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2003 Audie Awards Finalists Announced

For their excellence in narration, direction, and engineering, six Naxos AudioBooks recordings have been selected as Audie Awards finalists in four categories by the Audio Publishers Association. The APA, a US-based trade organisation for audiobook publishes, is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote awareness of audiobooks, establish high standards in the audiobook industry, and represent the general interests of audiobook publishers.

The Trial & The Death of Socrates was named in the 'Non-Fiction, Unabridged' category. Using a new translation by Tom Griffith, British actors Bruce Alexander and Jamie Glover are joined by Neville Jason, Gordon Griffin, and David Timson to present Plato's powerful first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.

John Kavanagh's compilation, The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, was selected as a finalist in the Poetry category. Born in Dublin, Yeats drew strength from the Irish tradition, as can be seen--and heard--in this special recording read by Jim Norton, Denys Hawthorne, Nicholas Boulton, and Marcella Riordan. This exceptional production was the recent recipient of the Spoken Word Publishers Association award in the same category.

Finalists in the 'Short Stories/Collections' category include Classic Women's Short Stories, featuring the works of Katherine Mansfield, Kate Chopin, and Virginia Woolf, along with Kenneth Branagh's interpretation of In the Ravine & Other Short Stories, a collection of 12 outstanding stories by Anton Chekhov.

Co-produced with Oneword Radio, Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, staring Juliet Stevenson in the title role, shares honours in the 'Audio Drama' category with William Shakespeare's King Lear, performed by veteran actor Paul Scofield with Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh, and full cast.

Winners will be announced at APA's Dinner Gala & Audie Awards Presentation, to be held at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, CA on May 30, 2003.

Past Audie Award winners include: Jeremy Siepmann's The Life and Works of Chopin, an audio-biography recounting the life and music of the pianist-composer extraordinaire, featuring over 30 musical examples taken from the internationally-respected Naxos catalog; Ballet Stories: Coppélia, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swann Lake. Retold especially for Naxos AudioBooks by David Angus and presented by Jenny Agutter, this uniquely engaging production includes musical excerpts from the works themselves by Adam, Delibes, and Tchaikovsky--a perfect introduction to the Ballet, and delightful entertainment for the entire family; The History of Theatre, a fascinating chronicle written specially for Naxos AudioBooks by British actor David Timson, and expertly narrated by Derek Jacobi and a cast of actors, traces the development of western theater from ancient Greece through the twentieth century; and Realms of Gold: The Letters and Poems of John Keats, read by Samuel West with Matthew Marsh.

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