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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diana Blue is a classically trained actor, choreographer, and voice performer who is based in Connecticut.
Mirron Willis works across theater, film, and television, and has won numerous AudioFile Earphones awards, as well as an Audie Award.
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!
Michael Boatman is recognized for his television roles in Spin City and China Beach, and is an accomplished, award-winning audiobook narrator.
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.
Damian Lynch is a masterful narrator and actor, winning Earphone Awards for a slew of audiobooks.
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.
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.
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.
Newer to the audiobook scene, Rebecca Lee’s voice is smooth and deep for an arresting performance.