Image of Penguin Random House Audio's 2021 Booker Prize Nominees
Listen to 2021 Booker Prize Nominees on Audio

The 2021 Booker Prize nominees are here, and Penguin Random House Audio publishes 5 out of 6 of these exceptional novels on audio! The winner will be announced November 3rd, so now’s the time for literary fans to listen to the nominees and speculate on who will take home the honor.

As this urgent, genre-defying audiobook opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. Fragmentary and omniscient, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a modern meditation on love, language, and human connection.

“[Narrator Kristen Sieh’s] clarity, audible smiles, and raised-eyebrow-irony, along with perfect timing on the tumbling witticisms, enhance this inventive consideration of the human connection.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There—after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes—Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. So begins Great Circle, an epic and meticulously researched novel that follows two women through the bending arc of time.

“Cassandra Campbell and Alex McKenna’s captivating performances of Maggie Shipstead’s new novel will divert you from everything else as you follow two women on different quests in separate eras.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

A Passage North begins with a message from out of the blue: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother’s caretaker, Rani, has died under unexpected circumstances—found at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. Read by award-winning narrator Neil Shah, Anuk Arudpragasam’s masterful novel is an attempt to come to terms with life in the wake of devastation, and a poignant memorial for those lost and those still living.

Theo Byrne is a promising young astrobiologist who has found a way to search for life on other planets dozens of light years away. He is also the widowed father of a most unusual nine-year-old. His son, Robin, is funny, loving, and filled with plans. He is also on the verge of being expelled from third grade for smashing his friend’s face with a metal thermos. Bewilderment is a heartrending new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Overstory, read by award-winning narrator Edoardo Ballerini.

The Fortune Men

Coming to audio March 2022. Based on a true event, The Fortune Men is an intimate and harrowing novel about the last man in Cardiff, Wales to be sentenced to death. In 1952, Mahmood Mattan, a young Somali sailor, is accused of a crime he did not commit: the brutal killing of Violet Volacki, a shopkeeper from Tiger Bay. Now, Mahmood must fight for his life, with all the chips stacked against him.

Stay up-to-date with new audiobook releases, narrator announcements, giveaways, and more when you sign up for our Penguin Random House Audio newsletter.