The Audie Awards recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment and is sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association. This event has been ongoing for over 20 years and is a very good indication on what is selling. There are few resources that track audiobook sales and what constitutes the best of the bunch.
The big winners this year was MANDELA: AN AUDIO HISTORY that won Audiobook of the Year and Best Original Work. Neil Gaimon also won three awards, cementing himself as one of the most successful audiobook adopters.
If you want to get a sense of the most popular audiobooks of 2014, the comprehensive winners list below should satiate you.
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Audiobook of the Year/Original Work
MANDELA: AN AUDIO HISTORY
Autobiography/Memoir/Narration by the Author or Authors
NOT MY FATHER’S SON
A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION
Children’s Titles – Ages 8-12/DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION/Multi-Voiced Performance
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Children’s Titles – Ages Up to 8
THE NEW YORK STORIES
WORDS OF RADIANCE
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
THE BULLY PULPIT
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
THE AUSCHWITZ ESCAPE
Judges Award: Science & Technology
THE SECOND MACHINE AGE
THE LIGHT AT THE END
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER
Solo Narration – Female
Solo Narration – Male
THE HERO’S GUIDE TO BEING AN OUTLAW
EGG & SPOON
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.