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AkooBooks Black/African: Books to Film

Books that have been turned into award winning movies.

Native Son

By Richard Wright
Narrated by Peter Francis James /  17 hours 45 minutes

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is... Read More »

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The Pursuit of Happyness - Abridged

By Chris Gardner
Narrated by Andre Blake / 

The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street.

At the age of twenty, Chris Gardner arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. However, he surprised everyone and himself by setting... Read More »

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Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Expanded Edition

What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment
By Steve Harvey
Narrated by Mike Hodge /  6 hours 4 minutes

An International Bestseller

With translations in more than thirty languages, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is the definitive relationship guide for women.

Steve Harvey can't count the number of impressive women he's met over the years—the many incredible women who can run a business, have three kids, maintain a household in tiptop shape, and... Read More »

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Beloved

By Toni Morrison
Narrated by Toni Morrison /  12 hours 2 minutes

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not... Read More »

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back - Abridged

By Terry McMillan
Narrated by Terry McMillan / 

Stella Payne is forty-two, divorced, a high-powered investment analyst, mother of eleven-year-old Quincy- and she does it all. In fact, if she doesn't do it, it doesn't get done, from Little League carpool duty to analyzing portfolios to folding the laundry and bringing home the bacon. She does it all well, too, if her chic house, personal... Read More »

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The Help

By Kathryn Stockett
18 hours 3 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award–winning film.

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her... Read More »

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The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd
Narrated by Jenna Lamia /  9 hours 53 minutes

An intoxicating debut novel of "one motherless daughter's discovery of...the strange and wonderful places we find love" --The Washington PostSue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily... Read More »

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Precious

By Sapphire
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  5 hours 4 minutes

An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous,... Read More »

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The Color Purple

By Alice Walker
Narrated by Alice Walker /  8 hours

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive... Read More »

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The Butler

A Witness to History
By Wil Haygood
Narrated by Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo & Lee Daniels /  2 hours 32 minutes

The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture...Read by its Stars David Oyelowo, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey

When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was... Read More »

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The Amistad Rebellion

By Marcus Rediker
Narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez /  9 hours 36 minutes

The riveting account of the slave ship rebellion told for the first time from the slaves’ perspective. The slave ship Amistad set sail from Havana on July 2, 1839, on a routine delivery of human cargo. A few days into its voyage, the fifty-three African captives aboard would seize control and steer a new course—one that took them to freedom and... Read More »

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The Soloist

A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
By Steve Lopez
Narrated by William Hughes /  6 hours 41 minutes

A moving story of the remarkable bond between a journalist in search of a story and a homeless, classically trained musician-now a major motion picture from DreamWorks starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. When Steve Lopez saw Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he found it impossible to... Read More »

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Blood Diamonds

Tracing the Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
By Greg Campbell
Narrated by Tom Weiner /  7 hours 2 minutes

The diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These "blood diamonds" are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry. Eventually, these very diamonds find their way into... Read More »

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Roots

The Saga of an American Family
By Alex Haley & Michael Eric Dyson
Narrated by Avery Brooks /  14 hours 52 minutes

It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him... Read More »

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To Sir, With Love

By E.R. Braithwaite
Narrated by Ben Onwukwe /  6 hours 45 minutes

With opportunities for black men limited in post-World War II London, Rick Braithwaite, a former Royal Air Force pilot and Cambridge-educated engineer, accepts a teaching position that puts him in charge of a class of angry, unmotivated, bigoted white teenagers whom the system has mostly abandoned. When his efforts to reach these troubled... Read More »

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Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup & Dr. Sue Eakin
Narrated by Louis Gossett Jr. /  7 hours 51 minutes

In this riveting landmark autobiography that reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York, Louisiana, and Washington, DC, to experience the kidnapping and twelve-year bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate... Read More »

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