Audio Publishers Association Announces AUDIE AWARDS Finalists

Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced 125 finalists for the 9th Annual Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing. Finalists were awarded in 27 categories that reflect the broad spectrum of creativity and innovation in spoken word entertainment.

The finalists were selected by 100 judges from over 500 entries. All entries were released between Nov. 1, 2002 and Oct. 31, 2003.

The winners will be honored Friday, June 4 at the Audie Awards, a black-tie gala in the Winter Garden Room at the Harold Washington Public Library Center in Chicago. Several hundred guests, including authors, narrators, APA members, media and friends of the industry, are expected to attend the gala and honor the industry’s best.

“The finalists for the 2004 Audie Awards highlight the tremendous range of talent in this industry,’’ said Mary Beth Roche, President of the Audio Publishers Association. “This diverse group of audiobook publishers delivers a wide variety of content and high quality of productions, providing consumers a broader range of choices than ever before.”

The Audie Awards are notable as the only completely juried awards covering audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Judging is a two-step process, in which entrants in each category are narrowed to five and then a winner in each category is selected.

This year, the APA will again sponsor an interactive “Pick the Winners” contest beginning April 1, 2004, where the public is encouraged to submit their choices for the best audiobook in each of the 26 categories. Visitors to the APA website can listen to the sound clips of the five nominated finalists in each category. Then when the Audie winners are announced on June 4, listeners can compare their choices to the expert Audie judges’ choices. Last year’s contest attracted nearly 1,000 visitors who selected their favorite audiobooks online. Everyone who enters the contest is eligible to win the Grand Prize of a collection of the 2004 Audie winners and five runners-up will receive a prize of $50 worth of audiobooks.

"Audiobooks are about listening,’’ said Robin Whitten, Chair of the Audie Awards and Editor and Founder of AudioFile Magazine. “The contest gives listeners a unique chance to hear sound clips of each of the best audios of the year and select their favorites."

Here is a partial list of the 2004 Audie Award Finalists. Watch the APA website for complete list of finalists and results.

FICTION, ABRIDGED

Brick Lane
Written by: Monica Ali
Read by: Elizabeth Sastre
HighBridge Audio

The King of Torts
Written by: John Grisham
Read by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Random House Audio

A Place of Hiding
Written by: Elizabeth George
Read by: Simon Jones
Random House Audio

The Stone Carvers
Written by: Jane Urquhart
Read by: Nicky Guadagni
BTC Audiobooks, an imprint of Goose Lane Editions

The Time Traveler's Wife
Written by: Audrey Niffenegger
Read by: Maggi-Meg Reed and Christopher Burns
HighBridge Audio

FICTION, UNABRIDGED

All Over Creation
Written by: Ruth Ozeki
Read by: Anna Fields
Blackstone Audiobooks

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Written by: Mitch Albom
Read by: Erik Singer
Hyperion Audiobooks

The Last Detective
Written by: Robert Crais
Read by: James Daniels
Brilliance Audio

Monstrous Regiment
Written by: Terry Pratchett
Read by: Stephen Briggs
Harper Audio

The Namesake
Written by: Jhumpa Lahiri
Read by: Sarita Choudhury
Random House Audio

MYSTERY (FICTION)

Bangkok 8
Written by: John Burdett
Read by: B. D. Wong
Random House Audio

Fear Itself
Written by: Walter Mosley
Read by: Don Cheadle
Time Warner AudioBooks

A Fine Dark Line
Written by: Joe R. Lansdale
Read by: Dick Hill
Brilliance Audio

The Last Detective
Written by: Robert Crais
Read by: James Daniels
Brilliance Audio

Lost Light
Written by: Michael Connelly
Read by: Len Cariou
Time Warner AudioBooks

SCIENCE FICTION

The Callahan Chronicles
Written by: Spider Robinson
Read by: Barrett Whitener
Blackstone Audiobooks

Darwin's Children
Written by: Greg Bear
Read by: Scott Brick
Books on Tape, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Dune: The Machine Crusade
Written by: Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Read by: Scott Brick
Audio Renaissance, A Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, and Books on Tape, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Monstrous Regiment
Written by: Terry Pratchett
Read by: Stephen Briggs
Harper Audio

Still Life With Crows
Written by: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Read by: Rene Auberjonois
Time Warner AudioBooks

FAITH-BASED/INSPIRATIONAL FICTION

Armageddon
Written by: Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Read by: Richard Ferrone
Recorded Books, LLC

The Christmas Blessing
Written by: Donna VanLiere
Read by: Oliver Wyman
Audio Renaissance, A Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Cover Girls
Written by: T. D. Jakes
Read by: Pamala Tyson
Time Warner AudioBooks

This Far By Faith
Written by: Juan Williams and Quinton Dixie
Read by: Lorraine Toussaint
Harper Audio

Treasure of Stonewycke
Written by: Michael Phillips and Judith Pella
Read by: Davina Porter
Recorded Books, LLC

CLASSICS

The Bell Jar
Written by: Sylvia Plath
Read by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Caedmon – Harper Audio

East of Eden
Written by: John Steinbeck
Read by: Richard Poe
Recorded Books, LLC

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Volume II
Written by: Ernest Hemingway
Read by: Stacy Keach
Simon & Schuster Audio

Treasure Island
Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by: Richard Matthews
Books on Tape, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Wuthering Heights
Written by: Emily Bronte
Read by: Donada Peters
Books on Tape, A Division of Random House, Inc.

