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Read Caribbean Month

June is Caribbean Heritage Month and, five years ago, Caribbean Girl Reading the World (Instagram: @BookOfCinz) founded Read Caribbean month with the aim of creating awareness for Caribbean authors and their work. Use this playlist of audiobooks by authors of Caribbean heritage to discover your next favorite read and escape to the Caribbean!

When the Vibe Is Right

By: Sarah Dass
Narrated by: Antonevia Ocho-Coultes
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

From the author of Where the Rhythm Takes You comes a delightful enemies-to-lovers, contemporary romance set during Trinidad’s Carnival celebration. There are two things Tess Crawford knows for sure:  She’s destined to be a great Trinidadian Carnival costume designer like her renowned uncle, Russel Messina, and will one day inherit leadership of... Read more

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The God of Good Looks

A Novel

By: Breanne Mc Ivor
Narrated by: Varia Williams & Alexis Rodney
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes

“Bianca is an educated and accomplished Chinese-Trinidadian twenty-something who delves into increasingly erotic modeling after her relationship with a politician ignites a scandal that ruins her editorial career. She spends her free time writing a novel about her beloved (late) mother, journaling, wishing things were different. When a local... Read more

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Black Cake

A Novel

By: Charmaine Wilkerson
Narrated by: Lynnette R. Freeman & Simone Mcintyre
Length: 12 hours

COMING SOON TO HULU • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • Two estranged siblings delve into their mother’s hidden past—and how it all connects to her traditional Caribbean black cake—in this immersive family saga, “a character-driven, multigenerational story that’s meant to be savored” (Time).
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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion

By: Kei Miller
Narrated by: Kei Miller
Length: 1 hour 11 minutes

We watch as the cartographer, used to assuming control over a place by mapping it (‘I never get involved / with the muddy affairs of land’), is gradually compelled to recognise a wholly different understanding of place, as he tries to map his way to the rastaman’s eternal city of Zion. As the book unfolds the cartographer learns that, on this... Read more

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Breath, Eyes, Memory

By: Edwidge Danticat
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

At an astonishingly young age, Edwidge Danticat has become one of our most celebrated new novelists, a writer who evokes the wonder, terror, and heartache of her native Haiti--and the enduring strength of Haiti's women--with a vibrant imagery and narrative grace that bear witness to her people's suffering and courage. At the age of twelve,... Read more

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Everything Inside

Stories

By: Edwidge Danticat
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying, a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love. Rich with hard-won wisdom and humanity, set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean and beyond, Everything Inside is at once wide in scope and... Read more

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Queenie

By: Candice Carty-Williams
Narrated by: Shvorne Marks
Length: 9 hours 45 minutes

“Positively brilliant. I was completely blown away by this debut, in which 25-year-old Queenie Jenkins is navigating a lot. She recently went on break from a long-term relationship, she can’t seem to find her stride at her job with a national newspaper, and she’s constantly trying to figure out how to navigate the various components of her... Read more

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With the Fire on High

By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

“This was a great listen. Emoni, a single teen mom, has so much on her plate and has maturity beyond her years. She’s realistic and responsible and navigates high school, parenting, college decisions and a budding love interest. She’s becoming a talented chef and her feelings are expressed in her food. The author narrates and she had me hooked... Read more

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Hungry Ghosts

A Novel

By: Kevin Jared Hosein
Narrated by: Don Warrington
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

“This is a deeply impressive book, and I think an important one. Its intensity, its narrative attack, the fascinations of its era and setting, make it impossible to tear the attention away. Energy and inventiveness distinguish every page.” — Hilary MantelFrom an unforgettable new voice in Caribbean literature, a sweeping story of two families... Read more

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

The Dark Star Trilogy: Book #1

By: Marlon James
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 23 hours 59 minutes

“Black Leopard, Red Wolf is fantastically queer, black, and confounding! It is an enticing read, filled with love, sex, betrayal, and truths that are not so true. Read more

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How to Love a Jamaican

Stories

By: Alexia Arthurs
Narrated by: Janina Edwards, Adenrele Ojo, Dominic Hoffman & James Fouhey
Length: 7 hours 3 minutes

“In these kaleidoscopic stories of Jamaica and its diaspora we hear many voices at once. All of them convince and sing. All of them shine.”—Zadie Smith

An O: The Oprah Magazine “Top 15 Best of the Year” • A Well-Read Black Girl’s Pick

Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret—Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to... Read more

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Popisho

A Novel

By: Leone Ross
Narrated by: Leone Ross
Length: 13 hours 4 minutes

“Playful and full-flavored, Popisho is a story of strange magic and communal intimacy. The kelp-crossing scene, which asks us to trust a shifting world, is one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I have ever read. "I told you," a young guide urges, while teaching our hero to walk on water, "I not following any path. I following what is... Read more

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If You Read This

By: Kereen Getten
Narrated by: Kamali Minter
Length: 3 hours 28 minutes

From the author of the critically acclaimed novel When Life Gives You Mangos comes a captivating journey of love, loss, and letters. Named a best book of the year by Waterstones!
 
When Brie was younger, her mama used to surprise her with treasure hunts around their island town. After she died three years ago, these became Brie’s favorite... Read more

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Olga Dies Dreaming

A Novel

By: Xochitl Gonzalez
Narrated by: Almarie Guerra, Armando Riesco & Inés del Castillo
Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

“Loved this one, especially on audio. The narration was excellent, and laugh out loud funny. Perfect blend of contemporary fiction, intrigue, romance, Puerto Rican culture, and the impact of Hurricane Maria. Read more

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If I Survive You

By: Jonathan Escoffery
Narrated by: Torian Brackett
Length: 8 hours

“A compelling collection of stories about blended identities, race, parental favoritism and financial struggles. A Jamaican family moves to Miami, but their youngest son struggles to fit in, constantly wondering who he is, always feeling like an outsider even within his own family. Beautiful writing. Read more

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Behind the Mountains

By: Edwidge Danticat
Narrated by: Ella Turenne
Length: 3 hours 49 minutes

A lyrical and poignant coming-of-age story about one girl's immigration experience, as she moves from Haiti to New York City, byaward-winning author Edwidge Danticat.It is election time in Haiti, and bombs are going off in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. During a visit from her home in rural Haiti,Celiane Espérance and her mother are... Read more

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Nightmare Island

By: Shakirah Bourne
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 7 hours 23 minutes

From rising star Shakirah Bourne, author of Josephine Against the Sea, comes a mysterious adventure that explores one of the most chilling tales in Caribbean mythology: the faceless douen children.Twelve year-old Serenity Noah has never told anyone about her recurring nightmares -- the haunting images of silver butterflies whose flapping wings... Read more

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Krik? Krak!

By: Edwidge Danticat
Narrated by: Robin Miles & Dion Graham
Length: 4 hours 52 minutes

American Book Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat earned a National Book Award nomination for this brilliant collection of stories, which includes Pushcart Prize winner "Between the Pool and the Gardenias." A "remarkably gifted writer" (Publishers Weekly), Danticat examines the brutality of her native Haiti, particularly as it affects women,... Read more

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The Lesson

A Novel

By: Cadwell Turnbull
Narrated by: Janina Edwards & Ron Butler
Length: 8 hours 36 minutes

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa... Read more

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How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

A Novel

By: Cherie Jones
Narrated by: Danielle Vitalis
Length: 8 hours 41 minutes

“I could listen to this narrator on Libro.fm read the dictionary and still be mesmerized. This is an emotional story of multi-generational abuse, suffered from class and race differences, and at the hands of loved ones. It paints an intimate portrayal of all the people on Baxter's Beach, tourists and residents alike. Read more

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