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The Audies Award Winners

Iam always interested in award winners. I check out the Emmys to see what television shows are worth checking out and the Oscar nominations for movie suggestions. When looking for audiobook recommendations based on various criteria, I check out The Audies awarded by the Audio Publishers Association.

Audies Audiobook of the Year 2009.

The most coveted award of The Audies is, of course, the Audiobook of the Year 2019.

This year’s winner was written and read by Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book.

The book is written for children, but don’t let that stop you. Gaiman’s writing and voice are truly brilliant.


The Fiction Book of the Year category was judged a tie between two very different works. 

Stephen King’s Duma Key and Mary Ann Shaffer/Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society couldn’t possibly be more dissimilar.

The master of horror serves up a chilling thriller read by John Slattery while the team of Shaffer and Barrows provides a glimpse into a uniquely singular book club voiced by a very talented group of readers (Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and Juliet Mills).


If non-fiction is your interest, The Audie winner in that category is Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman and read by Oliver Wyman.

Overpopulation, climate change, global consumer interests and demands are addressed with a call for green solutions.


Winner of thriller category is Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (read by Dennis Boutsikaris). 

This one is on my list of “must-listen” audiobooks. A serial killer of children in Stalinist Russia is being ignored by authorities. The protagonist, a former war hero simply cannot walk away from his search for the murderer.

Creating your own list of must-listen books? Check out the Audies winners of these categories:

  • Distinguished Achievement in Production,
  • Solo Narration (male and female),
  • Audio Drama,
  • Audiobook Adaptation, 
  • Biography/Memoir,
  • Business Educational,
  • Children’s (ages 8-12 and up to 8),
  • Classic, 
  • History,
  • Humor,
  • Inspirational (fiction and non-fiction),
  • Literary Fiction,
  • Multi-Voiced,
  • Mystery,
  • Narration by Author,
  • Original Work,
  • Package Design,
  • Personal Development,
  • Politics, 
  • Romance, 
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy,
  • Short Stories,
  • Teens

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