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Who Will Win 2023 Audie Awards®? See Finalists
Announced By The Audio Publishers Association
February 23, 2023

(VOXtra) - Finalists for the 2023 Audie Awards® - the premier awards program recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment - were announced today by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), including the prestigious Audiobook of the Year and Best Male and Female Narrators.

Excitement will build until winners in the 26 categories are named and honored at the Audie Awards Gala on March 28. That event will be streamed live to the public from Chelsea Piers' Pier Sixty in New York City.  

"The Audio Publishers Association congratulates all of this year's finalists," says Ana Maria Allessi, President of the APA.

"This year's finalists are representative of the immense talent in the audiobook community and beyond," she adds. "From the recently crowned EGOT recipient Viola Davis to Grammy-winner Paul Simon to audiobook luminaries like Soneela Nankani and Edoardo Ballerini, we're proud of these multi-hyphenates who are helping shape the medium. We look forward to celebrating all of them at the March 28 gala."  

Among the finalists are:


The 1619 Project
Created by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine
Edited by Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman, and Jake Silverstein
Narrated by Nikole Hannah-Jones, January LaVoy, Claudia Rankine, Nikky Finney, Janina Edwards, Dorothy Roberts, Shayna Small, Terrance Hayes, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Yusef Komunyakaa, Eve L. Ewing, Karen Chilton, Aaron Goodson, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Erin Miles, Dominic Hoffman, Adenrele Ojo, Matthew Desmond, Tyehimba Jess, Tim Seibles, Jamelle Bouie, Cornelius Eady, Minka Wiltz, Martha S. Jones, Darryl Pinckney, ZZ Packer, Carol Anderson, Tracy K. Smith, Evie Shockley, Bryan Stevenson, William DeMeritt, Jasmine Mans, Trymaine Lee, A. Van Jordan, Yaa Gyasi, Linda Villarosa, Danez Smith, Terry McMillan, Anthea Butler, Rita Dove, Camille T. Dungy, Wesley Morris, Natasha Trethewey, Joshua Bennett, Chanté McCormick, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Ron Butler, Kevin M. Kruse, Bahni Turpin, Gregory Pardlo, Ibram X. Kendi, JD Jackson, Jason Reynolds, and Sonia Sanchez
Published by Penguin Random House Audio  

Finding Me
Written and narrated by Viola Davis
Published by HarperAudio  

Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon
By Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam
Narrated by Paul Simon, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam
Published by Pushkin Industries  

Remarkably Bright Creatures
By Shelby Van Pelt
Narrated by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie
Published by HarperAudio  

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts
Adapted by Tyler English-Beckwith
Based on the graphic novel by Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martínez
Narrated by DeWanda Wise, Chanté Adams, Jerrie Johnson, Folake Olowofoyeku, Bahni Turpin, Rhian Rees, Karen Malina White, Román Zaragoza, Alex Ubokudom, John Stewart, Blake Cooper Griffin, Tim DeKay, Katherine McNamara, Kate Steele, Matthew Wolf, André Sogliuzzo, and Saundra McClain
Published by Podium Audio  


Joniece Abbott-Pratt for Nightcrawling
By Leila Mottley Published by Penguin Random House Audio  

January LaVoy for Thistlefoot
By GennaRose Nethercott
Published by Penguin Random House Audio  

Stephanie Németh-Parker for NSFW
By Isabel Kaplan
Published by Macmillan Audio  

Thandiwe Newton for War and Peace
By Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Louise Maude and Aylmer Maude
Published by Audible Studios  

Rosamund Pike for The Eye of the World
By Robert Jordan
Published by Macmillan Audio  


Edoardo Ballerini for The Silent Sisters
By Robert Dugoni
Published by Brilliance Publishing  

Scott Brick for Narrator
By Landon Beach
Published by Brick by Brick Audiobooks  

JD Jackson for The Violin Conspiracy
By Brendan Slocumb
Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Seth Numrich for Fairy Tale
By Stephen King
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio  

John Pirhalla for Sleepwalk
By Dan Chaon
Published by Macmillan Audio  


To see the finalists in all categories, visit:

AudioFile Magazine offers more about finalists here:

And for more about the March 28 Audies Gala and in-person tickets to the event, visit:

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) is a not-for-profit trade organization whose primary goals are to promote awareness of the audiobook industry, gather and disseminate industry statistics, encourage high production standards and represent the interests of audiobook publishers. Since 1986, the APA has worked to bring audio publishers together to increase interest in audiobooks. For more information about the APA, visit

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