2016 Audie Awards Finalists

The 2016 Audie Awards shortlist has been released. The award recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). Finalists are announced in 25 categories.

Here are the categories of genre interest.

AUDIO DRAMA

  • Amok by Sebastian Fitzek, narrated by a full cast, published by Audible Studios
  • Christmas Eve, 1914 by Charles Olivier, narrated by a full cast, published by Audible Studios
  • Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling, narrated by a full cast, published by Audible Studios
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, and Michael Maloney, published by HarperAudio.
  • The Starling Project by Jeffrey Deaver, narrated by Alfred Molina and a full cast, published by Audible Studios

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

  • Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew, narrated by Kate Mulgrew, published by Hachette Audio
  • The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath by Ben S. Bernanke, narrated by Grover Gardner, published by Brilliance Audio
  • Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius, narrated by Simon Bubb, published by Thomas Nelson/HarperAudio
  • I Must Say by Martin Short, narrated by Martin Short, published by HarperAudio
  • Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke, narrated by Dick Van Dyke, published by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Travels by Michael Crichton, narrated by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Audio

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR

  • All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani, narrated by Blair Brown, published by HarperAudio
  • The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, narrated by Linda Lavin, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Listening Library/Penguin  Random House Audio
  • The Lost Landscape by Joyce Carol Oates, narrated by Cassandra Campbell, published by HarperAudio
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, narrated by Polly Stone, published by Macmillan Audio
  • Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, published by Listen & Live Audio

BEST MALE NARRATOR

  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, narrated by John Malkovich, published by Audible Studios
  • Classic Love Poems by various authors, narrated by Richard Armitage, published by Audible Studios
  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson, narrated by Scott Brick, published by Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio
  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva, narrated by George Guidall, published by HarperAudio
  • Finders Keepers by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, narrated by Scott Brick, published by Brilliance Audio

FANTASY

  • Ascension: The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1 by Brian K. Fuller, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Podium Publishing
  • The Cycle of Arawn by Edward W. Robertson, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds, published by Podium Publishing
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio
  • Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron, narrated by Vikas Adam, published by Audible Studios
  • Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds, published by Audible Studios

FICTION

  • Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy, narrated by Bahni Turpin and J. D. Jackson, published by Brilliance Audio
  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, narrated by Alex Jennings, published by Hachette Audio
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal, narrated by Amy Ryan and Michael Stuhlbarg, published by Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio
  • The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig, narrated by David Aaron Baker, published by Recorded Books
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, narrated by Polly Stone, published by Macmillan Audio
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty, narrated by Prentice Onayemi, published by Audible Studios

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY

  • In Search of Sir Thomas Browne by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, read by Simon Vance, published by HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books
  • A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin and Tom Hanks, narrated by Bronson Pinchot, published by Audiobooks.com Publishing
  • Operation Nemesis by Eric Bogosian, narrated by Eric Bogosian, published by Hachette Audio
  • Pacific Pacific by Simon Winchester, narrated by Simon Winchester, published by HarperAudio
  • Texas Rising by Stephen L. Moore, narrated by P.J. Ochlan, published by HarperAudio

MIDDLE GRADE

  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David deVries, MacLeod Andrews, and Rebecca Soler, published by Scholastic Audio
  • The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville, narrated by various people, published by Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V by Maryrose Wood, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, published by HarperAudio
  • Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Sally Derby, narrated by Dion Graham and Bahni Turpin, published by Brilliance Publishing
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper, narrated by Heather Alicia Simms, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS

  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, narrated by Amanda Palmer, published by Hachette Audio
  • Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew, narrated by Kate Mulgrew, published by Hachette Audio
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, narrated by Jenny Lawson, published by Macmillan Audio
  • I Must Say by Martin Short, narrated by Martin Short, published by HarperAudio
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann, narrated by Colum McCann, published by Books on Tape/Penguin Random House Audio

ORIGINAL WORK

  • Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, narrated by Rose Leslie and David Tennant, published by Audible Studios
  • Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King, narrated by Tim Sample, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Locke & Key by Joe Hill, narrated by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios
  • NPR American Chronicles: First Ladies by National Public Radio, narrated by Cokie Roberts, published by HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books
  • The Starling Project by Jeffery Deaver, narrated by Alfred Molina and a full cast, published by Audible Studios
  • StoryCorps: Outloud: Voices of the LGBTQ Community from Across America, by David Isay, narrated by Ari Shapiro and a full cast, published by HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books RB

PARANORMAL

  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, narrated by Charlotte Parry and Christian Coulson, published by Hachette Audio
  • Hounacier by Seth Skorkowsky, narrated by R.C. Bray, published by Audible Studios
  • Lycan Fallout 2: Fall of Man by Mark Tufo, narrated by Sean Runnette, published by Podium Publishing
  • Seven Years by Dannika Dark, narrated by Nicole Poole, published by Tantor Media
  • White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland, narrated by Allison McLemore, published by Audible Studios

SCIENCE FICTION

  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, narrated by Adjoa Andoh, published by Hachette Audio
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Ali Ahn, published by Hachette Audio
  • Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds, published by Recorded Books
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, narrated by Scott Brick, published by Brilliance Audio
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger, narrated by Marc Thompson, published by Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio

YOUNG ADULT

  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, narrated by Kirby Heyborne, Ariadne Meyers, and Jennifer Niven, published by Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman , narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lara Pulver, Niamh Walsh, Adjoa Andoh, Peter Forbes, John Sessions, and Michael Maloney, published by HarperAudio
  • Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) by Laura Hillenbrand, narrated by Edward Herrmann, published by Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio
  • The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr, narrated by James Langton, published by Tantor Media
  • X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon, narrated by Dion Graham and Ilyasah Shabazz, published by Brilliance Audio

YOUNG LISTENERS (up to age 8)

  • Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, published by Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio
  • Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe and S.D. Schindler, narrated by Gildart Jackson, published by Dreamscape
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon, narrated by Suzy Jackson, published by Recorded Books
  • The Eloise Collection by Kay Thompson, narrated by Bernadette Peters, with music by Anthony de Mare, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine and Marc Brown, narrated by Jack Black, published by Hachette Audio
  • Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales, narrated by Adriana Sananes, published by Dreamscape

5 thoughts on “2016 Audie Awards Finalists

  1. I would recommend either listing only those entries which are of genre interest, or of at least listing all entries in the main categories. It’s really not cool that the Best Female Narrator category has been omitted from this announcement simply because none of the entries are genre works.

  2. Libba Bray’s Lair of Dreams is in the female narrator category and it certainly sounds “genre” enough. Hoping this was an inadvertent omission?

  3. BigelowT: Although I have researched some of these titles for sf/fantasy content, I did not check Lair of Dreams. Now that I have, it appears to be fantasy, so I have added the category it is in.

    I use “Genre interest” pretty subjectively. It might mean a work of sf/fantasy. Or it could be somebody who’s been covered in a File 770 post, even if the Audie Award isn’t for a genre work — consider the listing here of Amanda Palmer’s category.

    When I thought the Best Female Narrator category had no work of genre interest, it did cross my mind that people might put an unfavorable interpretation on my leaving it out. I decided I would feel better receiving the criticism than letting the anticipation of it drive my decision.

  4. Thank you for the explanation, Mike. The categories are somewhat odd, in general, but I’m sure they have their reasons for singling out “best narration by the author” and such.

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