What an amazing evening

Last night my lovely wife Cinda and I dressed in our finest and headed off to the New York Academy of Music for the 2014 Audies Gala. It was going to be a fun evening no matter what happened, because we don’t often have an excuse to do this sort of event.

We hopped into the cab called for us by the doorman at our New York hotel and rode the several blocks to the site of the gala. All went smoothly on our trip. Actually a little too smoothly. We arrived 20 minutes before we were supposed to. Ah, the trials of trying to out guess rush hour traffic in Manhattan!

The folks at the New York Academy of Music were nice enough to provide Cinda and me with a place to relax while we waited for the registration desk to be set up. 15 minutes or so later they were ready and we checked in at the desk. Yes, our names were on the guest list!

We then joined the crowd going to the pre-Gala reception on the third floor. Lovely and delicious foods of various ethnic origins were provided along with a wide selection of beverages for every taste.

Here’s a photo of Cinda and me with our friend Roxanne Hernandez Coyne from the reception.

Cinda and Bob Souer with Roxanne Hernandez Coyne

Cinda and Bob Souer with Roxanne Hernandez Coyne

After a very pleasant time of chatting with old friends and making a few new ones, we all went back down to the main floor and the auditorium for the main event.

The president of the Audio Publishers Association, Michele Cobb, introduced the host for the evening, the very talented Libba Bray; who provided plenty of laughs as well as kept things moving from one award announcement to the next.

About 30 minutes into the awards announcements we came to the category where I was nominated, Business/Educational. After reading through the nominees, the winner was announced. I believe I will remember that moment for the rest of my life. My book, Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army, was the title read as the winner. Here is a list of all of the 2014 Audies winners. You’ll find my entry part way down the page on the left side.

I don’t have a copy of the official award winner photo taken at the close of the Gala yet, but here is a photo of me holding the award with actress and voice talent Pam Tierney.


Pam was kind enough to take time from her schedule to work as my director for this book. Also providing invaluable help were my son Eric Souer as my audio editor and my daughter Karen Souer as proofer.

By the way, you can find detailed coverage of the 2014 Audies Gala on the APA website (link is PDF) and on John Florian’s excellent VoiceOverXtra.


  1. Dear Bob:
    Congratulations on your 2014 Audie!
    I’m very happy for you.
    See you in Tuscon.

    Comment by Mike Coon — May 31, 2014 @ 7:44 am

  2. Thanks for taking us inside the Audies Gala, Bob. That must have been an unforgettable evening. Congratulations on your win!

    Comment by Paul Strikwerda — May 31, 2014 @ 7:45 am

  3. So happy for you Bob, and the talented team you had backing you up.
    Congrats are deserved all around!

    Comment by Lauren McCullough — May 31, 2014 @ 7:51 am

  4. Mike,

    Thank you! I look forward to seeing you again in Tuscon, too!


    You’re welcome and thank you!


    Thank you and I agree. The honor is shared among all involved. I neglected to mention that Christianaudio.com is the publisher of the audiobook. They get a large chunk of the honor, too; since they were nice enough to hire me to do the narration in the first place.

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — May 31, 2014 @ 8:41 am

  5. What an exciting night! Congratulations to the whole Souer family!

    Comment by Rosemary Benson — May 31, 2014 @ 8:42 am

  6. Rosemary,

    Thank you!

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — May 31, 2014 @ 8:51 am

  7. Congratulations Bob!
    From what I’ve been told – it could only happen to one nicer guy than you… whoever that is…
    Seriously – what a great honor – for your whole family – well done.
    With Joy,

    Comment by Denny Brownlee — May 31, 2014 @ 11:53 am

  8. Thank you for sharing a truly life-changing moment with us, Bob.
    I am sure we can look forward to hearing about many more such
    accolades in the future.

    Congratulations to one very talented guy, respected by many.



    Comment by Debbe Hirata — May 31, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

  9. Denny,

    Thank you for your very kind comments.

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — May 31, 2014 @ 2:38 pm

  10. Debbe,

    Thank you so much!

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — May 31, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

  11. So cool, Bob. Congratulations!!!
    Did you get to meet Billy Crystal?

    Comment by Charlie Glaize — May 31, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

  12. Well-earned and well-deserved, Bob! Enjoyed your sharing of the moments leading up to your name being called. Congratulations, once again!

    Comment by Karen Rose Richter — June 1, 2014 @ 12:02 am

  13. Thank you for taking us along with you on your evening by sharing this story Bob Why am I not surprised you got there early! You may be the second nicest guy in voiceover but you’re the number one most responsible.

    What a rush! And might I say…you belong in that tux!

    Comment by Scott Burns — June 1, 2014 @ 12:35 am

  14. Charlie,

    No, he wasn’t at the Audies gala and thank you!


    Thank you!


    The tux was quite comfortable, at least for the one evening. I don’t know if I’m inclined to make it an every day kind of thing. And thank you!

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — June 1, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

  15. Bob: Wow!! I’m SO proud of you! What a great treat for you, Pam, Eric and Karen. The Audies are a BIG deal. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I hope you win a bunch more of them. 🙂

    Comment by Dustin Ebaugh — June 2, 2014 @ 10:45 pm

  16. Dustin,

    Thank you!

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — June 2, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

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