Have You Heard? Award-winning Audiobooks

You’ve seen them in the news and on the bestseller lists. Now you can enjoy the award-winning titles everyone’s talking about without leaving the comfort of home.

Start with the suggestions below and browse our OverDrive audiobook collection for more. There are selections for the whole family, so check out, starting listening and see what all the buzz is about!


Adult

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara, narrated by Indira Varma, Himesh Patel and Antonio Aakeel — In a sprawling Indian city, three friends venture into the most dangerous corners to find their missing classmate. But what begins as a game turns sinister as other children start disappearing from their neighborhood.

2021 Edgar Award for Best Novel
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, narrated by the author — In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction
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The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff, narrated by a full 45-person cast — The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001—a panoramic narrative woven from voices on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.

2020 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year
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Less by Andrew Sean Greer, narrated by Robert Petkoff — A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid the awkward wedding of his former longtime boyfriend.

2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
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Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, narrated by Angus King — This is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland.

2020 Booker Prize
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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw, narrated by Janina Edwards — The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.

2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
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A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker, narrated by Dylan Moore — A global pandemic makes public gatherings illegal and concerts impossible, except for those willing to break the law for the love of music—and for one chance at human connection.

2019 Nebula Award for Best Novel
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Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, narrated by Ell Potter — A deeply moving novel about the death of Shakespeare’s 11 year old son Hamnet–a name interchangeable with Hamlet in 15th century Britain–and the years leading up to the production of his great play.

2020 National Book Critics Circle Award
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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, narrated by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Chris Chalk and Rutina Wesley — When the father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman Farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

2017 National Book Award for Fiction
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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, narrated by JD Jackson — The story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children.

2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction
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Teen

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, narrated by the author — Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, narrated by the author — Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

2009 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
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Far From the Tree by Robin Benway, narrated by Julia Whelan — An interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
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The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming, narrated by Kirsten Potter — A riveting biography of one of America’s most celebrated heroes, and most complicated, troubled men.

2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
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Looking for Alaska by John Green, narrated by Wil Wheaton — Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

2006 Printz Award
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This is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio, narrated by Diane Doen and Zeno Robinson — A contemporary romance, exploring mental health, race and, ultimately, self-acceptance. Junior Jocelyn Wu teams up with a classmate to try and keep her family’s restaurant from going under. What starts off as a rocky partnership soon grows into something more.

2021 Schneider Family Book Award for Teens
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Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez, narrated by Sol Madariaga — At home Camila Hassan lives within her mother’s narrow expectations, her soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father. On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. Can she make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her?

2021 Pura Belpré Medal for Young Adult Narrative
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Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri, narrated by the author — In an autobiographical novel, middle-schooler Daniel, formerly Khosrou, tells his unimpressed and at times cruel Oklahoma classmates about his experience as an Iranian refugee.

2020 Printz Award
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Free Lunch by Rex Ogle, narrated by Ramon De Ocampo — Rex and his baby brother often went hungry, wore secondhand clothes, and were short of school supplies, and Rex was on his school’s free lunch program. Grounded in the immediacy of physical hunger and the humiliation of having to announce it every day in the school lunch line, Rex’s is a compelling story of a more profound hunger — that of a child for his parents’ love and care.

2020 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, narrated by Michael Curran-Dorsano — A teenage boy struggles with schizophrenia while in an alternate imagined reality, he is on a ship headed for the deepest point on Earth.

2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
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Children

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, narrated by Charlotte Parry, Greg Steinbruner, Jonathan Todd Ross, Julia Gibson and Mark Turetsky — Socially awkward Dwight shows up to school one morning waving a green finger puppet. Strange enough, but then Dwight starts talking in a funny voice and doling out advice. Is it the puppet, or is it Dwight?

2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award
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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, narrated by Corey Allen — A high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.

2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award
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King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, narrated by Ron Butler — In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy’s grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.

2020 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
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Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros, narrated by Anthony Rey Perez — While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efrén Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico.

2021 Pura Belpré Medal for Children’s Narrative
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New Kid by Jerry Craft, narrated by a full cast — Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

2020 Newbery Medal Winner
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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, narrated by a full cast — A heartwarming tale about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.

2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award
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When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller, narrated by Greta Jung — When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni’s Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history.

2021 Newbury Medal Winner
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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes, narrated by Miles Harvey — After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys, including historical figure Emmett Till.

2019 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
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The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman, narrated by the author — Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in on the teeming streets of Chennai, India, where life is harsh.

2020 Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature
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Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson, narrated by Guy Lockard — For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone’s hero, a charming, talented pro football star. But lately life at ZJ’s house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ’s mom explains it’s because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career.

2021 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
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