2022 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2022 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow:

Science Fiction

  • Day Zero, C. Robert Cargill, narrated by Vikas Adam (HarperAudio)
  • Orphan Wars, Scott Moon & J.N. Chaney, narrated by Luke Daniels (Podium)
  • Ready Player Two, Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Pastel Pink, Nikki Minty, narrated by Khristine Hvam, James Patrick Cronin, and Jodie Harris (Nikki Minty)
  • Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir, narrated by Ray Porter (Audible)


  • The Sandman: Act II, Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs, narrated by Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, Emma Corrin, Brian Cox, Kat Dennings, John Lithgow, Bill Nighy, Regé-Jean Page, and a full cast (Audible Originals)
  • The Witch’s Heart, Genevieve Gornichec, narrated by Jayne Entwistle (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower, Tamsyn Muir, narrated by Moira Quirk (Recorded Books)
  • Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer & Kate Reading (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Jasmine Throne, Tasha Suri, narrated by Shiromi Arserio (Hachette Audio)

Audio Drama

  • Sherlock Holmes – The Seamstress of Peckham Rye, Jonathan Barnes, performed by Nicholas Briggs, Richard Earl, Lucy Briggs-Owen, India Fisher, James Joyce, Anjella MacKintosh, Glen McCready, and Mark Elstob (Big Finish)
  • The Coldest Case: A Black Book Audio Drama, James Patterson, Aaron Tracy, and Ryan Silbert, performed by Aaron Paul, Krysten Ritter, Nathalie Emmanuel, Beau Bridges, and a full cast (Audible Originals)

Best Female Narrator

  • The Four Winds, Kristin Hannah, narrated by Julia Whelan (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Morning After, Lisa Jackson, narrated by Natalie Naudus (Brilliance)

Best Male Narrator

  • The Didomencio Fragment, John Lithgow (Audible Originals)


  • The Four Winds, Kristin Hannah, narrated by Julia Whelan (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Marin Ireland, and Dion Graham (Penguin Random House Audio)


  • The Seven Day Switch, Kelly Harms, narrated by Arielle DeLisle & Megan Tusing (Brilliance)
  • A Carnival of Snackery, David Sedaris, narrated by David Sedaris & Tracey Ullman (Hachette Audio)

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • Mary Jane, Jessica Anya Blau, narrated by Caitlin Kinnunen (HarperAudio)
  • Matrix, Lauren Groff, narrated by Adjoa Andoh (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Ariadne, Jennifer Saint, narrated by Barrie Kreinik, (Macmillan Audio)

Middle Grade

  • Playing the Cards You’re Dealt, Varian Johnson, narrated by Dion Graham (Scholastic Audio)

Multi-Voiced Performance

  • Twins, Varian Johnson, narrated by Ahnya O’Riordan, Grace Capeless, Mashari Bain, Malcolm Bowen, Antoinette Comer, André Blake, Armand Xavier, and Rufen-Blanchette (Scholastic Audio)


  • Later, Stephen King, narrated by Seth Numrich (Simon & Schuster Audio)

Original Work

  • Beatrix Greene, Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons & Vicky Alvear Shecter, narrated by Shiromi Arserio & Alister Austin (Realm)
  • No One Goes Alone, Erik Larson, narrated by Erik Larson & Julian Rhind-Tutt (Penguin Random House Audio)


  • Pause, Kylie Scott, narrated by Andi Arndt (Audible Originals)

Short Stories/Collections

  • Blackout, Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Dion Graham, Imani Parks, Jordan Cobb, Shayna Small, A.J. Beckles, and Bahni Turpin (HarperAudio)
  • Binge, Douglas Coupland, narrated by Douglas Coupland, Anna Faris, Bret Easton Ellis, Michael Stipe, Chuck Klosterman, Jarvis Cocker, Jane Pratt, Will Ferguson, Genki Ferguson, Salvatore Antonio, Katie Ryerson, Andrew Moodie, Lorna Wilson, Victoria Carr, Stephanie Belding, Liz Dunn, Selena Dhillon, Charlotte Shaifer, and Caleb Stull (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • The Best American Short Stories 2021, Jesmyn Ward and Heidi Pitlor, eds., narrated by Brittany Pressley, Katie Tang, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Emily Ellet, Michael Crouch, Frankie Corzo, Adan Rocha, Priya Ayyar, JD Jackson, Johnathan Davis, Bahni Turpin, Robin Eller, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Katherine Howe, Lisa Flanagan, Alex Mann, Robert Fass, Tre Hall, Graham Halstead, Piper Goodeve, and Sterling Sulieman (HMH Audio)

Spanish Language

  • Valentine: Amor y furia, Elizabeth Wetmore, narrated by Gabriela Guraieb & Patricia Loranca Ochoa (HarperAudio)


  • Razorblade Tears, S. A. Cosby, narrated by Adam Lazarre-White (Macmillan Audio)
  • Never Far Away, Michael Koryta, narrated by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)

Young Adult

  • The Prison Healer, Lynette Noni, narrated by Jeanette Illidge (HMH Audio)
  • Be Dazzled, Ryan La Sala, narrated by Pete Cross, (Dreamscape)
  • The Project, Courtney Summers, narrated by Therese Plummer & Emily Shaffer (Macmillan Audio)

Young Listeners (Up to Age 8)

  • Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, Debbi Michiko Florence, narrated by Allison Hiroto (OrangeSky Audio)

The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on March 4, 2022. For more information, including a complete list of finalists, see the Audio Publishers Association website.

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