Recorded Books Boasts 24 Finalists in the 2015 Voice Arts Awards

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Recorded Books, Inc. and its family of companies have been honored with 24 nominations for the 2015 Voice Arts Awards.

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To be honored in this way is a true testament to the hard work and technical excellence of both the narrator and the entire production team.

The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS) has announced 24 titles produced by Recorded Books, Inc., Tantor Media and HighBridge Audio as nominees for the 2015 Voice Arts Awards. Recorded Books, founded in 1979, acquired both Tantor Media and HighBridge Audio in 2014.

“Our family of companies brings diversity to the audiobook industry, and we are pleased to be recognized by SOVAS, an organization dedicated to raising the profile of vocal talent worldwide and connecting aspiring artists with industry professionals,” said Rich Freese, Recorded Books president and CEO. “Each audiobook narration requires a tremendous amount of skill and dedication. To be honored in this way is a true testament to the hard work and technical excellence of both the narrator and the entire production team.”

Recorded Books, Inc., Tantor Media and HighBridge Audio received the following nominations in 14 categories:

Audiobook Narration—Mystery, Best Voiceover
Dry Bones by Craig Johnson (Recorded Books)
Narrator: George Guidall

Audiobook Narration—Non-Fiction, Best Voiceover
How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics by Eugenia Cheng (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

On Immunity: An Innoculation by Eula Biss (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Tamara Marston

Audiobook Narration—Biography, Best Voiceover
In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century’s Most Inquiring Mind by Hugh Aldersey-Williams (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Simon Vance

A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Ralph Lister

So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead by David Browne (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Sean Runnette

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Grover Gardner

Audiobook Narration—Short Story Anthology, Best Voiceover
Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus (Recorded Books)
Narrators: Andrew Garman, Andy Paris, Brian Hutchison and George Guidall

Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser (Recorded Books)
Narrators: Adam Grupper, Alyssa Bresnahan and Jonathan Davis

Audiobook Narration—Classics, Best Voiceover
Little Big Man by Thomas Berger (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Scott Sowers

Audiobook Narration—Author Performance, Best Voiceover
O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Garrison Keillor

Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Heather Lende

Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor by Tim Gunn (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Tim Gunn

Audiobook Narration—Self-Help, Best Voiceover
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller

Audiobook Narration—Fiction, Best Voiceover
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Davina Porter

Audiobook Narration—Teens, Best Voiceover
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda

Audiobook Narration—Children’s Pre-School (Infant to 12), Best Voiceover
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Suzy Jackson

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Lizan Mitchell

Under a War-Torn Sky by L. M. Elliott (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley

Audiobook Narration—Romance, Best Voiceover
Drama in the Church Saga by Dynah Zale (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Karen Pittman

Green Darkness by Anya Seton (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Heather Wilds

Audiobook Narration—Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction, Best Voiceover
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Kate Forbes

Audiobook Narration—Science Fiction, Best Voiceover
Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Audiobook Narration—History, Best Voiceover
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Simon Vance

“Although new to the awards scene, after only one year SOVAS have established themselves as one of those awards that garners respect from those in the industry,” said Simon Vance, nominee and narrator of Hugh Aldersey-Williams’ In Search of Sir Thomas Browne, Peter Finn and Petra Couvée’s The Zhivago Affair, and more than 800 other titles. “To be nominated in the audiobook category alongside so many talented narrators is an award in itself.”

Created by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences as part of the That’s Voiceover! Conference, the Voice Arts Awards is an international competition showcasing the best work in professional voiceover acting, creative direction and communications for advertising, audiobook narration, movie trailers, video gaming, animation, television, radio and casting realms.

Winners will be announced during the second annual Voice Arts Awards Gala on Sunday, November 15, at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, California.


For more information or to purchase any of these Voice Arts Awards–nominated audiobooks, visit

About Recorded Books
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital media to consumer, retail, professional, school, library and infotainment markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of more than 22,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides digital audiobooks and eBooks, as well as other compelling third-party content, including digital magazines and films, through its proprietary RBdigital Gateway platform. The company operates in the United Kingdom through its W. F. Howes subsidiary and in Australia through its Wavesound subsidiary. Recorded Books, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD, acquired both Tantor Media and HighBridge Audio in 2014. For more information, visit

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