Tina Fey’s Bossypants was named Audiobook of the Year and Allan Wolf’s The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic won the award for Distinguished Achievement in Production last night at the 17th annual Audies Gala in New York City.
It was the third consecutive year that a Hachette Audio title grabbed the Audie Award’s top honor, with Fey’s self-narrated Bossypants also winning in the Biography/Memoir category. The Watch that Ends the Night—narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington, and Angela Dawe—was one of three Brilliance Audio titles to take home awards.
"This Audiobook of the Year win was overwhelming for our entire team--we knew going in that the competition was incredibly stiff, so didn’t want to bank on the hat trick, no matter how amazing our nominee was," said Megan Fitzpatrick, Associate Director, Marketing & Publicity at Hachette Audio/Hachette Digital. "The creativity and dedication that went into the production, marketing, and sales of all the finalists makes this award even sweeter. Of course, we felt strongly that Tina Fey’s Bossypants was clearly Audiobook of the Year, and are so incredibly grateful that the judges agreed with us."
In front of a star-studded crowd, at the New York Historical Society, comedian, actor, writer, and director Michael Showalter, the evening’s other presenters, and the Audio Publishers Association honored the industry and the year’s best audiobooks.
The award for Narration by the Author or Authors went to Libba Bray for her reading of Beauty Queens (Scholastic Audio), while Rosalyn Landor won in the Solo Narration – Female category for her reading of The Winter Sea (Audible, Inc.), and Simon Vance added to his growing stash of Audies, winning the award for Solo Narration - Male for his performance of The King’s Speech (Tantor Media).
“That’s a big one and Simon Vance is the best, – I think it’s now indisputable,” said Allan Hoving, marketing manager at Tantor Media. “We’re lucky to have him.”
Craig Black, founder and CEO of Blackstone Audio—who got his start in the audio industry in the 1980s when he quite his job and launched Classics on Tape from his country cottage on Oregon—was honored with the Special Achievement Award.
“I am very, very, very humbled by this award and really know that I don’t deserve it—I’ve ignored my kids during their formative years,” Black joked.
The rest of the night’s winners are as follows:
· Multi-Voiced Performance: A Raisin in the Sun (L.A. Theatre Works)
· Audio Drama: I, Claudius (AudioGO)
· Original Work: Metatropolis: Cascadia (Audible)
· Teens: The Wake of the Lorelei Lee (Listen & Live Audio)
· Children’s Titles Ages 8 to 12: Heart and Soul (HarperAudio)
· Children’s Titles For Ages Up to 8: Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist (Live Oak Media)
· Package Design: Jane Austen: Classic BBC Radio Productions (AudioGO)
· Thriller/Suspense: The Nightmare Thief (Brilliance Audio)
· Mystery: Feast Day of Fools (Simon & Schuster Audio)
· Paranormal: Hard Magic (Audible)
· Fantasy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Hachette Audio)
· Science Fiction: Fuzzy Nation (Audible)
· Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction: Courageous (Oasis Audio)
· Short Stories/Collections: Selected Shorts: New American Stories (Symphony Space)
· Romance: New York to Dallas: An In Death Novel (Brilliance Audio)
· Classic: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Tantor Media)
· Fiction: Alas, Babylon (Audible)
· Humor: Shatner Rules (Penguin Audio)
· Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction: The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and his People (Zondervan)
· Business/Educational: The Barefoot Executive (Oasis Audio)
· History: 1861: The Civil War Awakening (Audible)
· Personal Development: Prime Time (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)
· Biography/Memoir: Bossypants (Hachette Audio)
· Non-Fiction: The Murder of the Century (AudioGO)