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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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The Body Papers

By Grace Talusan
Narrated by: Grace Talusan
Length: 6 hours 24 minutes

Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfather's nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that... Read more »

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A Litany for Survival

By Staceyann Chin
Narrated by: Staceyann Chin
Length: 3 hours 35 minutes

Crossfire collects Staceyann Chin's empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single book.According to The New York Times, Chin is “sassy, rageful and sometimes softly self-mocking.” The Advocate says that her poems “combine hilarious one-liners with a refusal to conform” and note “Chin is out to... Read more »

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By Michael ByungJu Kim
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes

With the rapidly cascading Asian Financial Crisis threatening to go global and Korea in imminent meltdown, investment banker Dae Joon finds himself back in his native Seoul as part of an international team brought in to rescue the country from sovereign default. For Dae Joon—also known by his American name of Shane, after the cowboy movie his...

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The Boys in the Back Row

By Mike Jung
Length: 5 hours 12 minutes

Best friends Matt and Eric are hatching a plan for one big final adventure together before Eric moves away: during the marching band competition at a Giant Amusement Park, they will sneak away to a nearby comics convention and meet their idol—a famous comic creator. Without cell phones. Or transportation. Or permission. Of course, their final...

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The Mermaid from Jeju

By Sumi Hahn
Narrated by: Cindy Kay & Raymond J. Lee
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

In the aftermath of World War II, Goh Junja is a girl just coming into her own. She is the latest successful deep-sea diver in a family of strong haenyeo. Confident she is a woman now, she urges her mother to allow her to make their annual trip to Mt. Halla, where they trade sea delicacies for pork. A sea-village girl, Junja has never been to... Read more »

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The Comeback

By E. L. Shen
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 4 hours 19 minutes

Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen is just trying to nail that perfect landing: on the ice, in middle school, and at home, where her parents worry that competitive skating is too much pressure for a budding tween. Maxine isn’t concerned however?she’s determined to glide to victory. But then a bully at school starts teasing her about her Chinese... Read more »

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Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

By Joanna Ho
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus Bradner
Length: 4 minutes

This lyrical and stunning book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the of spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry.

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and... Read more »

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The Leavers

A Novel

By Lisa Ko
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 14 hours 52 minutes

One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a... Read more »

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Marriage of a Thousand Lies

A Novel

By SJ Sindu
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

Lakshmi, called Lucky, is an unemployed millennial programmer. She likes to dance, have a drink or two, and she makes art on commission. Fifty bucks gets you high-resolution digital images of anything you want (orcs, mermaids, cos-playing couples in sexy boudoir scenes) and a nice frameable print. Lucky's husband, Krishna, is an editor for a... Read more »

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Ghosts of Gold Mountain

The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

By Gordon H. Chang
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now.

From across the sea, they came by the thousands, escaping war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes in America. Converging on the enormous... Read more »

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By Tracy O'Neill
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

Two people search for connection in a world of fractured identities and aliases, global finance, big data, intelligence bureaucracies, algorithmic logic, and terror.

Jeremy Jordan and Alexandra Chen hope to make a quiet home together but struggle to find a space safe from their personal secrets. For Jeremy, this means leaving behind his former... Read more »

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Why We Swim

By Bonnie Tsui
Narrated by: Angie Kane
Length: 6 hours 35 minutes

Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now in the twenty-first century, we swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. Swimming is an introspective and silent sport in a chaotic and noisy age; it’s...

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Willow the Armadillo

By Marilou Reeder
Narrated by: Full Cast
Length: 7 minutes

Willow the Armadillo loves picture books. More than anything, she wants to be the hero in a picture book of her very own. She knows that achieving her dream will take a lot of work, so she studies hard at Picture Book Academy and signs up for many auditions. But she just can’t seem to land a leading role! After one last heartbreaking rejection,...

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The Perfect Escape

By Suzanne Park
Narrated by: Kate Rudd & Raymond Lee
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich. When one of his classmates offers Nate a ridiculous amount of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family, but is compromising his integrity worth it? Kate Anderson wants a fresh start away from her controlling father. She fantasizes about...

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A House Is a Body


By Shruti Swamy
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

"This collection will change the way all stories—short and long—are told, written, and consumed." —KIESE LAYMON, author of Heavy

In two-time O. Henry-prize winner Swamy's debut collection of stories, dreams collide with reality, modernity collides with antiquity, myth with true identity, and women grapple with desire, with ego, with motherhood... Read more »

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After the End of History

Conversations with Francis Fukuyama

By Mathilde Fasting
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

In his 1992 bestselling book The End of History and the Last Man, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama argued that the dominance of liberal democracy marked the end of humanity's political and ideological development. Thirty years later, with populism on the rise and the number of liberal democracies decreasing worldwide, Fukuyama... Read more »

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Finding My Voice

By Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Narrated by: Jaine Ye
Length: 4 hours 40 minutes

The groundbreaking Own Voices classic by celebrated author Marie Myung-Ok Lee Seventeen-year-old Ellen Sung just wants to be like everyone else at her all-white school. But hers is the only Korean American family in town, and her classmates in Arkin, Minnesota, will never let her forget that she’s different. At the start of senior year, Ellen... Read more »

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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

By Paula Yoo
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

America in 1982: Japanese car companies are on the rise and believed to be putting U.S. autoworkers out of their jobs. Anti–Asian American sentiment simmers, especially in Detroit. A bar fight turns fatal, leaving a Chinese American man, Vincent Chin, beaten to death at the hands of two white men, autoworker Ronald Ebens and his stepson, Michael... Read more »

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Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost

By David Hoon Kim
Narrated by: Joji Otani-Hansen
Length: 6 hours 20 minutes

When Fumiko emerges after one month of being locked in her dorm room, she’s already dead, leaving behind a half-smoked Marlboro Light and a cupboard of petrified food. For her boyfriend, Henrik Blatand, an aspiring translator, these remnants are clues, propelling him forward in a search for meaning. Meanwhile, Fumiko, or perhaps her... Read more »

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The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish

Vanderbeekers: Book #5

By Karina Glaser & Karina Yan Glaser
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: TBA

It’s summer on 141st Street, and Isa, Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney can’t wait for camping trips, bike rides, and all the fun summer has to offer. Most of all, they’re looking forward to Papa’s surprise fortieth birthday party, which they’ve been planning for months. But when Papa must leave town suddenly to help his best friend, trouble... Read more »

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