John Scalzi’s The Dispatcher Wins Audie Award for Best Original Work for Audible Studios

Four wins for Audible Studios and ACX also include Excellence in Production

NEWARK, N.J.--()--Audible Studios, a production arm of, won the ‘Best Original Work’ Audie Award for its recording of Zachary Quinto performing John Scalzi’s best-selling science-fiction thriller The Dispatcher. Announced Thursday at the Audie Awards Gala in New York, the win for The Dispatcher was one of four Audie Awards recognizing Audible productions, including the ‘Excellence in Production’ award for the multicast recording of Alien: Out of the Shadows, an original drama inspired by the blockbuster film franchise.

In addition, Audible won Audie awards in the ‘Best History/Biography’ category for In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors fifteen years after the work was first published in print. Audible was also honored in the ‘Best Short Story/Collections’ category for The Brink: Stories, written by a successful screenwriter and first-time author and produced using Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

“We’re proud of all of the deserving actors, producers, and authors recognized this year,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Offering customers innovative listening experiences of outstanding quality is core to our efforts, so it’s especially gratifying to receive recognition in the Original Audio category with The Dispatcher and in the Excellence in Production category with Alien, as these multi-dimensional recordings are both prime examples of some of the most creative, original work that the Audible team is doing.”

2017 winners for Audible Studios and ACX are:

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs, an original drama set between the first two Alien films and performed by an all-star cast including Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, Kathryn Drysdale, Laurel Lefkow, Andrea Deck, and Mac McDonald, in the ‘Excellence in Production’ category.
  • In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton, performed by Mark Boyett, in the ‘Best History/Biography’ category.
  • The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, a novella performed by Zachary Quinto, in the ‘Best Original Work’ category.
  • The Brink: Stories by Austin Bunn, performed by a full cast including Bunn, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby, Ralph Lister, Amy McFadden, Mikael Naramore, and Nick Podehl, in the ‘Best Short Story/Collections’ category.

Among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Sean Penn, Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson, James Franco, and Jesse Eisenberg. Audible Studios has won a Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and has also been recognized with the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, most recently for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. Audible invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2016, Audible members downloaded an average of 17 books over the course of the year. More than half of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.


Audible, Inc., an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 350,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

Jon Pace, 973-820-0396

Jon Pace, 973-820-0396