1999 Audie Award Winners Announced

Posted on May 11, 1999

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced the winners of the 1999 Audie Awards, honoring excellence in audio publishing in 25 categories. This year, 550 audiobooks, with release dates between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 1998, were submitted for consideration. Finalists and winners were selected by 54 judges recruited from a variety of backgrounds within the audiobook and book publishing industries, excluding audio publishers themselves.

The Audie Award ceremony took place at the Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California on the first night of the BEA, the biggest bookseller and publisher convention of the year. For the first time, the ceremony was a black-tie reception and dinner, during which the Audie winners received elegant, newly designed crystal awards. Such notables as Nelson DeMille, Frank McCourt, Martin Jarvis, and Rosalyn Ayres took part in the ceremony as winners and presenters.

The Winners of the 1999 Audie Awards are as follows:

Fiction, Abridged
By Russell Banks, Read by George DelHoyo
(Audio Literature)

Fiction, Unabridged
A Widow for One Year
By John Irving, Read by George Guidall
(Random House AudioBooks)

Mystery, Fiction
The Third Man
By Graham Greene, Read by Martin Jarvis
(The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

The Grapes of Wrath
By John Steinbeck, Read by Dylan Baker
(Penguin Audiobooks)

Non-Fiction, Abridged
The Professor & The Madman
By Simon Winchester, Read by Simon Jones
(Harper Audio)

Non-fiction, Unabridged
Full Circle
By Michael Palin, Read by the author
(Chivers North America)

Personal Development
The Energy of Money
By Maria Nemeth, Ph.D., Read by the author
(Sounds True)

Business Information
Entrepreneur November 1998
By Rieva Lesonsky, Elaine Fioreillo, Brian Ruberry, Cassandra Cavanah, Danielle Kennedy, Jay Conrad Levinson, Mark Henricks, and Jacquelynn Lynn, Read by Petrea Burchard, Milton Lawrence, John Matthew, Jim Rondeau, and Allison Strong
(DriveTimes Inc.)

Sales Closing for Dummies
By Tom Hopkins, Read by the author
(Harper Audio)

French in a Box
By Donald S. Rivera, Read by the author
(Penton Overseas, Inc.)

Lily's Crossing
By Patricia Reilly Giff, Read by Mia Dillon
(Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing)

Still Me
By Christopher Reeve, Read by the author
(Random House AudioBooks)

Ranting Again
By Dennis Miller, Read by the author
(Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing)

A Night Without Armor
By Jewel, Read by the author
(Harper Audio)

Original Work
Creepers: Haunted Cattle Drive
By Connie Kingrey, Performed by Gerald Drake, James Ahrens, Jonathan Poland, Jackie Perlman, and Kevin Fitzgerald
(K-tel International (USA), Inc.)

You're Not Alone:
Conversations with Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Love Them

By Edward Janus, interviews with breast cancer survivors, their partners, and children,
Hosted by Karen Reichart
(Voice Arts Publishing Company)

Solo Narration - Male
City of Darkness
By Ben Bova, Read by Harlan Ellison
(Dove Audio, an imprint of NewStar Publishing)

Solo Narration - Female
Oliver Twist
By Charles Dickens, Read by Miriam Margolyes
(The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.)

Solo Narration - Author or Authors
Still Me
By Christopher Reeve, Read by the author
(Random House AudioBooks)

Multi-Voiced Narration
The Complete Bible, Old Testament
Read by Stephanie Beacham, Theodore Bikel, Roscoe Lee Browne, Christopher Cazenove, Stephen Collins, Julie Harris, Edward Herrmann, Juliet Mills, Roger Rees, John Rubinstein, David Warner, Alfre Woodard, and Michael York
(Dove Audio, an imprint of NewStar Publishing)

Multi-Voiced Presentation
Titanic Disaster
By Tom Kuntz, Read by David Ackroyd, Susan Anspach, David Birney, Roscoe Lee Browne, Richard Cox, Harlan Ellison, Richard Gilliland, Mona Golabek, Michael Gross, Patrick Macnee, Gordon Thomson, William Windom, Michael York and others
(Dove Audio, an imprint of NewStar Publishing)

Theatrical Productions
The Road to Mecca
By Athol Fugard, Performed by Julie Harris, Amy Irving, and Harris Yulin
(L.A. Theatre Works)

Audiobook Adapted from Another Medium
Second Thoughts
By Mort Crim, Read by the author
(Health Communications, Inc.)

Package Design
Cold Mountain
By Charles Frazier, Read by the author
(Random House AudioBooks)

Excellence in Innovation
Sounds Like Murder
(Random House AudioBooks)

Best New Publisher
Journey Through Pet Loss
By Deborah Antinori, MA, RDT, NCC, NBCCH, Read by the author
(YokoSpirit Publications)

In addition to the Audie Awards, a new award for Special Achievement debuted at this year's ceremony. The Special Achievement Award, selected by the APA Board of Directors, recognizes individuals or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to building consumer awareness of audiobooks and to fostering the growth of the audiobook industry. This year Publishers Weekly and Rochelle Marie O'Gorman were the recipients of the award. Fred Ciporen, Vice-President and Group Publisher of Publishers Weekly (the official trade magazine of the publishing industry) accepted the award on behalf of the magazine. The second Special Achievement award recognized Rochelle Marie O'Gorman who reviews audiobooks for The Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, the Boston Globe, and Pulse magazine, among others.

The APA is a not-for-profit trade organization consisting of over 200 member companies including publishers, resellers, distributors, and suppliers along with other collateral industries. The mandate of the APA is to build awareness of the audiobook medium; to promote excellence in audiobook production; to initiate research and distribution of relevant data; and to nurture constructive relationships among all segments of the industry.