31 Audible Studios Productions Named as Finalists for 2013 Audie Awards®
Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Colin Firth, Diane Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel
L. Jackson and 2013 Best Spoken Word Album Grammy® winner Janis Ian all among
annual industry prize finalists
NEWARK, N.J. -- February 21, 2013
Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, has received 31
nominations for the 2013 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and
other spoken-word performances. Audible Studios finalists featured in 18
different categories. Winners will be announced by the Audio Publishers
Association at the Audies Gala on May 30, 2013, in New York City.
“We are so proud of all of the Audible Studios performances recognized this
year,” said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz. “Our expanding efforts to
elevate the art of performing literature took form with the launch of our
“A-List Collection,” narrated by some of Hollywood’s most talented actors; six
of these audiobooks have received nominations this year. But as we continue to
seek to embrace professional actors of all stripes, we are just as excited
that Scott Aiello, a recent Juilliard graduate whom we met through one of
Audible’s many on-campus training sessions at theater schools, is also among
this year’s Audie nominees.”
Among the highlights of this year’s Audie finalists for Audible Studios:
*Six titles from Audible’s “A-List Collection,” which showcases
tour-de-force audio performances from Hollywood’s biggest stars, are
finalists: A Rage in Harlem, performed by Samuel L. Jackson; The
Handmaid’s Tale, performed by Claire Danes; Slouching Towards Bethlehem,
performed by Diane Keaton; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, performed by Anne
Hathaway; Being There, performed by Dustin Hoffman; and The End of the
Affair, performed by Colin Firth, which is a finalist in two separate
categories. This is the second consecutive year that Jackson has been
honored for a performance in an Audible Studios production.
*Society’s Child, singer-songwriter Janis Ian’s bravura audio performance
of her acclaimed memoir, recently won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken
Word Album, besting competition in the category that included First Lady
Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel
Maddow. Society’s Child, in which Ian plays every song she references in
telling her story, is a finalist in the “Narration by Author or Authors”
*Sex and God at Yale, in contention in the “Nonfiction” category, is
narrated by Scott Aiello, who auditioned for Audible as part of Audible’s
ongoing outreach to top American drama schools. Aiello, a 2012 Juilliard
graduate, has since recorded seven books for Audible Studios.
*Four of Audible’s 31 finalists this year were produced and/or distributed
via the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), an online audio rights
marketplace and production platform launched by Audible in 2011. ACX
recently announced a tenfold increase in audiobook production in 2012
versus its debut year.
*Three titles personally selected and produced by Neil Gaiman on ACX as
part of his “Neil Gaiman Presents” label were chosen as finalists.
*Audible’s production of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which returns to the
novel’s original storytelling structure with the help of an all-star cast
of narrating talent, including Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance,
Katherine Kellgren, Graeme Malcolm, Simon Prebble and Marc Vietor, is
recognized in two separate categories.
Audible, which invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in
1997, has been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download
segment. With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of
audiobooks in the world.
Audible is the exclusive 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 award-winning audio titles at iTunes.
The Audio Publishers Association’s release, along with a complete list of
nominees, can be found here: http://www.audiopub.org/press/Audies2013PR.pdf.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ: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’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for
anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully
entertained. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from
more than 1,800 content providers, including 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.
Matthew Thornton, 973-820-0402
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