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APA Announces Nominees for 2022 Audie Awards,
Including Best Male and Female Narrators
February 3, 2022

(VOXtra) - The Audio Publishers Association (APA) today announced finalists for the 2022 Audie Awards®, the premier awards program recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment.

The coveted annual awards include the honors of Audiobook of the Year and Best Male and Female Narrators. And winners in all 25 categories will be revealed at the Audie Awards Gala on March 4 from 9pm-10pm EST / 6pm-7pmPST.

Hosted by actor, author, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Kal Penn, the ceremony will be streamed to the public at

"The Audio Publishers Association is proud to announce this year's slate of impressive finalists," said Ana Maria Allessi, President of the APA. "They are a reflection of the continuous growth and popularity of the medium. There's truly something for everyone."

Winners will be determined by industry professionals, including special guest judges:
  • Gigi Gorgeous (critically acclaimed author, LGBTQ+ activist,and co-host of the hit podcast Queerified with Gigi Gorgeous and Mimi), Caitlyn Paxson (writer and book reviewer for NPR), and Anthony Allen Ramos (Executive Producer of the GLAADMedia Awards and official Entertainment Correspondent) will judge the Young Adult category;
  • Kristen Arnett (New York Times bestselling author), Gayle Forman (award-winning author and journalist), and Seija Rankin (Senior Books Editor at Entertainment Weekly) will judge the Audiobook of the Year category.


Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club
by Shakina Nayfack, performed by Shakina Nayfack, Kate Bornstein, Annie Golden, Telly Leung, Jason Tam, Bianca Leigh, Ivory Aquino,Pooya Mohseni, Samy Figaredo, Angelica Ross, Liz Lark Brown, Ita Segev, and Dana AliyaLevinson, published by Audible Originals

The Coldest Case: A Black Book Audio Drama
by James Patterson, Aaron Tracy, and Ryan Silbert, performed by Aaron Paul, Krysten Ritter, Nathalie Emmanuel, Beau Bridges, and a full cast, published by Audible Originals

The Fyodor Dostoevsky BBC Radio Drama Collection
by Fyodor Dostoevsky, performed by Roy Marsden, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Paul Rhys, Nicholas Boulton, Paul Hilton, David Suchet, Barnaby Kay, and Lia Williams, published by BBC Audio/Penguin Random House UK

No-No Boy
by Ken Narasaki, from the novel by John Okada, performed by Greg Watanabe, Kurt Kanazawa, Emily Kuroda, John Miyasaki, Ken Narasaki, Sharon Omi, Joy Osmanski, SabShimono, and Paul Yen, published by L.A. Theatre Works

Sherlock Holmes - The Seamstress of Peckham Rye
by Jonathan Barnes, performed by Nicholas Briggs, Richard Earl, Lucy Briggs-Owen, India Fisher, James Joyce, Anjella MacKintosh, Glen McCready, and Mark Elstob, published by Big Finish Productions


Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir, narrated by Ray Porter, published by Audible Studios

A Promised Land
written and narrated by Barack Obama, published by Penguin Random House Audio

The Storyteller
written and narrated by Dave Grohl, published by Harper Audio

The Sweetness of Water
by Nathan Harris, narrated by William DeMeritt, published by Hachette Audio


Act Like You Got Some Sense
written and narrated by Jamie Foxx, foreword by Corinne Foxx, published by Hachette Audio

The Boys
by Ron Howard and Clint Howard, narrated by Ron Howard, Clint Howard, and Bryce Dallas Howard, published by Harper Audio

Fits and Starts: A Memoir of Living with Epilepsy
by Franziska Thomas, narrated by Tracy Wiles and Franziska Thomas, published by Almost Tangible

Listen Mama
by M.S.P. Williams, narrated by JD Jackson, published by Souls Take Flight

Somebody's Daughter
written and narrated by Ashley C. Ford, published by Macmillan Audio


Hillary Huber for Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner, published by Brilliance Publishing

Julia Whelan for The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, published by Macmillan Audio

Natalie Naudus for The Morning After by Lisa Jackson, published by Brilliance Publishing

