The UK has voted for Dear Fatty – the audiobook of best-selling autobiography of Dawn French, read by Liza Tarbuck – as the Best Audiobook of the Year 2009.
Five lucky winners who voted for their favourite will each be receiving £50 in book tokens…congratulations to Jacqueline Marriott, Lucy Formela-Osbrne, Linda Rygielski, Martin Grund and James Viner! (Get in touch if you are one of those people and haven’t heard anything yet…we’re trying to contact you.)
Dawn French is one of the greatest comedy actresses of our time, with a career that has spanned nearly three decades, encompassing a vast and brilliant array of characters. Loved for her irreverent humour, Dawn has achieved massive mainstream success while continuing to push boundaries and challenge stereotypes. Here, in the audiobook of her autobiography, Liza Tarbuck narrates the twists and turns of the journey that would eventually establish Dawn French as a – perhaps unlikely, but nevertheless genuine – national treasure, and the winner of Best Audiobook of the Year 2009.
Launched on 2nd July this year, the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 featured the very best in audio publishing from January 2008 – March 2009. Comprised of three categories ’ fiction, non-fiction, and children’s, the objective was to create a list showcasing the very best audiobooks, rather than simply audiobook versions of the best books. Samples of each title were available to listen to and we asked you to vote for your favourite audiobook.
The Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 highlights the benefits and advantages of the audiobook platform whether as a physical product, or as an opportunity to interact with literature electronically by downloading.
Twenty titles were selected from over one hundred titles entered by audio publishers. The judging panel was formed of key figures from audio publishing, trade press and national media including The Times’ audiobook reviewer Christina Hardyment and prolific audio abridger Kati Nicholl. The panel’s selections were based on excellence in several criteria: quality of literary content, abridgement, reading, production value and sound quality.
The winner of the fiction category is Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith, read by Adjoa Andoh; with Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book topping the children’s chart. The winners were announced at Chiswick Book Festival on Saturday 26th September.
Well done to the winners. On a personal note, I also have to make a mention of the Doctor Who audiobook which is read by David Tennant. A very sexy voice indeed…well worth a listen!