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AudioFile Magazine is loaded with the latest audiobook reviews and information, including the online edition of their Audiobook Reference Guide, "an indispensable tool for audiobook professionals, librarians, and anyone wanting a comprehensive resource for the audiobook industry." If you're looking for a sure-fire place to start, try this year's Biography/Memoir category winner, Teacher Man, written and read by Frank McCourt. Listening to McCourt's lilting Irish brogue is a delight, and his story-telling ability is beyond compare. His first book, Angela's Ashes, is the grim memoir of his poverty-stricken youth. Teacher Man chronicles his arrival in America and his career as a technical school English teacher in New York City. It's also great fun to listen to another great storyteller, Steve Martin, read his novels Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company. Happy Summer Listening!


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Best Audiobook Titles of the Year Honored in New York

Results of the The Audies® 2007 Audiobook Awards
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the winners of the 2007 Audie Awards at the storied Rainbow Room in New York City on June 1st, 2007. The APA recognized their peers at the annual audio publishing industry award ceremony – often called the Oscars of the audiobook industry – that honors the best titles of the year across a number of genres.

The Audies® awards gala was hosted by the acclaimed narrator of the Harry Potter
audiobooks and Grammy and Tony Award-winning actor, Jim Dale. The Audies® winners were announced in 32 categories, including a special Judges’ Award for titles in the Politics category and the highlight of the evening, the Audiobook of the Year Award. A Special Achievement Award was presented to Don Katz, CEO and founder of to recognize his innovations and contributions to the industry.

This year, APA and AudioFile magazine joined together to provide an interactive way to listen to this year’s winners. The website,, allows listeners to read a review about the winning audiobook and listen to a sample of it.

Winners of the The Audies® award ceremony by category:

Audiobook of the Year
Inspired by...The Bible Experience: New Testament
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing
Editors: Inspired by Media Group/Zondervan Today’s New International Version Bible
Narrator: Full Cast, including Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson,
Blair Underwood and Denzel Washington

Judges Award: Politics
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc
Author: Michael Isikoff and David Corn
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki

Fiction, Abridged
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Author: William Boyd
Narrator: Rosamund Pike

Fiction, Unabridged
Rise and Shine
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Author: Anna Quindlen
Narrator: Carol Monda

Literary Fiction
The Thirteenth Tale
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Author: Diane Setterfield
Narrator: Ruthie Henshall and Lynn Redgrave

Echo Park
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Author: Michael Connelly
Narrator: Len Cariou

The Dead Yard
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc
Author: Adrian McKinty
Narrator: Gerard Doyle

If You Could See Me Now
Publisher: Hyperion Audiobooks
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Narrator: Susan Lynch and Rupert Degas

Science Fiction
The Stolen Child
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Author: Keith Donohue
Narrators: Andy Paris and Jeff Woodman

Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction
The Angels of Morgan Hill
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Author: Donna VanLiere
Narrator: Donna VanLiere

To Kill a Mockingbird
Publisher: Caedmon
Author: Harper Lee
Narrator: Sissy Spacek

Non-Fiction, Abridged
The Beatles
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Author: Robert Spitz
Narrator: Alfred Molina

Non-Fiction, Unabridged
Narrow Dog to Carcassonne
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
Author: Terry Darlington
Narrator: Steve Hodson

Teacher Man
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Author: Frank McCourt
Narrator: Frank McCourt

Personal Development/Motivational
For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Author: Patricia McConnell
Narrator: Ellen Archer

Business Information/Education
The Long Tail
Publisher: Hyperion Audiobooks
Author: Chris Anderson
Narrators: Christopher Nissley

Children’s Titles for Ages up to 8
Knuffle Bunny
Publisher: Weston Woods Studios
Author: Mo Willems
Narrators: Mo, Cheryl and Trixie Willems

Children’s Titles for Ages 8-11
Listening for Lions
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Author: Gloria Whelan
Narrator: Bianca Amato

Children’s Titles for Ages 12+
Publisher: Full Cast Audio
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Narrators: David Kelly and a full cast

Inspired by…The Bible Experience New Testament
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing
Editors: Inspired by Media Group/Zondervan Today’s New International Version Bible
Narrators: Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Blair Underwood,
Denzel Washington and many more

Spoiled Rotten America
Publisher: Harper Audio
Author: Larry Miller
Narrator: Larry Miller

Short Stories/Collections
This I Believe
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Editors: Jay Allison and Dan Gediman
Narrators: Bill Gates, Martha Graham, et al.

Original Work
Hasidic Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Men and Women CD 1 & 2)
Publisher: Oversampling Inc./Soundwalk
Narrators: Joseph Piekarski and Pearl Gluck

Solo Narration – Male
Peter and the Shadow Thieves
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Authors: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Narrator: Jim Dale

Solo Narration – Female
Telegraph Days
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Author: Larry McMurtry
Narrator: Annie Potts

Narration by the Author or Authors
The Tortilla Curtain
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Author: T.C. Boyle
Narrator: T.C. Boyle

Multi-Voiced Performance
World War Z
Publisher: Random House Audio
Author: Max Brooks
Narrators: Max Brooks and a full cast

Audio Drama
Radio Theatre's The Life of Jesus
Publisher: Tyndale/Focus on the Family
Author: Paul McCusker
Narrators: Richard O’Callaghan, Adam Godley, Geoffrey Palmer, Robert Hardy and a
full cast

Audiobook Adapted from Another Medium
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quintessential Phase V
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America
Author: Douglas Adams
Narrators: Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern and a full cast

Package Design
The Golden Compass, Tenth Anniversary Edition
Publisher: Listening Library/Random House Audio
Author: Philip Pullman
Narrators: Philip Pullman and a full cast
Package Design: Melissa Bode

Achievement in Production
The Goose Girl
Publisher: Full Cast Audio
Author: Shannon Hale
Narrators: Cynthia Bishop and a full cast
Executive Producer/Director: Bruce Coville
Producer: Daniel Bostick
Production Assistant: Victoria King

Spanish Language
Angeles y Demonios
Publisher: FonoLibro Inc.
Author: Dan Brown
Narrator: Raul Amundaray