The 2016 Audie Award Finalists for Fantasy
Posted on February 9, 2016 Posted by John Scalzi 12 Comments
The Audie Awards are the big award in audio books, celebrating both the words of the author and the performances of the readers. Having won this award myself with Wil Wheaton, I can assure you it’s a thrill to be a finalist with your audiobook reader and even more fun to win.
This year I’m delighted to announce the Audie Award Finalists for 2016 in the category of Fantasy. That’s right! You’re reading it here first!
If for some reason you can’t read the graphic above, the finalists are:
- Ascension: The Trymoon Saga, by Brain K. Fuller, read by Simon Vance
- The Cycle of Arawn, by Edward W. Robertson, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds
- The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin, read by Robin Miles
- Nice Dragons Finish Last, by Rachel Aaron, read by Vikas Adam
- Son of the Black Sword, by Larry Correia, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds
Winners will be recognized at the Audies Gala in Chicago on May 11, 2016.
Congratulations and good luck to all of the finalists!
No snark in the comments, please.
I’m about to embark on an epic (for me) solo journey, so I appreciate having these as suggested listening for my drive. ¡Gracias!
Looks like a big year for Tim Gerard Reynolds.
I’m adding the others to my list, but Fifth Season was in my opinion masterfully done. The portions in second person really immersed me into the book when done in Audio format. Can I just say I loved it about a dozen more times?
I read the first part of the prologue to The Fifth Season to Loving Spouse after I’d finished the book, to give a taste of what it was like. Jemisin has a real knack for writing prose that reads well out loud, so I’m not surprised to see it show up as an Audie finalist.
How are audie awards voting and no inations done? I went to the website audiofile magazine website. Its not clear on how this done. Same wirh wikipedia. Is this done by audio trade organization? Juried? Just curious. Doesnt look like a fan vote.
Grats to the nominees
The Audies judging process and criteria:
Short version: Juried award given by a trade organization.
“If for some reason you can’t read the graphic above…”
Unfortunately the “some reason” is that my workplace blocks Flickr (but not Imgur). Sigh. Thanks for posting the text!
No surprise to see Simon Vance and George Guidall on the all inclusive list. Scott Brick, who is probably the most popular audiobook narrator in the English language, unsurprisingly shows up a few times as well. It’s a real shame that Ali Ahn’s performance in KSR’s Aurora isn’t there; it was incredible. I’m a bit surprised not to see Peter Kenny, who did The House of Shattered Wings and Claire North’s Touch in 2015. And it’s pretty criminal that The Girl on the Train isn’t nominated; it was easily the best audio performance I heard last year.
I wish Mary Robinette Kowal was nominated for her performance in Seveneves. She did an amazing job.
Interesting you brought up audiobooks today, as I just started your story “Muse of Fire” narrated by Wil Wheaton in the Rip Off anthology. I’m only halfway through the story, but it’s wonderful (of course) and Wil’s narration is perfect!
My two favorite narrators are James Marsters for all of the Dresden Files books, and Stefan Rudniki of http://www.skyboatmedia.com. My all time favorite reading by Stefan is a podcast of Lightspeed Magazine of a very strange story, but Stefan’s voice was absolutely perfect for it:
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/mama-we-are-zhenya-your-son/ (click on Listen)
I’m with Drollefille above; The Fifth Season should win all the awards. All of them. Them all.