The winners of the Audible Sounds of Crime Awards were announced this weekend at Bristol’s CrimeFest. The awards for the best audiobooks went to Ian Rankin and James Macpherson for the abridged recording of Exit Music and David Hewson and Saul Reichlin for the unabridged recording of The Seventh Sacrament.
It is fitting that both abridged and unabridged recordings were recognized in the awards but here at Audible we find that the majority of listeners download only unabridged recordings. David Hewson has always been popular with our listeners and he first came to our attention with The Sacred Cut. When the book first became available as a download it went straight in to the top 10, no doubt because of the fantastic feedback in the book's reviews section. Fans of David’s downloads have consistently commented on the quality of the narrator so it is apt that Saul Reichlin also receives an award. On receiving the award, David Hewson said:
"It's incredibly flattering to have my name on the first of what I'm sure will become one of the most coveted awards in crime fiction. Audio is very important to me because it's the oldest form of fiction there is. People were listening to stories before they ever started reading them, and having your work performed this way is a real test of its durability. I'm proud to see my name on the award alongside that of Saul Reichlin too, since his extraordinarily sensitive narration of my Nic Costa series is as much a part of its timbre and character by now as my writing."
Saul Reichlin, the book's narrator said:
"I am thrilled to win. It is very satisfying, as an 'industry professional' and not a 'name' to be honoured with this prestigious award. The reader is only as good as his material, of course, and I'm truly grateful to have a writer of David Hewson's brilliance to work on."
To download more from David Hewson go here.
To listen to more from Saul Reichlin go here.