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AkooBooks Audio: Audie Awards 2019 / Celebrating Black Talent

AkooBooks Audio: Audie Awards 2019 / Celebrating Black Talent

Audie Award nominations for 2019 featuring Black/African Narrators in the following categories: Audiobook of the Year, Autobiography/Memoir, Best Female Narrator, Humor, Literary Fiction & Classics, Middle Grade, Multi-Voiced Performance, Narration by the Author or Authors, Non-Fiction, Romance, Young Adult, and Young Listeners (up to age 8).

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How Not to Get Shot

And Other Advice From White People

By D. L. Hughley & Doug Moe
Narrated by: D. L. Hughley
Length: 3 hours 42 minutes

A cutting satire of race relations in the age of Trump and Black Lives Matter from the hugely popular comedian—one of "The Original Kings of Comedy"—and author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man, White House.

"White people are always giving out ‘helpful’ advice, such as: ‘Comply with the police and you won’t get shot.’ They’ve been doling...

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Barracoon

The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

By Zora Neale Hurston
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 3 hours 49 minutes

Barracoon

“Barracoon would be a significant document were it only about Cudjo (Kossola) Lewis, the last survivor of the last recorded slave ship to the US. His memories, recounted orally, preserve a trans-atlantic history that has long-been suppressed. But Barracoon is also a story about Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance, and the reclamation of African-American folklore. Woven throughout Hurston and Lewis' conversations is a yearning for roots and a fight for identity.”

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The Wedding Date

By Jasmine Guillory
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory—author of the Resse Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick The Proposal.

THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER
#5 LibraryReads Pick

“A swoony rom-com brimming...
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Everything's Trash, But It's Okay

By Phoebe Robinson
Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson
Length: 8 hours 55 minutes

If you enjoyed We're Going to Need More Wine, then you’ll love Everything's Trash, But It's Okay.

“Phoebe Robinson narrates her collection of essays and she is so much fun. Her laugh makes you want to laugh with her and her personality just sparkles through. This essay isn't all fun and games as she in honest about personal matters such as debt, dating and struggle as well as feminism (and it's lack of intersectionality), beauty standards and other toxic issues. I especially enjoyed how she owns her faults and her successes and you will be either cringing or cheering as you delve into these essays.”

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Where Do We Go From Here

Chaos or Community?

By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

The last book written by King his final reflections after a decade of civil rights struggles

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this significantly prophetic work, which has been unavailable for... Read more »

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Housegirl

A Novel

By Michael Donkor
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

"Adjoa Andoh performs much of Housegirl, Michael Donkor's accomplished, affecting debut novel, in sparkling Ghanaian English, immersing listeners in the world of Ghana and the Ghanaian diaspora." — BookPage

Nominated for the Edinburgh First Book Award
One of The Millions' "Most Anticipated Books of the Year"
One of The Guardian's "Best Summer...

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Children of Blood and Bone

Legacy of Orisha: Book #1

By Tomi Adeyemi
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hours 44 minutes

Children of Blood and Bone

“Children of Blood & Bone, is a story told in a world where magic no longer exists. Years ago, this was not the case. Once, magic and the Gods were celebrated. Now, Diviners (those with Maji blood, but no magic) are treated poorly, and all the Maji have been killed. One of those including our main protagonist, Zélie’s, mother. Determined to find a way to bring back magic, Zélie, along with her brother Tzain, and Orïsha’s only princess, Amari (gone rogue), set out on a quest against all odds. Told from Zélie, Amari and Amari’s brother and crown prince, Inan’s viewpoints, Tomi Adeyemi weaves together a tale so beautifully and tragically relevant, it will leave you craving for answers and more.”

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My Pride

Mastering Life’s Daily Performance

By Alton Fitzgerald White
Narrated by: Alton Fitzgerald White
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

Drawing on his own life and career and the rich lore of The Lion King, Alton Fitzgerald White, Broadway’s longest-running “King,” delivers his message of service—taking responsibility for and deriving happiness from commonplace achievements—as a philosophy that anyone can get through each day with satisfaction, pride, and a sense of...

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An American Marriage

A Novel

By Tayari Jones
Narrated by: Sean Crisden & Eisa Davis
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

An American Marriage

“Tayari Jones comes in fierce with An American Marriage. Delving into the lives of the newly married Roy and Celestial, this is a novel that pulls no punches from beginning to end. I won't ruin the surprise, but they're hit with a harrowing event that will define not only their relationship, but each of their lives, forever. Writing with an intensity and pace worthy of Donna Tartt, Jones yanks us into her characters' lives with a grip that never lets up. I cannot wait to put this in people's hands!”

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Heads of the Colored People

Stories

By Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes.

Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Some are darkly humorous—from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through... Read more »

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