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Audiobooks by AAPI Authors

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, explore this collection of AAPI-authored audiobooks, including new releases and bestsellers.

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Severance

A Novel

By Ling Ma
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

Severance

“A disaffected young woman just scraping by in the big city. A rag-tag group of survivors on a journey through a post-apocalyptic landscape. These are familiar tropes in contemporary fiction (albeit not usually in the same novel). But with Ling Ma's steely-eyed, wry treatment, they grow into something far more complex. In an alternate 2011, Shen Fever, a global pandemic, causes "a fatal loss of consciousness" in those infected. "The Fevered" forget to eat or drink or sleep, but instead get caught in a seeming zombie-like loop of muscle memory: a housewife sets the table for dinner over and over again; a taxi driver drives around the city until he runs out of gas; a young woman tries on all of the clothes in her closet in an endless loop. This post-apocalyptic world is woven with flashbacks of pandemic-survivor Candace Chen's pre-apocalypse life in New York, where a job she doesn't even like becomes the anchor of her identity such that she will seemingly do anything in order to continue to do it, even after she's the last survivor at her company. The question that lingers: is the rote repetition of our lives the very essence of who we are? And how far will we go to preserve that facade of living? Severance is a beautifully spare and wryly funny novel, by a huge new talent. ”

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In the Shadow of the Banyan

A Novel

By Vaddey Ratner
Narrated by: Greta Lee
Length: 13 hours 19 minutes

A beautiful celebration of the power of hope, this New York Times bestselling novel tells the story of a girl who comes of age during the Cambodian genocide.

You are about to read an extraordinary story, a PEN Hemingway Award finalist “rich with history, mythology, folklore, language and emotion.” It will take you to the very depths of despair... Read more »

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

By Min Jin Lee
Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
Length: 18 hours 15 minutes

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

“A father's gentle nature, a mother's sacrifice, a daughter's trust, and a son's determination are the cornerstones of this grand, multilayered saga. Pachinko follows one family through an ever-changing cultural landscape, from 1910 Korea to 1989 Japan. As the bonds of family are put to the test in the harsh realities of their world, Sunja and those she holds dear manage to carve themselves a place to call home with hard work, self sacrifice, and a little kimchi. Through it all is a message about love, faith, and the deep-rooted bonds of family. Min Jin Lee gives us a phenomenal story about one family's struggle that resonates with us today. It will take hold of you and not let go!”

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How to American

An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents

By Jimmy O. Yang
Narrated by: Mike Judge
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes

Standup comic, actor and fan favorite from HBO's Silicon Valley and the film Crazy Rich Asians shares his memoir of growing up as a Chinese immigrant in California and making it in Hollywood.

"I turned down a job in finance to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. My dad thought I was crazy. But I figured it was better to disappoint my parents for... Read more »

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A Long Stay in a Distant Land

A Novel

By Chieh Chieng
Narrated by: James Yaegashi
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

In this funny and inventive novel, the Lums are a death-stalked Chinese American family living in Orange County, California. Ever since Grandpa Melvin was inspired to join the US Army after watching a Popeye movie and-as family lore has it-unleashed a "relentless rain of steel death" upon the Nazis, Lum after Lum has been doomed to an untimely... Read more »

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The Golden Mountain

Beyond the American Dream

By Irene Kai
Narrated by: Anna Fields
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

A journey back in time, The Golden Mountain is the gripping story of four generations of Chinese women who live and die under the restrictions of their culture—except for one, the author. Her story tells of growing up in Hong Kong and of her transition to New York City, where she struggled to meld the American dream with her ethnic background....

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Death Money

The Detective Jack Yu Investigations: Book #4

By Henry Chang
Narrated by: Feodor Chin
Length: 6 hours 32 minutes

His Fifth Precinct cases have taken him to West CoastChinatowns and back, and along the way NYPD detective Jack Yu has processed adozen dead bodies, been beaten by Triad thugs, been mauled by a pit bull, and been shot twice.

He’s also killed two men.

He is en route to an appointment with the department shrinkwhen an Asian body turns up in the...

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The Making of Asian America

A History

By Erika Lee
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 15 hours 51 minutes

In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day.

