2021 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2021 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • Ruins of the Galaxy, J.N. Chaney & Christopher Hopper, read by R.C. Bray (Podium)
  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis, read by Stephanie Willis & Oliver Thorn (Macmillan Audio)
  • Aliens: Phalanx, Scott Sigler, read by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone)
  • The Deep, Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes,
    read by Daveed Diggs (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  • Heaven’s River, Dennis E. Taylor, read by Ray Porter (Audible Originals)
  • Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, Timothy Zahn, read by Marc Thompson (Penguin Random House Audio)


  • The Last Smile in Sunder City, Luke Arnold, read by the author (Hachette Audio)
  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko, read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Blackstone)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin, read by Robin Miles (Hachette Audio)
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune, read by Daniel Henning (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab, read by Julia Whelan (Macmillan Audio)

Audiobook of the Year

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke, read by Chiwetel Ejiofor (Bloomsbury)

Audio Drama

  • Doctor Who: Stranded 1, Matt Fitton, David K Barnes, Lisa McMullin & John Dorney,
    read by Paul McGann, Nicola Walker, Hattie Morahan, Rebecca Root, Tom Price & Tom
    Baker (Big Finish)
  • Frankenstein: A Stage Adaptation, A.S. Peterson, read by Jared Reinfeldt,
    Euriamis Losada, Henry O. Arnold, Kim Bretton, Morgan Davis, Matt Rose, Micah Williams,
    Brooks Bennett, Austin Olive & Garris Wimmer (Oasis)

Best Female Narrator

  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin, read by Robin Miles (Hachette Audio)

Best Male Narrator

  • The Glimme, Emily Rodda & Marc McBride, read by Andrew Scott (Bolinda)


  • The Midnight Library, Matt Haig, read by Carey Mulligan (Canongate UK/Penguin Random House Audio US)


  • J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend, Colin Duriez, read by Simon Vance (Oasis)

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi, read by Yetide Badaki & Chukwudi Iwuji (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Pew, Catherine Lacey, read by Bahni Turpin (Brilliance)

Middle Grade

  • King and the Dragonflies, Kacen Callender, read by Ron Butler (Scholastic Audio)
  • The Good Hawk, Joseph Elliott, read by Fiona Hardingham & Gary Furlong (Brilliance)
  • We Dream of Space, Erin Entrada Kelly, read by Ramon de Ocampo (HarperAudio)
  • Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, Book 1, Nic Stone, read by Anika Noni Rose (Scholastic Audio)

Short Stories/Collections

  • Burnt Tongues, Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas & Dennis Widmyer, eds., read by
    Christopher David, Jordan Killam, Pete Cross, et al. (Dreamscape)
  • Inside Jobs: Tales from a Time of Quarantine, Ben H. Winters, read by Scott Aiello, Kevin
    T. Collins & Ellen Archer (Audible Originals)


  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones, read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  • If It Bleeds, Stephen King, read by Will Patton, Danny Burstein & Steven Weber (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Young Adult

  • Poisoned, Jennifer Donnelly, read by Rosie Jones (Scholastic Audio)
  • A Song Below Water, Bethany C. Morrow, read by Jennifer Haralson & Andrea Laing (Macmillan Audio)

The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on March 22, 2021. For more information, including a complete list of finalists, see the Audio Publishers Association website.

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