Audie Award finalists: your next great listen

Al Woodworth on February 05, 2020

AdobeStock_162253625.jpegNeed a new audio book to listen to? Look no further than the recently announced finalists for the 25th annual Audie Awards, which recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

The finalists for the Best Audiobook of the year included actors like Meryl Streep who lent her voice to the classic Charlotte's Web, Tom Hanks to Ann Patchett's The Dutch House, Ann Dowd to Margaret Atwood's The Testaments (which we named the Best Book of 2019--check out our interview here), and Nathan Lane to Angels in America, alongside former First Lady, Michele Obama who wrote and narrated her bestselling memoir, Becoming. Other categories include Fiction, History/Biography, Autobiography/Memoir, Humor, Mystery, and Young Adult. The Audie Award winners will be named on March 2.

So, find your headphones, turn on your speaker, turn up the volume, and get ready to listen! 

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Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner, narrated by Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough and a full cast

Becoming written and narrated by Michelle Obama

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, narrated by Meryl Streep and a full cast

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, narrated by Tom Hanks

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff, narrated by a full cast with Holter Graham

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal and Margaret Atwood


The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer, narrated by Therese Plummer

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris, narrated by Louise Brealey

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, narrated by Blair Brown

Colombiano by Rusty Young, narrated by Rusty Young and Brian J. Ramos

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell, narrated by Karina Fernandez


American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley, narrated by Stephen Graybill

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch, narrated by Scott Brick

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep, narrated by Hillary Huber

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin, narrated by January LaVoy

Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy by Dan Abrams and David Fisher, narrated by Roger Wayne and Dan Abrams


Becoming written and narrated by Michelle Obama

From Scratch written and narrated by Tembi Locke

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John, narrated by Taron Egerton and Elton John

MotherStruck! written and narrated by Staceyann Chin

Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood written and narrated by Andrew Rannells


Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong, narrated by Ali Wong and Justin Hakuta

Idiot written and narrated by Laura Clery

More Bedtime Stories for Cynics by Kirsten Kearse, Gretchen Enders, Aparna Nancherla, Cirocco Dunlap, and Dave Hill, narrated by Nick Offerman, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Ellen Page, Jane Lynch, John Waters, Anjelica Huston, Wendell Pierce, Mike Birbiglia, Rachel Dratch, Matt Walsh, Nicole Byer, Harry Goaz, Aisling Bea, and Gary Anthony Williams

Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations written and narrated by Craig Ferguson

A Woman First: First Woman written and narrated by Selina Meyer


Along Came a Spider by James Patterson, narrated by Taye Diggs

The Boy by Tami Hoag, narrated by Hillary Huber

The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup, narrated by Peter Noble

The Lost Man by Jane Harper, narrated by Stephen Shanahan

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke, narrated by Will Patton


Blood in the Water by Jack Flynn, narrated by Dion Graham

Freefall by Jessica Barry, narrated by Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker, and MacLeod Andrews

The Institute by Stephen King, narrated by Santino Fontana

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman, narrated by Susan Bennett

Winter Dark by Alex Callister, narrated by Ell Potter


Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, narrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Jeanne Birdsall, Richard Ferrone, Jenna Lamia, and a full cast

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian, narrated by Lauren Ambrose, Vikas Adam, and Michael Crouch

Lovely War by Julie Berry, narrated by Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry, Dion Graham, Fiona Hardingham, John Lee, Nathaniel Parker, and Steve West

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin

With the Fire on High written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo

To see the complete list of Audie Award finalists across all categories click here.

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