Audible grabbed the two biggest prizes at the 2013 Audies Gala, with Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair winning Audiobook of the Year and Bram Stoker’s Dracula taking home the award for Distinguished Achievement in Production.
Colin Firth narrated The End of the Affair, which was part of Audible’s A-List Collection, while Dracula—read by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, Steven Crossley, Simon Prebble, James Adams, Nicole Barber, and Marc Vietor—also won in the Multi-Voiced Performance category.
“It’s such an honor with so many fine performances,” said Audible executive vice-president and publisher Beth Anderson. “It’s wonderful to be singled out.”
In front of a packed house at the New-York Historical Society, wildly entertaining emcee Daniel Handler, aka, Lemony Snicket, the evening’s many presenters, and the Audio Publishers Association honored the very best audiobooks of the past year.
The award for Narration by the Author or Authors went to Janis Ian, for her reading of Society’s Child: My Autobiography (Audible), while Katherine Kellgren won in the Solo Narration—Female category for her reading of The Boy in the Suitcase (AudioGO), and Edoardo Ballerini won the award for Solo Narration—Male for his performance of Beautiful Ruins (HarperAudio).
Industry veterans Bob and Debra Deyan of Deyan Audio Services were honored with the Special Achievement Award, and Random House Audio’s production of E.L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey received an award for Significant Achievement in Sales.
The rest of the night’s winners were as follows:
- Nonfiction: Breasts (Tantor Media)
- Business/Educational: Spy the Lie (MacMillan Audio)
- Personal Development: The Tao of Pooh (Tantor Media)
- Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction: Fearless (eChristian)
- Original Work: Gun Church (Audible)
- Audio Drama: Swordspoint (Sue Media Production for Neil Gaiman Presents—ACX)
- Biography/Memoir: The Seamstress (Tantor Media)
- Humor: I Suck at Girls (HarperAudio)
- History: The Wrecking Crew (Tantor Media)
- Package Design: On the Night You Were Born (Macmillan Audio)
- Children’s Titles for Ages Up to 8: The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case (Listening Library)
- Children’s Titles Ages 8–12: Same Sun Here (Brilliance Audio)
- Teens: The Fault in Our Stars (Brilliance Audio)
- Fantasy: Anita (Audible)
- Science Fiction: The Age of Miracles (Random House Audio)
- Short Stories/Collections: Astray (Hachette Audio)
- Paranormal: Spellbound (Audible)
- Literary Fiction: Bring Up the Bodies (Macmillan Audio)
- Classic: Dombey and Son (Audio Connoisseur)
- Fiction: The Handmaid’s Tale (Audible)
- Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction: The Good Dream (Macmillan Audio)
- Romance: The Witness (Brilliance Audio)
- Thriller/Suspense: Red, White, and Blood (Blackstone Audio)
- Mystery: The Beautiful Mystery (Macmillan Audio)