Audio Publishers Association: 2024 Audie Awards Shortlists

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

The Audio Publishers Association’s Audie Awards create an ‘APA Choice’ honor for high-flying audiobooks. Winners named March 4 in LA.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

A ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ Category Eliminated
The annual Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association have today issued their 2024 shortlist of finalists, this year growing again to 27 categories. That keeps them in that trio of most heavily categorized book and publishing prize programs, the other two contests of such heaving weight being the British Book Awards and the PROSE awards in the academic arena.

This year with its March 4 announcement ceremony set for Los Angeles (the first time since 2008 that the show will be in California), the program’s media messaging is dropping plenty of entertainment names, a way that marketers, of course, have been working for several years to raise the celebrity-coattails profile of audiobooks by parading their best-known readers to gain the attention of consumers. Without the visual appeal or extraordinary reach of film and television, audio’s battle for buzz can be tougher.

In a reflection of the current interest in diversity, equality, and inclusion, the program has changed the names of two categories. The Best Male Narrator and Best Female Narrator categories have become Best Fiction Narrator and Best Nonfiction Narrator.

Sean McManus

Sean McManus, who is the president both of Dreamscape and of the Audio Publishers Association, is quoted with today’s release of the finalists in this year’s competition, saying that the organization is “proud to announce category reforms and recognitions that reflect the rich tapestry of the world of audio and literary entertainment.”

Narration is not changing, apparently, being the industry’s favorite term for the work of the performer in voicing an audiobook, although narration means, per Merriam-Webster, “the act or process of telling the particulars of an act, occurrence, or course of events.” Those who voice audiobooks—some with profoundly good effect, of course—actually are readers. They read the texts in question rather than telling you about them, which is closer to the work of a narrator.

One way that the Audies are like most book and publishing prize programs is that they still don’t provide the news media with insights into how their accolades move the audiobook sales needle (or don’t). It would be helpful to know how much these honors for so much fine audiobook production can mean in the marketplace.

In the United Kingdom, the industry has benefited from seeing the Booker Prize Foundation, the Baillie Gifford Prize, and the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding share information about what effects its awards have on sales, and this is very helpful to the world publishing industry in assessing the actual value of so many accolades and their accompanying seals of approval and “golden stickers” for winning products.

It would be just as good to see the Audies consider following up after a period of some weeks following the awards event, and offering what sales energy can be discerned in the marketplace for products awarded. How much does an Audie win do for an audiobook?

In a way, of course, this is what’s behind the announcement of a new “APA Choice” recognition, described by the Audies’ organizers as honoring “audiobooks that not only captivated listeners but also became cultural phenomena.” The phenomenon in question, of course, is most easily measured by sales. Chosen this year for their “phenomenal” status are Fourth Wing, Never Finished, Spare, The Covenant of Water, and The Woman in Me. It would be doubly informative for the industry to learn just what impact on sales the attention of the Audies produces for these big titles.

The 2024 Audio Awards Finalists

Audiobook of the Year

All the Sinners Bleed

  • By S.A. Cosby
  • Narrated by Adam Lazarre-White
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Inside Voice: My Obsession with How We Sound

  • Written and narrated by Lake Bell
  • Published by Pushkin Industries

Sing a Black Girl’s Song

  • By Ntozake Shange, edited by Imani Perry, foreword by Tarana Burke
  • Narrated by Alfre Woodard, D. Woods, Regina Taylor, Lynn Whitfield, Okwui Okpokwasili, Ifa Bayeza, Imani Perry, Robin Miles, Tarana Burke, and Savannah Shange
  • Published by Hachette Audio

Surrender

  • Written and narrated by Bono
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Tom Lake

  • By Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by Meryl Streep
  • Published by HarperAudio

