18 Penguin Random House Audio Titles are 2017 Audie Awards Finalists

audie-awardsThe Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for its 2017 Audie Awards and 18 of them are Penguin Random House Audio titles. The honorees were revealed via a social media campaign, with each category’s finalists named by a notable author, narrator, or media outlet. Three Penguin Random House Audio authors nominated this year participated in the announcement. Ruta Sepetys revealed the Audio Drama category on her Twitter (9.7K followers); Amie Kaufman revealed the Mystery category on her Twitter (11.6K followers); and Colson Whitehead revealed the Autobiography & Memoir category on his Twitter (188k followers). The hashtag #Audies2017 is trending nationally.

Our Penguin Random House Audie Awards finalists are presented below in the following categories:


audiesWHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi, read by Sunil Malhotra and Cassandra Campbell (Random House Audio)

Best Female Narrator

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead, read by Bahni Turpin (Random House Audio)


VALIANT AMBITION by Nathaniel Philbrick, read by Scott Brick (Penguin Audio)


THE BASSOON KING: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson, read by the author (Penguin Audio)

YOU CAN’T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson, read by Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams and John Hodgman (Penguin Audio)

Literary Fiction & Classics

audies2HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi, read by Dominic Hoffman (Random House Audio)

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead, read by Bahni Turpin (Random House Audio)

Middle Grade

THE ENCHANTED FILES: Hatched by Bruce Coville, read by Matthew Frow, Jeremy Gumbs and a full cast (Listening Library)

THE INQUISITOR’S TALE by Adam Gidwitz, read by Adam Gidwitz and a full cast (Listening Library)

Multi-Voiced Performance

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult, read by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell and Ari Fliakos (Random House Audio)

Narration by Author or Authors

audies3IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY by Carol Burnett, read by the author (Random House Audio)


EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, read by Dion Graham (Random House Audio)


STAKED by Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels (Random House Audio)

Science Fiction

SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel, read by a full cast (Random House Audio)

STAR WARS: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster, read by Marc Thompson (Random House Audio)

Young Adult

audies4GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, read by Carla Corvo and a full cast (Listening Library)

SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys, read by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris and Michael Crouch (Listening Library)

Young Listeners

THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS by Beatrix Potter, read by Helen Mirren (Listening Library)

Congratulations to all of our honorees and everyone involved with creating these exemplary titles.

View the full list of this year’s Audie Awards nominees here.

The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala at the Alliance Français in New York on June 1.

Posted: February 10, 2017