Audie Award Winners Announced

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On May 30, the Audio Publishers Association announced the winners of the Eighth Annual Audie Awards at BookExpo America in Los Angeles. The Audies recognize excellence in audio publishing and were awarded in 27 categories at the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A.

Judges reviewed 668 audiobooks -- more submissions than any other year -- for consideration. All titles submitted had to be released between November 1, 2001 and October 31, 2002. The Audie Awards are notable as the only completely juried awards covering audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Winners of the Eighth Annual Audie Awards are:

Fiction, Abridged
Jackdaws, by Ken Follett, read by Barbara Rosenblat and Colin Stinton (Penguin Audiobooks)

Fiction, Unabridged
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, read by Kristoffer Tabori (Audio Renaissance)

Mystery, Fiction
Jolie Blon's Bounce, by James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Science Fiction
Dune: Butlerian Jihad, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, read by Scott Brick (Books on Tape, Inc.)

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction
Hidden Victory, by Herbert Francis Smith, S.J., read by Richard Ferrone (Recorded Books, LLC)

The Short Stories of W.S. Maugham, Vol. 2, by William Somerset Maugham, read by Charlton Griffin (Audio Connoisseur)

Nonfiction, Abridged
A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar, read by Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Nonfiction, Unabridged
3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It, by Sean Flynn, read by Richard Rohan (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)

Lucky Man, by Michael J. Fox, read by Michael J. Fox (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Personal Development/Motivational
Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments, by Kent M. Keith, read by Kent M. Keith (Putnam Berkley Audio)

Business Information/Educational
The Art of Profitability, by Adrian Slywotzky, read by Scott Mosenson and Jack Ong, with an introduction by Adrian Slywotzky (Time Warner AudioBooks)

Children's Titles for Ages 0 - 7
The Blues of Flats Brown, by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Nina Laden, read by Charles Turner (Live Oak Media)

Children's Titles for Ages 8+
Troy, by Adéle Geras, read by Miriam Margolyes (Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio)

Conversations with God for Teens, by Neale Donald Walsch, read by Neale Donald Walsch, Alanis Morissette, and LeVar Burton with a full cast (Listening Library, an imprint of Random House Audio)

Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, by Peter Ackerman, read by Jeffrey Donovan, Richard Kind, Clea Lewis, Alan Mandell, Mandy Siegfried, and Joey Slotnik (L.A. Theatre Works)

Good Poems, selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor, read by Garrison Keillor and poets (HighBridge)

Short Stories/Collections
Classic Women's Short Stories, by Katherine Mansfield, Kate Chopin, and Virginia Woolf, read by Carole Boyd, Liza Ross, and Teresa Gallagher (Naxos AudioBooks, Ltd.)

Original Work
Getting to Know William Shakespeare, by Joy Wake, read by Fred Child (Echo Peak Productions)

Solo Narration - Male
Frank Muller, Tishomingo Blues, by Elmore Leonard (Recorded Books, LLC)

Solo Narration - Female
Barbara Rosenblat, Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood, by Kate Simon (Jewish Contemporary Classics, Inc.)

Solo Narration by the Author or Authors
Fannie Flagg, Standing in the Rainbow (Random House Audio Publishing)

Multi-Voiced Performance
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, by Joyce Carol Oates, read by Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe (HarperCollins Publishers)

Audio Drama
The Guys, by Anne Nelson, read by Swoosie Kurtz and Bill Irwin (Random House Audible)

Fiction or Nonfiction, Licensed or Distributed
Two Plays for Voices, by Neil Gaiman, read by Brian Dennehy, Bebe Neuwirth, and a full cast (HarperCollins Publishers)

Package Design
John Adams, by David McCullough, read by Nelson Runger (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Achievement in Production
The Silver Chair, by C.S. Lewis, read by a full cast (Focus on the Family)

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. --Karen Schechner