NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audible.com today announced that it received a combined 25 nominations for the 2018 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances. Audible has finalists in nineteen categories. Winners will be announced by the Audio Publishers Association at the Audies Gala on May 31, 2018, in New York.
“As someone who's grown up loving narration it's such an honor to be nominated for these awards for my Audible book. I can't wait to record more,” said Trevor Noah, author and narrator of bestselling memoir, Born a Crime and three-time Audie Award finalist this year.
“We are so grateful to be recognized by the Audies for the wide range of categories and genres produced by Audible Studios, Audible Originals and ACX this year,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “It was a privilege to work with so many renowned writers and award-winning actors in 2017. This breadth of talent allows us to expand and diversify our offerings in order to meet the growing appetites of Audible listeners.”
“We are particularly delighted that three Audible titles have been named finalists for “Original Work,” a category in which we’re proud to be recognized for the fifth year in a row,” Anderson added.
Among the highlights of this year’s Audie finalists for Audible:
- Emmy-nominated talk show host Trevor Noah’s moving performance of his bestselling memoir, Born a Crime, in the “Autobiography/Memoir,” “Best Male Narrator” and “Narration by Author” categories
- Award-winning and critically acclaimed author Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, which includes a continuation of the novel written by Atwood exclusively for Audible, in both the “Literary Fiction & Classics” and “Original Work” categories
- Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Martin Sheen’s riveting performance of the Audible Original documentary series, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II in the “History/Biography” category
- Golden Globe-nominated actor Stephen Fry’s performance of Sherlock Holmes in the “Best Male Narrator” category
- Grammy Award-nominated actor and comedian Kevin Hart’s hilarious narration of his bestselling memoir, I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons in the “Humor” category
- Critically acclaimed author Jon Ronson’s bestselling Audible Original, The Butterfly Effect in the “Non-Fiction” category
- Twin Peaks actress Sheryl Lee’s chilling performance of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer in the “Best Female Narrator” category
- The X-Files: Cold Cases, an audio original dramatization, written by Joe Harris, Chris Carter and Dirk Maggs, including elaborate sound design, music, and a full original cast, in both the “Multi-Voiced Performance” and the “Science Fiction” categories
- Viral sensations Rhett & Link’s comedic performance of their Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery in the “Humor” category
- Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams’ dazzling interpretation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel Anne of Green Gables in the “Best Female Narrator” category
Other acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible include Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson, 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, 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 2017, listeners around the world downloaded over two billion hours of Audible content.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, 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 400,000 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.