Audie Awards


The Audie Awards (/ˈɔːdi/, rhymes with "gaudy"; abbreviated from audiobook), or simply the Audies, are awards for achievement in spoken word, particularly audiobook narration and audiodrama performance, published in the United States of America. They are presented by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) annually in March.

The Audies are commonly likened to the Academy Awards for their public recognition of merit in the audio industry.[1][2][3] In order to win, works must be submitted for nomination. A panel of judges considers candidates based on consumer acceptance, sales performance, and marketing, and winners and finalists are chosen based on narration, production quality, and source content; formerly packaging was also evaluated.[4]


Twenty-five Audies are currently awarded by the Audio Publishers' Association. The APA presently categorizes the awards as follows:

Audiobook of the Year

Numerous other awards have been discontinued or merged since the Audies' inception in 1996.

Special awardsEdit

Special AchievementEdit

  • 2015:[5] Edward Herrmann, Actor & Narrator.
  • 2014:[6] George Guidall, Actor & Narrator.
  • 2013: Bob and Debra Deyan, Deyan Audio, Production Company.
  • 2013: In Sales - Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Audiobook by E. L. James. Narrated by Becca Battoe (Random House Audio).
  • 2012: Craig Black, Founder and CEO of Blackstone Audio.
  • 2009: Michael Snodgrass and Eileen Hutton, Brilliance Audio.
  • 2008:[7]Linda Olsen and Grady Hesters, Audio Editions.
  • 2007:[8] Don Katz, CEO and Founder of
  • 2005: Timothy Ditlow and Co-founder, Helen Ditlow of Listening Library.
  • 2001: Duval and Siegrid Hecht, Founders of Books on Tape;
  • 2001: Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Mantell, Founders of Caedmon
  • 2001: Jenny Frost, President of Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • 2001: Paul Rush, Founder of Earful of Books

Judge's AwardEdit

  • 2015:[5] Science & Technology - The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Narrated by Jeff Cummings (Brilliance Publishing).
  • 2011:[9] Paranormal - Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1 by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Narrated by Kevin T. Collins.
  • 2009:[10][11] Politics - Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman. Narrated by Oliver Wyman.
  • 2007:[8] Politics - Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War by Michael Isikoff and David Corn. Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.
  • 2006:[12] Spanish Language - El Codigo Da Vinci (The Da Vinci Code) by Dan Brown. Narrated by Raul Amundaray.
  • 2005:[12] Language Learning - Instant Immersion: Hawaiian written and narrated by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp and Kiele Akana Gooch.

Hall of FameEdit

Audie Awards galasEdit

The Audie Awards gala is the annual awards ceremony during which most of the Audie Awards are presented. It is hosted by the Audio Publishers Association and features a guest master of ceremonies (emcee), usually a notable figure in the world of audiobook narration or a celebrity audiobook enthusiast.

Initially the Audies were handed out during a casual afternoon hosted by an industry insider. […] Now it's a formal evening, with cocktails beforehand and Champagne and dessert afterward.[13]

The Audiobook of the Year award was not presented before 2004.

# Date Audiobook of the Year Master of
1st[14][15] June 14, 1996 Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
2nd[16] May 29, 1997 McCormick Place Center
Chicago, Illinois
3rd[17] May 30, 1998 McCormick Place Center
Chicago, Illinois
4th[18] April 30, 1999 Regal Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California
5th[19] June 2, 2000 Chicago Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois
6th[20] June 1, 2001 Martin Jarvis and
Rosalind Ayres
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
7th[21][22] May 3, 2002 Dylan and Becky Ann Baker United Nations Building
New York, New York
8th[23][24] May 31, 2003 Marsha Mason Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles, California
9th[25][26] June 4, 2004 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(narr. Jim Dale)
Un­known Winter Garden Room
Chicago, Illinois
10th[27][28] June 3, 2005 My Life
(narr. Bill Clinton)
Neil Gaiman Tavern on the Green
New York, New York
11th[29] May 19, 2006 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Tertiary Phase
(narr. Simon Jones and full cast)
Grover Gardner[30] National Press Club
Washington, D.C.
12th[31] June 1, 2007 Inspired by... The Bible Experience: New Testament
(narr. Angela Bassett and full cast)
Jim Dale Rainbow Room
New York, New York
13th[32] May 30, 2008 The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller
(narr. Alfred Molina)
Scott Brick Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California
14th[33] May 29, 2009 The Graveyard Book
(narr. Neil Gaiman)
Tony Roberts New-York Historical Society
New York, New York
15th[34] May 25, 2010 Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
(narr. Samuel L. Jackson and full cast)
Gary Dell'Abate Museum of the City of New York
New York, New York
16th[35][36] May 24, 2011 Life
(narr. Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley)
Adriana Trigiani The Times Center
New York, New York
17th[37] June 5, 2012 Bossypants
(narr. Tina Fey)
Michael Showalter New-York Historical Society
New York, New York
18th[38] May 30, 2013 The End of the Affair
(narr. Colin Firth)
Daniel Handler New-York Historical Society
New York, New York
19th[39] May 29, 2014 Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?
(narr. Billy Crystal)
Libba Bray New York Academy of Medicine
New York, New York
20th[40] May 28, 2015 Mandela: An Audio History
(narr. Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Richman)
Jack Gantos New York Academy of Medicine
New York, New York
21st[41] May 11, 2016 The Girl on the Train
(narr. Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher)
Paula Poundstone Adler Planetarium
Chicago, Illinois
22nd[42] June 1, 2017 Hamilton: The Revolution
(narr. Mariska Hargitay, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Jeremy Carter)
Paula Poundstone French Institute Alliance Française
New York, New York
23rd[43] May 31, 2018 Lincoln in the Bardo
(narr. Nick Offerman and full cast)
Simon Vance New-York Historical Society
New York, New York
24th[44] March 3, 2019 Children of Blood and Bone
(narr. Bahni Turpin)
Tan France Guastavino's
New York, New York
25th[45] March 2, 2020 The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
(narr. Holter Graham and full cast)
Mo Rocca Guastavino's
New York, New York
26th[46] March 22, 2021 Piranesi
(narr. Chiwetel Ejiofor)
John Leguizamo virtual
(due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
27th March 4, 2022 Project Hail Mary
(narr. Ray Porter)
Kal Penn virtual
(due to the COVID-19 pandemic)


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External linksEdit

  • The Audies official website
  • Past Winners - APA lists Audie Award winners from 1996 to the present