Deepti Gupta for The Parted Earth by Anjali Enjeti, published by Novel Audio

Cynthia Erivo for Wild Swan: A Story of Florence Nightingale by Patti Callahan, published by Audible Originals


Lin-Manuel Miranda for Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

John Lithgow for The Didomenico Fragment by Amor Towles, published by Audible Originals

Edoardo Ballerini for Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison, published by Workman Audio

Robert Bathurst for The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny, published by Macmillan Audio

William DeMeritt for The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris, published by Hachette Audio


Badass Habits, written and narrated by Jen Sincero, published by Penguin Random House Audio

Carry On by John Lewis with Kabir Sehgal, foreword by Andrew Young, narrated by Don Cheadle, published by Hachette Audio

Machiavelli for Women, written and narrated by Stacey Vanek Smith, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, written and narrated by Emmanuel Acho, published by Macmillan Audio

What Happened to You?
written and narrated by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry, published by Macmillan Audio


25 cuentos populares de Perú para crecer juntos,
tradición popular (popular tradition), edited byJosé Morán Orti, narrated by Nuria Mediavilla, Nerea Alfonso, Marcel Navarro, and Xavi Fernández, published by VOCA Editorial

Desierto Sonoro
by Valeria Luiselli, narrated by Marina De Tavira, published by Penguin Random House Audio

Gabo y Mercedes: una despedida
written and narrated by Rodrigo García, published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

La casa de Bernarda Alba
by Federico García Lorca, narrated by Gloria Muñoz, Elena González, Rebeca Hernando, Carmen Mayordomo, Marta Poveda, Sol de la Barreda, Beatriz Melgares, Cristina Arias, and Antonio Martínez Asensio, published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Valentine: Amor y furia
by Elizabeth Wetmore, narrated by Gabriela Guraieb and Patricia Loranca Ochoa, published by Harper Audio


Crazy Faith
by Michael Todd, narrated by Aaron Goodson, published by Penguin Random House Audio

The Gift of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois, narrated by Arnell Powell, published by Brilliance Publishing

The Happiest Man on Earth
by Eddie Jaku, narrated by Raphael Corkhill, published by Harper Audio

He Saw That It Was Good
by Sho Baraka and Chris Broussard, narrated by Sho Baraka, ChrisBroussard, Tedashii Anderson, and Nasia Danielle, published by Penguin Random House Audio

Home Sweet Road
by Johnnyswim, narrated by Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano, published by Penguin Random House Audio


The Jasmine Throne
by Tasha Suri, narrated by Shiromi Arserio, published by Hachette Audio

Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower
by Tamsyn Muir, narrated by Moira Quirk, published by Recorded Books

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, published by Macmillan Audio

The Sandman: Act II by Neil Gaiman and 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, published by Audible Originals

The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec, narrated by Jayne Entwistle, published by Penguin Random House Audio


All the Lonely People
by Mike Gayle, narrated by Ben Onwukwe, published by Hachette Audio

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton, narrated by Janina Edwards, Bahni Turpin,James Langton, André De Shields, Dennis Boutsikaris, Steve West, Gabra Zackman, Robin Miles, and a full cast, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, narrated by Julia Whelan, published by Macmillan Audio

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Marin Ireland, and Dion Graham, published by Penguin Random House Audio

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner, narrated by Alana Kerr Collins and Jason Culp, published by Penguin Random House Audio


Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other
written and narrated bySam Heughan and Graham McTavish (with a foreword written and narrated by DianaGabaldon), published by Hodder & Stoughton

Music Is History
written and narrated by Ahmir Khalib Thompson and Questlove (Ahmir KhalibThompson), published by Recorded Books

Somersett: Benjamin Franklin and the Masterminding of American Independence
by Phillip Goodrich, narrated by Robert Petkoff, Joe Morton, Simon Jones, Euan Morton, Nicola Barber, and the author (reading the author's note and afterword), published by Blackstone Publishing and May Wuthrich Productions

