The Audie Awards (or Audies) are bestowed annually in the United States for outstanding audiobooks. The Audies have been granted by the Audio Publishers Association, the not-for-profit trade organization of the audiobook industry, since 1996. The nominees are announced each year in February, and the winners are announced at a gala banquet held sometime in May, usually when the BookExpo America fair is happening. The Audies are often called the Oscars of the audiobook industry and serve as a way to promote audiobooks.
Awards are given in nearly thirty categories. Some of the awards relate to types of writing, including abridged and unabridged fiction and non-fiction, and such genres as romance, fantasy and mystery; other awards recognize excellence in different styles of narration and production, such as multi-voiced performance and production values. Over the years, both the structure and the categories of the awards have changed. These changes are reflected in the lists of the Audie award winners in the external links below.
- Audiobook of the Year
- Fiction: titles that don't fit into the following nine specific fiction categories.
- Literary Fiction & Classics
- Science Fiction
- Inspirational/Faith-based Fiction
- Non-fiction: titles that don't fit into the following ten specific non-fiction categories.
- Business/Personal Development
- Inspirational/Faith-based Non-fiction
- Original Work: not based on a print work
- Young Listeners
- Middle Grade
- Young Adult
- Audio Drama
- Best Female Narrator
- Best Male Narrator
- Best Narration by the Author
- Multi-voiced Performance: multiple readers with little to no interaction
These are given to the Industry at the Audio Publishers Association conference:
- Excellence in Design
- Excellence in Marketing
- Excellence in Production