Black Narrators You Should Be Listening To (2022 Update!)

Here are some of the most prolific Black audiobook narrators you should be listening to, from award-winners to up-and-comers. For even more narrators, be sure to check out our first blog post, and browse all of the audiobooks here.

Landon Woodson

Landon Woodson is an actor and storyteller based in New York. He won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his narration of The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin, whose “agile and engaging narration makes listeners wary of the ominous threats and feel all the anticipation for the battle to come.” 

All the Water I’ve Seen Is Running

By Elias Rodriques

The Awakening of Malcolm X

By Ilyasah Shabazz & Tiffany D. Jackson

Ten Lives, Ten Demands

By Solomon Jones

Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Joniece Abbott-Pratt is an artist, actress, and prolific audiobook narrator. She has won several Earphones Awards from AudioFile for her narration of Revival Season by Monica West, Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, and many more.

For All Time

By Shanna Miles


By Tracy Deonn

Revival Season

By Monica West

Nneka Okoye

Nneka Okoye is a British actress (she’s set to star in UK’s answer to Succession) who also narrates audiobooks. She is fluent in both English and Igbo!

Hot Stew

By Fiona Mozley

Within These Wicked Walls

By Lauren Blackwood

The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree

By Nice Leng’ete

Heather Simms

Heather Alicia Simms is an actress, appearing on Broadway and television. When not acting, she does a stellar job at narrating, winning an Audie Award in 2006 for her narration of Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon and an AudioFile Best of 2019 for Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds. 

Reaching for the Moon

By Katherine Johnson

Make Lemonade

By Virginia Euwer Wolff

Concrete Rose

By Angie Thomas

Cary Hite

Cary Hite is a New York-based actor and narrator, accomplished in 12 accents with a wide vocal range. He has been a nominee for the Audie Awards, as well as a winner of the AudioFile’s Earphones Award. 

The Baseball 100

By Joe Posnanski

Black and White

By Richard Williams

The Voting Booth

By Brandy Colbert

Guy Lockard

Actor Guy Lockard is based in New York, appearing on Chicago Med, FBI, Blue Bloods, and more. He’s won several audiobook awards from AudioFile, and an Audie Award for Sunny by Jason Reynolds.

The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness

By Gucci Mane

If You Come Softly

By Jacqueline Woodson

Before the Ever After

By Jacqueline Woodson

Angel Pean

Based in Atlanta, Angel Pean is trained in film and television performance, and her skills transfer over to audio. She’s newer to the scene but already has a slew of audiobooks under her belt. 

The List of Unspeakable Fears

By J. Kasper Kramer

Self-Care for Black Women

By Oludara Adeeyo

Cherish Farrah

By Bethany C. Morrow

Leon Nixon

Leon Nixon is a professional actor, playwright, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He has narrated over 100 audiobooks, and received the AudioFile Earphones Award for his narration of Frederick Douglass’ autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom

The Black Joke

By A.E. Rooks

My Bondage and My Freedom

By Frederick Douglass

Black and Blur

By Fred Moten

Diana Blue

Diana Blue is a classically trained actor, choreographer, and voice performer who is based in Connecticut.

We Do This ‘Til We Free Us

By Mariame Kaba

A Killer Sundae

By Abby Collette

Just Health

By Dayna Bowen Matthew

Mirron Willis

Mirron Willis works across theater, film, and television, and has won numerous AudioFile Earphones awards, as well as an Audie Award. 

Elements of Fiction

By Walter Mosley

White Man’s Justice, Black Man’s Grief

By Donald Goines

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

By Walter Rodney

Bill Andrew Quinn

Narrating audiobooks since 1993, award-winning Bill Andrew Quinn is a nationally recognized voice actor and audiobook veteran. He’s narrated over 250 books! 

The Handbook of Culture and Psychology

By Hyisung C. Hwang & David Matsumoto

The Dawning of the Apocalypse

By Gerald Horne

The Last Thing You Surrender

By Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Michael Boatman

Michael Boatman is recognized for his television roles in Spin City and China Beach, and is an accomplished, award-winning audiobook narrator.

The Buddhist on Death Row

By David Sheff

The Good Lord Bird

By James McBride

The Eternal Audience of One

By Rémy Ngamije

William DeMeritt

William DeMeritt is an actor and dialect coach, lending his voice to commercials, video games, and, of course, audiobooks. Check out all his Earphone Award winners here

Small World

By Jonathan Evison

The Sweetness of Water

By Nathan Harris

None But the Righteous

By Chantal James

Damian Lynch

Damian Lynch is a masterful narrator and actor, winning Earphone Awards for a slew of audiobooks. 

Empire of the Vampire

By Jay Kristoff


By Guido Tonelli

Being a Human

By Charles Foster

Zeno Robinson

Zeno Robinson is a voice actor, with experience in both Western animation and English dubs of Japanese anime. He’s won a few AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour.

Black Buck

By Mateo Askaripour

The Sword and the Shield

By Peniel E. Joseph


By Joe Ide

Je Nie Fleming

Je Nie Fleming is an Atlanta native, working since she was 5 years old in commercials, print ads, films, television, and theater productions. Her narration involvement in How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin earned an AudioFile Earphones Award. 

The Boyfriend Project

By Farrah Rochon

The Color of Abolition

By Linda Hirshman

The Voice That Challenged a Nation

By Russell Freedman

Devante Johnson

Actor and voice actor Devante Johnson has narrated close to 50 audiobooks—his work on Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen “credibly portrays Killian, a soldier, illuminating his hunger to contribute something meaningful to the political struggle” (AudioFile).

The Kidnapping Club

By Jonathan Daniel Wells

How We Fight White Supremacy

By kiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin

Gilded Serpent

By Danielle L. Jensen

In Memory of: Ella Turenne

Sadly, artist, activist, and educator Ella Turenne passed away at age 47 on December 25th, 2021, but her legacy lives on her through her stunning audiobook performances. 

A Good Neighborhood

By Therese Anne Fowler

What Storm, What Thunder

By Myriam J.A. Chancy

The Nightworkers

By Brian Selfon

Rebecca Lee

Newer to the audiobook scene, Rebecca Lee’s voice is smooth and deep for an arresting performance.

The Dating Playbook

By Farrah Rochon

Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail

By Deborah D. Douglas

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding

By Chencia C. Higgins

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3 thoughts on “Black Narrators You Should Be Listening To (2022 Update!)

  1. Oh my, some magnificent voices I can vouch for, and a whole array of ones for me to add to my list! Thank you. Don’t forget the great Dion Graham, one of my top faves and so, so SMOOTH. I just finished listening to his reading of “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead.

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