- 10 March, 2010
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Naxos AudioBooks titles Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy and Darwin: In a Nutshell, written by Peter Whitfield, have been announced as finalists in the 2010 Audies® Award competition. Nominated in the Classic category, Anton Lesser reads Sterne’s most famous novel with “humor and brio” (Robert McCrum, The Observer). Released in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the controversial English naturalist, Darwin: In a Nutshell, narrated by author Peter Whitfield, has been nominated in the Original Works category. The winners will be presented on May 25 at the Fifteenth Annual Audies® Gala in New York City.
The Audies®, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Through The Audies® award competition, publishers are able to enter titles in various categories for recognition of achievement. Finalists are selected and, from that group of finalists, one winner is awarded.
Since 1994, Naxos AudioBooks has offered key works of Western literature in an engaging, faithful manner. Recording classic literature with classical music and exceptional talent has enabled Naxos AudioBooks to develop award winning, state-of-the-art productions.
Naxos AudioBook Audies® Finalists:
Peter Whitfield’s In a Nutshell: Darwin is exactly what it claims to be. In a little over an hour, Whitfield presents a biography of Charles Darwin and an overview of his life’s work. The “nutshell” part of the title may suggest that the production rushes through the facts, but that’s not the case. Whitfield has a pleasant voice, and the prose is smooth and interesting. The audio is a leisurely experience that can be likened to taking a walk while discussing Darwin and his theory of evolution. This is an hour well spent; listeners will learn much, after which they can decide whether or not to delve into the subject in more detail. – S.D.D., AudioFile
‘I have never done anything so hard’ a very pale Anton Lesser is said to have declared on completing his brilliant new recording of ‘Tristram Shandy’. A classic actor who’s voiced everyone from Homer to Hamlet, Lesser seems only to open his mouth for wisdom to come out. But then the problems with performing Laurence Sterne’s eighteenth-century classic of comic metafiction are well rehearsed. As sidetracks sprout from sidetracks, keeping up with the garrulous hero’s chaotic autobiography is one thing. But how the hell are you supposed to read out loud a blank page, or a squiggle? Here sound effects place you firmly at Shandy’s writing desk, while Lesser’s unflaggingly engaged reading insists on the vivid characterization beneath the stylistic play. Bella Todd, TimeOut