And the Audie goes to... Verleihung des amerikanischen Hörbuchpreises 2015


Zum 20. Mal wurden dieses Jahr in New York City die Audie Awards verliehen - der höchste amerikanische Hörbuchpreis, vergleichbar mit einem 'Oscar' in Sachen Audioproduktionen. Gesponsort von der Audio Publishers Association (APA), einer non-profit Organisation der Hörbuchindustrie, wurden diesmal Sieger in über 30 verschiedenen Kategorien…

gekürt. Nominiert waren englischsprachige Titel, die in den vergangenen 12 Monaten erschienen sind. Der Fokus der Ehrung liegt bei den Audies nicht auf den Buchvorlagen und Autoren selber, sondern auf der Leistung der Sprecher, der Qualität der Produktion und der Aufmachung der Hörbücher.

Der Tradition entsprechend fand die Preisverleihung der Audie Awards 2015 bei einer großen Gala im Anschluss an die BookExpo America statt. Präsentiert von Mitgliedern der APA, Autoren wie z.B. Karin Slaughter, Hörbuchanbietern und der Hörbuchbloggerin des Jahres (The Literate Housewife), gaben sich bei den Dankesreden Vertreter der verschiedensten Hörbuchverlage und natürlich Sprecher das Mikro in die Hand. Sehr bewegende Momente waren dabei: Ein spezieller Lifetime Achievement Award ging an Schauspieler und Sprecher Edward Herrmann, der am Anfang des Jahres verstarb. Autorin Laura Hillenbrand (Unbroken), Herrmann's Tochter und seine Ehefrau zollten ihm unter Tränen ihren Respekt.

Ausschnitte aus der gesamten Gala und Interviews mit den Preisträgern kann man sich hier ansehen.

Einige Titel konnten gleich mehrfach abräumen. Etliche Print-Bestseller sind darunter, der aktuelle Pulitzerpreisträger, ein paar neu vertonte 'Oldies', aber auch ein paar Newcomer und Überraschungen. Erfreulich: Ein paar unserer ehemaligen 'Geheimtipps' aus dem Hörbücherblog haben sich ebenfalls zu Audie-Gewinnern gemausert! Sogar die englische Hörspiel-Version von Sebastian Fitzeks deutschem Thriller Das Kind (The Child) gehörte zu den Nominierten, ging aber leider leer aus.

Hier sind die Gewinner der wichtigsten Kategorien:

Audiobook of the Year; Original Work

Mandela: An Audio History

Autor:Nelson Mandela Sprecher: Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Joe Richman Spieldauer:01:17 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von Nelson Mandela Mehr Hörbücher von Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Joe Richman

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast (NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC), Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela's life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC).



All The Light We Cannot See

Autor:Anthony Doerr Sprecher:Zach Appelman Spieldauer:16:02 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von Anthony Doerr Mehr Hörbücher von Zach Appelman

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel. Hier geht es zu unserem Artikel über den diesjähriger Pulitzerpreisträger Anthony Doerr


Literary Fiction


Autor:Lily King Sprecher:Simon Vance, Xe Sands Spieldauer:06:53 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von Simon Vance, Xe Sands

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby - the artistic, female-dominated Tam - he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control.


Autobiography/Memoir; Narration by the Author or Authors

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

Autor:Alan Cumming Sprecher:Alan Cumming Spieldauer:06.28 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von Alan Cumming Mehr Hörbücher von Alan Cumming

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside. JETZT ONLINE


The New York Stories

Autor:John O'Hara Sprecher:Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Richard Kind, Jan Maxwell, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts Spieldauer:13:05 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von John O'Hara Mehr Hörbücher von Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale, Jon Hamm, Richard Kind, Jan Maxwell, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts

Collected for the first time, here are the New York stories of one of the 20th century's definitive chroniclers of the city - the speakeasies and highballs, social climbers and cinema stars, mistresses and powerbrokers, unsparingly observed by a popular American master of realism. Spanning his four-decade career, these more than 30 refreshingly frank, sparely written stories are among John O'Hara's finest work. JETZT ONLINE


Words Of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

Autor:Brandon Sanderson Sprecher: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading Spieldauer:48:15 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von Brandon Sanderson Mehr Hörbücher von Michael Kramer, Kate Reading

The doors of the Stormlight Archive first opened to us with The Way of Kings. Listen to that book and then Words of Radiance, and you can be part of the adventure every dazzling step of the way.In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.



