2012 Audies Awards Update – Winners

Courtesy scmikeburton on FlickrThe Audies® Award Winners were given out at the 2012 Annual Gala this past Tuesday.  In our previous post I spoke about how much I like Tina Fey and apparently so do many other people.  Her audiobook  BossyPants not only won the Audiobook of the Year for 2012 but also the award for Best Biography/Memoir.

There were 30 awards given out including the award for Distinguished Achievement in Production which went to The Watch That Ends the Night:  Voices from the Titanic.  This audio book of course benefited from the fact that this year is the anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic.  It does illustrate though how the composition of an audiobook makes a big difference in what is not a new story.  Adding sound effects for realism and a the multi-voiced narration from different points of view brings the story to life in a new way. Being someone who was a big fan of the movie titanic I can appreciate how a line can stay in your head forever.  When I see the picture in this post I can only think of “Iceberg, dead ahead!”.

Other award winners that caught my eye(or is that ear?) include Classic authors Charles Dickens and Jane AustenJane Austen won for Package Design and Charles Dickens’ The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby won for the Classic category.  In the “celebrity” category Jane Fonda won in the Personal Development for her book PrimeTime:   Love, Health, Sex Fitness, Friendship, Spirit–Making the Most of All Your Life and William Shatner won in the humor category for Shatner Rules:  Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large.  These are just a few of the winners and there are even more audio books worthy of a listen from all of those that were nominated.

We will be providing our own listing of the winners at but in the meantime the listings can be found at  Of course these books are available on

2012 Audies Awards List Grows

Courtesy of David Shankbone

The 2012 Audies Award nominations were announced last month by the Audio Publishers Association.  Though many notable lists of books exist I have always found this award nominee list the best source of what audio books should be put on my listening list.  Entries to this award list continues to grow.  I will admit though I don’t need a reason to listen to Tina Fey.  I have always been a big fan and her biography making the nomination list for the AudioBook of the Year  should be no real surprise.

The competition for this award though is impressive with previous winner Neil Gaiman’s American Gods in the mix and timely release of the Steve Jobs biography.  Neil Gaiman won back in 2009 for the GraveYard Book.  We highlighted his novel approach back then of actually allowing people to listen to it for free online.  The AudioBook of the Year category of late has been highlighting not just the quality of the listening experience but the innovative ways that audio books are being marketed.  BossyPants benefited from not just traditional marketing channels but a social media campaign as well.  Of course in this category you also need to have had a “significant sales impact” for the audio books industry.

For the Distinguished Achievement in Production Award the focus is more on the quality of the production itself.  This year’s list includes narrators like Val Kilmer (The Mark of Zorro) and Caroline Kennedy (She Walks in Beauty).  We have updated the AudioBook of the Year page to reflect the 2012 nominees for not just that category but also for Distinguished Achievement in Production because these books are also considered to be the best the audio book industry has to offer.

The winners of the 2012 Audies will be announced on June 5th at the New York Historical Society in New York.  The Audio Publishers Association is in charge of the Audies Awards and Gala.  If you are a big fan you can purchase tickets to the event whether you are a member or not.  More information can be found at  You can also get a full list of the nominees in all of the Audies Awards categories in their Press Release.

Fifty Shades of Grey – Appropriate Mother’s Day Gift?

Fifty Shades of Grey made the list of the best selling audio books for April for Audible.  Though I have not had a chance to listen to the audiobook I have been exposed to a lot of press about the author E.L. James.  She is being compared to J.K. Rowling who shot to fame and success out of the blue with a background that could not have foreseen the level of success she would have with the Harry Potter series.  Fifty Shades of Grey is a trilogy that was originally written as Twilight fan fiction though it was rewritten and subsequently distributed as book by The Writer’s Coffee Shop.

There has been much debate about the literary value of the book but as can be seen by it appearing as a best seller “quality” is not always an accurate indicator of popularity.  The viral nature that fueled the growth in popularity should be looked at by both authors and publishers who need to take advantage of today’s new forms of generating publicity.

The book’s demographic appears to be married women who appear to be looking for an erotic fantasy.  As a mother and a wife in today’s hectic society reading/listening can be a form of escapism and the themes explored in this series of books has many people taking sides on what it says about women.

I am not sure whether the mothers on you Mother’s Day Gift list would openly ask for this series of books or even mention them but odds are they know about them.  Erotic Fiction is definitely on the rise and if you add Paranormal Romance into the mix there are quite a few offerings to help escape the sometimes boring doldrums of motherhood.  I would recommend though that the safer bet for escapism through audio book listening may very well be just a gift membership to an audio book store like Audible so that if she wants to check them out she can and if not she can download a variety of popular books(perhaps not as “controversial”) that Moms would enjoy.


Halloween Audio Book Picks 2011

Halloween is around the corner and we have updated our previous posts with updated links to our new audiobook store.  Whether you are looking for mildly scary ghost stories to super scary horror Halloween tends to bring out curiosity about the mysterious.  Scary stories are so great for the spoken word audio format as many of us think about sitting around a campfire sharing a good story to scare everyone to “death”.

On the lighter side kids really enjoy scary stories as well though you do have to be more careful about you play for them.  My son always says he isn’t afraid of anything but afterwards he can’t fall asleep.  When it comes to Children’s Halloween stories definitely take a listen yourself before you share it with your child or worse yet with the other kids in sleepover group!

The picture in this post is the latest and greatest from L.J. Smith the writer of the Vampire Diaries.  Though she is the writer of the original Vampire Diaries and even the Secret Circle there seems to be an interesting back story of others continuing to write further books as ghostwriters.  Either way both series make good listens as well as entertaining TV series.  The Secret Circle is about Witches instead of vampires.  Vampires Stories continue to be immensely popular due to the likes of both the Vampire Diaries and the Twilight Saga which will be coming out with what may be the last movie.

Whether Vampire Stories on audio are your thing or whether you are just thrilled by a good old fashioned horror book by someone like Stephen King odds are you can find some ideas in our updated posts here and our updated pages on

Here is the updated content:

Halloween Stories on Audio

Vampire Stories on Audio

Ghost Stories to Chill the Spine

Kids Halloween Stories on Audio

Vampire Stories Not Just for Halloween

Halloween Audio Books to Make You Scream

As usual have a fun and safe Halloween!



Hispanic Heritage Month Audio for 2011

It is hard to believe that fall is here and Hispanic Heritage Month has already started for 2011.  Last year we highlighted our Spanish Content audio that we had available in our catalog last year.  We have since changed our provider of audio books and are happy to say our collection of audio books in Spanish is much bigger with more than 1000 books available.  We have also gone back and updated our links to the audio books we recommended last year including the Clemente biography.

We are very happy to be a part of highlighting this content for a demographic group that continues to be so important in the United States.  Since I love pictures I had to include an eye catching book cover.  Ricky Martin released an autobiography last year that goes through the growing pains of discovering himself in the spotlight.  For some of us we remember him as a member of Menudo but many more probably know him from the english album that skyrocketed him into international spotlight with the song “Livin’ la Vida Loca”.

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed September 15th to October 15th(yes I know kinda strange).  It is a great opportunity to honor hispanic achievement whether you are latino or not.  Explore the many Spanish Audio Books available today.  If you don’t know Spanish yet you may want to consider learning Spanish as it is the top growing language in the United States.

Related Articles:

Hispanic Heritage Month 2010 Audio Book Spotlight

Clemente – A Famous Hispanic Story on Audio