Recorded Books Boasts 26 Finalists in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards

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Recorded Books, Inc. and its family of companies have been honored with 26 nominations for the 2016 Voice Arts Awards.

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There's an astounding depth of talent in this industry, and the nominations validate all the hard work, skill and dedication that goes into each and every audio recording.

The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS) has announced 25 titles produced by Recorded Books, Inc., Tantor Media, HighBridge Audio, and christianaudio as nominees for the 2016 Voice Arts Awards (Dancing Through Life received nominations in two categories). Recorded Books, founded in 1979, acquired both Tantor Media and HighBridge Audio in 2014 and christianaudio in 2016.

“We at Recorded Books, as well as across our family of companies, including recently acquired christianaudio, are thrilled to receive so many nominations for the Voice Arts Awards,” said Troy Juliar, Recorded Books’ chief content officer. “There's an astounding depth of talent in this industry, and the nominations validate all the hard work, skill and dedication that goes into each and every audio recording."

Recorded Books, Inc., Tantor Media, HighBridge Audio, and christianaudio received the following nominations in 10 categories:

Outstanding Spoken Word or Storytelling—Best Performance

NPR Kitchen Moments by Allison Aubrey and Dan Charles (HighBridge Audio)
Voice Actors: Allison Aubrey and Dan Charles

The Road Home by Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)
Voice Actor: Garrison Keillor

Audiobook Narration—Biography, Best Narrator

The Boy Born Dead by David Ring with John Driver and David Wideman (christianaudio)
Narrator: Paul Michael

I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out by Lee Gutkind (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Jonathan Keeble

The Auctioneer by Simon de Pury and William Stadiem (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Ralph Lister

Audiobook Narration—Science Fiction, Best Narrator

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Simon Vance

Shadow and Flame by Gail Z. Martin (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds

Audiobook Narration—Mystery, Best Voiceover

Hour of the Wolf by Håkan Nesser (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Simon Vance

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Xe Sands

Scents and Sensibility by Spencer Quinn (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Jim Frangione

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Lisette Lecat

Audiobook Narration—Author Performance, Best Narrator

Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work by Dave Isay (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Dave Isay

Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure with Erin Davis (christianaudio)
Narrator: Candace Cameron Bure

Unashamed by Lecrae (christianaudio)
Narrator: Lecrae

Audiobook Narration—Teens, Best Narrator

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Amanda Leigh Cobb

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Soneela Nankani

Audiobook Narration—History, Best Narrator

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Kirsten Potter

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Robert Fass

Audiobook Narration—Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction, Best Narrator

Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Thérèse Plummer

In the Land of Armadillos by Helen Maryles Shankman (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Elizabeth Wiley

Audiobook Narration—Non-Fiction, Best Narrator

Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Kinky Crustaceans, Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep by Marah J. Hardt (Tantor Media)
Narrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer

The Song Machine by John Seabrook (HighBridge Audio)
Narrator: Dion Graham

South Toward Home by Margaret Eby (Recorded Books)
Narrator: Susan Bennett

Audiobook Narration—Self-Help, Best Narrator

Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure with Erin Davis (christianaudio)
Narrator: Candace Cameron Bure

Planet Middle School: Helping Your Child Through the Peer Pressure, Awkward Moments & Emotional Drama by Dr. Kevin Leman (christianaudio)
Narrator: Tom Parks

“What a privilege to be nominated by such a reputable and well-respected organization as SOVAS!” said Amanda Leigh Cobb, nominee and narrator of Adi Alsaid’s Never Always Sometimes. “To be included amongst so many talented colleagues is as thrilling as storytelling 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 third annual Voice Arts Awards Gala on Sunday, November 13, at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.


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

About Recorded Books, Inc.
Recorded Books is a leading publisher of spoken-word content. It is the largest independent publisher of audiobooks and provider of digital media to consumer, retail, professional, school, library and infotainment markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of more than 27,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books also provides digital audiobooks and eBooks, as well as other compelling third-party content, including digital magazines and films. The company operates in the United Kingdom through its W. F. Howes subsidiary and in Australia through its Wavesound subsidiary. Recorded Books was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD. For more information, visit

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