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Friday, June 8, 2018

2018 Audie Awards Announced

Written by Jon Williams

AudioFile, a magazine dedicated to reviewing audiobooks, calls the annual Audie Awards “the Oscars of the audiobook industry.” Since 1996, the Audio Publishers Association has handed out these prestigious awards to the best audiobooks of the year. This year’s gala was held at the New York Historical Society on May 31, hosted by Simon Vance, himself an Audie-winning narrator several times over.

The novel Lincoln in the Bardo (written by George Saunders and narrated by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and a star-studded full cast) took home the night’s biggest prize, the coveted Audiobook of the Year award. Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give (narrated by Bahni Turpin) scored wins in two categories: Young Adult and Best Female Narrator. Born a Crime by Daily Show host Trevor Noah (self-narrated) won for Best Male Narrator, while Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology won in the Narration by the Author category.

Finally, we offer hearty congratulations to our friends at Dreamscape Media, who produced the winner in History/Biography. Written by Patricia Hruby Powell and narrated by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews, Loving vs. Virginia is the tale of a landmark civil rights case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Well done to everyone involved!

Click here for our collection of all the Audie Award-winning audiobooks, or see the list below for individual titles.

Audiobook of the Year: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (narrated by full cast)
Audio Drama: Brother Francis by Paul McCusker (various narrators)
Autobiography/Memoir: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (narrated by the author)
Best Female Narrator: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (narrated by Bahni Turpin)
Best Male Narrator: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (narrated by the author)
Business/Personal Development: Peak Performance by Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness (narrated by Christopher Lane)
Erotica: Claim & Protect by Rhenna Morgan (narrated by John Lane)
Fantasy: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss (narrated by Kate Reading)
Fiction: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (narrated by Cathleen McCarron)
History/Biography: Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell (narrated by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews)
Humor: Carpet Diem by Justin Lee Anderson (narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies)
Inspirational Fiction: Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson (narrated by Nancy Peterson)
Inspirational Non-Fiction: Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi (narrated by Emily Woo Zeller)
Literary Fiction: House of Names by Colm Toibin (narrated by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, and Pippa Nixon)
Middle Grade: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng (narrated by full cast)
Multi-Voiced: Restart by Gordon Korman (various narrators)
Mystery: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (narrated by Simon Vance)
Narration by the Author: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Non-Fiction: American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee (narrated by Mark Bramhall)
Original Work: Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson (narrated by Richard Armitage)
Paranormal: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter (narrated by Khristine Hvam)
Romance: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (narrated by Mary Jane Wells)
Science Fiction: Provenance by Ann Leckie (narrated by Adjoa Andoh)
Short Stories: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (narrated by Lauren Fortgang)
Thriller/Suspense: The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker (narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton)
Young Adult: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (narrated by Bahni Turpin)
Young Listeners: Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (narrated by Dion Graham)

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