What are the best audiobooks of the year? The Audie Awards, which recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment, has decided.
Here are the winners of the 22nd annual Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. Happy listening.
Audiobook of the Year: “Hamilton: The Revolution, “Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. Read by Mariska Hargitay, with the authors (Hachette Audio).
Audio Drama: “In the Embers,” Brian Price and Jerry Stearns. Read by Edwin Strout, Robin Miles, and a full cast (Great Northern Audio Theatre/Blackstone Audio).
Autobiography/Memoir: “The Greatest: My Own Story.” Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham. Read by Dion Graham (Graymalkin Media).
Best Female Narrator: “Be Frank with Me,” Julia Claiborne Johnson. Read by Tavia Gilbert (HarperAudio).
Best Male Narrator: “Jerusalem,” Alan Moore. Read by Simon Vance (Recorded Books).
Business/Personal Development: “Humans Need Not Apply,” Jerry Kaplan. Read by John Pruden (Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books).
Erotica: “Marriage Games,” CD Reiss. Read by Sebastian York and Elena Wolfe (Flip City Media Inc.).
Excellence in Marketing: “Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000,” L. Ron Hubbard. Read by Jim Meskimen, Stefan Rudnicki, and a full cast (Galaxy Audio).
Excellence in Design: “Geek Feminist Revolution,” Kameron Hurley. Design by Jessica Daigle (HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books).
Excellence in Production: “Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama,” Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs. Read by Corey Johnson, Laurel Lefkow, and a full cast (Audible Studios).
Fantasy: “The Hike,” Drew Magary. Read by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Publishing).
Fiction: “Sister of Mine,” Sabra Waldfogel. Read by Bahni Turpin (Brilliance Publishing).
History/biography: “In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors,” Doug Stanton. Read by Mark Boyett (Audible Studios).
Humor: “I'm Judging You,” written and read by Luvvie Ajayi (Macmillan Audio).
Inspirational faith-based fiction: “Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture,” Angela Hunt. Read by P.J. Ochlan and Alana Kerr Collins (christianaudio, a division of Recorded Books)
Inspirational faith-based nonfiction: “The Awakening of HK Derryberry,” Jim Bradford and Andy Hardin. Read by Milton Bagby (Thomas Nelson).
Literary fiction & Classics: “Homegoing,” Yaa Gyasi. Read by Dominic Hoffman (Penguin Random House Audio / Books On Tape).
Middle Grade: “How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon's Fury,” Cressida Cowell. Read by David Tennant (Hachette Audio).
Multi-voiced Performance: “Small Great Things,” Jodi Picoult. Read by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, and Ari Fliakos (Penguin Random House Audio / Books On Tape).
Mystery: “The Crossing,” Michael Connelly. Read by Titus Welliver (Hachette Audio).
Narration by Author: “A Life in Parts,” written and read by Bryan Cranston (Simon & Schuster Audio).
Nonfiction: “Hillbilly Elegy,” written and read by J.D. Vance (HarperAudio).
Original Work: “The Dispatcher,” John Scalzi. Read by Zachary Quinto (Audible Studios).
Paranormal: “Ghost Gifts,” Laura Spinella. Read by Nicol Zanzarella (Brilliance Publishing).
Romance: “Dirty,” Kylie Scott. Read by Andi Arndt (Macmillan Audio).
Science Fiction: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Alan Dean Foster. Read by Marc Thompson (Penguin Random House Audio / Books On Tape).
Short Stories/Collections: “The Brink: Stories,” Austin Bunn. Read by Austin Bunn, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby, et al (Blunder Woman Productions via ACX)
Thriller/Suspense: “Cross Justice,” James Patterson. Read by Ruben Santiago Hudson and Jefferson Mays (Hachette Audio)
Young Adult: “Salt to the Sea,” Ruta Sepetys. Read by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, et al. (Listening Library)
Young Listeners: “28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World,” Charles R. Smith, Jr. Read by Dion Graham, William Jackson Harper, and a full cast (Live Oak Media).