At a lively Audies Gala on June 1, Hamilton: The Revolution (Hachette Audio) took home the top prize: it was named audiobook of the year. At the awards ceremony, conducted by the Audio Publishers Association and held at the French Institute Alliance Française in Manhattan, prizes were given in 27 categories. Publishers, producers, narrators, and judges of the award filled the auditorium. Comedian Paula Poundstone emceed the event for the second year in row.

Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda with cultural critic Jeremy McCarter, is a behind-the-scenes look at Miranda’s groundbreaking Broadway musical. In addition to the authors, the audiobook is read by actor Mariska Hargitay, the longtime star of NBC’s Law and Order SVU and a proclaimed superfan of the musical. “Just as the musical has expanded the audience for musical theater, this audiobook has won new fans to the world of audiobooks,” the award’s judges said in a statement.

Anthony Goff, senior v-p of content development and audio publisher at Hachette Audio, accepted the award alongside several members of his staff. “We’ve been fortunate enough to win this award four times in the past 10 years,” he told PW after the event. “It’s a testament to the excellence of the dedicated Hachette Audio team and the true quality and diversity of titles that Hachette Book Group brings to readers and listeners.” Goff said HBG has seen “a massive bump” in sales since the award and is confident audio units sales will be in the six figures in the next year.

Tavia Gilbert took home the prize for best female narrator for her work on Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Be Frank with Me (HarperAudio), a debut novel about a reclusive writer and her eccentric nine-year-old son, Frank.

The award for best male narrator went to Simon Vance for his rendering of Alan Moore’s 1,266 page novel, Jerusalem (Recorded Books), which clocks in at over 60 hours. Vance thanked Recorded Books for the opportunity to work with Moore, whom he described as “a man with the most incredible imagination and the brain the size of a several planets.”

A Listing of the Rest of the Audie Winners

Audio Drama

In the Embers by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns

Narrated by Robin Miles, Edwin Strout, Dean Johnson, and a full cast

Great Northern Audio Theatre


The Greatest: My Own Story by Muhammad Ali, with Richard Durham

Narrated by Dion Graham

Graymalkin Media

Business/Personal Development

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Jerry Kaplan

Narrated by John Pruden

Tantor Media


Marriage Games by C.D. Reiss

Narrated by Sebastian York and Elena Wolfe

Flip City Media


The Hike by Drew Magary

Narrated by Christopher Lane



Sister of Mine by Sabra Waldfogel

Narrated by Bahni Turpin



In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton

Narrated by Mark Boyett

Audible Studios


I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

Narrated by the author

Macmillan Audio

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction

Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture by Angela Hunt

Narrated by P.J. Ochlan and Alana Kerr Collins


Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction

The Awakening of H.K. Derryberry by Jim Bradford and Andy Hardin

Narrated by Milton Bagby

Thomas Nelson

Literary Fiction & Classics

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Narrated by Dominic Hoffman

Penguin Random House Audio


The Crossing by Michael Connelly

Narrated by Titus Welliver

Hachette Audio


Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Narrated by the author


Original Work

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Narrated by Zachary Quinto

Audible Studios


Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella

Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella



Dirty by Kylie Scott

Narrated by Andi Arndt

Macmillan Audio

Science Fiction

Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

Narrated by Marc Thompson

Penguin Random House Audio

Short Stories/Collections

The Brink: Stories by Austin Bunn

Narrated by Austin Bunn, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby, Ralph Lister, Amy McFadden, Mikael Naramore, and Nick Podehl

Blunder Woman Productions via ACX


Cross Justice by James Patterson

Narrated by Ruben Santiago Hudson and Jefferson Mays

Hachette Audio

Young Listeners (Up to Age 8)

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Narrated by Dion Graham, William Jackson Harper, Zainab Jah, January LaVoy, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Jonathan Earl Peck, and Carter Woodson Redwood

Live Oak Media

Middle Grade

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell

Narrated by David Tennant

Hachette Audio

Young Adult

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and Michael Crouch

Listening Library

Narration By The Author Or Authors

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

Narrated by the author

Simon & Schuster Audio

Multivoiced Performance

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Narrated by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, and Ari Fliakos

Penguin Random House Audio

Excellence In Design

Geek Feminist Revolution: Essays on Subversion, Tactical Profanity, and the Power of Media by Kameron Hurley

Narrated by C.S.E. Cooney

Design by Jessica Daigle

HighBridge Audio

Excellence In Marketing

Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 by L. Ron Hubbard

Narrated by Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor, Stefan Rudnicki, Fred Tatasciore, and a full cast

Galaxy Audio

Excellence In Production

Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama by Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs

Narrated by Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, Kathryn Drysdale, Laurel Lefkow, Andrea Deck, and Mac McDonald

Audible Studios