for Audie guests for an additional fee.

The Audie Awards are notable as the only completely juried awards covering audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Judging is a two-tiered process. There will be one winner in each category except in the case of a tie when both finalists' titles will receive awards for that category.

Finalists for the Seventh Annual Audie Awards

Fiction, Abridged
The Bonesetter's Daughter, by Amy Tan, read by Amy Tan and Joan Chen
(New Millenium Audio)
The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen, read by Dylan Baker (Simon & Schuster Audio)
We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates, read by J. Todd Adams (HighBridge Audio)

Fiction, Unabridged
Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett, read by Anna Fields (Blackstone Audiobooks)
The Priestess of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, read by Bernadette Dunne (Books on Tape, Inc.)
The Talisman, by Stephen King and Peter Straub, read by Frank Muller (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Mystery, Fiction
The Blue Nowhere, by Jeffery Deaver, read by William Dufris (Chivers North America)
Tell No One, by Harlan Coben, read by Steven Weber (Random House Audio)
The Vendetta Defense, by Lisa Scottoline, read by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Books, LLC)

Classic, Fiction
The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, read by Richard Dreyfus and Stacy Keach (L.A. Theatre Works)
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, read by Linda Stephens (Recorded Books, LLC)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, read by Kate Burton (HarperCollins Publishers)

Non-Fiction, Abridged
Ghost Soldiers, by Hampton Sides, read by James Naughton (Random House Audio)
Jazz, by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, read by LeVar Burton (Random House Audio)
John Adams, by David McCullough, read by Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Non-fiction, Unabridged
Album of Memories, by Tom Brokaw, read by the author and a cast (Random House Audio)
John Adams, by David McCullough, read by Nelson Runger (Recorded Books, LLC)
The Life and Works of Chopin, by Jeremy Siepmann, read by Jeremy Siepmann with Anton Lesser, Neville Jason, Elaine Claxton and Karen Archer (Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.)

Personal Development/Motivational
Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler, read by David Kessler (Books on Tape, Inc.)
Self Matters, by Phillip McGraw, read by Phillip McGraw (Simon & Schuster Audio)
Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons From the Great Antarctic Explorer, by Margot Morrell & Stephen Capparell, read by Richard Matthews (Books on Tape, Inc.)

Business Information/Educational
Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul, and John Christensen, read by Mallory Kasdan (Random House Audible)
The Power of Six Sigma, by Subir Chowdhury, read by Patrick Lawlor and Richard Allen (B & B Audio)
Rich Dad's Rich Kid, Smart Kid, by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A., read by Jim Ward with commentary by Robert T. Kiyosaki (Time Warner Audiobooks)

Children's Titles For Ages 0-7
Ballet Stories: Coppelia, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swann Lake, retold by David Angus, read by Jenny Agutter (Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.)
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, by Paul Goble, read by Lance White Magpie; authentic Native American music and vocal accompaniments by Robert Tree Cody and Curtis Zunigha (Live Oak Media)
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback, read by Simms Taback along with members of The Klezmatics (Live Oak Media)

Children's Titles For Ages 8+
The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, read by the author and a full cast (Random House - Listening Library)
Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, read by Cherry Jones (Random House - Listening Library)
The Magician's Nephew, by C.S. Lewis, read by Kenneth Branagh (Harper Collins Publishers) Inspirational/Spiritual
The Listener's Bible, read by Max McLean (Fellowship for the Performing Arts)
NIVAudio Bible New Testament, read by various narrators (Zondervan)
Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn, read by Steve Sever (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)

Humor
Blandings Castle, by P.G. Wodehouse, read by Jonathan Cecil (Chivers North America)
Napalm and Silly Putty, by George Carlin, read by George Carlin (HighBridge Audio)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten, revised by Lawrence Bush, read by Ron Rifkin, Peter Riegert, Harry Goz, Michael Goz, Larry Keith, and Carole Shelley (Random House Audio)

Poetry
The Best Poems of All Time I, by various authors, read by an ensemble including Eric Stoltz, Michael Beck, Graeme Malcolm and Keith Szarabajka (Time Warner AudioBooks)
The Best Poems of All Time II, by various authors, read by an ensemble including Natalie Cole, Cynthia Nixon, D.B. Sweeney, and Graeme Malcolm (Time Warner AudioBooks)
The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, by various authors, read by Caroline Kennedy, Claire Bloom, Daniel Davis, Viola Davis, Byron Jennings, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jennifer Wiltsie, & B.D. Wong (Hyperion Audiobooks)

