2021 Audie Awards Winners

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

Winners and finalists of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • WINNER: The Deep, Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes, read by Daveed Diggs (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  • 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)
  • 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)


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

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

Audio Drama

  • WINNER: 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

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

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • WINNER: 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

  • WINNER: The Good Hawk, Joseph Elliott, read by Fiona Hardingham & Gary Furlong (Brilliance)
  • King and the Dragonflies, Kacen Callender, read by Ron Butler (Scholastic Audio)
  • 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)

Spanish Language

  • WINNER: El Laberinto del Fauno, Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke, read by Kerygma Flores & Luis Ávila (PRH Grupo Editorial México)

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

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