Sam Heughan’s delight at Audie Award nomination

Actor star Sam Heughan has told Scottish Field of his delight at being nominated for a top audio industry award.

The Audio Publishers Association’s finalists for the 2022 Audie Awards programme was recently revealed, celebrating the best titles in audio publishing and spoken-word entertainment, honouring a varied group of actors, musicians and politicians, ahead of the Audie Awards Gala on March 4 in the USA.

Industry professionals will determine the winners across 25 different categories. Other nominees include Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

In the History/Biography section, Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other has been shortlisted.

Written and narrated by Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, with a foreword written and narrated by Diana Gabaldon, it is published by Hodder & Stoughton. You can hear Sam talking about writing the book in episodes four, five, six and seven of our podcast HERE.

It is up against Somersett: Benjamin Franklin and the Masterminding of American Independence, written by Phillip Goodrich and narrated by Robert Petkoff, Joe Morton, Simon Jones, Euan Morton, Nicola Barber, and the author (reading the author’s note and afterword); The Code Breaker, written by Walter Isaacson, and narrated by Kathe Mazur with Walter Isaacson; and A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, written and performed by Herbert Sigüenza.

Speaking to Scottish Field this week, Sam said: ‘Yes, we are very excited, the audio book and the hardback have been very successful and we can’t thank the fans enough for supporting us. It’s been such fun taking them on the journey around Scotland with us.’

Sam and Outlander co-star Graham McTavish have just completed a tour around New Zealand for their show Men In Kilts.

  • Read Scottish Field’s in-depth chat with Sam HERE.

Another Scot competing for an award is actress Tracy Wiles, who grew up on the Island of Islay, the daughter of a gamekeeper, who is nominated in the Autobiography/Memoir section.

Fits and Starts: A Memoir of Living With Epilepsy was written by Franziska Thomas, and is narrated by Tracy and Franziska. It is published by Almost Tangible.

They are up against Act Like You Got Some Sense, written and narrated by Jamie Foxx, foreword by Corinne Foxx; The Boys, written by Ron Howard and Clint Howard, narrated by Ron Howard, Clint Howard, and Bryce Dallas Howard; Listen Mama, written by M.S.P. Williams, narrated by JD Jackson; and Somebody’s Daughter , written and narrated by Ashley C. Ford.

Tracy joins the Scottish Field podcast to talk about the nomination next week.

Actor, author, and former White House staffer Kal Penn will host the literary ceremony, which will be available for the public to stream on the Audio Publishers Association website beginning at 2am on March 5.