The Code Breaker
by Walter Isaacson, narrated by Kathe Mazur with Walter Isaacson, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso
written and performed by Herbert Sigüenza, published by L.A.Theatre Works


Brackish Waters
by Matt Boren, narrated by Christina Applegate, published by Audible Originals

A Carnival of Snackery
by David Sedaris, narrated by David Sedaris and Tracey Ullman, published by Hachette Audio

How Y'all Doing?
written and narrated by Leslie Jordan, published by Harper Audio

The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit
by John V. Petrocelli, narrated by Larry Herron, published by Macmillan Audio

The Seven Day Switch
by Kelly Harms, narrated by Arielle DeLisle and Megan Tusing, published by Brilliance Publishing


All Creatures Great and Small
by James Herriot, narrated by Nicholas Ralph, published by Macmillan Audio

by Jennifer Saint, narrated by Barrie Kreinik, published by Macmillan Audio

Mary Jane
by Jessica Anya Blau, narrated by Caitlin Kinnunen, published by Harper

by Lauren Groff, narrated by Adjoa Andoh, published by Penguin Random House Audio

Moby Dick
by Herman Melville, narrated by Jonathan Epstein, published by Alison Larkin


Class Act
by Jerry Craft, narrated by Nile Bullock, Jesus Del Orden, Guy Lockard, Marc Thompson, Peyton Lusk, Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, JordanCobb, A.J. Beckles, Robin Miles, Ron Butler, Miles Harvey, Kim Mai Guest, Kyla Garcia, and Soneela Nankani, published by Harper Audio

Frankie & Bug
by Gayle Forman, narrated by Stockard Channing, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Playing the Cards You're Dealt
by Varian Johnson, narrated by Dion Graham, published by Scholastic Audio

Stamped (for Kids)
by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul, narrated by Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson, published by Hachette Audio

Temple Alley Summer
by Sachiko Kashiwaba and Avery Fischer Udagawa (translator), narrated by Traci Kato-Kiriyama, published by Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers


The Anatomy of Desire
by L. R. Dorn, narrated by Santino Fontana, Shelby Young, Marin Ireland, JD Jackson, Dan Bittner, Vikas Adam, Gabra Zackman, Fred Berman, Darrell Dennis,Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis, Hillary Huber, Lisa Flanagan, and Sharahn LaRue, published by Harper Audio

Bourdain by Laurie Woolever, narrated by Laurie Woolever, Christopher Bourdain, José Andrés, Nigella Lawson, W. Kamau Bell, Adam Epstein, Alex Getmanov, Alex Lowry, Alison Mosshart, Amy Entelis, Ben Selkow, Beth Aretsky, Bonnie McFarlane, Chris Collins, Christiane Amanpour, Daniel Halpern, Dave McMillan, David Choe, David Rosenthal, Diane Schutz, Eileen Opatut, Fred Morin, Helen Cho, Helen Lang, Hilary Snyder, James Graham, Jared Andrukanis, JasonRezaian, Jeff Allen, Jeff Formosa, Jeff Zucker, Joe Coleman, Joel Rose, John Lurie, Josh Ferrell, Karen Rinaldi, Kimberly Witherspoon, Laurie Barnett, Lenny Mosse, Lizzie Fox, Lolis Elie, Lydia Tenaglia, Maria Bustillos, Matt Goulding, Matt Walsh, Michael Ruhlman, Michael Steed, Mike Ruffino, Morgan Fallon, Mustafa Bhagat, Nari Kye, Natasha Phan, Nathan Thornburgh, Nick Brigden, Panio Gianopoulos, Pat Younge, Patrick Radden Keefe, Patti Jackson, Peter Meehan, Philip Lajaunie, Rennik Soholt, Rob Stone, Robert Vuolo, Robin Standefer, Roy Choi, Sally Freeman, Sam Goldman, Sam Sifton, Sandy Zweig, Shant Petrossian, Steven Tempel, Todd Liebler, Tom Vitale, Web Stone, Whitney Ward, Yeganeh Rezaian, Aspen Miller, Barbara Rosenblat, Billie Fulford-Brown, Cheryl Smith, Dan Bittner, Ewan Chung, Gabra Zackman, George Newbern, Hillary Huber, James Lurie, Jason Culp, Jean Brassard, Joe Knezevich, Oliver Wyman, Rob Shapiro, and Roger Wayne, published by Harper Audio

