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AkooBooks Black/African: Biography & Memoir

A list of all the latest African/African American Biography & Memoir audiobooks

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin /  11 hours 40 minutes

A National Book Award Longlist title with eight starred reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." —Booklist... Read More »

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We're Going to Need More Wine

Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
By Gabrielle Union
Narrated by Gabrielle Union /  7 hours 48 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Root

Chosen by Emma Straub as a Best New Celebrity Memoir

“A book of essays as raw and honest as anyone has ever produced.” — Lena Dunham, Lenny Letter

In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind... Read More »

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Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Narrated by Ta-Nehisi Coates /  3 hours 35 minutes

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS...
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Called to Rise

A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me
By Chief David O. Brown & Michelle Burford
Narrated by Chief David O. Brown /  8 hours 6 minutes

The Dallas police chief who inspired a nation with his response to the killing of five of his officers shares his personal story and his faith in America’s potential to unite communities through a dedication to transparency and trust.

“The real deal: a real Christian, a real man, a real leader.”—Whoopi Goldberg, The View

“A front-row seat to... Read More »

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The Audacity of Hope - Abridged

Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
By Barack Obama
Narrated by Barack Obama /  6 hours 9 minutes

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics–a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in Congress... Read More »

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Undisputed Truth

By Mike Tyson & Larry Sloman
Narrated by Joshua Henry /  20 hours 46 minutes

A bare-knuckled, tell-all memoir from Mike Tyson, the onetime heavyweight champion of the world—and a legend both in and out of the ring.

Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon—Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest,... Read More »

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

By Issa Rae
Narrated by Issa Rae /  5 hours 49 minutes

In the bestselling tradition of Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black as cool.

My name is “J” and I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me... Read More »

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Mandela

By Donna Faulkner
Narrated by Pam Ward /  3 hours 55 minutes

Nelson Mandela led a long and remarkable life. From his earliest days herding cows in a South African village, he became a child of privilege, a rebellious runaway, an impoverished student, a father, a successful lawyer, a political dissident, a rising star in the African nationalist movement, an underground saboteur, the chief defendant in... Read More »

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Coach Wooden and Me

Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & David Fisher
6 hours

Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

President Barack Obama's Favorite Book of 2017

A Boston Globe and Huffington Post Best Book of 2017 Pick

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

When future NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... Read More »

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Michael Jordan

The Life
By Roland Lazenby
Narrated by Bob Souer /  21 hours 7 minutes

"It's not every day that I'm blown away by a book about a sports figure. But MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LIFE, by Roland Lazenby, ranks up there with the very best: The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger, and Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer. The depth of reporting, his frequent ascent into poetry, and his intelligent... Read More »

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

A Novel
By Jesmyn Ward
Narrated by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Chris Chalk & Rutina Wesley /  8 hours 22 minutes

*WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for FICTION
*A TIME MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 OF 2017
*Finalist for the Kirkus Prize
*Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal
*Publishers Weekly Top 10 of 2017


“The heart of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing is story—the yearning for a narrative to help us understand... Read More »

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Black Privilege

Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
By Charlamagne Tha God
Narrated by Charlamagne Tha God /  7 hours 45 minutes

Charlamagne Tha God—the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off,” co-host of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and “hip-hop’s Howard Stern”—shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one’s truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness.

In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and... Read More »

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The Last Black Unicorn

By Tiffany Haddish
Narrated by Tiffany Haddish /  6 hours 29 minutes

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by... Read More »

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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

By Gucci Mane & Neil Martinez-Belkin
Narrated by Guy Lockard /  6 hours 29 minutes

The highly anticipated memoir from Gucci Mane, “one of hip-hop’s most prolific and admired artists” (The New York Times).

For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security... Read More »

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Stand By Your Truth

And Then Run for Your Life!
By Rickey Smiley
Narrated by Rickey Smiley /  7 hours 45 minutes

“I’m very passionate about everything that I do and I don’t play any games. I just keep it honest. I don’t put on airs. That’s the only way you can be. If you tell one lie, you’ve got to tell another lie. I’m cool with who I am. What you see is what you get.”

Stand-up comic. Single dad. Radio personality. TV star. Prankster. Producer. Community... Read More »

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Parental Discretion Is Advised

The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap
By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Narrated by Guy Lockard /  7 hours 52 minutes

Discover the stunning rise, fall, and legacy of N.W.A, one of America’s most revered and iconic enduring music groups, who put their stamp on pop culture, black culture, and who changed hip-hop music forever in this comprehensive and authoritative work of music journalism.

Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella caused a seismic shift in... Read More »

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Long Walk to Freedom - Abridged

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
By Nelson Mandela
Narrated by Danny Glover /  6 hours

Read by Danny Glover, with an introduction by Kofi Annan.

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from... Read More »

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Shaq Uncut

My Story
By Shaquille O'Neal & Jackie MacMullan
Narrated by Dion Graham /  8 hours 37 minutes

Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq.

You know him by any number of names, and chances are you know all about his legendary basketball career: Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal is a four-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. After being an... Read More »

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