NON-FICTION, ABRIDGED

The Bounty
Written by: Caroline Alexander
Read by: Michael York
Penguin Audiobooks

The Devil in the White City
Written by: Erik Larson
Read by: Tony Goldwyn
Random House Audio

Hitler's Scientists
Written by: John Cornwell
Read by: Simon Prebble
Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Middletown, America
Written by: Gail Sheehy
Read by: Gail Sheehy
Brilliance Audio

The Opposite of Fate
Written by: Amy Tan
Read by: Amy Tan
Brilliance Audio

NON-FICTION, UNABRIDGED

The Bounty
Written by: Caroline Alexander
Read by: Simon Prebble
Penguin Audiobooks, and Books on Tape, A Division of Random House, Inc.

Charlie Wilson's War
Written by: George Crile
Read by: Christopher Lane
Blackstone Audiobooks

Flyboys
Written by: James Bradley
Read by: James Bradley
Time Warner AudioBooks

Krakatoa
Written by: Simon Winchester
Read by: Simon Winchester
Harper Audio

Naked in Baghdad
Written by: Anne Garrels
Read by: Anne Garrels and Vint Lawrence
Audio Renaissance, A Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Benjamin Franklin
Written by: Walter Isaacson
Read by: Boyd Gaines
Simon & Schuster Audio

Hannibal: One Man Against Rome
Written by: Harold Lamb
Read by: Charlton Griffin
Audio Connoisseur

A Long Way from Home
Written by: Tom Brokaw
Read by: Tom Brokaw
Random House Audio

My Invented Country
Written by: Isabel Allende
Read by: Blair Brown
Harper Audio

The Nazi Officer's Wife
Written by: Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin
Read by: Barbara Rosenblat
Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT/MOTIVATIONAL

Confessions of a Reformed Dieter
Written by: A. J. Rochester
Read by: A. J. Rochester
Bolinda Publishing Inc. – Imprint Bolinda Audio Books

If Mama Goes South, We're All Going with Her
Written by: Lindsey O'Connor
Read by: Lindsey O'Connor
Brilliance Audio

Love the Life You Live
Written by: Les Parrott, Ph.D and Neil Clark Warren, Ph.D
Read by: Chris Fabry
Tyndale House Publishers (Tyndale Audio)

The Present
Written by: Spencer Johnson
Read by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Random House Audio

The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
Written by: Dr. Phil McGraw
Read by: Dr. Phil McGraw
Simon & Schuster Audio

BUSINESS INFORMATION/EDUCATIONAL

Cracking Your Retirement Nest Egg
Written by: Margaret A. Malaspina
Read by: Celeste Lawson
Blackstone Audiobooks

Ready for Anything
Written by: David Allen
Read by: David Allen
Simon & Schuster Audio

Use What You've Got & Other Business Lessons I Learned From My Mom
Written by: Barbara Corcoran and Bruce Littlefield
Read by: Barbara Corcoran
Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

What Clients Love
Written by: Harry Beckwith
Read by: Harry Beckwith
Time Warner AudioBooks

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?
Written by: Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
Read by: Edward Herrmann
Harper Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/SPIRITUAL

The Art of Happiness at Workbr> Written by: His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
Read by: Howard Cutler, M.D. and B. D. Wong
Simon & Schuster Audio

Creating True Peacebr> Written by: Thich Nhat Hanh
Read by: Michael York
Simon & Schuster Audio

The Lakota Way: Native American Wisdom on Ethics & Characterbr> Written by: Joseph M. Marshall, III
Read by: Joseph M. Marshall, III
Makoche

In the Presence of My Enemiesbr> Written by: Gracia Burnham and Dean Merrill
Read by: Aimee Lilly
Tyndale House Publishers (Tyndale Audio)

The Red Suit Diariesbr> Written by: Ed Butchart
Read by: Ed Butchart
Brilliance Audio

HUMOR

Boogers Are My Beatbr> Written by: Dave Barry
Read by: Dick Hill
Brilliance Audio

David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hallbr> Written by: David Sedaris
Read by: David Sedaris
Time Warner AudioBooks

The Funny Thing Is…br> Written by: Ellen DeGeneres
Read by: Ellen DeGeneres
Simon & Schuster Audio

The Pleasure of My Companybr> Written by: Steve Martin
Read by: Steve Martin
Hyperion Audiobooks

Shopaholic Takes Manhattanbr> Written by: Sophie Kinsella
Read by: Emily Gray
Recorded Books, LLC


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