2016 Voice Arts Awards Nominees

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.  

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

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. 

To view a complete list of 2016 Voice Arts Awards Nominees, visit

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