Audio Drama

None of This Is True

  • By Lisa Jewell
  • Performed by Nicola Walker and Louise Brealey with a full cast including Kristin Atherton, Ayesha Antoine, Alix Dunmore, Elliot Fitzpatrick, Lisa Jewell, Thomas Judd, Dominic Thorburn, and Jenny Walser
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia

  • By Josh Azouz
  • Performed by Laila Ayad, Tara Lynne Barr, Patrick Heusinger, Daniel David Stewart, Simon Templeman, and Pej Vahdat
  • Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Red Rising

  • By Pierce Brown
  • Performed by Stewart Crank, John Kielty, Richard Rohan, Stephanie Nemeth-Parker, Jenna Sharpe, Kay Eluvian, Jon Vertullo, Ian Russell, Alejandro Ruiz, Andrew Colford, Bradley Foster Smith, and a full cast
  • Published by Graphic Audio

Star Wars: The Battle of Jedha (The High Republic)

  • By George Mann
  • Performed by Raphael Corkhill, Kristen Sieh, Christian Barillas, Jonathan Davis, Sean Kenin Elias-Reyes, James Fouhey, Neil Hellegers, Philip Hernandez, Catherine Ho, David Lee Huynh, Sullivan Jones, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Kathleen McInerney, Brandon McInnis, Cassandra Morris, John Pirkis, Salli Saffioti, Marc Thompson, and Shannon Tyo
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Third Eye

  • By Felicia Day
  • Performed by Felicia Day, Neil Gaiman, Sean Astin, Lily Pichu, London Hughes, Wil Wheaton, Hudson Yang, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, and Christopher Judge
  • Published by Audible Originals

Autobiography/Memoir

Behind the Seams

  • Written and narrated by Dolly Parton, Holly George-Warren, and Rebecca Seaver
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

La Finca: Love, Loss, and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island

  • Written and narrated by Corky Parker
  • Published by Lantern Audio

Making It So

  • Written and narrated by Patrick Stewart
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

A Place for Us

  • Written and narrated by Brandon J. Wolf
  • Published by Brilliance Publishing

Saved

  • Written and narrated by Benjamin Hall
  • Published by HarperAudio

Best Fiction Narrator

Billie Fulford-Brown for The Last Lifeboat

  • By Hazel Gaynor
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Ethan Hawke for The Eyes and the Impossible

  • By Dave Eggers
  • Published by Listening Library

Marni Penning for Johanna Porter Is Not Sorry

  • By Sara Read
  • Published by Harlequin Audio

Meryl Streep for Tom Lake

  • By Ann Patchett
  • Published by HarperAudio

Eunice Wong for Land of Milk and Honey

  • By C Pam Zhang
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Best Nonfiction Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini for The Art Thief

  • By Michael Finkel
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Dion Graham for King: A Life

  • By Jonathan Eig
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Dion Graham for The Lost Sons of Omaha

  • By Joe Sexton
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Dion Graham for The Wager

  • By David Grann
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Michelle Williams for The Woman in Me

  • By Britney Spears
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Business/Personal Development

Diva 2.0: 12 Life Lessons from Me for You

  • Written and narrated by Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • Published by Recorded Books

The Light We Carry

  • Written and narrated by Michelle Obama
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Please Unsubscribe, Thanks

  • Written and narrated by Julio Vincent Gambuto
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking

  • Written and narrated by Mehdi Hasan
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

The Wisdom of Morrie

  • By Morrie Schwartz, edited by Rob Schwartz
  • Narrated by Rob Schwartz and Steven Weber
  • Published by Blackstone Publishing

Erotica

Anger Bang

  • By Avery Flynn
  • Narrated by Kirsten Leigh and Lance Greenfield
  • Published by Recorded Books

Goal

  • By Alexandria House
  • Narrated by Jakobi Diem and Nicole Small
  • Published by Pink Cashmere Publishing

Sabbatical

  • By Katrina Jackson
  • Narrated by Mari and Oscar Reyes
  • Published by Sea Port Press

