31 Audible Studios Productions Named as Finalists for 2013 Audie Awards

Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:00am EST

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Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Colin Firth, Diane Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel
L. Jackson and 2013 Best Spoken Word Album Grammy winner Janis Ian all among
annual industry prize finalists
NEWARK, N.J.--(Business Wire)--
Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, has received 31 nominations
for the 2013 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other
spoken-word performances. Audible Studios finalists featured in 18 different
categories. Winners will be announced by the Audio Publishers Association at the
Audies Gala on May 30, 2013, in New York City. 

"We are so proud of all of the Audible Studios performances recognized this
year," said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz. "Our expanding efforts to
elevate the art of performing literature took form with the launch of our
"A-List Collection," narrated by some of Hollywood`s most talented actors; six
of these audiobooks have received nominations this year. But as we continue to
seek to embrace professional actors of all stripes, we are just as excited that
Scott Aiello, a recent Juilliard graduate whom we met through one of Audible`s
many on-campus training sessions at theater schools, is also among this year`s
Audie nominees." 

Among the highlights of this year`s Audie finalists for Audible Studios:

* Six titles from Audible`s "A-List Collection," which showcases tour-de-force
audio performances from Hollywood`s biggest stars, are finalists: A Rage in
Harlem, performed by Samuel L. Jackson; The Handmaid`s Tale, performed by Claire
Danes; Slouching Towards Bethlehem, performed by Diane Keaton; The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz, performed by Anne Hathaway; Being There, performed by Dustin
Hoffman; and The End of the Affair, performed by Colin Firth, which is a
finalist in two separate categories. This is the second consecutive year that
Jackson has been honored for a performance in an Audible Studios production. 
* Society`s Child, singer-songwriter Janis Ian`s bravura audio performance of
her acclaimed memoir, recently won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album,
besting competition in the category that included First Lady Michelle Obama,
former President Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow. Society`s
Child, in which Ian plays every song she references in telling her story, is a
finalist in the "Narration by Author or Authors" category. 
* Sex and God at Yale, in contention in the "Nonfiction" category, is narrated
by Scott Aiello, who auditioned for Audible as part of Audible`s ongoing
outreach to top American drama schools. Aiello, a 2012 Juilliard graduate, has
since recorded seven books for Audible Studios. 
* Four of Audible`s 31 finalists this year were produced and/or distributed via
the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), an online audio rights marketplace and
production platform launched by Audible in 2011. ACX recently announced a
tenfold increase in audiobook production in 2012 versus its debut year. 
* Three titles personally selected and produced by Neil Gaiman on ACX as part of
his "Neil Gaiman Presents" label were chosen as finalists. 
* Audible`s production of Bram Stoker`s Dracula, which returns to the novel`s
original storytelling structure with the help of an all-star cast of narrating
talent, including Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren,
Graeme Malcolm, Simon Prebble and Marc Vietor, is recognized in two separate

Audible, which invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in
1997, has been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download
segment. With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of
audiobooks in the world. 

Audible is the exclusive provider of downloadable audiobooks to Apple`s iTunes
store, which means that customers can access these finalists as well as tens of
thousands of other award-winning audio titles at iTunes. 

The Audio Publishers Association`s release, along with a complete list of
nominees, can be found here: http://www.audiopub.org/press/Audies2013PR.pdf. 


Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading
provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the
Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every
day. Audible`s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for
anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully
entertained. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from
more than 1,800 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers,
broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business
information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word
audio products for Apple`s iTunes Store.

Matthew Thornton, 973-820-0402

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