The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2

Autor:Robert Galbraith Sprecher:Robert Glenister Spieldauer:17:16 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von Robert Galbraith Mehr Hörbücher von Robert Glenister

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him. JETZT ONLINE


Yes please

Autor:Amy Poehler Sprecher: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen Poehler, William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner Spieldauer:07:31 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von Amy Poehler Mehr Hörbücher von Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen Poehler, William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy's parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza. JETZT ONLINE



Autor:Jasinda Wilder Sprecher: Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne Spieldauer:11:49 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von Jasinda Wilder Mehr Hörbücher von Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne

I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters. JETZT ONLINE


The Girl With All The Gifts

Autor:M.R. Carey Sprecher:Finty Williams Spieldauer:13:02 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von M.R. Carey Mehr Hörbücher von Finty Williams

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. Hier geht es zur Rezension von The Girl With All The Gifts auf dem hoerbuecher-blog JETZT ONLINE


The Bridges Of Madison County

Autor:Robert James Waller Sprecher: Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale Spieldauer:03:50 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von Robert James Waller Mehr Hörbücher von Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale

The legendary love story and the major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. This is the story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for fulfillment of a girlhood dream. It shows readers what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again. JETZT ONLINE

Science Fiction

The Martian

Autor:Andy Weir Sprecher:R.C. Bray Spieldauer:10:53 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von Andy Weir Mehr Hörbücher von R.C. Bray

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive-and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills-and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit-he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" Hier geht es zur Rezension von The Martian auf dem hoerbuecher-blog JETZT ONLINE

Short Stories/Collection

The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher

Autor:Hilary Mantel Sprecher:Jane Carr Spieldauer:04:29 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von Hilary Mantel Mehr Hörbücher von Jane Carr

From the two-time Man Booker award-winning author, comes a collection of short stories. Ranging from a ghost story to a vampire story to a near-memoir to mini-sagas of family and social fracture. Each story brilliantly unsettles the listener with Mantel's classic wicked humor and unsparing eye, in an unmistakably Mantel way. JETZT ONLINE

Personal Development

What I Know For Sure

Autor:Oprah Winfrey Sprecher:Oprah Winfrey Spieldauer:03:53 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von Oprah Winfrey Mehr Hörbücher von Oprah Winfrey

After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know for Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life", Oprah has penned one column a month over the last 14 years. JETZT ONLINE


The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Autor: Doris Kearns Goodwin Sprecher: Edward Herrmann Spieldauer:36:42 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von Doris Kearns Goodwin Mehr Hörbücher von Edward Herrmann

Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats. JETZT ONLINE

Multi-Voiced Performance; Distinguished Achievement in Production

The Graveyard Book

Autor:Neil Gaiman Sprecher: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt Spieldauer:08:24 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von Neil Gaiman Mehr Hörbücher von Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family... JETZT ONLINE

Audio Drama

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Autor:Arthur Conan Doyle Sprecher: Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Henri Lubatti, James Marsters, Christopher Neame Spieldauer:01:53 Std. Mehr Hörbücher von Arthur Conan Doyle Mehr Hörbücher von Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Henri Lubatti, James Marsters, Christopher Neame

The redoubtable Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson face danger in an old mansion and on the moors in this rollicking stage adaptation of Doyle's classic adventure. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Geoffrey Arend, Wilson Bethel, Seamus Dever, Sarah Drew, Henri Lubatti, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Moira Quirk, and Darren Richardson. JETZT ONLINE


Egg & Spoon

Autor:Gregory Maguire Sprecher:Michael Page Spieldauer:12:43 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von Gregory Maguire Mehr Hörbücher von Michael Page

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. Her brothers have been conscripted into the Tsar's army and taken as servants in the house of the local wealthy landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in St. Petersburg - a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age. JETZT ONLINE


Furious Cool

Autor: David Henry, Joe Henry Sprecher:Dion Graham Spieldauer:09:03 Std., ungekürzt Mehr Hörbücher von David Henry, Joe Henry Mehr Hörbücher von Dion Graham

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor's performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn't just new - it was heretofore unthinkable. His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive. JETZT ONLINE

Can't get enough English?

Weitere englische Hörbuchtipps findet ihr bei den englischen Hörbuch-Neuerscheinungen im Juli und bei den englischen Hörbuchempfehlungen der Audible-Kollegen.

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