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Join Loyalty and Macmillan Audio for a special panel with Black audiobook narrators Robin Miles, JD Jackson, Landon Woodson, and Jeanette Illidge, moderated by Loyalty's programs and marketing manager (and audiobook enthusiast) Christine Bollow!

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Beowulf: A New Translation

By Maria Dahvana Headley
Narrated by: JD Jackson & Maria Dahvana Headley
Length: 4 hours 8 minutes

If you enjoyed Beowulf, then you’ll love Beowulf: A New Translation.

“Maria Dahvana Headley has created a truly fresh, simultaneously current & ancient, engaging translation of this thousand-year-old hero tale. She's taken great risks as a translator, daring to use the most contemporary language in order to give 21st century readers the same experience of the poem's original audience - hearing the story unfold in the words they used every day.

Every translation is a series of a million branching choices about vocabulary, rhythms, rhyme, syntax, tone, echoes, and more. Headley's intro invites us into her decision process, such as using "Bro!" as the marker for when the narrator is starting new sections, and refusing to translate the description of Grendel's mother as "monstrous" when the text may not support that, despite hundreds of years of male translators who have insisted upon it.

At its heart, "Beowulf" isn't an Official Literary Masterpiece or Series of Puzzles for a PH.D. - it's an around-the-campfire hero and monsters story, told to give shivers, teach listeners what good leadership should look like, and entertain. The summer of 2020 is certainly in need all of these attributes in a story - pop in your earbuds and sink into this tale.”

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A Dream So Dark

The Nightmare-Verse: Book #2

By L.L. McKinney
Narrated by: Jacob York, Jeanette Illidge & Matthew Barnes
Length: 12 hours 7 minutes

A Dream So Dark

“The second novel in The Nightmare-Verse series introduces multiple points of view, narrated by Jeanette Illidge, Jacob York, and Matthew Barnes. Picking up immediately after the first book in the series, Alice is still trying to wrap her mind around the ways Wonderland and the Nightmares are invading her daily life. Hatta--Alice’s mentor, and maybe something more--depends on her finding The Heart to cure him of a terrible curse, but the Black Knight and his new ally continue to thwart them at every turn, forcing Alice deeper into Wonderland than she has ever journeyed before. Each narrator brings their own flavor to this growing world, adding a new depth to characters that had previously existed on the periphery of Alice’s experiences.”

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The Awakening of Malcolm X

A Novel

By Ilyasah Shabazz & Tiffany D. Jackson
Narrated by: Landon Woodson
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

The Awakening of Malcolm X

“Although this was written for young readers, I found it to be an engaging and informative look at the life and incarceration that helped mold Malcolm X into the leaders that he was. The narrating was wonderfully done, and I would recommend this for readers of all ages.”

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Binti: Book #1

By Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes

Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do...

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