2020 Audie Awards Winners

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

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • WINNER: Emergency Skin, N.K. Jemisin, read by Jason Isaacs (Brilliance)
  • Hollow Kingdom, Kira Jane Buxton, read by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)
  • 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)


Best Female Narrator


  • WINNER: American Moonshot, Douglas Brinkley, read by Stephen Graybill (HarperAudio)

Literary Fiction & Classics

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

Middle Grade

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

Short Stories/Collections

  • WINNER: 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)


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

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

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