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The prestigious New York Radio Awards are celebrated annually to honour excellence and innovation across numerous audio formats. They award their distinctive Art Deco microphone trophies to international leaders in radio, advertising, TV, film and audiobooks. The Audio team at Penguin Random House has won two awards this year. Firstly, for So, Anyway… by John Cleese, which won Gold in the Best Non-fiction Audiobook category. In addition, Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel won a Finalist Commendation Certificate for Best Ensemble Narration. The director of the festival shared that there were entrants from over 30 countries this year, and that competition was 'exceptionally strong'.

Gold Trophy

Duncan Honeyman, Senior Commissioning Editor said: “As soon as John stepped into the recording booth on the first day I knew we were experiencing something special. His humour permeates his reading, and, of course, I have him to thank for arranging the brilliant cameo performance from Michael Palin. Winning an industry award of this calibre is a testament to the chemistry that John enjoyed with Andre Jacquemin, his friend and renowned sound engineer. We are delighted to bring home the gold.” 

Samantha Halstead, Senior Commissioning Editor said: "The Sleeping Giants production is an immersive full cast performance, told in a series of interview recordings and transcripts documenting a supernatural discovery set to change the world. We cast 9 diverse actors, ranging from a Bosnian pretending to be Greek, to French Canadian, Czech and American. The multiple narrators add so much depth and uniqueness to this production, which feels more like a radio play than an audiobook as a result."

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  • So, Anyway...

  • Read by John Cleese with an introduction by Michael Palin. This is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter’s Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python. Includes archive clips of many of his most famous moments.

    Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese’s thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and waterskiing, and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a former schoolmaster.

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  • Sleeping Giants

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  • If you loved The Passage, World War Z, The Martian or Interstellar: this is a must-read thriller for you.

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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. Read by William Hope, Christopher Ragland, Andy Secombe, Charlie Anson, Eric Meyers, Laurel Lefkow, Liza Ross, Katharine Mangold and Adna Sablylich.
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    Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger...

    "We always look forward. We never look back."

    That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered. An enormous, ornate hand made of an exceptionally rare metal, which predates all human civilisation on the continent.

    "But this thing ... it's different. It challenges us. It rewrites history."

    An object whose origins and purpose are perhaps the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. Solving the secret of where it came from - and how many more parts may be out there - could change life as we know it.

    "It dares us to question what we know about ourselves."

    But what if we were meant to find it? And what happens when this vast, global puzzle is complete...?

    "About everything."

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    'Bursts at the seams with big ideas. A sheer blast from start to finish. I haven't had this much fun reading in ages' Blake Crouch, author of the Wayward Pines trilogy

    'A stellar debut which masterfully blends sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. So much more than the sum of its parts - a page-turner of the highest order' Kirkus Reviews

    'Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, this is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars' Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising

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