The Martian wins Audie Award for Best Science Fiction Audiobook

Matt Damon to star in Ridley Scott-directed film of the book.

May 29, 2015, 09:39 ET from Podium Publishing

NEW YORK, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Podium Publishing, a leading independent publisher of audiobooks, won its first Audie Award Thursday for The Martian, a New York Times and bestselling book written by Andy Weir.

Narrator RC Bray won in the competitive best Science Fiction Audiobook category. Podium Publishing also received four other Audie Awards nominations this year, a record for the Toronto-based audiobook publisher.

"We believed in Andy Weir's story from the very beginning, and knew RC Bray was the perfect voice to bring The Martian to life," said Greg Lawrence, VP Production of Podium Publishing. 

The Martian tells the story of an astronaut trapped and presumed dead on Mars. The film version of the science fiction thriller from Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain and will be released on November 25, 2015.

"With this win, and the Hollywood version of The Martian coming soon, we couldn't be happier for our growing Podium Publishing family," said James Tonn, VP Acquisitions of Podium Publishing.

The Martian's worldwide popularity came because of Podium Publishing's decision early in their existence to take a risk on then-unknown author Andy Weir. Weir had self-published the ebook before Podium stepped in and created the audiobook, leading to a publishing contract with Crown Publishing (Random House) and a Hollywood film deal. 

The Audies are the premier awards program recognizing distinction in audiobooks. The awards were presented on May 28th at a gala ceremony in New York.

Podium Publishing Audie Awards nominations:

Science Fiction:  ***(WON)***

The Martian; by Andy Weir; Narrated by RC Bray.

Science Fiction:

The Beam: Season 1; by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant; Narrated by Johnny Heller and a full cast. 

Solo Narration – Female:

Until the End of the World; by Sarah Lyons Fleming; Narrated by Julia Whelan.

Solo Narration – Male:

The Martian; by Andy Weir; Narrated by RC Bray.


Yesterday's Gone, Season One; by Sean Platt, David Wright; Narrated by R.C. Bray and a full cast.

About Podium Publishing:

Podium Publishing is an audiobook publisher providing authors and narrators with "fair and flexible" partnerships designed to maximize benefits for artists and publishers alike. The company has released 165 audiobooks, enjoying critical and commercial acclaim and awards, including an Audie Award and two Voice Art Awards.

Media Contact:
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SOURCE Podium Publishing