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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.

Literary Fiction & Classics

THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI

WINNER
THE DEATH OF VIVEK OJI

Akwaeke Emezi, Read by Yetide Badaki, Chukwudi Iwuji

Nigerian-American author Akwaeke Emezi's lyrical and heartbreaking third novel is brought to life by... Read More

Middle Grade

THE GOOD HAWK

WINNER
THE GOOD HAWK

Joseph Elliott, Read by Gary Furlong, Fiona Hardingham

The first in a trilogy, this tale set in mythic Scotland features two engaging characters brought to... Read More

Multi-Voiced Performance

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND

WINNER
CLAP WHEN YOU LAND

Elizabeth Acevedo, Read by Elizabeth Acevedo, Melania-Luisa Marte

Melania-Luisa Marte narrates the first-person free verse of Camino, the Dominican daughter of a man... Read More

Mystery

FAIR WARNING

WINNER
FAIR WARNING

Michael Connelly, Read by Peter Giles, Zach Villa

After a long break in this series, narrator Peter Giles returns to portray Michael Connelly’s... Read More

Narration by the Author(s)

MORE MYSELF

WINNER
MORE MYSELF

Alicia Keys, Read by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Bono, Clive Davis, Craig Cook, DJ Walton, Jay-Z, Krucial, Leigh Blake, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Swizz Beats, Terri Augelo

Musician Alicia Keys delivers her own memoir. In addition to her rich, inviting style, we are... Read More

Non-Fiction

FIRE IN PARADISE

WINNER
FIRE IN PARADISE

Alastair Gee, Dani Anguiano, Read by T. Ryder Smith

With his seasoned voice and theatrical timing, narrator T. Ryder Smith presents this comprehensive... Read More

Original Work

WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD

WINNER
WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD

Jesse Eisenberg, Read by Kaitlyn Dever, Jesse Eisenberg, Finn Wolfhard

Writer, director, and Oscar-nominated performer Jesse Eisenberg (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) brings his... Read More

Romance

DIRTY LETTERS

WINNER
DIRTY LETTERS

Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Read by Andi Arndt, Jacob Morgan

Jacob Morgan and Andi Arndt share the narration of this highly charged romance. Griffin and Luca... Read More

Science Fiction

THE DEEP

WINNER
THE DEEP

Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes, Read by Daveed Diggs

Narrator Daveed Diggs brings his unique voice to Rivers Solomon’s collaborative novella, THE DEEP,... Read More

Thriller/Suspense

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

WINNER
WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

Alyssa Cole, Read by Susan Dalian, Jay Aaseng

Susan Dalian’s and Jay Aaseng’s skilled vocal ranges complement witty prose and a plot that cleverly... Read More

Young Adult

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND

WINNER
CLAP WHEN YOU LAND

Elizabeth Acevedo, Read by Elizabeth Acevedo, Melania-Luisa Marte

Melania-Luisa Marte narrates the first-person free verse of Camino, the Dominican daughter of a man... Read More

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