Short Stories/Collections
Blood: Stories of Life and Death from the Civil War, by Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, George Pickett, Lt. Colonel W.W. Blackford, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Sarah Morgan Dawson, George T. Stevens, John McElroy, William T. Sherman, Adeline Grey, read by Christopher Graybill, Colleen Delany, Grover Gardner, Barrett Whitener, Delores King Williams (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)
The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by various authors (HarperCollins Publishers)
Texas Bound IV: More Stories by Texas Writers Read by Texas Actors, edited by Kay Cattarulla, with stories by authors Larry L. King, Sara Powers, C.W. Smith and others, read by Marcia Gay Harden, Larry Hagman, and Judith Ivey, and others (Arts & Letters Live/ Southern Methodist University Press) Original Work
Flight of the Voyager, by Ferde GrofÈ, read by Ferde GrofÈ, Peggy Jordan, Jim Cissel and full cast (Stereo High Adventures)
The Life and Works of Chopin, by Jeremy Siepmann, read by Jeremy Siepmann with Anton Lesser, Neville Jason, Elaine Claxton & Karen Archer (Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.)
Maressa & Merlone: A Musical Fairy Tale, by Shaeri Richards, read by Shaeri Richards (Heartfull Productions)

Solo Narration - Male
Frank Muller, Coldheart Canyon, by Clive Barker (HarperCollins Publishers) Larry Keith, The Magician of Lublin, by Isaac Bashevis Singer (Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.) Tim Curry, A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket (Random House - Listening Library)

Solo Narration - Female
Barbara Rosenblat, Lord of the Silent, by Elizabeth Peters (HarperCollins Publishers)
Dearbhla Molloy, My Dream of You, by Nuala O'Faolain (Simon & Schuster Audio)
Blair Brown, Portrait in Sepia, by Isabel Allende (HarperCollins Publishers)

Narration by the Author or Authors
Rick Bragg, Ava's Man (Random House Audio)
Marc Parent, Believing It All (Time Warner AudioBooks)
Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter (New Millenium Audio)

Multi-Voiced Performance
The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, read by the author and a full cast (Random House - Listening Library)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller, read by Richard Dreyfus and Stacy Keach (L.A. Theatre Works)
War Letters, edited by Andrew Carroll, narrated by Harry Smith, read by Joan Allen, Michael Beach, Tom Brokaw, Hope Davis, Rob Lowe, Julianna Margulies, Giovanni Ribisi, Campbell Scott, John Slattery, Eric Stoltz, David Strathairm, Noah Wyle, Steve Zahn (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Audiobook Adapted from Another Medium
The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, read by Richard Dreyfus and Stacy Keach (L.A. Theatre Works)
Great Classical Composers: Appreciating Their Lives and Music, by David Allen, Kenneth Allen, John Green, and Rosemary Hughes, read by Richard Mayes, John Ringham, and Rosemary Hughes (The Audio Partners Publishing Corporation)
The Zebra-Striped Hearse, by Ross Macdonald, read by Harris Yulin, Edward Asner, Kathryn Harrold, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano, and a cast of 36 others (The Audio Partners Publishing Corporation)

Fiction or Non-Fiction, Licensed or Distributed
The Family Frying Pan, by Bryce Courtenay, read by Humphrey Bower (Bolinda Audio Books)
The Last Confession, by Morris West, read by James Condon (Bolinda Audio Books)
The Zebra-Striped Hearse, by Ross Macdonald, read by Harris Yulin, Edward Asner, Kathryn Harrold, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano, and a cast of 36 others (The Audio Partners Publishing Corporation)

Package Design
The Caedmon Short Story Collection, by various authors, read by various narrators (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Ernest Hemingway Audio Collection, by Ernest Hemingway, read by Ernest Hemingway and Charlton Heston (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Listener's Bible, read by Max McLean (Fellowship for the Performing Arts)

Achievement and Innovation in Production
The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, read by the author and a full cast (Random House - Listening Library)
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, read by George Guidall (Recorded Books, LLC)
Thief of Time, by Terry Pratchett, read by Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle De Cuir Karesa McElheny, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, and Harlan Ellison (Audio Literature/ Fantastic Audio)

Qualifying audiobooks are defined as sound recordings containing at least 51% spoken word content duplicated and packaged for sale in the United States as cassettes or compact discs. Recordings must have been produced originally or compiled from another medium for release as audiobooks. Audiobooks need not be derived from or based on a printed book.

The APA is a not-for-profit trade organization consisting of over 200 member companies including publishers, resellers, distributors, and suppliers along with other industries related to the production, promotion, and sale of audiobooks. The mandate of the APA is to deal with the concerns of the industry; assure the ongoing production of high quality products; to initiate research and the distribution of relevant data; and to nurture solid relationships among the consumers, the reseller, and the industry itself.

The Audiobook Publishers Association extends their congratulations to all the finalists.


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