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Audiobooks by Black Authors

Explore this playlist of audiobooks by Black authors, featuring new releases and bestsellers.

Blood at the Root

Blood at the Root: Book #1

By: LaDarrion Williams
Length: TBA

A teenager on the run from his past finds the family he never knew existed and the community he never knew he needed at an HBCU for the young, Black, and magical. Enroll in this fresh fantasy debut unlike anything you've seen before.

Ten years ago, Malik's life changed forever the night his mother mysteriously vanished and he discovered he had... Read more

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Pritty

By: Keith F. Miller, Jr.
Narrated by: Landon Woodson & Eric B. Anthony
Length: 11 hours 4 minutes

“This book feels like the best kind of hug, one that gives you both strength and comfort. Its protagonists are Black boys living in Savannah, Georgia, taking care of each other as they take on high school, GEDs, living through and after trauma, first love, racist systems, skate competitions, entrepreneurship, friendship and more. The boys are... Read more

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That Self-Same Metal

The Forge & Fracture Saga, Book 1

The Forge & Fracture Saga

By: Brittany N. Williams
Narrated by: Patricia Allison
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

A stunning YA fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Holly Black and Justina Ireland, about a Black girl (and sword expert) fighting a Fae uprising in Shakespearean London.
Sixteen-year-old Joan Sands is a gifted craftswoman who creates and upkeeps the stage blades for William Shakespeare’s acting company, The King’s Men. Joan’s skill with her blades... Read more

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Ellie Engle Saves Herself

By: Leah Johnson
Narrated by: Rocky Anicette
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

From award-winning YA author Leah Johnson comes her middle grade debut: a laugh-until-you-cry, cry-until-you-laugh story about friendship, change, and the power we have to love ourselves. Ellie Engle doesn't stand out. Not at home, where she's alone with her pet fish since her dad moved away and her mom has to work around the clock . Not at the... Read more

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There's Always This Year

On Basketball and Ascension

By: Hanif Abdurraqib
Narrated by: Hanif Abdurraqib
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes

“Using basketball as a vehicle for reflection of East Columbus history and personal memoir, There’s Always This Year is a triumph of contemplative, emotionally-rich writing that will have you wiping tears and on the edge of your seat. Read more

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My Black Country

A Journey Through Country Music's Black Past, Present, and Future

By: Alice Randall
Narrated by: Alice Randall
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

Alice Randall, award-winning professor, songwriter, and author with a “lively, engaging, and often wise” (The New York Times Book Review) voice, offers a lyrical, introspective, and unforgettable account of her past and her search for the first family of Black country music.

Country music had brought Randall and her activist mother together and... Read more

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Dead Girls Walking

By: Sami Ellis
Narrated by: Tamika Katon-Donegal
Length: 11 hours 36 minutes

Temple Baker knows that evil runs in her blood. Her father is the North Point Killer, an infamous serial killer known for branding his victims. He was the talk of countless true crime blogs for years. Some say he was possessed by a demon.
Some say they never found all his victims. Some say that even though he’s now behind bars, people are still... Read more

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The American Daughters

A Novel

By: Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Narrated by: Lynnette R. Freeman
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

“An enthralling tale of a secret resistance movement run by Black women in pre-Civil War New Orleans.”—Time

“Stirring . . . In telling this important, neglected history with imagination-fueled research, The American Daughters offers an inspiring story of people who show a way forward with their perseverance, bravery and love.”—The New York Times... Read more

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Poemhood: Our Black Revival

History, Folklore & the Black Experience: A Young Adult Poetry Anthology

By: Amber McBride, Erica Martin & Taylor Byas
Narrated by: Angel Pean & Greg Campbell
Length: 2 hours 22 minutes

""A rich, thoughtful anthology exploring centuries of Black poetry."" —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)""This deep and complex assemblage of Black poetry culminates in a joyful, painful, and emotionally rich experience."" —Publishers Weekly (starred review)""An eclectic mix of Black experiences fills this unmatched anthology that features both... Read more

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Spectral Evidence

Poems

By: Gregory Pardlo
Narrated by: Gregory Pardlo
Length: 2 hours 23 minutes

A powerful meditation on Blackness, beauty, faith, and the force of law, from the beloved award-winning author of Digest and Air Traffic

