Audible.com's two production arms, Audible Studios and ACX, received 24 nominations for the 2016 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances. Audible has finalists in twelve different categories. Winners will be announced by the Audio Publishers Association at the Audies Gala on May 11, 2016, in Chicago.
"We are thrilled that so many of our high-quality productions have been recognized this year," said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. "We are particularly proud that three Audible titles have been named as finalists in the "Original Work" category for the third year in a row. Four of our titles were named as finalists in the "Audio Drama" category. Both of these categories continue to offer rich opportunities for us to expand the range of listening experiences to deliver to our customers."
Among the highlights of this year's Audie finalists for Audible:
- Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated actor John Malkovich's spellbinding performance of Kurt Vonnegut's classic satire, Breakfast of Champions, in the "Best Male Narrator" category.
- Bestselling author Jeffery Deaver's The Starling Project, an original production performed by Alfred Molina and a full cast, and featuring state-of-the-art sound design and an original music score, in the "Audio Drama" category.
- Locke & Key, an audio dramatization of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series written by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez and performed by a cast of over 50 voice actors including Tatiana Maslany, Haley Joel Osment, and Kate Mulgrew, in the "Original Work" category.
- Emmy Award-winner Charles Olivier's dramatization of the Christmas Truce during World War 1, Christmas Eve 1914, produced to commemorate the event's centennial anniversary, in the "Audio Drama" category.
- Stage and screen actor Richard Armitage's swoon-worthy performance of Classic Love Poems in the "Best Male Narrator" category.
- People's Choice Award-winning actor David Tennant and Screen Actors Guild Awards-nominated actress Rose Leslie, along with a full cast, for their performance of an audio adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's classic gothic novella, Carmilla, in the "Original Work" category.
- All five nominees in the "Erotica" category are produced by Audible Studios and ACX
Audible invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2015, listeners around the world downloaded 1.6 billion hours of audio from Audible.com outlets; Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers. With Audible Studios and ACX, Audible.com is the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.
Audible is the preeminent provider of downloadable audiobooks to Apple's iTunes store, which means that customers can access these finalists as well as tens of thousands of other premium audio titles at iTunes.
The Audio Publishers Association's release, along with a complete list of nominees, can be found here: http://www.theaudies.com/
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary AMZN, is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 250,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple's iTunes® Store.
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