An Audie Award (or Audie) is an annual award given by the American Audio Publishers Association for audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Since 1996, the nominees have been announced in February, and the winners announced at a gala banquet held in May, usually during the BookExpo America fair. The Audies are sometimes promoted as "the Oscars of the audiobook industry" and serve as a way to promote audiobooks.
Awards are given in about thirty categories. Some of the awards relate to types of writing, including abridged and unabridged fiction and nonfiction, and such genres as romance, fantasy and mystery; other awards recognize excellence in different styles of narration and production, such as multi-voiced performance and production values. Over the years, the structure and the categories of the awards have changed. These changes are apparent in the lists of the Audie award winners in the external links below.
The 2016 award ceremony was held May 11 at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and was hosted by Paula Poundstone.
The award categories, effective 2019, are:
Here is a table of award winners.
of the Year
(first presented 2004)
Prior to 2003, this award category was titled: "Theatrical Performance"
|Best Female |
Prior to 2016, this award category was titled: "Solo Narration-Female"
|Best Male |
Prior to 2016, this award category was titled: "Solo Narration-Male"
|Multi Voiced |
Prior to 2005, this award category was titled: "Solo Narration by the Author or Authors"
Prior to 2008, this award category was titled "Fiction, Unabridged"
2015: See separate defunct categories "Literary Fiction" and "Classics" for winners prior to 2016
Prior to 2007, this award category was titled "Mystery, Fiction"
(first presented 2007)
(first presented 2003)
(first presented 2012)
(first presented 2005)
Prior to 2008, this award category was titled "Nonfiction, Unabridged"
2014: See separate defunct categories "History" and "Biography/Memoir" for winners prior to 2015
2014: See defunct category "Biography/Memoir" for winners prior to 2015
2015: See separate defunct categories "Business/Educational" and "Personal Development" for winners prior to 2016
2018: See separate defunct categories "Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction" and "Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction" for winners prior to 2019
Prior to 2002, this award category was titled "Short Stories/Essays/Collections"
(Up to Age 8)(first presented 2001)
Prior to 2012, this award category was titled "Children's Titles For Ages Up to 8"
Prior to 2004, this award category was titled "Children's Titles For Ages 0-7"
(Ages 8-11)(first presented 2001)
Prior to 2012, this award category was titled "Children's Titles For Ages 8-12"
Prior to 2007, this award category was titled "Children's Titles For Ages 8+"
(Ages 12-18)(first presented 2007)
From 2009 through 2011, this award category was titled "Teen"
Prior to 2009, this award category was titled "Children's Titles for Ages 12+"
Prior to 2016, this award category was titled "Package Design"
From 2009 through 2013, this award category was titled "Distinguished Achievement in Production"
From 2003 through 2008, this award category was titled "Achievement in Production"
Prior to 2003, this award category was titled "Achievement and Innovation in Production"
|Hall of Fame|
|Achievement in Abridgementdefunct||2009: defunct|
|Audio Adaptationdefunct||2012: defunct|
Prior to 2009, this award category was titled "Audiobook Adapted from Another Medium"
|2015: Biography combined with History category & Memoir combined with Autobiography category.|
|2016: combined with Personal Development category|
From 2002 through 2008, this award category was titled "Business Information/Educational"
|2002: combined with Educational and Training category|
|Classicssuperseded||2016: combined with Literary Fiction category. |
Prior to 2003, this award category was titled "Classics, Fiction"
|Educational and Trainingsuperseded|
|2002: combined with Business Information category. |
|Fiction, Abridgeddefunct||2008: defunct|
|Fiction or Nonfiction, Licensed or Distributeddefunct||2004: defunct|
Prior to 2001, this award category was titled "Audio, Licensed or Distributed"
|Historysuperseded||2015: combined with Biography category. |
|2019: combined with Inspiration & Faith-Based Nonfiction category|
|2019: combined with Inspiration & Faith-Based Fiction category|
Prior to 2009, this award category was titled "Inspirational/Spiritual"
|Literary Fictionsuperseded||2016: combined with Classics category. |
|Multi-Voiced Narrationdefunct||2002: defunct|
|New Publisherdefunct||2002: defunct|
|Nonfiction, Abridgeddefunct||2008: defunct|
|2016: combined with Business/Educational category|
From 2002 through 2008, this award category was titled "Personal Development/Motivational"
For 2001, this award category was titled "Personal Development/Self-Help"
Prior to 2001, this award category was titled "Personal Development"
Sharon Shinn is an American novelist who writes combining aspects of fantasy, science fiction and romance. She has published more than a dozen novels for adult and young adult readers. Her works include the Shifting Circles Series, the Samaria Series, the Twelve Houses Series, and a rewriting of Jane Eyre, Jenna Starborn. She works as a journalist in St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
John Michael Scalzi II is an American science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man's War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, where he has written on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several charity drives. His novel Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, writing and politics, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.
Audible is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet. Audible sells digital audiobooks, radio and TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers. Through its production arm, Audible Studios, Audible has also become the world's largest producer of downloadable audiobooks. Audible's content is usually only accessible through special proprietary closed software, including unauthorized-playback prevention by means of an Amazon account. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw people in several countries confined to their homes, Audible made many children's and classic titles free to access via its website, with no sign-in required.
