Futurebook Audiobook Awards shortlist revealed

Futurebook Audiobook Awards shortlist revealed

Audiobooks from Canongate Faber, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Whole Story Audiobooks, Penguin Random House, Naxos, and Audible Studios have been shortlisted for the inaugural FutureBook Audiobook Awards, to be presented at the end of The Bookseller’s FutureBook Conference (4th December).

Penguin Random House and Audible Studios have the most number of entries, with PRH’s The Girl on the Train, Go Set a Watchman, and More Fool Me shortlisted alongside Audible’s new dramatisation of The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, and The Collectors.

Canongate Faber has two titles shortlisted, The Spire and The Bell Jar (the latter narrated by actor Maggie Gyllenhaal), along with Hachette, which has Tipping the Velvet selected as well as The Churchill Factor. Pan Macmillan also has two titles listed, Poldark, Book 1, and Yes Please (written and narrated by Amy Poehler). Awful Auntie (published by HarperCollins), and winner of a National Book Awards Audiobook of the Year, is also shortlisted.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and programme director for FutureBook, said: “I’m delighted to be able to recognise the quality, vibrancy, and sheer likeability of these audio titles with books as diverse as The Bell Jar and the Jungle Book, and narrators as skilled as Bill Nighy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Reese Witherspoon. Audio publishers have stepped up their game recently, and these shortlists reflect that intensified activity.”

Audio publishing has a strong presence at The FutureBook Conference this year, with Audible’s Laurence Howell, joining Caroline Raphael editorial director, audio, at Penguin Random House UK, and HarperCollins’ audio editor Abi Fenton, at the event.

Early bird bookings for the event closes today (30th October). To view the programme or book tickets, visit www.thebookseller.com/futurebook/2015.

The shortlists in full are available are as below.

Best Frontlist Fiction Audiobook

Awful Auntie
Narrator: David Walliams et al

The Collectors
Narrator: Bill Nighy
Audible Studios

The Girl on the Train
Narrator: Clare Corbett
Random House Audiobooks

Go Set a Watchman
Narrator: Reese Witherspoon
Random House Audiobooks

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories
Narrator: Bill Bailey et al
Audible Studios


Best Frontlist Non-Fiction Audiobook

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
Narrator: Simon Shepherd
Hodder & Stoughton

More Fool Me
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Penguin Books

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
Narrator: Jon Ronson
Audible Studios

Travelling to Infinity . . .
Narrator: Sandra Duncan
Whole Story Audiobooks

Yes Please
Narrator: Amy Poehler et al
Pan Macmillan

Best Backlist Audiobook

Narrator: Phyllida Nash

The Bell Jar
Narrator: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Canongate Faber

Ross Poldark: Poldark, Book 1
Narrator:Oliver J. Hembrough et al
Pan Macmillan

The Spire
Narrator: Benedict Cumberbatch
Canongate Faber

Tipping the Velvet
Narrator: Juanita McMahon
Hachette Audio UK