The Audies 2009 Gala
Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend the 14th annual Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association, at the fabulous New-York Historical Society situated at 170 Central Park West, and believe me, the voices were just as sensational and decadent as the surroundings they were placed in.
For the remainder of this week, I’ll be sharing more about our trip and highlighting special moments and intriguing topics that took shape at the Audies and at BookExpo America.
Curious to learn which audiobooks won awards? Read on!

The Audies

There were so many interesting people at the Audies, many of whom included some of the top narrators in the world.
The gala was exquisite and provided a good many opportunities to network, but the main event was especially lovely, celebrating the achievements of people who had been narrowed down by a hundred judges from a record 1000 entries to a mere 100 selections.
Seated beside us were actors and narrators Cynthia Darlow and her husband Richard Ferrone. Ferrone had won an Audie in 2008 as the Best Voice in Mystery / Suspense for the audiobook, “Dead Street”.

Directly behind us, as we learned later that night upon receipt of his award, was author and narrator, David Sedaris. In front of us were the crew from Macmillan Audio. Indeed, the room was packed with all kinds of people, from audiobook publishers to narrators to family and friends.

Without further ado, the winners of the 2009 Audies:

Audiobook of the Year was won by Neil Gaiman, writer and narrator of “The Graveyard Book”; HarperChildren’s Audio.

Distinguished Achievement in Production was won by Live & Listen Audio for “Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady” by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren.

Solo Narration – Male was won by narrator John Lee for his work on “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas; Blackstone Audio.

Solo Narration – Female was won by narrator Katherine Kellgren for her work on “Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady”, a novel by L.A. Meyer; Listen and Live Audio.

Narration by the Author was won by David Sedaris for “When You Are Engulfed in Flames”; Hachette Audio.

Multi-Voiced Performance was won by “Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan, read by Kate Forbes, Joey Collins, Peter Jay Fernandez, Ezra Knight, Brenda Pressley, and Tom Stechschulte; Recorded Books.

Special Achievement Awards were won by Michael Snodgrass and Eileen Hutton of Brilliance Audio.

Judges Award – Politics was won by “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” by Thomas Friedman, read by Oliver Wyman; Macmillan Audio.

Humor was won by “The Learners” by Chip Kidd, read by actor Bronson Pinchot; Blackstone Audio.

Spanish Language was won by “Por in Dia Mas/For One More Day” by Mitch Albom; read by Jose Manuel Vieira; FonoLibro, Inc.

Teens was won by “Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady” by L.A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren; Listen & Live Audio.

Children’s Titles Ages 8 to 12 was won by “The Graveyard Book”, written and narrated by Neil Gaiman; HarperChildren’s Audio.

Children’s Titles Ages up to 8 was won by “James Herriot’s Treasury for Children”; James Herriot, read by Jim Dale; Macmillan Audio.

Original Work was won by “Louis Vuitton Soundwalk: Beijing” by Stephan Crasneanscki, narrated by Gong Li; Louis Vuitton.

Audio Drama was won by “The Odyssey” by Homer, narrated by Tim McInnerny, Amanda Redman and a full cast; BBC Audiobooks America.

Audiobook Adaptation was won by “English Majors: A Comedy Collection For The Highly Literate” written/read by Garrison Keillor and cast, with special guests Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Robert Bly, Donald Hall, Allen Ginsberg, and Calvin Trillin; HighBridge.

Package Design was won by “Founding Fathers”, written by Arthur M. Schlesinger, read by Ira Claffey and Richard Rohan with package design by Margo Goody; Macmillan Audio.

Classic was won by “Great Expectations”, written by Charles Dickens, read by British narrator Simon Vance; Tantor Audio.

Romance was won by “The Dark Highlander”, written by Karen Marie Moning, narrated by Phil Gigante; Brilliance Audio.

Thriller / Suspense was won by “Child 44”, written by Tom Rob Smith, read by narrator Dennis Boutsikaris; Hachette Audio.

cience Fiction / Fantasy was won by “Calculating God”, a book by Robert J. Sawyer, read by Jonathan Davis; Audible, Inc.

Mystery was won by “Voice of The Violin”, authored by Andrea Camilleri, read by narrator Grover Gardner; Blackstone Audio.

Short Stories / Collections was won by “Armageddon in Retrospect” by Kurt Vonnegut; intro read by Mark Vonnegut; read by Rip Torn; Penguin Audio.

Literary Fiction was won by “Elmer Gantry”, a novel by Sinclair Lewis, read by narrator Anthony Heald; Blackstone Audio.

Inspirational / Faith-based Fiction was won by “Prague Counterpoint”, written by Bodie and Brock Thoene; read by Sean Barrett;

Fiction Audie was a tie! This award was won by “The Duma Key”, written by Stephen King, read by John Slatter; Simon and Schuster Audio. This award was also won by “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, read by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and Juliet Mills; Books on Tape.

Personal Development was won by “You Staying Young” by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz, read by Johnny Heller, Recorded Books.

Inspirational / Faith-based Non-Fiction was won by “The Word of Promise: Next Generation New Testament” read by Sean Astin and cast; Thomas Nelson Inc.

Business / Educational was won by “The Little Red Book of Selling” written and narrated by Jeffrey Gitomer; Simon & Schuster Audio.

History was won by “Gandhi and Churchill” by Arthur Herman, narrated by John Curless; Recorded Books.

Biography / Memoir was won by “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow, narrated by Erik Singer; Hyperion Audiobooks.

Non-Fiction was won by “Hot, Flat, and Crowded”, by Thomas Friedman, narrated by Oliver Wyman; Macmillan Audio.

The competition this year was incredibly stiff, as was acknowledged by the Audio Publishers Association, and I’d like to congratulate all of the nominees on their achievements in pursuit of excellence.

Are you a fan of any books, authors or publishers listed here?

Leave a comment to congratulate your friends and colleagues!
Best wishes,

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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®.


  1. Thanks so much for posting this, Stephanie!
    I’m always keen to know who was nominated, and who won.
    I love audio books. They’re great sources for knowledge and entertainment…, and incredibly fun work to record.
    John Lee is gifted in so many ways, (even apart from the world of books on audio). He made his directorial debut working with me on a NY Times bestseller called “Impulse” for Random House at the Books on Tape studios in Woodland Hills.
    He and the producer made this one of the most enjoyable recording experiences of my life. I would happily work with them again.
    Thanks so much for keeping us informed!
    He and the producer made this so

  2. This a great list of pros and I am happy for everyone that won an award. However, unless I am missing something, I am very surprised to not see Scott Brick in the list of winners. Considering his work in Audiobooks, I would have expected him to show up in at least one category.

  3. Hi Diane, Matilda and Jon,
    Thank you very much for commenting! I truly appreciate hearing from you.
    Scott Brick was nominated for awards, as were other great narrators, but as you noticed, he did not win any this year. From what I heard, this was the steepest competition to date.


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