Salt Kiss

  • By Sierra Simone
  • Narrated by Oscar Reyes
  • Published by Sierra Simone, Produced by Lyric Audiobooks

Soul Eater (Monstrous, Book 1)

  • By Lily Mayne
  • Narrated by Michael Lesley
  • Published by Podium Audio

Español

Con Luz Propia

  • By Michelle Obama, translated by Gabriel Dols Gallardo, Efrén Del Valle Peñamil, Raúl Sastre Letona, and Carlos Abreu Fetter
  • Narrated by Jane Santos
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha

  • By Miguel de Cervantes
  • Narrated by Israel Elejalde, Pedro Casablanc, Pepe Viyuela, Víctor Clavijo, María Agúndez, Íñigo Álvarez de Lara, Eugenio Barona, Sol de la Barreda, Laura Carrero del Tío, David Carrillo, Raúl García Arrondo, Óscar Goikoetxea, Eugenio Gómez, Rebeca Hernando, Paula Iwasaki, Arturo Lopez, Ariana Martínez, Antonio Martínez Asensio, Íñigo Montero, Juan Ochoa, Pepe Ocio, Javier Portugués “Portu”, Ignacio Rengel, Diego Rousselon, Asier Sola, Charo Soria, Fernando Soto, and Elsa Veiga.
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

La Guardiana de Recuerdos de Kyiv

  • By Erin Litteken
  • Narrated by Eva Coll and Marta Moreno
  • Published by BookaVivo

Verte Regresar: los 43+

  • By Luis Alberto Gónzalez Arenas
  • Narrated by Luis Alberto Gónzalez Arenas and Clivia Torres
  • Published by Audible Originals

Vincent, Girasoles Contra el Mundo

  • By Mario Iván Martínez
  • Narrated by Mario Iván Martínez, Diego Jáuregui, Luaura Luz, Salvador Petrola, Carlos Pascual, Luly Reve, Memije, and Paula Comaduran
  • Published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial México

Faith-Based Fiction or Nonfiction

Dark Fall

  • By Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Published by Tyndale House Publishers

Once We Were Home

  • By Jennifer Rosner
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman and Vikas Adam
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Six Sermons

  • By Asa Merritt
  • Narrated by Stephanie Hsu and a full cast
  • Published by Audible Originals

Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution

  • Written and narrated by Rainn Wilson
  • Published by Hachette Audio

The Year of Jubilee

  • By Cindy Morgan
  • Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson
  • Published by Recorded Books

Fantasy

The Dragon Reborn

  • By Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by Rosamund Pike
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

The God of Endings

  • By Jacqueline Holland
  • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Red Rabbit

  • By Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by John Pirhalla
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Starling House

  • By Alix E. Harrow
  • Narrated by Natalie Naudus
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Tread of Angels

  • By Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Fiction

Birnam Wood

  • By Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • Published by Audible Studios

Maame

  • By Jessica George
  • Narrated by Heather Agyepong
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

One Blood

  • By Denene Millner
  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, and Tina Lifford
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Tom Lake

  • By Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by Meryl Streep
  • Published by HarperAudio

Yellowface

  • By R.F. Kuang
  • Narrated by Helen Laser
  • Published by HarperAudio

History/Biography

Elon Musk

  • By Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by Jeremy Bobb and Walter Isaacson
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk

  • By Buddy Levy
  • Narrated by Will Damron
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Goodbye Christopher Robin: A.A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh

  • By Ann Thwaite, preface by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

King: A Life

  • By Jonathan Eig
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

The Wager

  • By David Grann
  • Narrated by Dion Graham with David Grann
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Humor

How to Survive History

  • By Cody Cassidy
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Leslie F*cking Jones

  • Written and narrated by Leslie Jones, foreword by Chris Rock
  • Published by Hachette Audio

No One Leaves the Castle

  • By Christopher Healy
  • Narrated by Jessica Almasy
  • Published by HarperAudio

Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs

  • Written and narrated by Jamie Loftus
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Uncle of the Year

  • By Andrew Rannells
  • Narrated by Andrew Rannells
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Judges’ Category: UK-Produced Audiobook
Sponsored by the UK Publishers Association, Audio Publishers Group

Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt

  • By Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker
  • Narrated by Richard Armitage and Tuppence Middleton
  • Published by Pan Macmillan

The Ice Children

  • By M.G. Leonard
  • Narrated by Helen Keeley, Izabella Dziewanska, Josh Zaré, Pete Gold, Carlyss Peer, Luke Harper, M.G. Leonard, Charlie Piper, George Neilly, Kaiah Coombes, Luke Howitt, Annabella Panayiotou, Shekhina Crellin, Laura Doddington, and Richard Reed
  • Published by Audible Studios

Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History

  • By Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by Clare Corbett, Tania Rodrigues, Nneka Okoye, James Goode, Joe Jameson, and Philippa Gregory
  • Published by HarperCollins Publishers

The Party

  • By Nora Valters
  • Narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Published by Dreamscape Media

Someone Else’s Shoes

  • By Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by Daisy Ridley
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio UK

Literary Fiction and Classics

Harold and Maude

  • By Colin Higgins
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • Published by Blackstone Publishing

The Iliad

  • By Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
  • Narrated by Audra McDonald
  • Published by Audible Studios

The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece

  • By Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by Tom Hanks, with a full cast including Rita Wilson, Peter Gerety, Natalie Morales, Ego Nwodim, Nasim Pedrad, Connor Ratliff, Holland Taylor, Frankie Corzo, Hillary Huber, David Lee Huynh, Sean Patrick Hopkins, JD Jackson, January LaVoy, and Oliver Wyman
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Oliver Twist

  • By Charles Dickens, adapted by Marty Ross, presented by Sam Mendes
  • Narrated by Brian Cox, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicola Coughlan, Adeel Akhtar, Lucian Msamati, Paapa Essiedu, Kit Connor, Diane Morgan, Julia Davis, Nick Mohammed, Patricia Allison, Emilio Villa Muhammad, and Elijah Wolf
  • Published by Audible Studios

The Quest of the Silver Fleece

  • By W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Published by Blackstone Publishing with Skyboat Media

Middle Grade

Big Tree

  • By Brian Selznick
  • Narrated by Meryl Streep
  • Published by Scholastic Audio

Elf Dog and Owl Head

  • By M.T. Anderson
  • Narrated by Pete Cross
  • Published by Dreamscape Media

School Trip

  • By Jerry Craft
  • Narrated by Dereje Tarrant, Nile Bullock, Guy Lockard, Marc Thompson, Kaian Lilien, Dan Bittner, Ron Butler, Kim Mai Guest, Miles Harvey, January LaVoy, Robin Miles, Rebecca Soler, and Phoebe Strole
  • Published by HarperAudio

Simon Sort of Says

  • By Erin Bow
  • Narrated by Will Collyer
  • Published by Disney-Hyperion

What Happened to Rachel Riley?

  • By Claire Swinarski
  • Narrated by Ferdelle Capistrano, Alexandra Hunter, Karla Serrato, Gail Shalan, Reena Dutt, Caitlin Davies, Andrew Eiden, and Kirby Heyborne
  • Published by HarperAudio

Multivoiced Performance

Coleman Hill

  • By Kim Coleman Foote
  • Narrated by Bahni Turpin and Dion Graham
  • Published by Zando

The Ghost Sequences

  • By A.C. Wise
  • Narrated by Erica Sullivan, Traber Burns, Andrew Gibson, Bradford Hastings, Kate Mulligan, Kevin Kenerly, Alex Boyles, Krystal Hammond, Hillary Huber, and Emily Lawrence
  • Published by Blackstone Publishing

No Two Persons

  • By Erica Bauermeister
  • Narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Braden Wright, Carol Jacobanis, Cassandra Campbell, Gabra Zackman, George Newbern, Jesse Vilinsky, Max Meyers, Rachel L. Jacobs, and Stephen Graybill
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Sing Her Down

  • By Ivy Pochoda
  • Narrated by Frankie Corzo, Kimberly M. Wetherell, Sophie Amoss, and Victoria Villarreal
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane

  • By David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker
  • Narrated by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Arne Schmidt, Barry Diller, Beau Bridges, Bill Hader, Bob Weiss, David Zucker, Dick Chudnow, Hunt Lowry, James Murray, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jimmy Kimmel, Joe Praino, and a full cast
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Mystery

The Golden Gate

  • By Amy Chua
  • Narrated by Robb Moreira, Tim Campbell, and Suzanne Toren
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

A Line in the Sand

  • By Kevin Powers
  • Narrated by Christine Lakin
  • Published by Hachette Audio

Murder Your Employer

  • By Rupert Holmes
  • Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Vance
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

  • By Jesse Q. Sutanto
  • Narrated by Eunice Wong
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

A World of Curiosities

  • By Louise Penny
  • Narrated by Robert Bathurst
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Narration by the Author(s)

The Covenant of Water

  • Written and narrated by Abraham Verghese
  • Published by Recorded Books

It. Goes. So. Fast.; The Year of No Do-Overs

  • Written and narrated by Mary Louise Kelly
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

The Light We Carry

  • Written and narrated by Michelle Obama
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Making It So

  • Written and narrated by Patrick Stewart
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Sisters of the Lost Marsh

  • Written and narrated by Lucy Strange
  • Published by Scholastic Audio

Nonfiction

Fire Weather

  • By John Vaillant
  • Narrated by Alan Carlson
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Poverty, by America

  • By Matthew Desmond
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal

  • By Bettina L. Love
  • Narrated by Karen Chilton with an introduction read by the author
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

A Refugee’s American Dream: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the U.S. Secret Service

  • By Leth Oun; contribution by Joe Samuel Starnes
  • Narrated by Tim Lounibos
  • Published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

Shakespeare Was a Woman and Other Heresies

  • By Elizabeth Winkler
  • Narrated by Eunice Wong
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Original Work

The Debutante

  • Written and narrated by Jon Ronson
  • Published by Audible Originals

Exodus: The Shanghai Jews

  • By Kate McAll
  • Performed by Edyta Brychta, Michael Canavan, Shannon Cochran, Arye Gross, Anna Mathias, Alan Shearman, André Sogliuzzo, and Joanne Whalley
  • Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Fort Unicorn and the Duchess of Knothing: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter

  • By Andrea Nelson
  • Narrated by Andrea Nelson and Kristina Stadler
  • Published by Audio for the Arts

Hellboy: A Plague of Wasps

  • By Christopher Golden
  • Narrated by Jasmine Hyde, Scott McCormick, Stewart Crank, Carolla Parmejano, Sebastian Zancanaro, Peter Holdway, Kay Eluvian, Bia Borin, Vinicius Faria Zinn, Stephanie Nemeth-Parker, and Eric Messner
  • Published by Graphic Audio

Nirvana: The Amplifications

  • Written and narrated by Michael Azerrad
  • Published by HarperAudio

Romance

Ten Things That Never Happened

  • By Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by Will Watt
  • Published by Dreamscape Media

Big Witch Energy

  • By Molly Harper
  • Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Amanda Ronconi
  • Published by Audible Originals

Butcher and Blackbird

  • By Brynne Weaver
  • Narrated by Joe Arden and Lucy Rivers
  • Published by Blue Nose Publishing

French Holiday

  • By Sarah Ready
  • Narrated by Kelsey Navarro Foster
  • Published by W.W. Crown

The True Love Experiment

  • By Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by Jonathan Cole and Cindy Kay
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Science Fiction

