Oline H. Cogdill

I love audiobooks and always have one going in my car—which is the only place I listen to a book on tape.

(OK, I still call them books on tape even though they are not on tape anymore.)

Listening to a book is a different experience, and a good reader enhances the experience. A bad one, well, that will have you looking for a different book.

And audiobooks are growing in popularity.

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the winners of the 2018 Audie Awards.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, by David Lagercrantz, read by Simon Vance (Random House Audio), has won top honors in the Mystery category.

The Fourth Monkey, by J.D. Barker, read by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton (Recorded Books), has won for the best Thriller/Suspense audiobook.

The 23rd Annual Audies Gala was held on May 31 at the New-York Historical Society in New York City.

Often referred to as the “Oscars of spoken word entertainment,” the evening marks a gathering of authors, narrators, and publishers excited to hear who will win the most prestigious awards in the United States honoring audiobooks.

Linda Lee, president of the Audio Publishers Association, said during the evening: “The Audie Awards Gala gives us a time to recognize all the hard work that so many talented people put into thousands of productions each year. Each of the nominees and winners are to be commended for the tremendous contributions they have made to our flourishing industry and this special event is the perfect venue for us to show appreciation to each and every one of them.”

For more information on the Audie winners as well as audio clips, visit www.theaudies.com.