Congratulations to the author and narrator winners of the 2021 Audie Awards! Read on below for the breakdown by category, and then head to our playlist to browse all the winning audiobooks that are available through your local, independent bookstore. And don’t forget to celebrate all the nominated authors and narrators from this year’s awards—you can check out the finalists here.
Notice a few missing audiobooks from our list? Unfortunately, these listens—including Audiobook of the Year—are exclusive to Amazon’s Audible and barred from being sold through bookstores or loaned out through libraries.
Learn more on our blog about Amazon’s harmful practices with Audible exclusives, as well as through the American Booksellers Association’s white paper detailing Amazon’s anti-competitive behavior. If you’re an author, we encourage you to utilize Fight for the Future’s “Who Can Get Your Book?” tool to learn about the accessibility of your books.
Audiobook of the Year
The award-winning Audiobook of the Year Piranesi (written by Susanna Clarke, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, and published by Bloomsbury PLC) is exclusive to Audible and barred from distribution outside of Amazon, but you can check out these audiobooks from the finalists:
Best Female Narrator: Robin Miles
Best Male Narrator: Laurence Fishburne
The Audie award-winning audiobook The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley is published by Audible and barred from distribution outside of Amazon, but you can check out these audiobooks narrated by Laurence Fishburne:
Faith-based Fiction & Non-fiction
Literary Fiction & Classics
Narration by the Author
Browse all the award-winning audiobooks that are available through your local, independent bookstore.
P.S. Check out our video congratulating the winners and sharing some of the Libro.fm team’s favorite recent audiobooks!
Audible Exclusive Winners
Audiobook of the Year: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, published by Bloomsbury PLC
Best Male Narrator: The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, published by Audible, Inc.
Audio Drama: Doctor Who – Stranded 1 by Matt Fitton, David K Barnes, Lisa McMullin, and John Dorney, performed by Paul McGann, Nicola Walker, Hattie Morahan, Rebecca Root, Tom Price, and Tom Baker, published by Big Finish Productions
Autobiography/Memoir: The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, published by Audible, Inc.
Original Work: When You Finish Saving the World by Jesse Eisenberg, narrated by Finn Wolfhard, Kaitlyn Dever, and Jesse Eisenberg, published by Audible Originals
Short Stories/Collections: The Chekhov Collection of Short Stories by Anton Chekhov, narrated by Richard Armitage, published by Audible Studios
Young Listeners: The Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome, narrated by Shayna Small and Dion Graham, published by Live Oak Media