Meet Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin

Turpin’s embodiment of characters that span a wide range
of ages and cultural backgrounds is unparalleled.

Top Performances

Rachel kept her eyes down, but she had learned to see without looking up.
I think she’s my eighth social worker, but I’m not sure. I’ve lost count.
Dear Diary: I’m going to go solve this mystery.
I did what most of us do. I tried to make the best of it.
The way a candle is eaten by flame...

  • Sister of Mine
  • Rachel kept her eyes down, but she had learned to see without looking up.
  • Allegedly
  • I think she’s my eighth social worker, but I’m not sure. I’ve lost count.
  • Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons
  • Dear Diary: I’m going to go solve this mystery.
  • So You Want to Talk About Race
  • I did what most of us do. I tried to make the best of it.
  • Borne
  • The way a candle is eaten by flame...

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More About Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin has been voicing bold, groundbreaking titles–such as The Help and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks–throughout her career, but these past two years stand out for her with phenomenal work on some amazing titles that have garnered her even more acclaim and new fans. In 2016 Turpin narrated books such as Feminist Fight Club, the part manual/part manifesto guide to workplace sexism; The Underground Railroad, an Oprah's Book Club selection; Dust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neal Hurston’s biography; and Sister of Mine, an imagined Civil War-era take on the family drama, for which she won an Audie Award. The totality of her work in 2016 made her our choice for the 2016 Narrator of the Year.
And then came The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas’s 2017 debut novel that jumps into the conversation around social justice through the eyes of a special young African-American girl named Starr as she deals with the death of her friend at the hands of a white police officer. Turpin’s embodiment of characters helps to further pull you into the author’s world and drive home all of the pain and emotion they are carrying.
Turpin is also a stage and screen actor, appearing on shows like Criminal Minds, and is a member of the Cornerstone Theater company. Among her many other non-acting pursuits, she’s a longtime yoga instructor.


Awards and Accolades

Audie Awards
Young Listeners, 2019
Audiobook of the Year, 2019

AudioFile Magazine
Golden Voice, 2019
Multi-Time Earphones Winner

Odyssey Award
Best Audiobook for Children
or Young Adults, 2018


The Narrator Hall of Fame





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