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Audies Award Finalists and Winners


The Audie Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment and are sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). 2021 is the 26th year of annual Audie Awards.

Winners were announced at the Virtual Audies Gala on March 22.

Explore the 2021 Audie Award Finalists with sound clips and reviews in all categories below.  Browse prior years' awards: 2020 Audies, 2019 Audies, 2018 Audies, 2017 Audies, 2016 Audies, 2015 Audies, 2014 Audies.

Audio Drama

DOCTOR WHO: STRANDED 1

WINNER
DOCTOR WHO: STRANDED 1

Matt Fitton, David K. Barnes, Lisa McMullin, John Dorney, Read by Paul McGann, Nicola Walker, and a Full Cast

Paul McGann, the eighth Doctor (1996), returns to the Who universe to lead a stellar cast in this... Read More

Audiobook of the Year

PIRANESI

WINNER
PIRANESI

Susanna Clarke, Read by Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates an intricate fantasy presented in the form of diary entries. An unnamed... Read More

Autobiography/Memoir

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X

WINNER
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X

Malcolm X, Alex Haley, Read by Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne expertly modulates his tone and suits his cadence to the scenes and dialogue in... Read More

Best Female Narrator

THE CITY WE BECAME

WINNER
THE CITY WE BECAME

N.K. Jemisin, Read by Robin Miles

Robin Miles gives voice to everything New York in this fantastical celebration of the city’s spirit.... Read More

Best Male Narrator

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X

WINNER
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X

Malcolm X, Alex Haley, Read by Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne expertly modulates his tone and suits his cadence to the scenes and dialogue in... Read More

Business/Personal Development

THE GIFT

WINNER
THE GIFT

Edith Eva Eger , Read by Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh's mature voice and acclaimed acting skills make her an excellent choice to perform... Read More

Español - Spanish Language

EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO

WINNER
EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO

Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke, Read by Luis Avila, Kerygma Flores [Afterword]

El narrador, Luis Avila, mejora este cuento; su voz profunda y su capacidad de expresar emociones... Read More

Faith-Based Fiction or Non-Fiction

FIERCE, FREE, AND FULL OF FIRE

WINNER
FIERCE, FREE, AND FULL OF FIRE

Jen Hatmaker, Read by Jen Hatmaker

Jen Hatmaker narrates her latest book, aimed squarely at her many female followers, with her... Read More

Fantasy

THE CITY WE BECAME

WINNER
THE CITY WE BECAME

N.K. Jemisin, Read by Robin Miles

Robin Miles gives voice to everything New York in this fantastical celebration of the city’s spirit.... Read More

Fiction

SUCH A FUN AGE

WINNER
SUCH A FUN AGE

Kiley Reid, Read by Nicole Lewis

Narrator Nicole Lewis hooks listeners with her lively pacing and vivid characterizations in this... Read More

History/Biography

HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON

WINNER
HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON

Jon Meacham, John Lewis [Afterword], Read by JD Jackson, Jon Meacham

This stirring audiobook offers a memorable merging of author, subject, and narrator. JD Jackson... Read More

Humor

A VERY PUNCHABLE FACE

WINNER
A VERY PUNCHABLE FACE

Colin Jost, Read by Colin Jost

No one other than Colin Jost could have narrated his life story, which he does so perfectly in this... Read More

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