The Audie Awards, or Audies as they’re more often called, are awards bestowed since 1996 by the Audio Publishers Association for outstanding audio books. Finalists are announced in the winter, and winners announced in the spring.
Just to whet your appetite here’s the finalists for Fiction:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Read by Claire Danes, this timely dystopian novel studies the role of women in a society which has stripped them of their rights. Danes’ emotional subtleties make this story-following a “handmaid” whose sole purpose is to bear children for a government leader—a consuming listen.
Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon
In the Carolinas just before the passing of the 17th century, beautiful widow Rachel Howarth is tried for witchcraft. Fortunately, the magistrate’s clerk is on her side, and as the two fall in love they must battle the township to save the townspeople.
A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel by Chester Himes
Set in 1950s Harlem, Chester Himes tracks down Imabelle after she scams him and runs off with a truck of gold ore. The dark humor mirrors impoverished and delinquent characters and bungled situations, and narrator Samuel L Jackson animates all of them.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Narrator Edoardo Ballerini is the solo voice behind the array of characters, time periods, and events traced through this story which wrestles with the essentials of dreams, love, and life, with stories shifting from 1960s Italian innkeppers to present-day Hollywood production assistants.
The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig
Set during “the summer of everything,” 1960, a young Rusty Harry falls in love, dives into drama and story, and discovers the truth behind his father’s mysterious trips to Canada. The highlight with this audio book is the rich dialog, replete with colloquialisms, allowing characters to develop and genuinely respond to one another.
The full list of finalists for the Audie Awards is available at The Audies Official Site, hosted by Audiofile.