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The Best New Audiobooks by Black Writers

The Best New Audiobooks by Black Writers

AALBC has curated a list of just a few of the best new audiobooks written by Black writers. Discover even more new audiobooks at:

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Island Queen

A Novel

By Vanessa Riley
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 20 hours 49 minutes

Island Queen

“Both sweeping and intimate, beautiful and painful, this novel based on the life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas is exquisite. Riley’s research is palpable in the detail of each chapter, and readers will find themselves compulsively turning the pages until the end.”

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Black Bottom Saints

A Novel

By Alice Randall
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi & Imani Parks
Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit's legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's classic novel Ragtime and Marlon James' Man Booker Award-winning masterpiece, A Brief History of Seven Killings.


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Give My Love to the Savages


By Chris Stuck
Narrated by: Korey Jackson
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

A provocative and raw debut collection of short fiction reminiscent of Junot Diaz’s Drown.

A Black man’s life, told in scenes—through every time he’s been called nigger. A Black son who visits his estranged white father in Los Angeles just as the ’92 riots begin. A Black Republican, coping with a skin disease that has turned him white, is...

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When the Reckoning Comes

A Novel

By LaTanya McQueen
Narrated by: Kara Young
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

A haunting novel about a black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind.

More than a decade ago, Mira fled her small, segregated hometown in the south to forget. With every mile she traveled, she distanced...

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The Collection Plate


By Kendra Allen
Narrated by: Kendra Allen
Length: 1 hours 1 minutes

A deeply wrought and joyful debut poetry collection from an exciting new voice 

Looping exultantly through the overlapping experiences of girlhood, Blackness, sex, and personhood in America, award-winning essayist and poet Kendra Allen braids together personal narrative and cultural commentary, wrestling with the beauty and brutality to be found...

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The Minister Primarily

A Novel

By John Oliver Killens
Narrated by: Nyambi Nyambi
Length: 17 hours 19 minutes

A major literary event—the eagerly anticipated publication of a long-lost novel from legendary writer and three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee John Oliver Killens, hailed as the founding father of the Black Arts Movement and mentor to celebrated writers, including Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Arthur Flowers, and Terry McMillan.

Wanderlust has taken...

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By Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Dion Graham, Imani Parks, Jordan Cobb, Shayna Small, A.J Beckles & Bahni Turpin
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes


“From six of the most incredible YA writers in the game comes a unique set of intertwining stories that exemplify the beauty of young black love. A heatwave has caused a major blackout in New York City and six unlikely couples find themselves stuck together in different parts of the city. With six distinctive voices, they all managed to harmoniously come together to create a single story that is altogether breathtaking. This is the young adult romance book that I never knew I needed. ”

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A Memoir

By Gina Yashere
Narrated by: Gina Yashere
Length: 8 hours 50 minutes

The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir.

According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful...

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Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

A Novel
Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: Book #1

By Jayne Allen
Narrated by: Marcella Cox
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

“An author to watch!"—Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

The first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love—and the support of her two longtime friends—to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing...

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The Ugly Cry

A Memoir

By Danielle Henderson
Narrated by: Danielle Henderson
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes

“They say comedy equals tragedy plus time: This very funny account of an often miserable childhood is proof.” --People

“What a strong, funny, heartbreaking memoir, with a voice that is completely its own (written by a woman who very much seems to be completely her own, as well.) I loved it.”--Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of...
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The Personal Librarian

By Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 12 hours 22 minutes

The Personal Librarian

“I dearly loved this historical fiction based on the life of J.P. Morgan's personal librarian. My favorite combination of entertaining and educational!”

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Maya and the Robot

By Eve L. Ewing
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 4 hours 42 minutes

From award-winning author Eve L. Ewing comes a middle grade novel about a forgotten homemade robot who comes to life just when aspiring fifth-grade scientist Maya needs a friend -- and a science fair project.

Maya's nervous about fifth grade. She tries to keep calm by reminding herself she knows what to expect. But then she learns that this year... Read more »

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My Voice Is a Trumpet

By Jimmie Allen
Narrated by: Mary Beth Adair
Length: 10 minutes

*"The rhythm and flow of words perfectly match the art while advising readers to choose love and use their voices in a powerful song." --School Library Journal (starred review)
From rising country star Jimmie Allen comes a lyrical celebration of the many types of voices that can effect change.

From voices tall as a tree, to voices small as a bee,... Read more »

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Dear Senthuran

A Black Spirit Memoir

By Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Akwaeke Emezi
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes


A once-in-a-generation voice.” – Vulture

“One of our greatest living writers.” – Shondaland

A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times-bestselling author, a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self.”...
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Rhode Island Red

A Nanette Hayes Mystery: Book #1

By Charlotte Carter
Narrated by: Karen Murray
Length: 5 hours 54 minutes

The first book in the Nanette Hayes Mystery series introduces us to jazz-loving, street busker Nanette, whose love life leads her into some very hot water.

Nan's day is not off to a good start. Her on-again, off-again relationship with Walter is off...again, and when she offers a fellow busker a place to stay for the night he ends up murdered on... Read more »

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Razorblade Tears

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 12 hours

Razorblade Tears

“At once gritty and graphic, tender and heart wrenching, Razorblade Tears is the story of two fathers hardened by life circumstances and their respective prejudices who seek vengeance against those who killed their gay sons. The audio was perfection. We NEED this novel to be on the big screen, with Denzel Washington playing Ike. ”

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Carry On

Reflections for a New Generation

By John Lewis, Andrew Young & Kabir Sehgal
Narrated by: Don Cheadle
Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

A brilliant and empowering collection of final reflections and words of wisdom from venerable civil rights champion, the late Congressman John Lewis at the end of his remarkable life.

Congressman John Lewis was a paragon of the Civil Rights Movement and political leadership for decades. A hero we won’t soon forget, Lewis was a beacon of hope and... Read more »

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