Congratulations to Our 2019 Audie Award Finalists

The Audie Award Finalists are in! Celebrate by listening to clips from our nominees in the following categories:

Nominee for Audiobook of the Year

Beastie Boys Book

“You can only imagine how much more fun it is to hear the Beasties—and a star-studded cast of their friends—recount those stories as an audiobook. For nearly 13 hours, Diamond, Horovitz and a cast that includes Snoop Dogg, Kim Gordon, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Wanda Sykes, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller and Bette Midler, among many others, go through every page. You can hear Horovitz snicker at his own jokes here and there, and he and Diamond interject with counterarguments to one another’s chapters (as they do in the book). It’s fun, engaging and interesting. This is how an audiobook should be done.” —Rolling Stone

Nominee for Autobiography/Memoir 

Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Read By: Julia Whelan

“Narrator Julia Whelan’s performance is outstanding…Whelan conducts a master class in the fear, dread, and self-doubt wrought by domestic violence as Westover recounts her older brother’s terrorizing all while spewing religious righteousness.” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Nominees for Fantasy 

Kill the Farm Boy

“Luke Daniels must juggle multiple balls as he narrates this work: a large cast of vastly different creatures engaging in various battles, adventures, and near-death scrapes. He meets the challenges eloquently with spirited characterizations and nimble pacing.” —AudioFile

Spinning Silver
Author: Naomi Novik
Read By: Lisa Flanagan

“Novik’s story would stand on its own, but Flanagan’s fantastic narration makes it even better.” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Nominee for Fiction

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author: Hank Green
Read By: Kristen Sieh and Hank Green

“Kristen Sieh’s breezy narration fits the fast pacing of the story and the quick wit of self-absorbed, acerbic April May.” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Nominees for Humor

Everything's Trash, But It's Okay

“Her style is off the cuff, rapid-fire, and hysterical, taking us for a wild ride.” —AudioFile

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

“Mullally and Offerman’s unmistakable chemistry shines throughout this wildly fun collection of sincere conversations and hilarious personal essays.” —Publishers Weekly

Nominee for Middle Grade

Louisiana's Way Home

“Morris’s wonderful narration gives voice to the loving forces around Louisiana and the lyrical voice DiCamillo has created for her character.” —AudioFile

Nominees for Multi-Voiced Performance

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

“Abraham’s elegant narration and measured pacing provide the perfect foil to the more whimsical style of those portraying the characters in this engaging production.” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

There There

“Tommy Orange’s debut novel, There There, provides a glimpse into a world that rarely gets attention, that of urban Native Americans. It deserves an excellent group of actors and experienced narrators to render its story — and it gets one in this audiobook production.” —Chicago Tribune

Nominee for Romance

The Wedding Date

“Edwards fully expresses all the sassiness, boldness, and romance of this story. ” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Nominee for Short Stories/Collections

You Think It, I'll Say It

“Both narrators capture the timely, relevant, and humorous nature of these darkly observant stories. ” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Nominee for Best Female Narrator

Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Read By: Julia Whelan

“Narrator Julia Whelan’s performance is outstanding…Whelan conducts a master class in the fear, dread, and self-doubt wrought by domestic violence as Westover recounts her older brother’s terrorizing all while spewing religious righteousness.” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Nominee for Thriller/Suspense

Macbeth
Author: Jo Nesbo
Read By: Euan Morton

“A clever reengineering of one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies” —Publishers Weekly

Nominee for Mystery

The Punishment She Deserves

“Let’s face it, Simon Vance is a rock star. His performance of this complex and multifaceted murder mystery is vivid and perfectly paced.” —AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner