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Barack Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among Audie Awards Winners


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The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the winners on Friday in a virtual ceremony hosted by Kal Penn.

The night’s top honor went to Project Hail Mary written by Andy Weir, narrated by Ray Porter, and published by Audible Studios, winning audiobook of the year. The audiobook of the year category was judged by New York Times bestselling author Kristen Arnett, author and journalist Gayle Forman and Seija Rankin (Senior Books Editor at Entertainment Weekly).

“The audio of Project Hail Mary did exactly what I want an audiobook to do, which is to use the medium to expand the story,” said Forman. “If this Sci-Fi book could make a fan out of me, a lover of contemporary realistic fiction, it could definitely win over any first-time audio listeners.”

Other winners included Miranda, who won for best male narrator for the production of Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World, and Jordan, who won in the best humor category for his memoir How Y’all Doing? 

Obama won in the best narration by the author category for the narration of his memoir A Promised Land, published by Penguin Random House Audio.

Ryan La Sala’s Be Dazzled, narrated by Pete Cross, and published by Dreamscape Media won the young adult Audie Award. The young adult category was judged by author, activist and co-host of the hit podcast Queerified with Gigi Gorgeous and Mimi Gigi Gorgeous, writer and NPR book reviewer Caitlyn Paxson and Anthony Allen Ramos (Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards and official entertainment correspondent).

A full list of winners follows.

Audiobook of the Year

Project Hail Mary       

Written by Andy Weir

Narrated by Ray Porter

Published by Audible Studios

Audio Drama

Sherlock Holmes – The Seamstress of Peckham Rye

Written 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


Somebody’s Daughter

Written and narrated by Ashley C. Ford

Published by Macmillan Audio

Best Female Narrator 

Deepti Gupta

The Parted Earth

Written by Anjali Enjeti

Published by Novel Audio

Best Male Narrator 

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

Written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Business/Personal Development 

Machiavelli for Women

Written and narrated by Stacey Vanek Smith

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Español- Spanish Language 

La casa de Bernarda Alba

Written 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

Faith-Based Fiction nor Non-Fiction

The Gift of Black Folk

Written by W.E.B. Du Bois

Narrated by Arnell Powell

Published by Brilliance Publishing


Rhythm of War

Written by Brandon Sanderson

Narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading

Published by Macmillan Audio


The Final Revival of Opal & Nev       

Written 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


Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other

Written and narrated by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish (with a foreword written and narrated by Diana Gabaldon)

Published by Hodder & Stoughton


How Y’all Doing?

Written and narrated by Leslie Jordan

Published by HarperAudio

Literary Fiction & Classics

All Creatures Great and Small

Written by James Herriot

Narrated by Nicholas Ralph

Published by Macmillan Audio

Middle Grade

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

Written by Varian Johnson

Narrated by Dion Graham

Published by Scholastic Audio

Multi-Voiced Performance


Written 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



Written by Stephen King

Narrated by Seth Numrich

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Narration By the Author(s)

A Promised Land

Written and narrated by Barack Obama

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


The Joy of Sweat

Written by Sarah Everts

Narrated by Sophie Amoss

Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Original Work


Written and narrated by Mary Jane Wells

Published by Author’s Republic


Reel: Hollywood Renaissance, Book 1

Written by Kennedy Ryan

Narrated by Eboni Flowers, Jakobi Diem, Nicole Small, and April Christina

Published by Scribechick Media LLC, Produced by Lyric Audiobooks

Science Fiction

Project Hail Mary

Written by Andy Weir

Narrated by Ray Porter

Published by Audible Studios

Short Stories/ Collections


Written 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 HarperAudio


Local Woman Missing

Written by Mary Kubica

Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Jennifer Jill Araya, Gary Tiedemann, and Jesse Vilinsky Published by HarperAudio

Young Adult

Be Dazzled

Written by Ryan La Sala

Narrated by Pete Cross

Published by Dreamscape Media

Young Listeners 

I and I Bob Marley

Written by Tony Medina

Narrated by Jaime Lincoln Smith

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