Elegant, profound, and intoxicating—Spectral Evidence, Gregory Pardlo’s first major collection of poetry after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Digest, moves fluidly among considerations of the pro-wrestler Owen... Read more

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Thick with Trouble

Penguin Poets

By: Amber McBride
Narrated by: Amber McBride
Length: 1 hour 37 minutes

From National Book Award finalist Amber McBride, a mystical, transcendent poetry collection about Black womanhood in the American South

In Thick with Trouble, award-winning poet Amber McBride interrogates if being “trouble”—difficult, unruly, fearsome, defiant—is ultimately a weakness or an incomparable source of strength. Steeped in the Hoodoo... Read more

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Black Girl You Are Atlas

By: Renée Watson
Narrated by: Renée Watson
Length: 51 minutes

A thoughtful celebration of Black girlhood by award-winning author and poet Renée Watson.

In this semi-autobiographical collection of poems, Renée Watson writes
about her experience growing up as a young Black girl at the intersections of race, class, and gender.

Using a variety of poetic forms, from haiku to free verse, Watson shares recollections... Read more

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Ten Bridges I've Burnt

A Memoir in Verse

By: Brontez Purnell
Narrated by: Brontez Purnell
Length: 1 hour 28 minutes

In Ten Bridges I've Burnt, Brontez Purnell—the bard of the underloved and overlooked—turns his gaze inward. A storyteller with a musical eye for the absurdity of his own existence, he is peerless in his ability to find the levity within the stormiest of crises. Here, in his first collection of genre-defying verse, Purnell reflects on his... Read more

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This Is the Honey

An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets

By: Kwame Alexander
Narrated by: Mahogany L. Brown & Joel Damany Steingold
Length: 4 hours 11 minutes

A breathtaking poetry collection on hope, heart, and heritage from the most prominent and promising Black poets and writers of our time, edited by Why Fathers Cry at Night author and #1 New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander. In this comprehensive and vibrant poetry anthology, bestselling author and poet Kwame Alexander curates a... Read more

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Metaracism

How Systemic Racism Devastates Black Lives—and How We Break Free

By: Tricia Rose
Narrated by: Mela Lee & Tricia Rose
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

The definitive book on how systemic racism in America really works, revealing the vast and often hidden network of interconnected policies, practices, and beliefs that combine to devastate Black lives

In recent years, condemnations of racism in America have echoed from the streets to corporate boardrooms. At the same time, politicians and... Read more

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Race After Technology

Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code

By: Ruha Benjamin
Narrated by: Mia Ellis
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.

Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen... Read more

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The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes

The Lillys: Book #1

By: Xio Axelrod
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese & Tamika Simone
Length: 13 hours 1 minute

Her name's Antonia "Toni" Bennette (yeah, she's heard all the jokes before) and she's not a rock star. Neither are the Lillys—not yet. But the difference between being famous and being almost famous can be a single wrong note... or the start of something that'll change your life forever. Growing up in dive bars up and down the East Coast, Toni... Read more

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Lazy Love

By: Keion Henderson
Length: TBA

Strengthen your relationships--with family, partners, friends, and others--and find deeper satisfaction by learning to love better. 
 
Humans are meant to love and be loved, but so often we fall short at loving well. We take others for granted. We make assumptions. We forget to show our affection. We grow lazy.
 
We so often fail in our... Read more

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Make It Count

My Fight to Become the First Transgender Olympic Runner

By: CeCé Telfer
Length: TBA

By turns harrowing and hopeful, MAKE IT COUNT is the inspiring story of the first openly transgender woman to win a NCAA title, following her traditional upbringing in Jamaica, her fight to become a US citizen, and her efforts to achieve her Olympic dreams.

CeCé Telfer is a warrior. The first openly transgender woman to win an NCAA championship,... Read more

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God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer

A Novel

By: Joseph Earl Thomas
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: TBA

A stirring, unsparing novel about Black life in Philadelphia and the struggle to build intimate connections through the eyes of a struggling ex-Army grad student, from the "extraordinary [and] insightful" author of Sink (New York Times Book Review).

After a deployment in the Iraq War dually defined by threat and interminable mundanity, Joseph... Read more

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