2021 Audiobook Awards: And the Winners Are…

This month saw two major audiobook awards: the Grammys and the Audies. We have a full list of nominees and winners in our catalog, here, but here are at least some of the audiobooks that went home holding trophies this month.

The winner of this year’s Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album is: Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth, by Rachel Maddow, read by the author.  Think it’s all about the money? Guess again: it’s all about the oil. The popular cable news star digs deep on the dirty open secret of geopolitical power.

This year’s winner for the Best Fiction Audie is Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid, read with disarming charm by Nicole Lewis. The Audie for Best Literary Fiction / Classic goes to The Death of Vivek Oji, by Akwaeke Emezi, narrated with heartbreaking sensitivity by Yetide Badaki and Chukwudi Iwuji. As for titles Narrated by the Author, Alicia Keys took that prize for her candidly written and voiced memoir More Myself: A Journey, a fitting literary addition to her crowded shelf of Grammys.

Talented performers reading great titles doubled up their books’ Audies this year, with Lawrence Fishburn’s truly extraordinary and powerful reading of The Autobiography of Malcolm X took the top prize for both Autobiography/Memoir, and Best Male Narrator. Legendary narrator Robin Miles brought home the Audie for Best Female Narrator, for her wonderfully various reading of N.K. Jemison’s urban fantasy novel The City We Became, which also took top prize for Best Fantasy Audiobook.

During a rough year that put a premium on inspirational titles, the Audie for best Business/Personal Development title went to Edith Eva Eger’s The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life, while best Faith-Based book went to Jen Hatmaker’s similarly empowering Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You. The top History award also went to an inspiring account: Jon Meacham’s His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.

Other Audies included the Nonfiction award for Alastair Gee’s Fire in Paradise, Peter Giles’ and Zach Villa’s narration of Michael Connelly’s Fair Warning for Best Mystery; Alyssa Cole’s When No On Is Watching, narrated by Susan Darian, won for Thriller/Suspense; top Science Fiction went to Rivers Solomon’s The Deep, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes; Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land won for best Young Adult Fiction and Multi-Voiced narration; and Lesa Cline-Ransome’s Overground Railroad won for Young Listeners.

But that’s just scratching the surface: to listen to both winners and nominees, check out this list in our library’s catalog.

     ~ Posted by David W.

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