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Audible Audie Awards 2017


The Audie Awards (or Audies) recognizes outstanding audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. The Audies have been granted annually by the Audio Publishers Association, the not-for-profit trade organization of the audiobook industry, since 1996.

All Nominees by Category


Nonfiction


Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

  • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
  • By Rabia Chaudry
  • Narrated By Rabia Chaudry
Overall
(4746)
Performance
(4338)
Story
(4318)

In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners. But Serial did not tell the whole story.

Angela says: "Fascinating. Heartbreaking. Informative."
Adnan's Story
4.8 ( 4746 )

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
  • By Matthew Desmond
  • Narrated By Dion Graham
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(2032)
Performance
(1836)
Story
(1828)

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut.

Charla says: "Former Property Manager"
Evicted
4.7 ( 2032 )

The Gene: An Intimate History

  • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
  • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(3136)
Performance
(2816)
Story
(2785)

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

S. Yates says: "Scientific history blended with humanity"
The Gene
4.7 ( 3136 )

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
  • By J. D. Vance
  • Narrated By J. D. Vance
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(30566)
Performance
(27492)
Story
(27432)

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

Gotta Tellya says: "Enlightening!"
Hillbilly Elegy
4.5 ( 30566 )

A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
  • By Greg Jenner
  • Narrated By Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(45)
Performance
(42)
Story
(42)

Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary day, A Million Years in a Day reveals the astonishing origins and development of the daily practices we take for granted.

Brandon says: "Super interesting!"
A Million Years in a Day
4.1 ( 45 )

Words on the Move: Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
  • By John McWhorter
  • Narrated By John McWhorter
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(706)
Performance
(658)
Story
(655)

Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed"? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn?

sgonk says: "Literally A Great Listen"
Words on the Move
4.5 ( 706 )