2019 Audie Award Winners

The 2019 Audie Awards, presented by Audio Publisher’s Association to honor excellence in audiobooks and spoken entertainment, were announced last night at the Audies Gala at Guastavino’s in New York City. The ceremony was hosted by Queer Eye fashion expert and upcoming author and audiobook narrator, Tan France. Taking the prized audiobook of the year award is Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, narrated by the prolific Bahni Turpin. Adeyemi’s debut novel in audio is no stranger to top spots this year; it was also selected as Booklist’s Top of the List youth audiobook.

Below is the complete list of Audie winners, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. A list of all the nominees can be found here. Congratulations to all!


Children of Blood and Bone AUDIOAudiobook of the Year

 Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi, narrated by Bahni Turpin


Audio Drama

The Martian Invasion of Earth, by H. G. Wells, dramatized by Nicholas Briggs, narrated by Richard Armitage and Lucy Briggs-Owen


Autobiography / Memoir

 Educated, by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan


Best Female Narrator

 Educated, by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan


Best Male Narrator

Watchers, by Dean Koontz, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini


Business / Personal Development

How to Be Heard, written and narrated by Julian Treasure


Faith-Based Fiction and Nonfiction

The Man on the Mountaintop, by Susan Trott, adapted by Libby Spurrier, narrated by Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, Rachel Atkins, Jeff Harding, David Thorpe, and a full cast



Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik



The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris, narrated by Richard Armitage


History / Biography

Darkest Hour, by Anthony McCarten, narrated by John Lee



 The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, written and narrated by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally


Literary Fiction and Classics

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens, narrated by Miriam Margolyes


Middle Grade

Sunny, by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard


Multi-Voiced Performance

Dreamland Burning, by Jennifer Latham, narrated by Pyeng Threadgill and Luke Slattery



 The Punishment She Deserves, by Elizabeth George, narrated by Simon Vance


Narration by the Author or Authors

The Secret of Nightingale Wood, written and narrated by Lucy Strange



The Perfectionists, written and narrated by Simon Winchester


Original Work

Spin, by Harvey Edelman and Neil Fishman, adapted for audio by David B. Coe, narrated by Jim Dale, Barrett Leddy, Lisa Livesay, Nicola Barber, Khristine Hvam, Nick Sullivan, John Brady, and Johnny Heller



His Viking Bride, by Olivia Norem, narrated by Greg Patmore


Science Fiction

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase, by Eoin Colfer and Douglas Adams, narrated by John Lloyd, Simon Jones, Geoff McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Sandra Dickinson, Susan Sheridan, Samantha Béart, Toby Longworth, Andy Secombe, Mitch Benn, Jane Horrocks, Ed Byrne, Jon Culshaw, Jim Broadbent, Professor Stephen Hawking, Lenny Henry, Tom Alexander, Philip Pope, Theo Maggs, Phillipe Bosher, and John Marsh


Short Stories / Collections

Heads of the Colored People, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, narrated by Adenrele Ojo


Thriller / Suspense

Crimson Lake, by Candice Fox, narrated by Euan Morton


Young Adult

 Sadie, by Courtney Summers, narrated by Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler, Gabra Zackman, and Fred Berman


Young Listeners

 Before She Was Harriet, by Lesa Cline-Ransome, narrated by SiSi Aisha Johnson, January LaVoy, Lisa Renee Pitts, and Bahni Turpin


About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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  1. chrisgail104@gmail.com' chrisgail says:

    excellent piece of writing, I certainly liked the way your award ceremony

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