Hugo Winners on Audible

Years ago when I first started listening to audio books I felt there wasn’t much available in the way of great science fiction. Recorded Books did have a lot of good Sci-Fi titles, but they weren’t easy to get. This week I noticed many of those Recorded Books titles have come to Audible, and many other award winning science fiction books are now available. I decided to see just how many Hugo winning novels could be bought at and I was surprised to find quite a few.

The Hugo winning novel I’d like to hear the most on audio is Hyperion by Dan Simmons.  But if you’re an audio book publisher there’s plenty of good titles to produce.

I also checked these other sites to see if I could fill in any gaps – but with limited luck.

  • BA – Blackstone Audio
  • BOT – Books on Tape
  • RB – Recorded Books
  • AB – AudioBookstandDL
  • Year Title Audible Other
    2009 The Graveyard Book
    by Neil Gaiman
    2008 The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
    by Michael Chabon
    2007 Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge Yes  
    2006 Spin by Robert Charles Wilson Yes  
    2005 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Yes  
    2004 Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold Yes  
    2003 Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer Yes  
    2002 American Gods by Neil Gaiman Yes  
    2001 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling   Yes
    2000 A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge Yes  
    1999 To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis Yes  
    1998 Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman Yes  
    1997 Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson Yes  
    1996 The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson Yes  
    1995 Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold Yes  
    1994 Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson Yes  
    1993 A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    1992 Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold Yes  
    1991 The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold Yes  
    1990 Hyperion by Dan Simmons Yes  
    1989 Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh    
    1988 The Uplift War by David Brin Yes  
    1987 Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card Yes  
    1986 Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Yes  
    1985 Neuromancer by William Gibson   BOT
    1984 Startide Rising by David Brin Yes  
    1983 Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov    
    1982 Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh    
    1981 The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge    
    1980 The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke Yes  
    1979 Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre Yes BA
    1978 Gateway by Frederik Pohl Yes  
    1977 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm Yes  
    1976 The Forever War by Joe Haldeman Yes  
    1975 The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin    
    1974 Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke Yes  
    1973 The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov    
    1972 To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer Yes  
    1971 Ringworld by Larry Niven Yes  
    1970 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin    
    1969 Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner    
    1968 Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny Yes  
    1967 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein Yes  
    1966 Dune by Frank Herbert
    This Immortal by Roger Zelazny
    1965 The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber Yes  
    1964 Way Station by Clifford D. Simak Yes  
    1963 The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick Yes  
    1962 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein Yes  
    1961 A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller    
    1960 Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein Yes  
    1959 A Case of Conscience by James Blish Yes  
    1958 The Big Time by Fritz Leiber Yes  
    1957 Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein Yes  
    1956 They’d Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley    
    1954 The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester    

8 thoughts on “Hugo Winners on Audible”

  1. This is a great list you’ve pulled together!
    I thought you’d like to know that four more Hugo-winning novels are currently in production in our very own Audible studios:

    HOMINIDS by Robert J. Sawyer
    LORD OF LIGHT by Roger Zelazny
    …AND CALL ME CONRAD (aka THIS IMMORTAL) by Roger Zelazny
    THE BIG TIME by Fritz Leiber

    I expect that the Sawyer and the Leiber will be available at Audible by the end of April. The Zelazny’s should follow by the end of May / early June.

    We’ve also just produced a slew of Hugo-winning novellas by Allen Steele; Joe Haldeman; Connie Willis; Harry Turtledove; and Mike Resnick. All are, or will be, available by the end of the month.

    Again, these are not recordings we are just distributing. We produced them ourselves. It’s part of our current, major effort to bring as much sci-fi & fantasy into audio as is humanly possible!

    Steve Feldberg
    Director, Content

  2. This is tremendous news. Those are all titles I’ve been very anxious to hear, but especially Lord of Light. And I had already noticed the Connie Willis and Allen Steele stories too. I need to list the short fiction Hugo winner too, and the Nebula award winners.

    Has Audible consider setting up a system to allow fans to vote for books they’d like to see produced?


  3. Great list! I’m on an audio book kick right now but am mainly listening to YA stuff and/or fantasy. I just listened to Bill Wallis reading Simon Armitage’s translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It was fantastic!

    The only one I’ve listened to on your list there is American Gods and it is an incredible performance. This is one of the few Neil Gaiman novels in which I am glad it is someone besides him reading because the reader is perfect. It is one I hope to pick up on audio CD someday cheap. Right now it is still too pricey.

  4. That’s a great list . . . time to sign up for Audible again.

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I mean A LOT – like 8 to 10 hours a day, seven days a week during my work seasons. I’m a professional window washer and part-time writer and I load up my mp3 player and listen while I work from Spring to Fall. Audio makes my job fun.

    I’ve listened to a lot of the books on your list already, even some that you don’t list as being available yet (like Hominids and A Fire Upon the Deep, for example). I have a sight-impaired friend who gets them through some program for the blind and she loans them to me. Others I get through the library and many I just purchase.

    Thanks again for the compiled list.

  5. CV Rick – now that’s a major fringe benefit for a job. You probably get 2-3 novels a week finished – that’s some major multitasking.

    Have you ever considered the lectures from The Teaching Company. You could be taking educational classes and working at the same time.


  6. I have listened to TTC lectures at times. I have a couple dozen of them in my library. To tell the truth (as if I’d do anything else), I spent my fair share of time in University as both a student and a teacher and the lectures for the most part bore me. I’d rather listen to a great biography or historical account (such as that written by David McCullough) than listen to the TTC lectures.

    I actually put my currently loaded list of books on my blog this past Saturday if you’d care to see a flavor of the variety of books I like to listen to.

    Another thing I’m experimenting with is opening up a group discussion on a story. In this test case I’ve posted links to the audio and text versions of The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang and the ensuing discussion has been everything I could’ve hoped for. It’s currently my feature post . . . and, by the way, a superior story if you ask me.

  7. I am listening to “American Gods” right now, and I agree George Guidall is excellent as the narrator.

    I am a library rep for Recorded Books. Recently we announced that we are adding a science fiction imprint. We will be adding a minimum of six new titles per quarter all on CD. Also, many of our titles previously available on cassette are now on CD. I think has some digital rights of our sci-fi recordings.

    With lectures, we have a Modern Scholar series that might be of interest. Especially the Michael Drout lecture, “From Here To Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction”. A review of it can be found here;

    He also does one on fantasy.

    A list of all the courses can be found here;

    Ask your librarian for help in finding them at your local library.

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