An epic history of... Read more »

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Incensed

Taipei Night Market: Book #2

By Ed Lin
Narrated by: Ewan Chung
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

In Taiwan, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for prioritizing family. When 25-year-old Jing-nan's gangster uncle, Big Eye, asks a favor, Jing-nan can't exactly say no, especially because two goons are going to follow him around to make sure he gets it done right. The favor is this: Big Eye's 16-year-old daughter, Mei-ling, has a biker boyfriend... Read more »

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The Widows of Malabar Hill

Perveen Mistry Mysteries: Book #1

By Sujata Massey
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

The Widows of Malabar Hill

“I loved this novel! Sujata Massey is a strong, confident storyteller and this captivating mystery, set in 1920s Bombay, features superb world-building, a riveting plot, and great characters. Perveen Mistry is a richly written protagonist: By turns confident and conflicted, she strives to do the right thing and is more than capable of getting herself out of trouble. Highly recommended for a fresh take on the mystery genre.”

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

A Novel

By Lisa See
Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alex Allwine, Gabra Zackman, Jeremy Bobb, Joy Osmanski, Emily Walton & Erin Wilhelmi
Length: 14 hours 7 minutes

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

“This captivating story is set in a remote Yunnan village where, for many years, the Akha people have followed the rituals and cycles of harvesting tea leaves. Slowly, the changes going on in the rest of China begin to reach the area. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls in the village, acts as translator for a stranger seeking a rare tea from Yunnan. When Li-yan gives birth to a baby out of wedlock, she wraps her baby in a blanket along with a package of the rare tea and leaves her in a city where she will be taken to an orphanage. Over the years, mother and daughter dream of finding one another again. Brew yourself a cup of tea and settle down to read this tale of family and the search for answers in different places and cultures.”

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Emergency Contact

By Mary H. K. Choi
Narrated by: Joy Osmanski & Jacques Roy
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

“Smart and funny, with characters so real and vulnerable, you want to send them care packages. I loved this book.” —Rainbow Rowell

From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

For Penny Lee, high... Read more »

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The Island of Sea Women

A Novel

By Lisa See
Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
Length: 13 hours 22 minutes

The Island of Sea Women

“As with her previous novels, Lisa See manages to transport the reader to another culture. Using the universal themes of friendship and female empowerment See brings a WWII Korean island to life. Mi-ja and Young-sook, sisters of the heart, grow together and then are forced apart by circumstances much larger than themselves. The story shifts between older Young-sook and the younger girls teasing out the conflict and making the reader anxious for resolution! The narrator flows seamlessly from American English into Korean (towns, names and some common terms), a huge help if you are not familiar with Korean words.”

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A Place to Belong

By Cynthia Kadohata
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

Five starred reviews!

“Another gift from Kadohata to her readers.” —Booklist (starred review)

A Japanese American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese imprisonment camps, gives up their American citizenship to move back to Hiroshima, unaware of the devastation wreaked by the atomic bomb in this piercing and all too relevant... Read more »

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The Majesties

A Novel

By Tiffany Tsao
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

In this “bold and dramatic portrayal of characters on the cusp of an impossible choice” (Publishers Weekly), two sisters from a wealthy Chinese-Indonesian family grapple with secrets and betrayal after one of them poisons their entire family.

Gwendolyn and Estella have always been as close as sisters can be. Growing up in a wealthy, eminent, and... Read more »

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Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come

One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes

By Jessica Pan
Narrated by: Jessica Pan
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to... Read more »

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The Groom Will Keep His Name

And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance

By Matt Ortile
Narrated by: Matt Ortile
Length: 9 hours 26 minutes

A riotous collection of "witty and captivating" essays by a gay Filipino immigrant in America who is learning that everything is about sex (Bitch Magazine) -- and sex is about power.
When Matt Ortile moved from Manila to Las Vegas, the locals couldn't pronounce his name. Harassed as a kid for his brown skin, accent, and femininity, he believed he... Read more »

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The Astonishing Color of After

By Emily X.R. Pan
Narrated by: Stephanie Hsu
Length: 11 hours 51 minutes

A stunning, heartbreaking debut novel about grief, love, and family, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson and Celeste Ng.

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time.... Read more »

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Silver Like Dust

One Family’s Story of Japanese Internment

By Kimi Cunningham Grant
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

Thepoignant story of a Japanese American woman’s journey through one of the mostshameful chapters in American history.

Sipping tea by the fire, preparing sushi for the family, or indulgently listening to her husband tell the same story for the hundredth time, Kimi Grant’s grandmother, Obaachan, was a missing link to Kimi’s Japanese heritage,...

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The Third Son

By Julie Wu
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 10 hours 34 minutes

It’s 1943 as air-raid sirens blare in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, eight-year-old Saburo is in no hurry to go home to the abuse he suffers at the hands of his parents and older brother. In the peach forests of Taoyuan, he encounters Yoshiko, whose loving family is like a glimpse of paradise for him. Their brief meeting is a memory he cherishes from...

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