Four Hundred Souls
edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Amir Abdullah, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Kristen Ariza, Dashawn Barnes, Joshua Bennett, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Andre Blake, Torian Brackett, Donte Bonner, Mahogany L. Browne, Ron Butler, Kellie Carter-Jackson, Brianna Collette, Karen Chilton, Sean Crisden, Keith David, Angela Y. Davis, William DeMeritt, Leonard Dozier, Robin Eller, Kevin R. Free, James Fouhey, Alicia Garza, Dion Graham, Danai Gurira, Jerome Harmann-Hardeman, Jamal Henderson, Ethan Herisse, Susan Heyward, Cary Hite, Dominic Hoffman, Sherrilyn Ifill, James MonroeIglehart, JD Jackson, Zainab Jah, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Sullivan Jones, Peter Francis James,Terrence Kidd, January LaVoy, Adam Lazarre-White, Keylor Leigh, Nicole Lewis, Dennis Logan, Chanté McCormick, Desmond Manny, Jesus Martinez, Heather McGhee, Sheryl Mebane, Robin Miles, Karen Murray, Soneela Nankani, Leon Nixon, Soledad O'Brien, Leslie Odom, Jr., Adenrele Ojo, Genesis Oliver, Prentice Onayemi, Tovah Ott, Morgan Parker, Imani Parks, Lisa Renee Pitts, Imani Jade Powers, Rhett Samuel Price, Bill Quinn, Phylicia Rashad, David Sadzin, Joshua David Scarlett, Heather Alicia Simms, Shayna Small, Patricia Smith, MarishaTapera, Tashi Thomas, Damian Thompson, TL Thompson, Ella Turenne, Bahni Turpin, Anita Welch, Jade Wheeler, Samira Wiley, Zenzi Williams, Mirron Willis, Andia Winslow, Kai Wright,and with co-editors Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, published by Penguin Random House Audio

by Melissa Lenhardt, narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Bailey Carr, Ella Turenne, Nikki Massoud, Natalie Naudus, Imani Jade Powers, and James Fouhey, published by Hachette Audio

by Varian Johnson, narrated by Ahnya O'Riordan, Grace Capeless, Mashari Bain,Malcolm Bowen, Antoinette Comer, André Blake, Armand Xavier, and Rufen-Blanchette, published by Scholastic Audio


The Bucket List
by Peter Mohlin and Peter Nystrom, narrated by Dion Graham, published by Recorded Books

by Stephen King, narrated by Seth Numrich, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Murder in Old Bombay
by Nev March, narrated by Vikas Adam, published by Macmillan Audio

The Man in the Brown Suit
by Agatha Christie, narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir, with John Lee, published by Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media

The Midnight Man
by Caroline Mitchell, narrated by Emma Gregory and Elliot Fitzpatrick, published by Embla Books


All the Rage: A Partial Memoir in Two Acts and a Prologue
written and narrated by Brad Fraser, published by Penguin Random House Canada

Going There
written and narrated by Katie Couric, published by Hachette Audio

A Promised Land
written and narrated by Barack Obama, published by Penguin Random House Audio

Stories to Tell
written and narrated by Richard Marx, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

The Truth About Lies
written and narrated by Aja Raden, published by Brilliance Publishing

Vulnerable AF
written and narrated by Tarriona Ball, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing


written and narrated by Sebastian Junger, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

The Joy of Sweat by Sarah Everts, narrated by Sophie Amoss, published by Penguin Random House Audio

Last Call
by Elon Green, narrated by David Pittu, published by Macmillan Audio

The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism
written and narrated by Dr. Jen Gunter, published by High Bridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story
by Michael Lewis, narrated by Adenrele Ojo, published by Audible Studios

This Is Your Mind on Plants
written and narrated by Michael Pollan, published by Penguin Random House Audio