Cassandra in Reverse

  • By Holly Smale
  • Narrated by Kristin Atherton
  • Published by HarperAudio

The Deep Sky

  • By Yume Kitasei
  • Narrated by Sarah Skaer
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Dual Memory

  • By Sue Burke
  • Narrated by André Santana
  • Published by Dreamscape Media

Wool

  • By Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • Published by Blackstone Publishing

The World We Make

  • By N.K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • Published by Hachette Audio

Short Stories/Collections

The Adventures of Finn MacCool and Other Irish Folk Tales

  • Edited and narrated by Liam Gerrard
  • Published by Raconteurs Audio

The Best American Short Stories 2023

  • By Min Jin Lee and Heidi Pitlor
  • Narrated by Laura Copland, Jeena Yi, Pascale Armand, Korey Jackson, Will Tulin, Katharine Chin, Mirai, Micky Shiloah, Nikki Massoud, Dylan Moore, Thabang Makhubelak, Elyse Dinh, Johnny Rey Diaz, Em Grosland, and Elena Rey
  • Published by HarperAudio

A Guest at the Feast

  • Written and narrated by Colm Tóibín
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Obsession Collection

  • By Nita Prose, B.A. Paris, Minka Kent, Julie Clark, Chris Bohjalian, and Alyssa Cole
  • Narrated by Susan Dalian, Kimberly Woods, Jess Nahikian, Will Watt, Grace Experience, Frankie Corzo, Carly Robins, Susan Ericksen, Amy McFadden, and Susannah Jones
  • Published by Brilliance Publishing

Wild and Precious: A Celebration of Mary Oliver

  • By Mary Oliver, with the contributions by Sophia Bush, Ross Gay, Samin Nosrat, Rainn Wilson, and Susan Cain
  • Narrated by Sophia Bush
  • Published by Pushkin Industries

Thriller/Suspense

All the Sinners Bleed

  • By S.A. Cosby
  • Narrated by Adam Lazarre-White
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

Bad Cree

  • By Jessica Johns
  • Narrated by Tanis Parenteau
  • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

I Will Find You

  • By Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by Steven Weber
  • Published by Brilliance Publishing

None of This Is True

  • By Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by Nicola Walker, Louise Brealey, and a full cast including Kristin Atherton, Ayesha Antoine, Alix Dunmore, Elliot Fitzpatrick, Lisa Jewell, Thomas Judd, Dominic Thorburn, and Jenny Walser
  • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

The Woodkin

  • By Alexander James
  • Narrated by Alex Knox
  • Published by CamCat Books

Young Adult

Beholder

  • By Ryan La Sala
  • Narrated by Vikas Adam
  • Published by Scholastic Audio

One Night in a Thousand Years

  • By Craig Cunningham
  • Narrated by James Van Der Beek
  • Published by Kent Studio

Savi and the Memory Keeper

  • By Bijal Vachharajani
  • Narrated by Soneela Nankani
  • Published by Blackstone Publishing

Stolen Heir

  • By Holly Black
  • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • Published by Hachette Audio

This Terrible True Thing

  • By Jenny Laden
  • Narrated by Gail Shalan
  • Published by Blackstone Publishing

This Winter: A Heartstopper Novella

  • By Alice Oseman
  • Narrated by Jenny Walser, Joe Jameson, and Aaron Barashi
  • Published by Scholastic Audio

Young Listeners

Carina Felina

  • Written and narrated by Carmen Agra Deedy
  • Published by Scholastic Audio

I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know

  • Written and narrated by Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson
  • Published by Macmillan Audio

The Skull

  • By Jon Klassen
  • Narrated by Fairuza Balk and Jon Klassen
  • Published by Dreamscape Media

There Was a Party for Langston

  • Written and narrated by Jason Reynolds
  • Published by Recorded Books

Twelve Dinging Doorbells

  • By Tameka Fryer Brown
  • Narrated by January LaVoy
  • Published by Listening Library

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.