20th Annual Audie® finalists announced in thirty categories
Winners to be announced at the Audie Awards Gala in New York City on May 28th, hosted by award winning author Jack Gantos
Philadelphia, PA – The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced finalists for its 2015 Audie Awards® competition, the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 28, 2015, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York. Newbery award-winning author and audiobook narrator extraordinaire Jack Gantos will emcee the event, and says “I’m thrilled to host the Audies. Unlike when I’m in the recording studio, while on stage at the Audies Gala I can wear a watch, have my stomach growl, jiggle pocket change, trip over my own tongue, laugh at my own jokes, completely screw up my lines and not have to worry about repeating myself–again and again. It is an honor to be a part of recognizing all the incredible audio talent in the industry who do the hard work of controlling themselves in the studio every single day.”
This year there will be an additional category: JUDGES AWARD – SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY. Janet Benson, Audies Competition Chair, says “Recognizing the constantly evolving nature of modern science and technology, the Audies Competition Committee wished to honor audiobooks which celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Entries in this field are often more challenging to judge, as the content can be dense, but our finalists were lauded by the judges as titles you can both learn from AND enjoy listening to!”
Of this year’s finalists, Michele Cobb, President of the APA, says “Our nominees continue to astound and impress with the creation of high quality productions that convert new listeners to the format every day; we are pleased to have such a great list.”
The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Through the Audie Award competition, publishers enter titles in various categories for recognition of excellence. Finalists are selected by a diverse group of experienced judges and, from that group of finalists, one winner is awarded.
Finalists in this year’s competition include the following titles: