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Discover books that won awards in 2023.

The Rediscovery of America

Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History (The Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity)

By: Ned Blackhawk
Narrated by: Jason Grasl
Length: 17 hours 18 minutes

The most enduring feature of US history is the presence of Native Americans, yet most histories focus on Europeans and their descendants. This long practice of ignoring Indigenous history is changing, however, with a new generation of scholars insists that any full American history address the struggle, survival, and resurgence of American... Read more

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The Words That Remain

By: Stênio Gardel
Narrated by: André Santana
Length: 3 hours 54 minutes

A letter has beckoned to Raimundo since he received it over fifty years ago from his youthful passion, handsome Cícero. But having grown up in an impoverished area of Brazil where the demands of manual labor thwarted his becoming literate, Raimundo has long been unable to read. As young men, he and Cícero fell in love, only to have Raimundo’s... Read more

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The Berry Pickers

By: Amanda Peters
Narrated by: Aaliya Warbus & Jordan Waunch
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

“The four year-old daughter of Indigenous berry pickers is stolen from her family while they are in Maine. Her disappearance will destroy one family and haunt another for decades until the truth comes out. Told in alternating voices by the girl and her brother, this novel is unforgettable. Read more

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Yellowface

A Novel

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Helen Laser
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

“One afternoon, I picked up this book intending to read a chapter or two only to find myself completely engrossed with this fast paced, quick witted tale for the rest of the night! I finished it the following morning. I found the unreliable narrator to be really compelling and I was intrigued by the scathing take down of the publishing industry.... Read more

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Losing Music

A Memoir

By: John Cotter
Narrated by: John Cotter
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes

“I was in the car the first time music seemed strange: the instruments less distinct, the vocals less crisp.”John Cotter was thirty years old when he first began to notice a ringing in his ears. Soon the ringing became a roar inside his head. Next came partial deafness, then dizziness and vertigo that rendered him unable to walk, work, sleep, or... Read more

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Night of the Living Rez

By: Morgan Talty
Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

Set in a Native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy.
In twelve striking, luminescent stories, author Morgan Talty—with searing humor, abiding compassion, and deep... Read more

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Akata Woman

Nsibidi Scripts: Book #3

By: Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Nene Nwoko
Length: 13 hours 17 minutes

From the moment Sunny Nwazue discovered she had mystical energy flowing in her blood, she sought to understand and control her powers. Throughout her adventures in Akata Witch and Akata Warrior, she had to navigate the balance between nearly everything in her life—America and Nigeria, the "normal" world and the one infused with juju, human and... Read more

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Notes on an Execution

A Novel

By: Danya Kukafka
Narrated by: Mozhan Marno & Jim Meskimen
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

“When the book opens, we meet the murderer Ansel Packer in his jail cell, 12 hours from execution. In the next chapter, he is a toddler in 1973 and we learn about his origins. At that chapter, I was hooked! As the book progresses, everything we learn about Ansel is from the point of view of the women in his life: his mother, his wife, and—my... Read more

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The Life of Crime

Detecting the History of Mysteries and their Creators

By: Martin Edwards
Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
Length: 17 hours 44 minutes

Winner of four major prizes for the best critical/biographical book related to crime fiction: the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and H.R.F. Keating Awards; and shortlisted for both the Agatha and Gold Dagger Awards. ‘Martin Edwards is the closest thing there has been to a philosopher of crime writing.’... Read more

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The Light Pirate

By: Lily Brooks-Dalton
Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

“100% Loved this. Read more

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Happy-Go-Lucky

By: David Sedaris
Narrated by: David Sedaris
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes

“This was my first experience listening to David Sedaris. It was great. His stories are always smart and funny, sometimes disturbing, but always make me think. Wonderful to hear him tell them authentically. Read more

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A Different Pond

By: Bao Phi
Narrated by: Bao Phi
Length: 14 minutes

As a young boy, Bao and his father awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their... Read more

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The Postcard

By: Anne Berest
Narrated by: Barrie Kealoha
Length: 13 hours 5 minutes

“A powerful personal account of a family’s history over multiple generations with a stunning ending that resolves the mystery of the postcard’s sender! The author launches her family research and investigation of who could have written the anonymous, unsigned postcard a decade earlier when her daughter experiences an anti-semitic incident at... Read more

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Unearthing

A Story of Tangled Love and Family Secrets

By: Kyo Maclear
Narrated by: Kyo Maclear
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

A searing and unforgettable memoir about a family secret revealed by a DNA test, the lessons learned in its aftermath, and the indelible power of love.

“A moving account…[and] a reminder of the abundance of experience present in all families, and the power and healing that can come from honoring those many truths.” —The Washington Post

Three... Read more

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Blackouts

A Novel

By: Justin Torres
Narrated by: Ozzie Rodriguez & Torian Brackett
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

A Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post, Time, BookPage

A Must-Read: The New York Times, Time, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Boston Herald, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, The Bay Area Reporter, Datebook, Electric Literature, The Stacks, Them, Publishers Weekly

“Sweeping, ingenious .... Read more

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Inciting Joy

Essays

By: Ross Gay
Narrated by: Ross Gay
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

An intimate and electrifying collection of essays from the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Delights  

In these gorgeously written and timely pieces, prize-winning poet and author Ross Gay considers the joy we incite when we care for each other, especially during life’s inevitable hardships. Throughout Inciting Joy, he explores... Read more

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Grey Bees

By: Andrey Kurkov
Narrated by: Andrew Byron
Length: 11 hours 50 minutes

With a warm yet political humor, Ukraine's most famous novelist presents a balanced and illuminating portrait of modern conflict.

Little Starhorodivka, a village of three streets, lies in Ukraine's Grey Zone, the no-man's-land between loyalist and separatist forces. Thanks to the lukewarm war of sporadic violence and constant propaganda that... Read more

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Bliss Montage

Stories

By: Ling Ma
Narrated by: Katharine Chin
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

"Narrator Katharine Chin nails the dark humor and flat tone of this bizarre and fascinating short story collection."- AudioFile

A new creation by the author of Severance, Bliss Montage crashes through our carefully built mirages.


What happens when fantasy tears the screen of the everyday to wake us up? Could that waking be our end?

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Stay True

A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By: Hua Hsu
Narrated by: Hua Hsu
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

Stay True is a beautiful memoir and tribute to Hua Hsu's late friend, Ken. I listened to this memoir as an audiobook and I loved hearing Hsu narrate his own story. His accounts of friendship and loss are raw and emotional, taking the reader on a journey with Hsu as he processes his grief and finds hope in writing and art. Read more

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Freedom’s Dominion (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power

By: Jefferson Cowie
Narrated by: André Chapoy
Length: 16 hours 5 minutes

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE IN HISTORY

An "important, deeply affecting—and regrettably relevant" (New York Times) chronicle of a sinister idea of freedom: white Americans’ freedom to oppress others and their fight against the government that got in their way.  
 
American freedom is typically associated with the fight of the oppressed for a... Read more

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