The 2021 Audie Awards

 

Founded in 1995, the Audie Awards represent the premier awards program in the United States, recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.  Finalists are selected in 24 different categories ranging from children's titles to memoir, including categories for best male and female audio performer as well.  A single title is selected for the honor of Audiobook of the Year.  Winners are announced in March at the annual Audie Awards Gala.  To learn more about the Audie Awards and to see the longlists for all 24 categories, visit the Audiopub website.


 

Audiobook of the Year

Winner:

Audiobook cover: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

 

Nominees:

Audiobook cover: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, read by Quyen Ngo Audiobook Cover: We're Better Than This by Elijah Cummings and James Dale, read by Nancy Pelosi, Laurence Fishburne & Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Audiobook cover: More Myself by Alicia Keys, read by Alicia Keys and others Audiobook cover: The Decision by Kevin Hart, read by Kevin Hart

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

We're Better Than This by Elijah Cummings

More Myself by Alicia Keys

The Decision by Kevin Hart

 


 

Best Fiction

Winner:

Audiobook cover: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, narrated by Nicole Lewis

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

 

Nominees:

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain, narrated by Susan Bennett Audiobook cover: The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim, narrated by Greta Jung Audiobook cover: Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan, narrated by Lydia Look Audiobook cover: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, narrated by Carey Mulligan

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

 


 

Best Non Fiction

Winner:

Audiobook cover: Fire in Paradise by Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano, narrated by T. Ryder Smith

Fire in Paradise by Anastair Gee and Dani Anguiano

 

Nominees:

Audiobook cover: Wandering in Strange Lands, written and narrated by Morgan Jerkins Audiobook cover: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, narrated by Jennifer Garner Audiobook cover: If You Tell by Gregg Olsen, narrated by Karen Peakes Audiobook cover: Rage by Bob Woodward, narrated by Robert Petkoff

Wandering in Strange Lands by Morgan Jerkins

Tightrope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen

Rage by Bob Woodward

 


 

Best Young Adult

Winner:

Audiobook cover: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo, Melania-Luisa Marte

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

Nominees:

Audiobook cover: A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow, narrated by Jennifer Haralson and Andrea Laing Audiobook cover: Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story), written and narrated by Daniel Nayeri Audiobook cover: This Is My America by Kim Johnson, narrated by Bahni Turpin Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Rosie Jones

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Mayeri

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

 


 

Best Female Narrator

Winner:

    Audiobook cover: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, read by Robin Miles

Robin Miles for The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

 

 Nominees:

Audiobook cover: The Color Purple by Alice Walker, performed by Samira Wiley Audiobook cover: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, read by Nicole Lewis Audiobook cover: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, read by Marisa Tomei Audiobook cover: One By One by Ruth Ware, read by Imogen Church 

Samira Wiley for The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Nicole Lewis for Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Marissa Tomei for The Lyring Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Imogen Church for One by One by Ruth Ware

 


 

Best Male Narrator:

Winner:

Audiobook cover: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley, read by Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne for The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

 

Nominees:

Audiobook cover: All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny, read by Robert BathurstAudiobook cover: Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen, read by Scott BrickAudiobook cover: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, read by J. K. SimmonsAudiobook cover: The Glimme by Emily Rodda, read by Andrew Scott 

Robert Bathurst for All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

Scott Brick for Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

J.K. Simmons for A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Andrew Scott for The Glimme by Emily Rodda

 


 

Best Multi-Voiced Production

Winner:

Audiobook cover: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo, Melania-Luisa Marte

Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte, for Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

Nominees:

Audiobook cover: The Switch by Beth O'Leary, narrated by Daisy Edgar-Jones and Alison Steadman Audiobook cover: How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior, narrated by Helen Lloyd, Andrew Fallaize, and Mandy Williams

Audiobook cover: The Trial of the Chicago 7, edited by Mark L. Levine, George C. McNamee, and Daniel L. Greenberg, narrated by J.K. Simmons, Jeff Daniels, Chris Jackson, Corey Stoll, John Hawkes, Chris Chalk, Luke Kirby, Norbert Leo Butz, George Newbern, and a full cast Audiobook cover: Women Who Wrote by Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Gertrude Stein, and Phillis Wheatley, narrated by Chloe Dolandis, Jude Mason, and Tyra Kennedy Audiobook cover: No Name by Wilkie Collins, narrated by Nicholas Boulton, Lucy Scott, Rachel Atkins, David Rintoul, Russell Bentley, and John Foley

Alison Steadman and Daisy Edgar-Jones for The Switch by Beth O'Leary

Helen Lloyd, Andrew Fallaize, and Mandy Williams for How the Peguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior

J. K. Simmons and full cast for The Trial of the Chicago 7: The Official Transcript

Jude Mason, Chloe Dolandis, and Tyra Kennedy for Women Who Wrote by various authors

Nicholas Boulton and full cast for No Name by Wilkie Collins

 


 

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