2015 Armchair Audies – Teen Category Kick-off

Armchair Audies 2015 Teens

The nominations for The Audie Awards (The Oscars for the audiobook world) are in!

The Audie Awards recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). 2015 is the 20th year of annual Audie Awards. 30 categories are celebrated. This year an additional category: JUDGES AWARD – SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY salutes the constantly evolving nature of modern science and technology. (source)

With the Armchair Audies, audiobook bloggers listen to the nominees and select their own winner.

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I am once again judging the Teen category. This is my third year judging this category, though my choice matched up with the winner only once (The Fault in Our Stars.)

Here are the 2015 Teen Nominees:

  • The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp; Narrated by Steve West from Macmillan Audio
  • Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren from Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler from Macmillan Audio
  • Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger; Narrated by Moira Quirk from Hachette Audio
  • Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire; Narrated by Michael Page from Brilliance Publishing
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson; Narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels from Brilliance Publishing

I have only listened to The Impossible Knife of Memory so far and that is a really powerful audiobook- glad to see it made the cut here.  I have a copy of Cress on hand and I’m obtaining the rest of the nominees through the library. I’m excited to start listening!

Based on history, Katherine Kellgren is the odds-on favorite! She has won in this category 4 times in the last seven years. (I think the Audie judges are hooked on the Bloody Jack series- there’s one more book in the series so that will change the category going forward!)

Have you listened to any of the nominees? What would you pick as the best Teen audiobook of the year?

Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 28, 2015, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York. Click here to see the full list of nominees. Want to know more about the Audies judging process? Read this round-one judge’s experience.


8 thoughts on “2015 Armchair Audies – Teen Category Kick-off

  1. I loved Cinder on audio, so chances are if love Cress. The Impossible Knife of Memory even brought be to tears. Curtsies & Conspiracies is beautifully flowey with that British accent. She does such a good job, I get lost in her voice & have no clue what’s going on in the book.

    Amy Deatherage recently posted: Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep
    1. Lucy says:

      You’ve already listened to half the nominees- you should join me in judging this thing! I can send you Cress. Lemme know if you’re interested 🙂

  2. I’d probably never pick the winner. Have fun judging!

    bermudaonion (Kathy) recently posted: Review: An Age of License
    1. Lucy says:

      Thanks! There certainly is a lot of variety in the choices this year. Three are books in a series so that makes it a little tricky though.

  3. You are ahead of me on your predictions. I’ve never once called a category with the APA. I think they are wrong unless they match us. LOL! Thanks again for joining us this year. I’m excited to see how this season unfolds.

    Literate Housewife recently posted: If I Picked Audie Award Winners
    1. Lucy says:

      The Fault in Our Stars was a safe bet 🙂 I don’t count on calling the category again but you never know. I think I’ll do a “Should Win” and “Will Win” prediction this year. Thanks for putting together this annual event- so fun!

  4. Lupdilup says:

    Enjoy your Armchair listening! I really enjoyed Cress, that’s an awesome series. I haven’t listened to any of the rest. I’m looking forward to your thoughts 🙂
    Happy listening Lucy 🙂

  5. I haven’t listened to any of these but I LOVE Steve West! I’ll be watching for your thoughts (:

    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) recently posted: Review | Love On The Lifts by Jill Santopolo

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