In Hollywood: Fêting the 2024 Audie Awards Winners

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Penguin Random House Audio’s ‘Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story’ wins Bono the top prize at the 2024 Audie Awards in Hollywood.

At the 2024 Audie Awards, the Avalon Hollywood audience in Los Angeles, March 4. Image: Stewart Cook for APA

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Patrick Stewart Wins for S&S Audio’s ‘Making It So’
As Publishing Perspectives readers know, the Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association moved their prize ceremony to the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles this year from New York City for the first time since 2008. The event was held overnight (March 4).

Going west can pay off when a celebrity attached to a shortlisted property shows up, and there was an in-person win for Simon & Schuster Audio when Patrick Stewart took the category of Autobiography and Memoir for his self-written and self-read Making It So.

And while voice work has never commanded the sort of glitz-fever that film and television do, the program did feature actress Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1 and 2), with presenters Lake Bell (No Escape); Felicia Day (The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power Podcast); and Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black).

Related article: Audio Publishers Association: 2024 Audie Awards Shortlists. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Dragon Images

Day won in the Audio Drama category, in fact, for Third Eye; Bell was shortlisted for Inside Voice: My Obsession with How We Sound; and Wiley was a finalist in 2021.

The big win went to Bono, not unsurprisingly, for his Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story from Penguin Random House Audio. And Meryl Streep won for her reading of Ann Patchett’s Tom Lake from Harper Audio.

Here is the complete list of tonight’s winners, and you can review our full listing of the shortlisted finalists in 27 categories here.

2024 Audie Award Winners

Patrick Stewart wins the 2024 Autobiography/Memoir Audie at the Avalon Hollywood for ‘Making It So’ from Simon & Schuster Audio. Image: Stewart Cook, for APA

Audiobook of the Year

Surrender

  • Written and narrated by Bono
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Audio Drama

Third Eye

  • By Felicia Day
  • Performed by Felicia Day, Neil Gaiman, Sean Astin, Lily Pichu, London Hughes, Wil Wheaton, Hudson Yang, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, and Christopher Judge
  • Published by Audible Originals

Autobiography/Memoir

Making It So

  • Written and narrated by Patrick Stewart
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Best Fiction Narrator

Billie Fulford-Brown for The Last Lifeboat

  • By Hazel Gaynor
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Best Nonfiction Narrator

Dion Graham for King: A Life

  • By Jonathan Eig
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Business/Personal Development

The Light We Carry

  • Written and narrated by Michelle Obama
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Erotica

Anger Bang

  • By Avery Flynn
  • Narrated by Kirsten Leigh and Lance Greenfield
  • Published by Recorded Books

Español

El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha

  • By Miguel de Cervantes
  • Narrated by Israel Elejalde, Pedro Casablanc, Pepe Viyuela, Víctor Clavijo, María Agúndez, Íñigo Álvarez de Lara, Eugenio Barona, Sol de la Barreda, Laura Carrero del Tío, David Carrillo, Raúl García Arrondo, Óscar Goikoetxea, Eugenio Gómez, Rebeca Hernando, Paula Iwasaki, Arturo Lopez, Ariana Martínez, Antonio Martínez Asensio, Íñigo Montero, Juan Ochoa, Pepe Ocio, Javier Portugués “Portu”, Ignacio Rengel, Diego Rousselon, Asier Sola, Charo Soria, Fernando Soto, and Elsa Veiga.
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Faith-Based Fiction or Nonfiction

Dark Fall

  • By Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Published by Tyndale House Publishers

Fantasy

The Dragon Reborn

  • By Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by Rosamund Pike
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Fiction

Tom Lake

  • By Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by Meryl Streep
  • Published by HarperAudio

At the 2024 Audie Awards, the Avalon Hollywood audience in Los Angeles, March 4. Image: Stewart Cook for APA

 

History/Biography

Goodbye Christopher Robin: A.A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh

  • By Ann Thwaite, preface by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Humor

Leslie F*cking Jones

  • Written and narrated by Leslie Jones, foreword by Chris Rock
  • Published by Hachette Audio

Judges’ Category: UK-Produced Audiobook
Sponsored by the UK Publishers Association, Audio Publishers Group

Someone Else’s Shoes

  • By Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by Daisy Ridley
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio UK

Literary Fiction and Classics

The Iliad

  • By Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
  • Narrated by Audra McDonald
  • Published by Audible Studios

Middle Grade

What Happened to Rachel Riley?

  • By Claire Swinarski
  • Narrated by Ferdelle Capistrano, Alexandra Hunter, Karla Serrato, Gail Shalan, Reena Dutt, Caitlin Davies, Andrew Eiden, and Kirby Heyborne
  • Published by HarperAudio

Multivoiced Performance

No Two Persons

  • By Erica Bauermeister
  • Narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Braden Wright, Carol Jacobanis, Cassandra Campbell, Gabra Zackman, George Newbern, Jesse Vilinsky, Max Meyers, Rachel L. Jacobs, and Stephen Graybill
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Mystery

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

  • By Jesse Q. Sutanto
  • Narrated by Eunice Wong
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Narration by the Author(s)

It. Goes. So. Fast.; The Year of No Do-Overs

  • Written and narrated by Mary Louise Kelly
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Billie Fulfard-Brown wins the Best Fiction Narrator award for her reading of Hazel Gaynor’s ‘The Last Lifeboat’ from Penguin Random House Audio. Image: Stewart Cook for APA

Nonfiction

Poverty, by America

  • By Matthew Desmond
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Original Work

Exodus: The Shanghai Jews

  • By Kate McAll
  • Performed by Edyta Brychta, Michael Canavan, Shannon Cochran, Arye Gross, Anna Mathias, Alan Shearman, André Sogliuzzo, and Joanne Whalley
  • Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Romance

The True Love Experiment

  • By Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by Jonathan Cole and Cindy Kay
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Science Fiction

Cassandra in Reverse

  • By Holly Smale
  • Narrated by Kristin Atherton
  • Published by HarperAudio

Short Stories/Collections

Wild and Precious: A Celebration of Mary Oliver

  • By Mary Oliver, with the contributions by Sophia Bush, Ross Gay, Samin Nosrat, Rainn Wilson, and Susan Cain
  • Narrated by Sophia Bush
  • Published by Pushkin Industries

Thriller/Suspense

All the Sinners Bleed

  • By S.A. Cosby
  • Narrated by Adam Lazarre-White
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Young Adult

This Terrible True Thing

  • By Jenny Laden
  • Narrated by Gail Shalan
  • Published by Blackstone Publishing

Young Listeners

The Skull

  • By Jon Klassen
  • Narrated by Fairuza Balk and Jon Klassen
  • Published by Dreamscape Media

Inside the Avalon Hollywood before the Audies show starts. Image: Rob Latour for APA


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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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