Getting Excited for Audiobook Week – The Audies Winners!

Audiobook Week is fast approaching –  less than two weeks,  now,  until it starts, and only a week until National Audiobook Month. You can follow along with both events on Twitter, the hashtag for Audiobook Week is #audioweek and the one for National Audiobook Month is #JIAM (for June is Audiobook Month). The daily discussion topics for Audiobook Week will be up within the next week, and I hope you are all collecting audiobook reviews to post, since there will be a place to link both your reviews AND your discussions every day. The prizes are also shaping up nicely, so be on the lookout for that announcement as well.

In case any of you need more reason to be excited about Audiobook Week, or in case you’re looking for a great listen that week, you should check out the winners of the Audies. The Audies are an award recognizing distinction in audiobooks put on by the Audiobook Publishers Association. Basically the Oscars for audiobook. The winners were announced last night in New York and there are some great listening options here, something for everyone (links go to AudioFile Magazine reviews):

Audiobook of the Year:

Life by Keith Richardson, read by Keith Richardson, Johnny Depp, and Joe Hurley (Hachette Audio)

Audio Drama:

Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue by George Bernard Shaw, read by Amy Irving, Edward Herrmann, Stefan Rudnicki, and a full cast (Blackstone Audiobooks)

Audiobook Adaptation:

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, read by Sean Barrett (Naxos Audiobooks)


Life by Keith Richardson, read by Keith Richardson, Johnny Depp, and Joe Hurley (Hachette Audio)


The Intelligent Entrepreneur by Bill Murphy, Jr., read by LJ Ganser and Fred Berman (Audible)

Children’s Titles Ages up to 8

The Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt, read by James “D Train” Williams (Live Oak Media)

Children’s Titles Ages 8-12

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, read by Natalie Ross (Brilliance Audio)


The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, read by Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and Judy Geeson (Blackstone Audio)

Distinguished Achievement in Production

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices by Walter Dean Myer, read by Muhammad Cunningham, Michael Early, Patricia R. Floyd, Kevin R. Free, Arthur French, Dion Graham, Nathan Hinton, Ezra Knight, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Gail Nelson, Monica Patton, Charles Turner (Live Oak Media)


Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell, read by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)


Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic by Gordon S. Wood, read by Robert Fass (Audible)


Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs by Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman, read by Sam Hoffman, Eric Spiegelman, and a full cast (HighBridge Audio)

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction

Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent, read by Kate Forbes (Recorded Books)

Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction

In a Heartbeat by Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy, with Sally Jenkins, read by Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sean Tuohy, et. al (Macmillan Audio)

Judges’ Award – Paranormal

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garci and Margaret Stohl, read by Kevin T. Collins (Hachette Audio)

Literary Fiction

The Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga, read by Coleen Marlo (Tantor Audio)

Multi-Voiced Performance

Jitters: A Quirky Little Audiobook by Adele Park, read by a full cast (Straight to Audio Productions)


The Reversal by Michael Connelly, read by Peter Giles (Hachette Audio/AudioGo)

Narration by the Author or Authors

Nanny McPhee by Emma Thompson, read by Emma Thompson (Macmillan Audio/AudioGo)


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, read by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)

Original Work

The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Vol 2: The Little Death by Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins, read by Stacy Keach and a full cast (Blackstone Audio)

Package Design

The Very Best of Bob and Ray: Legends of Comedy by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, read by Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding (HighBridge Audio)

Personal Development

Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah, read by Queen Latifah (Hachette Audio)


The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James, read by Bianca Amato (Recorded Books)

Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison, read by Phil Gigante (Brilliance Audio)

Short Stories/Collections

Stories by Neil Gaiman [Ed.], Al Sarrantonio [Ed.], Joe Hill, Lawrence Block, Carolyn Parkhurst, Joanne Harris, et al., read by Anne Bobby, Jonathan Davis, Peter Francis James, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton (Harper Audio/ AudioGO)

Solo Narration – Female

Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden, read by Alfre Woodard (Audible)

Solo Narration – Male

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston, read by Alan Cumming (Penguin Audio)


The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon, read by Dion Graham (Brilliance Audio)


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson, read by Simon Vance (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)


For a full list of all nominated audiobooks, see The Audies.


Are any of your favorite books of the year here? Any that are on your To Be Listened pile? Something you think should have won in a certain category?
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8 comments to Getting Excited for Audiobook Week – The Audies Winners!

  • Love this post, Jen! Such great books won last night. It would make for a good challenge to listen to them all. Thanks for providing this resource. Will most definitely link back once I write up my celebratory The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest post (assuming that I’ll get the time to do it with Emma’s First Communion coming up this weekend…)

  • Just added a few to my list. :)

  • Looks like I’ve got some audiobooks to add to my wishlist!

  • Yay for Mr. Vance – I love his narration. I’m listening to his reading of Master and Commander right now. :)

  • I heart Simon Vance, and am always happy to see him pick up another award. Guess I’m going to have to track down Life, aren’t I? Last I looked, my library didn’t have it, but they will probably order it now.

  • Now who would ever have thought that a book by Keith Richards would ever win any king of an award?!

  • YAY for the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – I loved that one… and you just added MANY to my list :)

  • Tony

    I’m really happy with Life winning book of the year. Keith Richards was in inspiration to me, and many of my friends throughout the years. I just found out that one of the narrators, Joe Hurley, has some nice music too ! Check it out, you wont be disappointed !