Finishing 2018 Strong!

Finishing 2018 Strong!

Wow, we can’t believe 2018 is already winding to a close, but what an exciting year it has been. We were fortunate to be a part of so many amazing audiobook productions and we couldn’t be more proud of the hard work many talented narrators, engineers, and producers put in this year!

The end of the year also means it’s time for many “best of” lists to start popping up, always an exciting time and we have some great news to kick things off below:

Two of our nominees took home SOVAS awards this year, Borne (narrated by Bahni Turpin for Blackstone Audio) and Don’t Let Go (narrated by the Steven Webber for Brilliance Audio.) Congratulations to both Bahni and Steven!

Also, AudioFile recently released their “Best Audiobooks of 2018” list and we had the pleasure of working on 5 of the featured titles:


Thank you to the terrific narrators and production teams for your excellent work, and thank you to the producers at Oasis, Harper, Brilliance, Scholastic, Macmillan, and Blackstone for your trust and friendship; Here’s to many more amazing audiobooks to come!

2018 SOVAS Nominations!

2018 SOVAS Nominations!

The Society of Voice Arts Award Nominees have been announced for 2018 and we are once again so excited to some familiar titles! We’ve had the honor of working on some truly amazing audiobooks this past year and it is wonderful to see these narrators and authors get the attention they deserve. We are especially excited to see 2 nominations for Spanish language titles we produced this year!

A big thank you to Blackstone Audio, Brilliance Audio, Shira Block, Macmillan Audio, Podium Publishing, and Lyric Audio for entrusting us with these productions, and a huge congratulations to all the narrators. We love working with you all!

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Best Sci-FI VO Narration — Mass Effect: Initiation // Blackstone Audio // Narrated by Fryda Wolff // Recording

Best Sci-Fi VO Narration — Borne // Blackstone Audio // Narrated by Bahni Turpin // Recording

Best Author Performance — Limerence // Glendale Press Audio // Narrated by Catherine Hunter // Post-Production

Best Thriller VO Narration — Don’t Let Go // Brilliance Audio // Narrated by Steven Webber // Recording

Best Business/Education VO Narration — Campaigning for Clean Air // Author’s Republic // Narrated by Pamela Almand // Post-Production

Best Teens VO Narration — Children of Blood and Bone // Macmillan Audio // Narrated by Bahni Turpin // Full Production

Best Classics VO Narration — 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea // Blackstone Audio // Narrated by David Linski // Recording

Best Fiction VO Narration — Next Year in Havana // Blackstone Audio // Narrated by Frankie Corzo & Kyla Garcia // Recording

Best Romance VO Narration — Taking Turns // Oh My Books // Narrated by Tad Bransen, Joe Arden, Ava Erickson, and Sebastian York // Recording

Best Romance VO Narration — Part-Time Lover // Lauren Blakely Books // Narrated by Shae East and Grace Grant // Post-Production

Best Spanish VO Narration — La batalla por el paraiso: Puerto Rico y el Capitalismo Del Desastre // Blackstone Audio // Narrated by Valentina Latyna // Full Production

Best Spanish VO Narration — Una Arruga en el Tiempo // Brilliance Audio // Narrated by Susana Ballesteros // Full Production

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - 2018

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - 2018

On Thursday, August 9th, Deyan Audio hosted our fifth annual Ice Bucket Challenge at our Northridge location. Our staff and several wonderful narrators were able to join us :)

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge remains one of the most effective fundraising campaigns in the battle against this terrible disease. Over $100 million has been raised through this initiative and remarkable breakthroughs have been made in our understanding of what causes ALS because of it. 

Deyan Audio hosts an Ice Bucket Challenge event every year in honor of Bob Deyan, our founder and all-around amazing man. We lost him to ALS several years ago and it is our hope that we will soon be living in a world where no one has to suffer through the awful experience of losing a loved one to this disease.

If you'd like to contribute, donations of any size are appreciated and can be made at this link, in memory of Bob. You can also join the "Billion for Bob" team for the upcoming Walk to Defeat ALS, happening on November 4, 2018 at Exposition Park (in LA) and many other locations around the country.

A note from Debra Deyan:

Another year is upon us and we are still battling ALS. My dear Bob – some of you knew him, and some of you only heard stories of the wonderful, humorous, loving man he was – remains alive in my heart! 

This awful disease that ravaged him is still destroying the lives of countless people throughout the world. It saddens me to know how many wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, and friends have to watch a loved one battle ALS, as I did with Bob, or happen to be that person battling ALS. I know, many of you were right there with Bob and me through his struggle and I will never forget the love you showed us.

Thank you!

4 Audie Wins in 2018!

4 Audie Wins in 2018!

Deyan Audio would like to extend a huge congratulations to all the talented narrators, engineers, producers, and audiobook professionals who were recognized at the 2018 Audies Award ceremony last night. You can check out all the winners on AudioFile here.

We'd like to give a special shout out to the following titles which we he had the honor of working on this past year. Thank you to the publishers for entrusting us with these projects and thank you to the narrators for your tireless and always amazing work!

The Hate U Give

  • Winner 'Best Female Narrator'

  • Winner 'Best Young Adult'

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

  • Winner 'Best Fiction'

Restart

  • Winner 'Best Multi-Voiced Performance'


ALA Odyssey Award Announced!

ALA Odyssey Award Announced!

Each year, the American Library Association gives out the prestigious Odyssey award to one deserving audiobook production. The award is given to "the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States" and is decided by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist magazine.

We'd like to say that we couldn't believe the news when we found out that we produced this year's Odyssey winner, but then again, Bahni Turpin's stellar production in this title has been getting fantastic recognition all year long. A humongous round of applause for her performance in The Hate U Give, this year's Odyssey winner, and a huge thank you to Caitlin Garing at HarperAudio for entrusting us with this production.

We were very honored to discover we worked on 2 of the runner ups as well:

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, read by Michael Sheen for Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing

A Boy Called Christmasread by Stephen Fry for Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing

A big round of applause to these narrators as well and more thank yous to Penguin Random House for getting to work on these exciting projects.

You can see the full list of honorees here.