Oliver Wyman is an American voice actor, who has worked on many animated features, television shows, and video games. He has also narrated over 150 audiobooks. Wyman is a narrator who has won three Audie Awards from the Audio Publisher's Association, fifteen Earphone Awards from AudioFile Magazine, and two Listen Up Awards from Publishers Weekly.
Rebecca Soler is an American voice actress based in the New York City area. She has voiced on several audiobooks; her most notable voice work has been the narrator for The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. In anime, she voiced title character Miu Nomura in Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl's Heart, Reanne in Ojamajo Doremi and Battia in Outlanders. In animation, she voiced in Huntik, Viva Piñata, and Winx Club. She has worked with 4Kids Entertainment, NYAV Post, Media Blasters, Central Park Media and DuArt Film & Video. On stage, she has participated in various theater projects including a play called Becoming Cuba, and she is also a producer of a web series called With Friends Like These.
Laura Kinsale is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling American writer of historical romance novels since 1985.
Margaret Stiefvater is an American writer of Young Adult fiction, known mainly for her series of fantasy novels The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle. She currently lives in Virginia.
Larry Correia is an American fantasy novelist, known for his Monster Hunter and Grimnoir Chronicles series. In 2014 and 2015 Correia was one of the leaders of the Sad Puppies campaign to nominate works for the Hugo Award, including his own in 2014, that he believed were more popular but often unfairly passed over by voters in favor of more literary works or stories with progressive political themes.
Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) is a marketplace for professional narrators, authors, agents, publishers and rights holders to connect and create audiobooks. ACX was launched by Audible on May 12, 2011.
Tantor Media is an imprint of RBMedia, its parent company. It produces unabridged fiction and nonfiction audiobooks. It is in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Tantor Audio include notable titles, such as National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize winners and numerous New York Times Best Sellers. Tantor offers its audiobook titles as both physical discs and as downloads for the retail and library markets; Tantor's print and ebook line launched in 2012. In January 2015, Tantor was sold to Recorded Books but would continue to operate with its own imprint and offices. In 2017, Recorded Books re-organized into RBMedia and Tantor operated as an imprint of RBMedia.
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year. They are named in honor of nineteenth-century American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in recognition of his deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world. The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by the American Library Association (ALA). Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) cosponsor the awards. The shortlist and winners are selected by a seven-member selection committee of library experts who work with adult readers. The annually appointed selection committee includes a chair, three Booklist editors or contributors, and three former members of RUSA CODES Notable Books Council.
The Chopin Manuscript is a collaboration by 15 thriller writers created by Jeffery Deaver. It is a 17-part serial thriller narrated by Alfred Molina that was originally broadcast weekly on Audible.com from 25 September 2007 to 13 November 2007. It is now available in other formats than audiobook.
Audio Publishers Association (APA) is the first and only not-for-profit trade organization of the audiobook industry in the United States. Its mission is to "advocate the common, collective business interests of audio publishers." Membership is open to "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." Activities include national consumer surveys, gather industry statistics, trade show exhibits, an association newsletter and an annual APA conference.
Deyan Audio is one of the world's largest independent producers of audiobooks, having produced in excess of 12,000 titles. The company, based in southern California, was founded in 1990 by Bob and Debra Deyan.
Katherine Ingrid Kellgren or Kjellgren was an American actress, known for her narration of audiobooks.
R. C. Bray is a producer and voice actor known for over 250 audiobooks, an Audie Award, Earphones Awards, and Voice Arts Awards winner, Off-Broadway and Edinburgh Fringe Festival performer, and TV and radio commercial narrator.
Bahni Turpin is an American stage and screen actor known for her roles in Malcolm X and Cold Case Files and an award-winning audiobook narrator. Her audiobooks appear regularly on Amazon’s monthly top ten list. Her audiobook career includes some of the most popular and critically acclaimed books in recent years including The Help and The Hate U Give. In 2020, Elle magazine chose two of Turpin's narrated books for their list of "The 20 Best Audiobooks To Listen To In Quarantine." Turpin has four works on Book Riot's list of "20 Must-Read Audiobooks Narrated by Black Women" in 2020. Turpin has also earned a place on AudioFile magazine's list of Golden Voice Narrators.
Simon Vance is an audiobook narrator and actor who performs contemporary literary works as well as classics, children's books, and nonfiction. He has won 16 Audie Awards since 2002. Specializing in single-voice narration, he was named the American Library Association's Booklist Magazine Voice of Choice in 2008, and has earned AudioFile Magazine's Earphones Award for more than 60 performances since 1998. He has also narrated audiobooks under the names of Richard Matthews and Robert Whitfield. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Joy Ellis is an English crime writer. She is the author of the DI Nikki Galena series, the DI Jackman and DS Marie Evans series, and the Detective Matt Ballard series of crime thrillers. In 2018 she was named Audible's Breakthrough Crime Writer of the Year.
Cathleen McCarron is a film, television, theater and audiobook actor and professional voice coach. She has appeared in a number of movies including Made of Honor and had a recurring part as Molly Anderson on the British television series The Bill. McCarron has developed a devoted following for her audiobook acting. McCarron is “one of Audible’s highest-rated narrators.” And she is widely known for her narration of Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine which is one of the best selling audiobooks of all time. McCarron is included in The Times: Isolation Special: The Best Audiobooks and 31 Unmissable Audiobooks Narrated by Your Favourite Celebrities in Stylist magazine.