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Audies Award Finalists


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 will be 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.

Autobiography/Memoir

MR. NEW ORLEANS

MR. NEW ORLEANS

Frenchy Brouillette, Matthew Randazzo V, Read by Louis Herthum

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Mr. New Orleans tells the incredible story of Frenchy Brouillette, a redneck... Read More

Autobiography/Memoir

SIGH, GONE

SIGH, GONE

Phuc Tran, Read by Phuc Tran

Listen to this if you want to hear what should be one of the best reviewed memoirs of 2020. Tran’s... Read More

Autobiography/Memoir

UNCANNY VALLEY

UNCANNY VALLEY

Anna Wiener, Read by Suehyla El-Attar

Narrator Suehyla El-Attar has a strong voice for this memoir of a woman's journey into the mostly... Read More

Best Female Narrator

THE CITY WE BECAME

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 Female Narrator

THE COLOR PURPLE

THE COLOR PURPLE

Alice Walker, Read by Samira Wiley

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and... Read More

Best Female Narrator

THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS

THE LYING LIFE OF ADULTS

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein [Trans.], Read by Marisa Tomei

Actress Marisa Tomei’s dramatic reading takes the listener inside the mind of a teenage girl... Read More

Best Female Narrator

ONE BY ONE

ONE BY ONE

Ruth Ware, Read by Imogen Church

Imogen Church’s extraordinary narration of Ruth Ware’s newest suspense novel will keep listeners... Read More

Best Female Narrator

SUCH A FUN AGE

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

Best Male Narrator

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE

Louise Penny, Read by Robert Bathurst

Robert Bathurst is just about perfect delivering the 16th Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel. The... Read More

Best Male Narrator

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X

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 Male Narrator

THE GLIMME

THE GLIMME

Emily Rodda, Read by Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott narrates this middle-grade fantasy with a mesmerizing intonation that draws the... Read More

Best Male Narrator

A MAN CALLED OVE

A MAN CALLED OVE

Fredrik Backman, Read by J.K. Simmons

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as... Read More

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