Billy Crystal, Pete Seeger, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, and Bryan Cranston all vie for top honors at the 2014 Audie Awards® Gala Bestselling author Libba Bray to host this year’s ceremony

April 10, 2014 – Princeton Junction, NJ – The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced three Audie Award finalists for Audiobook of the Year and three finalists for the Distinguished Achievement in Production. The winners of these prestigious awards will be announced at the Audie Awards® Gala on May 29th, 2014, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City.

All three titles competing for Audiobook of the Year are distinguished by excellence in production as well as
their ability to create new interest in the audiobook format through exceptionally creative and innovative
marketing. The jury tasked with judging this category commented that this year’s Audiobook of the Year
finalists each found new audiences for audiobooks while presenting a unique listening experience and the
promise of a long listening life.
Janet Benson, Audies Competition Chair, says, “The juried awards present a unique challenge: judges listen to
25 publisher submissions totaling more than 200 hours, each representing a publisher’s best work. The juries
discuss the benchmarks the best recordings must meet to earn the distinction, and for Audiobook of the Year,
they also analyze marketing campaigns and subsequent sales. These six finalists are truly the best of the best.”
The three titles competing for Audiobook of the Year, along with comments from the judges, are:
• Still Foolin’ ’Em; written and narrated by Billy Crystal; Macmillan Audio. “A seamless blend of single
voice narration and live performances does for the audiobook medium what Billy Crystal’s opening acts
have done for the Oscars, which is to bring in a larger audience. In a word: ‘Mahvelous.’”
• The Testament of Mary; by Colm Tóibin; narrated by Meryl Streep; Simon & Schuster Audio.
“Sometimes a great narrator can enrich and elevate even a critically acclaimed title. Meryl Streep does
that here, transforming Colm Tóibin’s imaginative, provocative, and poignant novella into a
masterpiece.
• The Things They Carried; by Tim O’Brien; narrated by Bryan Cranston; Audible, Inc. “Brought to life
by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, Tim O’Brien’s modern classic The Things They Carried immediately
transports the listener to the steamy jungles of Vietnam and the chilly waters of Lake Superior.”
Michele Cobb, President of the APA, says, “The APA applauds everyone involved in the production of these
outstanding titles. Each one has contributed greatly to the growth of the audio publishing industry.”
The Distinguished Achievement in Production award recognizes a production that represents the best the format
has to offer in listening excellence. This year’s judges identified three finalists:
• Ender’s Game Alive; by Orson Scott Card; narrated by a full cast; Audible, Inc. “A full cast lead by
luminaries such as Scott Brick, Kirby Heyborne, and Janis Ian create an electric presentation of Orson
Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. Featuring a script written specifically by Card for this production, Ender’s
Game Alive is sure to create more fans for this science fiction classic through its intriguing plot, spot-on
music and sound effects, and charismatic performances.”
• Matilda; by Roald Dahl; narrated by Kate Winslet; Penguin Audio. “Celebrate the 25th anniversary of
Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda, with Kate Winslet’s pitch-perfect narration of the audiobook. From
the clever and precocious Matilda and her schoolmates to the awful overbearing Miss Trunchbull and
the sweet Miss Honey, Winslet delivers a performance that captures the characters and the spirit of the
book.”
• Pete Seeger: The Storm King; by Pete Seeger, edited by Jeff Haynes; read by Pete Seeger; Hachette
Audio. “A sterling mixture of stories, narratives, poems, and music, this outstanding audio features
intimate, seemingly unscripted commentary from Seeger in which he regales listeners with stories about
his childhood, family life, career, and much more.”
Young adult author Libba Bray will host this year’s Audie Awards® Gala. Bray is the New York
Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet
Far Thing); the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine; Beauty Queens, an L.A. Times Book Prize
finalist; and The Diviners series. She is also the recipient of a 2012 Audie Award for Best Narration by the
Author for her novel Beauty Queens. Bray commented on the recording experience: “In the booth, I discovered
that my New Zealand accent stinks, my English accent isn’t any better, and by hour eight or nine, even my
American accent wasn’t too keen. Also, in the future, I will only be writing three-word sentences. I’m sorry for
all the tongue twisters, audiobook recording people! Much respect.”
This year the APA will present a Special Achievement Award to George Guidall, an audiobook narrator of
exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his 30-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100
audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators and shown by example the potential of fine
storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are: Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, John Irving’s A
Widow for One Year which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he
captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much is True.

Tel: 609-799-6327, Fax: 609-799-7032, Email: info@audiopub.org
For tickets and information, visit http://www.audiopub.org/ or contact
Gretchen Koss at 212-629-1990 ext.1 or gretchenkoss@tandemliterary.com.

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The Audio Publishers Association (APA) is a not-for-profit trade organization, whose members consist of
audio publishing companies and allied suppliers, distributors, and retailers of spoken word products and allied
fields related to the production, distribution and sale of audiobooks. The APA’s primary goals are to promote
awareness of the audiobook industry; serve as a networking, educational and information forum for its
members; deliver programs and services that serve the common business interests for its members; gather and
disseminate industry statistics; encourage high production standards; and promote policies and activities
that accelerate audiobook industry growth.