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Bono’s ‘Surrender’ Wins Audiobook of the Year at 2024 Audie Awards

Bono’s ‘Surrender’ Wins Audiobook of the Year at 2024 Audie Awards

Bono’s audiobook Surrender, which the U2 frontman authored and narrated, was named Audiobook of the Year at the 2024 Audie Awards, which recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. The awards were presented at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles on Monday (March 4).

Bono’s audiobook, subtitled 40 Songs, One Story, was released by Penguin Random House Audio in November 2022. It runs 20 hours and 25 minutes. A companion album, Songs of Surrender, debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in April 2023.


The four other finalists for audiobook of the year were All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby, narrated by Adam Lazarre-White, published by Macmillan Audio; Inside Voice: My Obsession with How We Sound, written and narrated by Lake Bell, published by Pushkin Industries; Sing a Black Girl’s Song, by Ntozake Shange, edited by Imani Perry, foreword by Tarana Burke, narrated by Alfre Woodard, D. Woods and full cast, published by Hachette Audio; and Tom Lake by Ann Patchett, narrated by Meryl Streep, published by HarperAudio.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) hosted the awards show. Presenters included Felicia Day (a 2024 Audie Award winner), Lake Bell (a 2024 finalist) and Samira Wiley (a 2021 finalist).

Former first lady Michelle Obama won in the business/personal development category for The Light We Carry. Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald won in the literary fiction & classics category for Homer’s The Iliad. In the humor category, the winner was Leslie F*cking Jones, written and narrated by Leslie Jones, with a foreward by Chris Rock.

All 27 categories were gender-neutral this year. The best male narrator and best female narrator categories were transformed to best fiction narrator and best non-fiction narrator.

The awards are presented by Audio Publishers Association (APA), a not-for-profit trade organization. Since 1986, the APA has worked to bring audio publishers together to increase interest in audiobooks.

The full list of winners can be found on the APA’s website:

Here are 2024 Audie Award winners in selected categories:

Audiobook of the year


Written and narrated by Bono

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


Making It So

Written and narrated by Patrick Stewart

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

Business/personal development

The Light We Carry

Written and narrated by Michelle Obama

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


The Dragon Reborn

By Robert Jordan

Narrated by Rosamund Pike

Published by Macmillan Audio


Tom Lake

By Ann Patchett

Narrated by Meryl Streep

Published by HarperAudio


Leslie F*cking Jones

Written and narrated by Leslie Jones, foreword by Chris Rock

Published by Hachette Audio

Literary fiction & classics

The Iliad

By Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

Narrated by Audra McDonald

Published by Audible Studios

Short stories/collections

Wild and Precious: A Celebration of Mary Oliver

By Mary Oliver, with the contributions by Sophia Bush, Ross Gay, Samin Nosrat, Rainn Wilson, and Susan Cain

Narrated by Sophia Bush

Published by Pushkin Industries

By Michael

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