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Black Narrators to Listen to

Black Narrators to Listen to

Searching for your next favorite narrator? Look no further than these Black audiobook narrators—from established voices to up-and-comers. Head over to the Libro.fm blog to learn more!

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Black Buck

By Mateo Askaripour
Narrated by: Zeno Robinson
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

Black Buck

“Perhaps I have a different perspective on this book because I have a younger brother who is a Black, 20-something man in sales, but this book presents an evocative, honest, complex portrait of being a BIPOC person in a white-dominant workplace (albeit one that is high-powered, sales-driven, and New York City-based). This is a book that allows a reader to be seen if this is their experience, but also for a reader to learn about a different reality if this is not their own. Black Buck is a tightly woven, contemporary debut from an author to watch.”

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Before the Ever After

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Guy Lockard
Length: 2 hours 14 minutes

Before the Ever After

“Jacqueline Woodson tackles the aftermath of concussions on a boy and his family. The only son of a pro-football player sees his dad change before his eyes, and must alter his own participation in the rough-housing team games he loves, in this middle-grade novel. It's great for 9-12 year olds, full of play action and admiration, personal growth and acceptance. Perfect for active kids and a well-narrated audio book for a short road trip, too!”

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Small World

A Novel

By Jonathan Evison
Narrated by: William DeMeritt
Length: 15 hours 59 minutes

A New York Times Editor's Choice! 

One of Booklist’s Top 10 Historical Fiction Novels of 2022

One of the LA Times's 10 Books to Add to Your Reading List

One of Book Culture's Most Anticipated Reads

“A bighearted, widescreen American tale.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Masterpiece…the quintessential Great American Novel.”—Booklist (starred)

“A vivid...
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A Good Neighborhood

A Novel

By Therese Anne Fowler
Narrated by: Ella Turenne
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

A Good Neighborhood

“Great option for those looking to examine the blend between liberal thoughts in theory and thoughts in reality. What do you believe in theory and what do you find when it's actually who your son or daughter is dating. When it's something in your life -- do you care about the environment in theory or when it's a tree in your backyard. Good, easy read with some lovely characters.”

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Empire of the Vampire

Empire of the Vampire: Book #1

By Jay Kristoff
Narrated by: Damian Lynch
Length: 27 hours 9 minutes

Empire of the Vampire

“In the vein of The Name of the Wind, a vampire hunter recounts his life to his executioner. This epic dystopian fantasy is dark and seductive. The violence! The expletives! The smut! What’s not to love?”

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Reaching for the Moon

The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

By Katherine Johnson
Narrated by: Heather Alicia Simms
Length: 5 hours 18 minutes

“This rich volume is a national treasure.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Captivating, informative, and inspiring…Easy to follow and hard to put down.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped launch Apollo 11.

As a young girl, Katherine Johnson showed an... Read more »

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Elements of Fiction

By Walter Mosley
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 2 hours 52 minutes

In his essential writing guide, This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley supplied aspiring writers with the basic tools to write a novel in one year. In this complementary follow up, Mosley guides the writer through the elements of not just any fiction writing, but the kind of writing that transcends convention and truly stands out. How... Read more »

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The Kidnapping Club

Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War

By Jonathan Daniel Wells
Narrated by: Devante Johnson
Length: 10 hours 12 minutes

Winner of a 2020-2021 New York City Book Award

In a rapidly changing New York, two forces battled for the city's soul: the pro-slavery New Yorkers who kept the illegal slave trade alive and well, and the abolitionists fighting for freedom.

We often think of slavery as a southern phenomenon, far removed from the booming cities of the North. But... Read more »

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The Dating Playbook

By Farrah Rochon
Narrated by: Rebecca Lee
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this delightful romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project!

When it comes to personal training, Taylor Powell kicks serious butt. Unfortunately, her bills are piling up, rent is due, and the money situation is dire. Taylor... Read more »

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The Boyfriend Project

By Farrah Rochon
Narrated by: Je Nie Fleming
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

The Boyfriend Project

“Smart, steamy, and fun! I listened to this one through Libro.FM and loved everything from the author's voice to the female friendships to the recognition that internet fame is an emotional burden. (I was also deeply amused by the fact that the male lead had lived/worked in Vienna, in the building locals affectionately refer to as "The Toilet Bowl.")”

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Hot Stew

By Fiona Mozley
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

Hot Stew

“A young millionaire wants to turn an old Soho brothel into luxury condos, but the tenants aren’t going to leave without a fight. A riveting tale about wealth, class, gentrification, power, and gender, this story shows readers just how unjust the world can be. A 2021 must-read!”

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We Do This ‘Til We Free Us

Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice

By Mariame Kaba
Narrated by: Diana Blue
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

"Organizing is both science and art. It is thinking through a vision, a strategy, and then figuring out who your targets are, always being concerned about power, always being concerned about how you're going to actually build power in order to be able to push your issues, in order to be able to get the target to actually move in the way that you... Read more »

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The Handbook of Culture and Psychology

2nd Edition

By Hyisung C. Hwang & David Matsumoto
Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
Length: 33 hours 34 minutes

Cultural and cross-cultural psychology and research continue to make strong contributions to mainstream psychology. Researchers and theoreticians from all parts of the globe increasingly contribute to this endeavor, enabling cultural and cross-cultural psychology and research to be one of the most exciting areas of study in psychology. This book... Read more »

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All the Water I've Seen Is Running

By Elias Rodriques
Narrated by: Landon Woodson
Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

All the Water I've Seen Is Running

“The voice of the main character in this stunning new slim novel by Elias Rodriques is so honest, flawed and vulnerable, I had myself convinced I was reading a memoir. The details picked out to accentuate memories are so spot-on, so accurate, the reader is encased in this reality created by the author. Brilliant, profound and heartbreaking. ”

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The Buddhist on Death Row

How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place

By David Sheff
Narrated by: Michael Boatman
Length: 7 hours 32 minutes

The Buddhist on Death Row

“A heart breaking and inspiring story of a man wrongfully sent to Death Row and how Buddhism changes his outlook. Although they are still fighting to free Jarvis Graves, Jarvis has spent his time on Death Row changing the lives of everyone he meets.”

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The Baseball 100

By Joe Posnanski
Narrated by: Cary Hite
Length: 30 hours 47 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Winner of the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year

“An instant sports classic.” —New York Post * “Stellar.” —The Wall Street Journal * “A true masterwork…880 pages of sheer baseball bliss.” —BookPage (starred review) * “This is a remarkable achievement.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A magnum opus... Read more »

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For All Time

By Shanna Miles
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt & Landon Woodson
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes

A Parade Magazine Best Young Adult Book of 2021

“A romance for the ages…one perfect little novel.” —Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl

The Sun Is Also a Star meets Outlander in this “unforgettable and artfully crafted romance” (Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’) about two teens who relive their... Read more »

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The List of Unspeakable Fears

By J. Kasper Kramer
Narrated by: Angel Pean
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

The War That Saved My Life meets Coraline in this “deliciously creepy” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) middle grade historical novel following an anxious young girl learning to face her fears—and her ghosts—against the backdrop of the typhoid epidemic.

Essie O’Neill is afraid of everything. She’s afraid of cats and electric lights. She’s... Read more »

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The Black Joke

One Ship's Battle Against the Slave Trade

By A.E. Rooks
Narrated by: Leon Nixon
Length: 9 hours 55 minutes

A groundbreaking history of the Black Joke, the most famous member of the British Royal Navy’s anti-slavery squadron, and the long fight to end the transatlantic slave trade.

The most feared ship in Britain’s West Africa Squadron, His Majesty’s brig Black Joke was one of a handful of ships tasked with patrolling the western coast of Africa in an... Read more »

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Luster

A Novel

By Raven Leilani
Narrated by: Ariel Blake
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

If you enjoyed Queenie, then you’ll love Luster.

“Although Edie makes questionable choices and seems to have difficulty understanding her sexuality, she unapologetically takes ownership of her body (to the extent she can) and attempts to find pleasure in using her body to make others uncomfortable. Edie is messy, intelligent, complicated, beautiful, disruptive, emotional, and real. Leilani does not put Edie into any of the stereotypical neatly packaged boxes that perpetuate racism and bore readers. At moments that could arguably be stereotypical, Leilani’s choice to utilize a stream-of-consciousness narration style allows for a deeper exploration of these ideas through Edie’s perspective. Leilani portrays each grotesque and beautiful moment that makes up this phase of Edie’s life with authenticity and without judgment. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the focus not only on the relationship between Edie and Eric, but also between Edie and Rebecca, and between Edie and Akila. However, at its heart, this book is about Edie’s relationship with herself.”

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