2020 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2020 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • Hollow Kingdom, Kira Jane Buxton, read by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)
  • Emergency Skin, N.K. Jemisin, read by Jason Isaacs (Brilliance)
  • Permafrost, Alastair Reynolds, read by Natasha Soudek (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull, read by Ron Butler & Janina Edwards (Blackstone)
  • The Last Astronaut, David Wellington, read by Megan Tusing (Hachette Audio)


Audiobook of the Year

  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood, read by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal, & Margaret Atwood (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White, read by Meryl Streep and a full cast (Penguin Random House Audio)

Audio Drama

  • Puss in Boots, Neil Fishman, Harvey Edelman & Khristine Hvam, read by Jim Dale and a full cast (HarperAudio)

Best Female Narrator

Best Male Narrator

  • Watership Down, Richard Adams, read by Peter Capaldi (Blackstone)
  • The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead, read by JD Jackson (Penguin Random House Audio)


Literary Fiction & Classics

  • The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo, read by the author (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by Joe Morton (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Mythos, Stephen Fry, read by the author (Chronicle)

Middle Grade

  • Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White, read by Meryl Streep and a full cast (Penguin Random House Audio)

Multi-Voiced Performance

Short Stories/Collections

  • Full Throttle, Joe Hill, read by Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Neil Gaiman, Ashleigh Cummings, Joe Hill, Laysla De Oliveira, Nate Corddry, Connor Jessup, Stephen Lang & George Guidall (HarperAudio)
  • Kabu Kabu, Nnedi Okorafor, read by Yetide Badaki (Tantor Audio)
  • Forward, Veronica Roth, Blake Crouch, N.K. Jemisin, Amor Towles, Paul Tremblay & Andy Weir, read by Evan Rachel Wood, Rosa Salazar, Jason Isaacs, David Harbour, Steven Strait & Janina Gavankar (Brilliance)


  • The Institute, Stephen King, read by Santino Fontana (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Young Adult

  • Lovely War, Julie Berry, read by Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry, and a full cast (Penguin Random House Audio)

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 2, 2020 at Guastavino’s in New York. For more information, including a complete list of finalists, see the Audio Publishers Association website.

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