Audio Publishers Association Announces Audiobook of the Year Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) April 17 announced its finalists for the Audiobook of the Year and Distinguished Achievement in Production awards. The Audiobook of the Year finalists are:

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, Sarah Jones and a full cast (HarperAudio)
  • Bossypants, written and narrated by Tina Fey (Hachette Audio)
  • Go the F**k to Sleep, by Adam Mansbach, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Audible)
  • Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, narrated by Dylan Baker with an introduction by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio)

The Distinguished Achievement in Production Award “is bestowed upon the audiobook that best represents exceptional quality in production through direction, performance, and appropriateness to the audiobook format,” APA said. This year’s finalists represent a broad mix of genres and styles ranging from poetry to classic radio drama. Contenders are:

  • The Mark of Zorro, by Yuri Rasovsky, narrated by Val Kilmer and a full cast (Zorro Productions, Inc., and Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
  • She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, selected, introduced and narrated by Caroline Kennedy and a full cast (Hyperion Audio)
  • The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, by Allan Wolf, narrated by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laural Merlington and Angela Dawe (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio)
  • The Witches of Lublin, by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom, Narrated by Tovah Feldshuh, Neil Gaiman, Simon Jones, Barbara Rosenblat, Elizabeth Boskey, Joanne Borts, Yelena Shmulenson, Joyce Feurring, Tim Jerome and a full cast (SueMedia Productions)

The winners will be named at the Audies Gala awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.


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  1. With as many great audiobooks that are out there I had to cringe when I saw that Go The F**k To Sleep made it to the short list for Audiobook of the Year.

    Bossypants and Steve Jobs were excellent and very deserving to be mentioned. I haven’t had the chance to listen to the new version of American Gods. I’ll have to add it to my play list.