Beatrix Greene
by Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons, and Vicky Alvear Shecter, narrated by Shiromi Arserio and Alister Austin, published by Realm

written and narrated by Mary Jane Wells, published by Author's Republic

The Man She Never Met
written and narrated by Annie Hulley, published by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

No One Goes Alone
by Erik Larson, narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt and Erik Larson, published by Penguin Random House Audio

Sunset Springs
 by Kacen Callender, narrated by Qamar Yochanan, published by Audible Originals


The Charm Offensive
by Alison Cochrun, narrated by Vikas Adam, Graham Halstead, and Cassandra Campbell, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Mine to Protect
by Kennedy L. Mitchell, narrated by Maxine Mitchell and Teddy Hamilton, published by Blue Nose Audio

by Kylie Scott, narrated by Andi Arndt, published by Audible Originals

Reel: Hollywood Renaissance, Book 1
by Kennedy Ryan, narrated by Eboni Flowers, Jakobi Diem, Nicole Small, and April Christina, published by Scribechick Media LLC, produced by Lyric Audiobooks

The Wrong Heart
written and published by Jennifer Hartmann, narrated by Stefanie Kay and Neill Thorne


Day Zero
by C. Robert Cargill, narrated by Vikas Adam, published by Harper Audio

Orphan Wars
by Scott Moon and J.N. Chaney, narrated by Luke Daniels, published by Podium Audio

Pastel Pink (Book 1 of The Zadok Series)
written and published by Nikki Minty, narrated by Khristine Hvam, James Patrick Cronin, and Jodie Harris

Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir, narrated by Ray Porter, published by Audible Studios

Ready Player Two
by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton, published by Penguin Random
House Audio


The Best American Short Stories 2021
edited by Jesmyn Ward and Heidi Pitlor, 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, published by HMH Audio (HarperCollins)

by 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, published by Penguin Random House Canada

by 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, published by Harper Audio

How It Ends: A Novella
by Rachel Howzell Hall, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, published by Audible Originals

Lyrics for Rock Stars
by Heather Matteus Sappenfield, narrated by Michael Crouch, published by V Press LC


The Last Thing He Told Me
by Laura Dave, narrated by Rebecca Lowman, published by Simon& Schuster Audio

Local Woman Missing
by Mary Kubica, narrated by Brittany Pressley, Jennifer Jill Araya, Gary Tiedemann, and Jesse Vilinsky, published by Harper Audio

Never Far Away
by Michael Koryta, narrated by Robert Petkoff, published by Hachette Audio

The Night She Disappeared
by Lisa Jewell, narrated by Joanne Froggatt, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Razorblade Tears
by S. A. Cosby, narrated by Adam Lazarre-White, published by Macmillan


Be Dazzled
by Ryan La Sala, narrated by Pete Cross, published by Dreamscape Media

Firekeeper's Daughter
by Angeline Boulley, narrated by Isabella Star LaBlanc, published by Macmillan Audio

The Prison Healer
by Lynette Noni, narrated by Jeanette Illidge, published by HMH Audio (HarperCollins)

The Project by Courtney Summers
narrated by Therese Plummer and Emily Shaffer, published by Macmillan Audio
A Sitting in St. James
by Rita Williams-Garcia, narrated by Machelle Williams, published by Harper Audio


Boogie Boogie, Y'all
written and narrated by C. G. Esperanza, published by Harper Audio

The Couch Potato
by Jory John, narrated by Kirby Heyborne, published by Harper Audio

I and I Bob Marley
by Tony Medina, narrated by Jaime Lincoln Smith and Tony Medina, published by Live Oak Media

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
by Debbie Michiko Florence, narrated by Allison Hiroto, published by OrangeSky Audio

Remember to Dream, Ebere
written and narrated by Cynthia Erivo, published by Hachette Audio

Congratulations to all!


The Audie Awards® is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Publishers and rights holders enter titles in various categories for recognition of achievement. Finalists are selected, and from that group one winner is awarded.

To learn more about the 2022 finalists, 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, its programs and how to join, visit

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