The Audies
Ever heard of the Audies?
The Audies is the annual awards ceremony, hosted by the Audio Publishers Association, that honors people in the audiobook industry for their achievements in a variety of categories, representing the cream of the crop in every genre.

This year, I will be going to the Audies with David, and I wanted to be sure that I gave a special shout out to all members and friends of our company who were nominated for an Audie award in 2009.


Lovely ladies are lined up this year from for Audies in the categories of Solo Narration – Female, Biography/Memoir, and History.

Congrats to Sneha Mathan, nominated in the category of Solo Narration – Female for her work as narrator of The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; Blackstone Audio, Inc.

I’m also happy to share that Tavia Gilbert has been nominated for her work narrating the memoir, The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan; Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Congratulations are in order for Karen White, who narrated The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed; Tantor Media.


Hillary Huber, returning to the Audies, has been nominated this year for two Audie awards, including one audiobook in the category of Personal Development, What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage, by Amy Sutherland; Blackstone Audio, Inc., and in the category of Science Fiction / Fantasy for her work on Sunrise Alley, by Catherine Asaro; Blackstone Audio, Inc. Congrats, Hillary!

Full Cast Audio is nominated 6 times, count them 6, nominations! Congratulations to Dan Bostick and his crew on this wonderful achievement. We met Dan and heard all about the wonderful things he and his business partner Bruce Coville are doing at Full Cast Audio when he spoke at the Voice Coaches Expo this passed May.

Nominated for 3 Audies is the audiobook, Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine; Narrated by Sarah Naughton; Full Cast Audio. Categories include Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12, Teens, and Achievement in Production.

Another nomination in the Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12, One-Handed Catch, by M.J. Auch; Narrated by Ryan Sparkes and a full cast.In the category of Audio Drama, Sun moon stars rain, by Jan Cheripko; Narrated by Spencer Murphy.

Last but not least, a nomination in the category of Science Fiction / Fantasy for the audiobook, Skybreaker, by Kenneth Oppel; Narrated by David Kelly.

Scott Brick, a member of our Voice Over Experts faculty, was nominated alongside Stefan Rudnicki and their cast mates in the Original Work category for their contributions to the audiobook, Metatropolis, by John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell and Karl Schroeder. Narrators, in addition to Brick and Rudnicki, include Michael Hogan, Alessandro Juliani, and Kandyse McClure; Audible, Inc.

You may remember a review I wrote recently about Adriana’s narration work on the Brown Bear & Friends CD. Nominated in the Spanish Language category for her work on the audiobook, How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, known in Spanish as: De Como las Muchachas Garcia Perdierno su Acento, by Julia Alvarez. Narrators joining Adriana Sananes on this project include Rossmery Almonte, Silvia Sierra, Laura Gomez and Rosie Berrido; Recorded Books.

My wordy friend Mignon, also known as Grammar Girl, has been nominated in the category of Business / Educational for her book (which she also narrated), Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing; Macmillan Audio. If you’ve ever wondered about how to use the English language properly, you should check out what Mignon has to offer at her website and listen to her podcasts.

For details about The Audies® and the Gala, visit the APA web site at
The APA is a not-for-profit trade organization whose primary goals are to promote awareness of the audiobook industry, gather and disseminate industry statistics, encourage high production standards and represent the interests of audiobook publishers. Since 1986, the APA has worked to bring audio publishers together to increase interest in audiobooks.
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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.



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