The 2023 Audie Award Finalists

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.  Winners will be announced in March at the annual Audie Awards Gala.

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Audiobook of the Year


The 1619 Project, narrated by Nikole Hannah-Jones & Full Cast Finding Me, narrated by Viola Davis Miracle and Wonder, narrated by Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam & Paul Simon Remarkably Bright Creatures, narrated by Marin Ireland & Michael Urie

Also nominated: Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, narrated by Full Cast





Mad Honey, narrated by Carrie Coon, Key Taw, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Finney Boylan Across a Hundred Mountains, narrated by Marisa Blake & Cynthia Farrell Tracy Flick Can't Win, narrated by Lucy Liu, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jeremy Bobb, and a full cast Less Is Lost, narrated by Robert Petkoff The Bright Side Running Club, narrated by Danielle Cohen A House Full of Windsor, narrated by Barrie Kreinik





Davos Man, narrated by Michael David Axtell The Sex Lives of African Women, narrated by Full Cast Queer Ducks (and Other Animals), narrated by Joel Froomkin, Dustin Ballard, Hope Newhouse, and Neo Cihi The Ransomware Hunting Team, narrated by BD Wong

Also nominated: The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation, narrated by Shaun Taylor-Corbett





The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man narrated by Jeff Daniels and full cast Hello, Molly! narrated by Molly Shannon Left on Tenth, narrated by Delia Ephron Safe, Wanted, and Loved, narrated by Raúl E. Esparza Unprotected, narrated by Billy Porter





The Art of Prophecy, narrated by Natalie Naudus Legends & Lattes, narrated by Travis Baldree The Monsters We Defy, narrated by Shayna Small Cold As Hell, narrated by Roger Clark Good Omens, narrated by Rebecca Front, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, and full cast





Crushing on You, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller and James Chen Delilah Green Doesn't Care, narrated by Kristen DiMercurio Love On the Brain, narrated by Brooke Bloomingdale Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell, narrated by Adenrele Ojo You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, narrated by Bahni Turpin

Also nominated: Seatmate, narrated by Amanda Ronconi, Zachary Webber, and more





The Boys from Biloxi, narrated by Michael Beck Greenwich Park, narrated by Laura Kirman The Island, narrated by Mela Lee The Paris Apartment, narrated by Clare Corbett and full cast Snowstorm in August, narrated by Chris Andrew Ciulla and Michael Manuel Where Secrets Live, narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya



Young Adult


The Drowned Woods, narrated by Moira Quirk Love Radio, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt & JaQwan J. Kelly The Summer of Bitter and Sweet, narrated by Julie Lumsden Demon in the Wood Graphic Novel, narrated by Ben Barnes and full cast Loveless, narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown, Elizabeth Schenk, and Imogen Church



Best Female Narrator


Joniece Abbott-Pratt for Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

January LaVoy for Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott

Stephanie Németh-Parker for NSFW by Isabel Kaplan

Thandiwe Newton for War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Rosamund Pike for The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan


Nightcrawling, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt Thistlefoot, narrated by January LaVoy NFSW, narrated by Stephanie Németh-Parker The Eye of the World, narrated by Rosamund Pike


Best Male Narrator


Edoardo Ballerini for The Silent Sisters by Robert Dugoni

Scott Brick for Narrator by Landon Beach

JD Jackson for The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Seth Numrich for Fairy Tale by Stephen King 

John Pirhalla for Sleepwalk by Dan Chaon

The Silent Sisters, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini Narrator, narrated by Scott Brick The Violin Conspiracy, narrated by JD Jackson Fairy Tale, narrated by Seth Numrich Sleepwalk, narrated by John Pirhalla


Best Multi-Voiced Performance


The 1619 Project, narrated by Nikole Hannah-Jones & Full Cast Acts of Violet, narrated by Alejandro Ruiz and full cast The Butcher and the Wren, narrated by Sophie Amoss and Joe Knezevich The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, narrated by Jennifer Lim and full cast The Beetle, narrated by Gunnar Cauthery, Jonathan Aris & Natalie Simpson & Andrew Wincott with John Foley Sparring Partners, narrated by Jeff Daniels, Ethan Hawke, January LaVoy, and John Grisham



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