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2021 AUDIE AWARDS®
The 2021 Audie Awards® Gala Spans Worldwide
In Lively Virtual Event. And The Winners Are ...
March 23, 2021

(VOXtra) - The audiobook world's biggest annual night was truly a global affair last evening as the Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the 2021 winners of the coveted Audie Awards® for outstanding achievement, in a virtual edition of the 26th annual Audie Awards Gala.

It was indeed a big night for audiobook narrator Robin Miles (pictured above), who won two Audies - as Best Female Narrator and as narrator of the Fantasy category winning audiobook The City We Became.

Actor/narrator Laurence Fishburne also won twice, as Best Male Narrator and narrator of the Autobiography/Memoir category winner, The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley.


And author Susan Clark's Piranesi, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (pictured) published by Bloomsbury PLC, was honored as Audiobook of the Year.

Judges particularly cited Ejiofor's narration as "a triumph of tone," a reading that "perfectly complements the author's intent," and one that "masterfully pulls us through the fog."

You can see all winners below.

PJ, SUZANNE & JOHN

Acclaimed audioboook narrators PJ Ochlan and Suzanne Elise Freeman eased into genial on-camera roles as hosts of the fast-moving Red Carpet welcome - a clever blend of live and recorded interviews with narrators and publishers, and a growing audience of thumbnail video viewers.

Early interviewee Michele Cobb, the APA's Executive Director, noted excitement to be connecting the Gala to a worldwide online audience - with more attendees than typical at the New York city in-person events.

Yet she added that there were "many challenges to presenting this virtually."

And it was perhaps a data overload of it all that caused audio/video synching problems and a 30-minute or so shut down of the program. The Gala resumed, right from the recorded start, on the APA's YouTube channel - where you can watch the entire recorded event now (don't miss the quick pan down to whatever Scott Brick was wearing).

Unfazed by the tech delay, emcee actor/narrator John Leguizamo launched a monologue of hilarious quips yet seriously praised the audiobook industry's diversity among finalists.

"The women, the LGBTQ community, my Latinx brothers and sisters, and overall, so, so many people of color. The audiobook industry has achieved a level of inclusivity and representation that other industries can only aspire to," he said.

And with that ...

THE 2021 AUDIE WINNERS ARE ...

Narrators Vikas Adam, January LaVoy and Jane Santos announced the finalists in each category and, when presenters opened the envelopes, the winners. Congratulations to all!

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, published by Bloomsbury PLC 

AUDIO DRAMA
Doctor Who - Stranded 1, by Matt Fitton, David K Barnes, Lisa McMullin, and John Dorney, performed by Paul McGann, Nicola Walker, Hattie Morahan, Rebecca Root, Tom Price, and Tom Baker, published by Big Finish Productions  

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, by Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, published by Audible, Inc.  

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR
The City We Became, by N. K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio  

BEST MALE NARRATOR
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, by Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, published by Audible, Inc.  

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life, by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, narrated by Tovah Feldshuh, published by Simon & Schuster Audio  

FAITH-BASED FICTION & NON-FICTION
Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire, written and narrated by Jen Hatmaker, published by Thomas Nelson  

FANTASY
The City We Became, by N. K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio  

FICTION
Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid, narrated by Nicole Lewis, published by Penguin Random House Audio  

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, by Jon Meacham, with an afterword by John Lewis, narrated by JD Jackson, published by Penguin Random House Audio  

HUMOR
A Very Punchable Face, written and narrated by Colin Jost, published by Penguin Random House Audio  

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS
The Death of Vivek Oji, by Akwaeke Emezi, narrated by Yetide Badaki and Chukwudi Iwuji, published by Penguin Random House Audio  

MIDDLE GRADE
The Good Hawk, by Joseph Elliott, narrated by Fiona Hardingham and Gary Furlong, published by Brilliance Publishing  

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo, narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte, published by HarperAudio  

MYSTERY
Fair Warning, by Michael Connelly, narrated by Peter Giles and Zach Villa, published by Hachette Audio  

NARRATION BY AUTHOR OR AUTHORS
More Myself, written and narrated by Alicia Keys, published by Macmillan Audio  

NON-FICTION
Fire in Paradise, by Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano, narrated by T. Ryder Smith, published by Recorded Books  

ORIGINAL WORK
When You Finish Saving the World, by Jesse Eisenberg, narrated by Finn Wolfhard, Kaitlyn Dever, and Jesse Eisenberg, published by Audible Originals  

ROMANCE
Dirty Letters, by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, narrated by Andi Arndt and Jacob Morgan, published by Brilliance Publishing  

SCIENCE FICTION
The Deep, by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes, narrated by Daveed Diggs, published by Simon & Schuster Audio  

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
The Chekhov Collection of Short Stories, by Anton Chekhov, narrated by Richard Armitage, published by Audible Studios  

SPANISH LANGUAGE
El laberinto del fauno, by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke, narrated by Luis Ávila, published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial México  

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
When No One Is Watching, by Alyssa Cole, narrated by Susan Dalian and Jay Aaseng, published by HarperAudio  

YOUNG ADULT
Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo, narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte, published by HarperAudio  

YOUNG LISTENERS
The Overground Railroad, by Lesa Cline-Ransome, narrated by Shayna Small and Dion Graham, published by Live Oak Media  

FOR MORE ...

The Audie Awards is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. For more, visit www.audiopub.org/winners/2021-audies.

The Audio Publishers Association is a not-for-profit trade organization comprised of publishers, narrators and other affiliated with the industry. For more - including how to join, visit www.audiopub.org.


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