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Winners of the 2014 Audies Awards

By Lin Parkin

June 4, 2014

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the-audies-600.jpgOn May 29th 2014 publishers, narrators, and authors gathered for the 2014 Audies Awards Gala.

Billy Crystal proved his writing, comedy, and narration chops are still well intact taking home Audio Book of the Year as well as the awards for Humor and Narration by the Author or Authors.

The judges called his work: "a seamless blend of single voice narration and live performances [that] does for the audiobook medium what Billy Crystal's opening acts have done for the Oscars, which is to bring in a larger audience. From Mickey Mantle to Muhammad Ali with the inside story on Meg Ryan's infamous scene in When Harry Met Sally thrown in for good measure, Crystal's life story will have listeners hanging on every word. Crystal pulled out all the stops to draw in fans and to create new ones with a clever mélange of audiobook-specific print, radio, TV, social media and store appearances. In a word: 'Mahvelous.'"

Sold! That makes me want to have a listen. How about you?

Join VOX Daily to find out who all the winners were and who took home the narration awards.

Without Further Ado:


AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

  • Still Foolin' 'Em
  • Author: Billy Crystal
  • Narrator: Billy Cystal
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

  • Pete Seeger: The Storm King
  • Author: Pete Seeger, edited by Jeff Haynes
  • Narrator: Pete Seeger
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio

NON-FICTION

  • David and Goliath
  • Author: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrator: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • The Elephant Whisperer
  • Author: Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence
  • Narrator: Simon Vance
  • Publisher: Tantor Media

HISTORY

  • Devil in the Grove
  • Author: Gilbert King
  • Narrator: Peter Francis James
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION

  • Keeping Hope Alive
  • Author: Dr. Hawa Abdi
  • Narrator: Robin Miles
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio

BUSINESS/EDUCATIONAL

  • Leadership Skills of the Salvation Army
  • Author: Robert Watson
  • Narrator: Bob Souer
  • Publisher: eChristian

HUMOR

  • Still Foolin' 'Em
  • Author: Billy Crystal
  • Narrator: Billy Crystal
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio

FICTION

  • Doctor Sleep
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Narrator: Will Patton
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

LITERARY FICTION

  • The Goldfinch
  • Author: Donna Tartt
  • Narrator: David Pittu
  • Hachette Audio

CLASSIC

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes
  • Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrator: Simon Vance
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION

  • A Story of God and All of Us
  • Author: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey
  • Narrator: Keith David and the Authors
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS

  • Sherlock Holmes in America
  • Author: John L. Lellenberg et al.
  • Narrator: Graham Malcolm
  • Publisher: Audible, Inc.

ROMANCE

  • The Longest Ride
  • Author: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrators: Ron McLarty and January LaVoy
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio

SCIENCE FICTION

  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
  • Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrator: Grover Gardner
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.

FANTASY

  • Wisp of a Thing
  • Author: Alex Bledsoe
  • Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.

MYSTERY

  • Unleashed
  • Author: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrator: Grover Gardner
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio

THRILLER/SUSPENSE

  • The Hit
  • Author: David Baldacci
  • Narrators: Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES UP TO 8

  • Hooray for Anna Hibiscus
  • Author: Atinuke
  • Narrator: Mutiyat Ade-Salu
  • Publisher: Recorded Books

CHILDREN'S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12

  • Matilda
  • Author: Roald Dahl
  • Narrator: Kate Winslet
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio

TEENS

  • Viva Jacquelina
  • Author: L.A. Meyer
  • Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio

AUDIO DRAMA

  • Oliver Twist
  • Author: Charles Dickens, adapted by Paul McCusker
  • Narrators: Joe Holgate, Henry Goodman, Bill Sykes, Geoffrey Palmer, Roy Hudd, and Finty Williams
  • Publisher: Tyndale House

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition
  • Author: Max Brooks
  • Narrators: Max Brooks with Nicki Clyne, Bruce Boxleitner, Simon Pegg, Brian Tee, Henry Rollins as T. Sean Collins, Frank Darabont, Common, Kal Penn, Alfred Molina, David Ogden Stiers, Nathan Fillion, Denise Crosby, Ade M'Cormack, Paul Sorvino, Parminder Nagra, Rene Auberjonois, F. Murray Abraham, Martin Scorsese Masi Oka, Ric Young, and Jeri Ryan
  • Publisher: Random House Audio/Books on Tape

ORIGINAL WORK

  • Thirteen
  • Authors: Scott Harrison, Dan Abnett, Cavan Scott, Kim Newman, Kaaron Warren, George Mann, Simon Clark
  • Narrators: Gemma Arterton, Lalla Ward, Frances Barber, Barnaby Edwards, Samuel West, Greg Wise, Arthur Darvill
  • Publisher: Spokenworld Audio/Ladbroke Audio Ltd.

SOLO NARRATION-FEMALE

  • Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas
  • Author: Rhys Bowen
  • Publisher: Audible, Inc.

SOLO NARRATION-MALE

  • Narrator: David Pittu
  • The Goldfinch
  • Author: Donna Tartt
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio

Congratulations to all the winners!

Before we go I would like to send out a special congratulations to George Guidall, who provided the narration for one of my favourite books, Wally Lamb's "I Know This Much is True."

George has a recording career that spans across 30 years. Over the course of three decades he's recorded over 1,100 audiobooks and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his exemplary story-telling. This year he took home the Special Achievement Award at the Audies.

Have you listened to any of these titles? Any favourites?

We'd love to hear about it! Comment below.

All the best,
Lin

Note: In consideration of time and space, this is a partial list of winners. You can view the full listing at: audiopub.org.

Related Topics: #audiomonth, 2014 Audies Awards Gala, APA, Audies, Audio Publishers Association, Audiobooks, Winners


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