A hearty congratulations are in order for the four Penguin Random House Audio titles that won Audie Awards from the Audio Publishers Association! The winners were announced on the evening of March 22, 2021 in a virtual ceremony hosted by John Leguizamo and featuring guest judges Tommy Orange and Melissa de la Cruz.
Read on to learn more about the winners and hear clips from the award-winning productions:
Nicole Lewis narrates the striking debut, Such a Fun Age which explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone â€śfamily,â€ť the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
“Narrator Nicole Lewis hooks listeners with her lively pacing and vivid characterizations in this gripping debut audiobook on race, privilege, and money.”-AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS
Narrators Yetide Badaki and Chukwudi Iwuji give voice to this propulsive listen teeming with unforgettable characters. The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectationsâ€”a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every listener.
“Akwaeke Emezi’s lyrical and heartbreaking third novel is brought to life by the extraordinarily gifted pairing of narrators Yetide Badaki and Chukwudi Iwuji.”-AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
JD Jackson narrates Jon Meacham’s latest about Civil Rights titan, visionary, and man of faith John Lewis. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Meacham calls him â€śas important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century.â€ť
â€śThis stirring audiobook offers a memorable merging of author, subject, and narrator. JD Jackson voices John Lewis with an authentic and nuanced nod to his rural Alabama roots.â€ťâ€“AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner
In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating. A Very Punchable Face, read by Colin Jost himself, details his growing up in a family of firefighters on Staten Island to commuting three hours a day to high school and attending Harvard while Facebook was created, Jost shares how he has navigated the world like a slightly smarter Forrest Gump.
“His [Jost’s] trademark self-effacing delivery, honed from 15 years on “Saturday Night Live,” is flat-out wonderful.”â€“AudioFile
See the entire list of 2021 Audie Award Winners here.