The victory was perhaps minor, but nevertheless significant: at the Audie Awards for audio books, announced on Tuesday, British novelist Jane Austen triumphed over reality television dimwit Kim Kardashian and her sisters.
Granted, the victory was in the somewhat minor category of package design, in which a BBC production of several Austen novels won out over "Kardashian Konfidential," which, lamentably, has been deemed a book.Â Still, it is something.
The more significant victory went to Tina Fey, who won for audiobook of the year for "Bossypants," which she narrated herself. She beat out Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," read by Dennis Boutsikaris, Adam Mansbach's devious "kids' book" "Go the F--- to Sleep" (narrated, notably, by Samuel L. Jackson and previously available free on audible.com) and Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs," read by Dylan Baker.
Fey also won in the biography/memoir category. Meanwhile, Shatner won in the humor category with "Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse, and the World at Large." The book is narrated by Shatner himself.
Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder," read by Hope Davis, won for literary fiction. In the history category, the winner was "1861: The Civil War Awakening," by Adam Goodheart, read by Jonathan Davis. It notably beat out Siddhartha Mukherjee's much acclaimed "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," read by Stephen Hoye.
For non-fiction, the prize went to Paul Collins' "The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars," read by Willam Dufris.
And in the classic category, our own favorite audiobook of the year -- Will Patton hauntingly narrating James Dickey's "Deliverance" -- lost out to Simon Vance's reading of Charles Dickens' "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby."Â
The awards are announced annually by AudioFile magazine and sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association.Â