Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book wins Excellence in Production and Best Audio Drama Audie Awards for [Audible Originals]
Eight wins for [Audible Originals], Audible Studios and ACX also include Excellence in Marketing and Best Original Work
[London, UK – Audible Originals], a production arm of Audible.com, won the ‘Excellence in Production,’ and ‘Best Audio Drama’ Audie awards for its original, full-cast production ofRudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. Announced Wednesday at the Audie Awards Gala in Chicago, this dual honour for The Jungle Book highlighted an evening during which Audible productions were recognized with eight Audie Awards including the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ award for the best-selling, multicast recording of Joe Hill’s graphic novel series Locke & Key, and ‘Best Original Work’ award for Jeffery Deaver’s audio original The Starling Project.
“Congratulations to all of the fine actors, producers, marketers, designers, and audiobooks recognized this year,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Our full-cast performances of The Jungle Book, The Starling Project, and Locke & Key featuring state-of-the-art sound design and an original scores demonstrate our commitment to creating high-quality, innovative, original productions that delight our veteran listeners and attract new ones to the format. We are thrilled that they have been praised so many times and in so many different categories.”
[Audible’s full-cast dramatization of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories, was produced in association with charity partner Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the cast included Bill Bailey, Richard E Grant, Colin Salmon, Sacha Dhawan and Celia Imrie.]
2016 winners for [Audible Originals,] Audible Studios and ACX include:
· Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories in the ‘Excellence in Production’ and ‘Best Audio Drama’ categories
· Locke & Key, the bestselling audio dramatization of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, performed by a full cast including Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew and over 50 professional actors, in the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ category
· The Starling Project by bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, an Audible original production performed by Alfred Molina and a full cast in the ‘Best Original Work’ category
· Two wins for titles submitted through the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) including ‘Best Erotica’ and ‘Best History’
Among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Thandie Newton, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Dan Stevens, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Tim Robbins. In 2013, Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and also won the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. Audible won its first Audiobook of the Year award for The Chopin Manuscript, written by an all-star cast of mystery and thriller writers and narrated by Alfred Molina in 2008. With Audible Studios and ACX, Audible has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.
Audible, the world’s largest seller of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2015, listeners around the world downloaded 1.6 billion hours of audio from Audible.com outlets; Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.
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