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Black History Month

A list of some of our favorite authors in honor of Black History Month

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Crown of Thunder

By Tochi Onyebuchi
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

In the sequel to the acclaimed Beasts Made of Night, Taj has escaped Kos, but Queen Karima will go to any means necessary--including using the most deadly magic--to track him down.

Taj is headed west, but the consequences of leaving Kos behind confront him at every turn. Innocent civilians flee to refugee camps as Karima's dark magic continues to... Read more »

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Beasts Made of Night

By Tochi Onyebuchi
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

"...The beginning of a great saga..." —NPR.org

"This compelling Nigerian-influenced fantasy has a wonderfully unique premise and lush, brilliant worldbuilding that will consume you until the last page."—Buzzfeed

"...Unforgettable in its darkness, inequality, and magic." —VOYA, Starred Review

"...A paean to an emerging black legend."—Kirkus Reviews,... Read more »

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Riot Baby

By Tochi Onyebuchi
Length: 3 hours 46 minutes

Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor’s son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven’t happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her... Read more »

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Rebel Sisters

By Tochi Onyebuchi
Narrated by: Nkeki Obi-Melekwe
Length: 14 hours 41 minutes

In the epic, action-packed sequel to the "brilliant" (Booklist, starred review) novel War Girls, the battles are over, but the fight for justice has just begun.

It's been five years since the Biafran War ended. Ify is now nineteen and living where she's always dreamed--the Space Colonies. She is a respected, high-ranking medical officer and has... Read more »

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War Girls

By Tochi Onyebuchi
Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
Length: 12 hours 56 minutes

Two sisters are torn apart by war and must fight their way back to each other in a futuristic, Black Panther-inspired Nigeria.

The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.

In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly... Read more »

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The Rage of Dragons

The Burning: Book #1

By Evan Winter
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 16 hours 15 minutes

Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this blockbuster debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.

Winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are... Read more »

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The Fires of Vengeance

The Burning: Book #2

By Evan Winter
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 15 hours 32 minutes

In order to reclaim her throne and save her people, an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in the second book of this "relentlessly gripping, brilliant" epic fantasy series from a breakout author (James Islington).

Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, craft a... Read more »

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Brown Girl in the Ring

By Nalo Hopkinson
Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

To uncover the future voices of science fiction, Time Warner Publishing sponsored a contest that attracted hundreds of submissions. Brown Girl in the Ring was the winning entry, announcing author Nalo Hopkinson to the world as a tremendous new talent. It is the 21st century, and due to the economic breakdown and rising crime rate, nearly every... Read more »

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Skin Folk

Stories

By Nalo Hopkinson
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

In Skin Folk, with works ranging from science fiction to Caribbean folklore, passionate love to chilling horror, Nalo Hopkinson is at her award-winning best spinning tales like "Precious," in which the narrator spews valuable coins and gems from her mouth whenever she attempts to talk or sing. In "A Habit of Waste," a self-conscious woman... Read more »

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Falling in Love with Hominids

By Nalo Hopkinson
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes

Nalo Hopkinson, author of Brown Girl in the Ring, The Salt Roads, and Sister Mine, is an internationally-beloved storyteller. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as having "an imagination that most of us would kill for," her Afro-Caribbean, Canadian, and American influences shine in truly unique stories that are filled with striking imagery,... Read more »

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The Salt Roads

By Nalo Hopkinson
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 13 hours 14 minutes

In 1804, shortly before the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue is renamed Haiti, a group of women gather to bury a stillborn baby. Led by a lesbian healer and midwife named Mer, the women's lamentations inadvertently release the dead infant's "unused vitality" to draw Ezili—the Afro-Caribbean goddess of sexual desire and love—into the physical... Read more »

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Sister Mine

By Nalo Hopkinson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

We'd had to be cut free of our mother's womb. Abby and I were fused, you see. But here's the real kicker; Abby had the magic, I didn't. Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a... Read more »

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The New Moon’s Arms

By Nalo Hopkinson
Narrated by: Gin Hammond
Length: 9 hours 59 minutes

What's in a name? A lot, according to Caribbean-born Chastity, who has adopted the more fitting moniker Calamity. Now in her fifties, true to her name, Calamity is confronting two big life transitions: her beloved father has just died, and she is starting menopause, a physical shift that has rekindled her special gift for finding lost things.... Read more »

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Pioneer Women of Television

By Angie Dickinson, Linda Evans, Nichelle Nichols & Stefanie Powers
Narrated by: Alison Stewart
Length: 1 hours 35 minutes

They are the legendary women of television who strolled, sprinted, fought, laughed, cried and loved through worlds that took viewers to places past, present and future. They broke through barriers and glass ceilings to become much beloved and powerful television stars. Join us as they share their compelling behind-the-scenes stories from their... Read more »

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The City We Became

A Novel
The Great Cities Trilogy: Book #1

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 16 hours 12 minutes

The City We Became

“I love N.K. Jemisin’s books, I love New York City, and I love this book about the soul and personification of New York. The City We Became might just be my favorite book to be published in 2020. This story is filled with tension, humor, and great characters, with a guest appearance near and dear to me. While this book is the beginning of a trilogy, it is completely satisfying as a stand-alone novel. Read it and be happy.”

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How Long 'til Black Future Month?

Stories

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Shayna Small, Gail Nelson-Holgate, Robin Eller & Ron Butler
Length: 14 hours 10 minutes

Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.

"Marvelous and wide-ranging." -- Los Angeles... Read more »

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The Obelisk Gate: Booktrack Edition

The Broken Earth: Book #2

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 13 hours 19 minutes

Essun's missing daughter grows more powerful every day, and her choices may destroy the world in this "magnificent" Hugo Award winner and NYT Notable Book. (NPR)

The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.

Essun -- once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger -- has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead... Read more »

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The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy: Book #3

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Casaundra Freeman
Length: 16 hours 58 minutes

Shahar and the godling Sieh must face off against the terrible magic threatening to consume their world in the incredible conclusion to the Inheritance Trilogy, from Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the... Read more »

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The Killing Moon

The Dreamblood: Book #1

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

Assassin priests, mad kings, and the goddess of death collide in the first book of the Dreamblood Duology by NYT bestselling and three time Hugo-Award winning author N. K. Jemisin.

The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled... Read more »

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The Stone Sky

The Broken Earth: Book #3

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 14 hours 16 minutes

Humanity will finally be saved or destroyed in the shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed NYT bestselling trilogy that won the Hugo Award three years in a row.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of... Read more »

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