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.” 

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.

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!

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. 

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. 

Guy Lockard

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

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. 

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

Diana Blue

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

Mirron Willis

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

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

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

Damian Lynch

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

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 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. 

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).

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. 

Rebecca Lee

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

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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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