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Audiobooks by Jewish American Authors

Audiobooks by Jewish American Authors

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, an annual recognition and celebration of American Jews' achievements and contributions to the United States of America.

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The Whole Story of Half a Girl

By Veera Hiranandani
Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Length: 5 hours 27 minutes

By the author of the Newbery Honor Book The Night Diary, a thoughtful and relatable story about cultural identity, friendship, and what it means to fit in without losing who you are.

After her father loses his job, Sonia Nadhamuni, half Indian and half Jewish American, finds herself yanked out of private school and thrown into the unfamiliar... Read more »

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Zabar's

A Family Story, with Recipes

By Lori Zabar
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

The fascinating, mouthwatering story (with recipes!) of the immigrant familythat created a New York gastronomic legend: “The most rambunctious andchaotic of all delicatessens, with one foot in the Old World and the other inthe vanguard of every fast-breaking food move in the city.” —Nora Ephron

When Louis and Lilly Zabar rented a counter in a... Read more »

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Black Widow

A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journey" in the Title

By Leslie Gray Streeter
Narrated by: Leslie Gray Streeter
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

With her signature warmth, hilarity, and tendency to overshare, Leslie Gray Streeter gives us real talk about love, loss, grief, and healing in your own way that "will make you laugh and cry, sometimes on the same page" (James Patterson).

Leslie Gray Streeter is not cut out for widowhood. She's not ready for hushed rooms and pitying looks. She... Read more »

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How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

By Ilan Stavans & Josh Lambert
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 15 hours 40 minutes

Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions are explored in this stunning and rich anthology of the... Read more »

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The Disordered Cosmos

A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

By Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 10 hours 55 minutes

From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos—and a call for a more liberatory practice of science.

A Finalist for the 2022 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
A Finalist for the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science & Technology
Smithsonian Magazine Best Science Book of...

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America's Jewish Women

A History from Colonial Times to Today

By Pamela Nadell
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 11 hours 32 minutes

A groundbreaking history of how Jewish women maintained their identity and influenced social activism as they wrote themselves into American history.

What does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America? In a gripping historical narrative, Pamela S. Nadell weaves together the stories of a diverse group of extraordinary people—from the colonial-era... Read more »

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Let Love Rule

By Lenny Kravitz & David Ritz
Narrated by: Lenny Kravitz
Length: 6 hours 40 minutes

"This captivating audiobook purports to be about the musical development of the multitalented Lenny Kravitz... As he draws listeners into his world, however, listeners begin to see that he's talking about something broader than music: This deeply thoughtful man is talking about how his passion for learning and expressing himself was shaped." --...

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Filled with Fire and Light

Portraits and Legends from the Bible, Talmud, and Hasidic World

By Elie Wiesel
Narrated by: Assaf Cohen
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

Here are magnificent insights into the lives of biblical prophets and kings, talmudic sages, and Hasidic rabbis from the internationally acclaimed writer, Nobel laureate, and one of the world’s most honored and beloved teachers.

“This posthumous collection encourages a path toward purpose and transcendence.” —The New York Times Book Review

From a... Read more »

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Deacon King Kong

A Novel

By James McBride
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 14 hours 5 minutes

Deacon King Kong

“It's been a while since I wanted to listen to an audiobook from the beginning right after I finished it. Deacon King Kong, narrated by Dominic Hoffman, is well-crafted storytelling with memorable characters and oddball humor that I just loved. It's also gritty and heartbreaking. What more can you ask of an engaging story when you are house-bound by a viral pandemic. Thank you, James McBride!”

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All About Me!

My Remarkable Life in Show Business

By Mel Brooks
Narrated by: Mel Brooks
Length: 15 hours 5 minutes

At 95, the legendary Mel Brooks continues to set the standard for comedy across television, film, and the stage. Now, for the first time, this EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner shares his story in his own words.

“Laugh-out-loud hilarious and always fascinating, from the great Mel Brooks. What else do you expect from the man who knew Jesus...
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The Color of Love

A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl

By Marra B. Gad
Narrated by: Marra B. Gad
Length: 6 hours 20 minutes

Winner of the 2020 Midwest Book Award in Autobiography/Memoir, The Color of Love is an unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after fifteen years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes.

In 1970, three-day-old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her...

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Our Country Friends

A Novel

By Gary Shteyngart
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
Length: 12 hours 14 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, The Washington Post, Time, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, Kirkus Reviews

“A perfect novel for these times and all times, the single textual artifact from the... Read more »

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The Awkward Black Man

Stories

By Walter Mosley
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
Length: 10 hours 9 minutes

Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.

Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle... Read more »

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Antiquities and Other Stories

By Cynthia Ozick
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini & Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 6 hours 40 minutes

From one of our most preeminent writers, a tale that captures the shifting meanings of the past and how our experience colors those meanings, now alongside four previously uncollected stories

In Antiquities, Lloyd Wilkinson Petrie, one of the seven elderly trustees of the now-defunct (for thirty-four years) Temple Academy for Boys, is preparing a... Read more »

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The Last Black Unicorn

By Tiffany Haddish
Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album!

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... Read more »

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Into the Forest

A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love

By Rebecca Frankel
Narrated by: Natalie Pela
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

Into the Forest

“Confession: I was wary at first about another Holocaust survival story. And then I read the prologue, and couldn't put the book down. From the first pages, Rebecca Frankel had me feeling like a child listening, rapt, to the stories the women in my family would recount about the past. The immediacy and intimacy of the narrative swept me away and I lost track of my physical location, only half aware that I was sitting on my couch instead of hiding in fear for my life. Frankel is gentle, but unflinching, as she relates the events experienced by the Rabinowitz family. While Into the Forest is one tale of Holocaust survival among many such tales, it stands out not only for Frankel's storytelling acumen, but also as a reminder that one kindness can echo into the future in astounding and unpredictable ways.”

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The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

A Novel

By Sarit Yishai-Levi
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
Length: 17 hours 4 minutes

Now a Netflix series, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a dazzling story about mothers and daughters, secrets and betrayals, and a binding curse.

Finalist for the Book Club category of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards.


The #1 International Best Seller,
The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a dazzling novel of mothers and daughters, stories told and...

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Letters to Camondo

By Edmund de Waal
Narrated by: Edmund de Waal
Length: 3 hours 18 minutes

"With deep appreciation for Camondo's generosity and taste, de Waal takes listeners on a journey they won't forget." -- AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the author

A tragic family history told in a collection of imaginary letters to a famed collector, Moise de Camondo


Letters to Camondo is a collection of imaginary letters from Edmund de...

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Eli's Promise

A Novel

By Ronald H. Balson
Narrated by: Fred Berman
Length: 11 hours 45 minutes

"National Jewish Book Award winner Ron Balson returns triumphantly with Eli’s Promise, a captivating saga of the Holocaust and its aftermath spanning decades and continents. Readers will not be able to put this book down, but will turn the pages compulsively with heart in throat, eager to learn the fate of the Rosen family. Balson’s meticulous...

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The Adventures of Herbie Cohen

World's Greatest Negotiator

By Rich Cohen
Narrated by: Paul Adelstein
Length: 6 hours 46 minutes

The New York Times bestselling author Rich Cohen tells the story of Herbie: the king of Bensonhurst, the world’s best negotiator—and Cohen’s wise, wisecracking father.

Meet Herbie Cohen, World’s Greatest Negotiator, dealmaker, risk taker, raconteur, adviser to presidents and corporations, hostage and arms negotiator, lesson giver and justice...

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