2021 Audie Award Winners

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:

The Mountains Sing

By Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai • Narrated by Quyen Ngo • Published by Dreamscape Media, LLC

We’re Better Than This

By Elijah Cummings & James Dale • Narrated by Nancy Pelosi, Laurence Fishburne & Maya Rockeymoore Cummings • Published by HarperAudio

More Myself

By Alicia Keys • Narrated by Alicia Keys • Published by Macmillan Audio

Best Female Narrator: Robin Miles

The City We Became

By N. K. Jemisin • Narrated by Robin Miles • Published by Hachette Audio

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:

We’re Better Than This

By Elijah Cummings & James Dale • Narrated by Nancy Pelosi, Laurence Fishburne & Maya Rockeymoore Cummings • Published by HarperAudio

Our Lady of 121st Street

By Stephen Adly Guirgis • Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander, Emily Bergl, Tegan West, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Annabelle Gurwitch, Adriana Sevan, Raphael Sbarge & Alan Mandell • Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Business/Personal Development

The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life

By Edith Eva Eger • Narrated by Tovah Feldshuh • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Faith-based Fiction & Non-fiction

Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire

By Jen Hatmaker • Narrated by Jen Hatmaker • Published by Thomas Nelson

Fantasy

The City We Became

By N. K. Jemisin • Narrated by Robin Miles • Published by Hachette Audio

Fiction

Such a Fun Age

By Kiley Reid • Narrated by Nicole Lewis • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

History/Biography

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

By Jon Meacham & John Lewis • Narrated by JD Jackson & Jon Meacham • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Humor

A Very Punchable Face

By Colin Jost • Narrated by Colin Jost • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Literary Fiction & Classics

The Death of Vivek Oji

By kwaeke Emezi • Narrated by Chukwudi Iwuji & Yetide Badaki • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Middle Grade

The Good Hawk

By Joseph Elliott • Narrated by Gary Furlong & Fiona Hardingham • Published by Brilliance Audio

Multi-Voiced Performance

Clap When You Land

By Elizabeth Acevedo • Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte • Published by Quill Tree Books

Mystery

Fair Warning

By Michael Connelly • Narrated by Peter Giles & Zach Villa • Published by Hachette Audio

Narration by the Author

More Myself

By Alicia Keys • Narrated by Alicia Keys • Published by Macmillan Audio

Non-fiction

Fire in Paradise

By Alastair Gee & Dani Anguiano • Narrated by T. Ryder Smith • Published by Recorded Books, Inc.

Romance

Dirty Letters

By Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward • Narrated by Andi Arndt & Jacob Morgan • Published by Brilliance Audio

Science Fiction

The Deep

By Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes • Narrated by Daveed Diggs • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Spanish Language

El laberinto del fauno

By Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke • Narrated by Kerygma Flores & Luis Ávila • Published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Audio

Thriller/Suspense

When No One Is Watching

By Alyssa Cole • Narrated by Susan Dalian & Jay Aaseng • Published by HarperAudio

Young Adult

Clap When You Land

By Elizabeth Acevedo • Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo & Melania-Luisa Marte • Published by Quill Tree Books

Browse all the award-winning audiobooks that are available through your local, independent bookstore.

2021 Audie Awards Winners

The Audie Awards® is the most prestigious award in audiobook and spoken-word entertainment. Here are this year’s winning audiobooks that are available to purchase 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

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Kelsey Norris is a writer and former bookseller currently based in DC. She enjoys travel, outdoor activities with her pup, and overcommitting to DIY projects. Find more of her work at www.kelseynorris.com.

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