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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!

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

A Novel

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

“Lala wants more. More than her grandmother’s small house and strict admonishments. More than a hand on her head for her birthday. And certainly more than her grandmother’s tale about the one-armed sister, a tale of what happens to disobedient girls who venture where they shouldn’t. But mostly Lala wants her loving and protective mother who sang... Read more

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The Princess of Thornwood Drive

By: Khalia Moreau
Narrated by: Jasmin Walker & Marlo Su
Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

Two sisters are trapped on opposite sides of reality in this entrancing and deeply moving debut novel that weaves together a contemporary narrative with a parallel fantasy world.  

One year ago, a tragic car accident killed 22-year-old Laine’s parents and left her 18-year-old sister, Alyssa, paralyzed and nonverbal. Now—instead of studying... Read more

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So Let Them Burn

The Divine Traitors: Book #1

By: Kamilah Cole
Narrated by: Keylor Leigh & Kamali Minter
Length: 11 hours 24 minutes

“I would have been down to read this book just with the promise of dragons... BUT DRAGONS AND DRAGON MECHAS!!! SOLD 110%!! This book was so fun to read: an outstanding YA fantasy with an interesting twist on the 'Chosen One' trope intermingled with magic, adventure, sisterhood, romance, and war. What happens when you save the world and then ruin... Read more

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Make It Count

My Fight to Become the First Transgender Olympic Runner

By: CeCé Telfer
Narrated by: CeCé Telfer
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

By turns harrowing and hopeful, MAKE IT COUNT is the inspiring story of the first openly transgender woman to win a NCAA title, following her traditional upbringing in Jamaica, her fight to become a US citizen, and her efforts to achieve her Olympic dreams.

CeCé Telfer is a warrior. The first openly transgender woman to win an NCAA championship,... Read more

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My Ackee Tree

A Chef's Memoir of Finding Home in the Kitchen

By: Suzanne Barr
Narrated by: Suzanne Barr
Length: 7 hours 29 minutes

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2023 TASTE CANADA AWARDS* NOMINATED FOR THE 2023 HERITAGE TORONTO AWARDS

For fans of The Measure of My Powers and Notes from a Young Black Chef, a memoir about food, family, and the recipes that brought one woman home when she needed it the most.


Suzanne Barr’s journey to become a chef started when she was 30. Her mother was... Read more

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Cereus Blooms at Night

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

By: Shani Mootoo
Narrated by: Shaquille James-Hosten
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes

FINALIST FOR THE GILLER PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE ETHEL WILSON FICTION PRIZE

Bold and lyrical, sensual and highly charged, Cereus Blooms at Night is the beautifully written, sensational first novel by Shani Mootoo, one of Canada’s most exciting literary voices.
     At the core of this haunting multi-generational novel are the shifting faces of... Read more

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A Small Place

By: Jamaica Kincaid
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 1 hour 47 minutes

From the award-winning author of Annie John comes a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua.“If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the prime minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist... Read more

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Mango, Mambo, and Murder

A Caribbean Kitchen Mystery: Book #1

By: Raquel V. Reyes
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

“This was so much fun to listen to. Food anthropologist, Miriam Quiñones-Smith, moves with her family to a ritzy area outside of Miami. She's reunited with her bff, Alma, and soon becomes embroiled in the murder of a socialite, and Alma becomes the main suspect. On top of that, Miriam, becomes a burgeoning food tv star, and also has to contend... Read more

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Something's Guava Give

Trouble in Paradise!: Book #2

By: Carrie Doyle
Narrated by: Elizabeth Cottle
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

Plum Lockhart went out on a limb when she ditched her corporate job in New York City and moved to the Caribbean island of Paraiso. Now the head of her own villa broker agency, she spends her days chasing down clients and lounging on white-sand beaches. But the sweet life turns sour when a publishing heiress is found dead at the mansion of... Read more

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It Takes Two to Mango

Trouble in Paradise!: Book #1

By: Carrie Doyle
Narrated by: Elizabeth Cottle
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

After Plum Lockhart's job as a travel magazine editor is eliminated in corporate cuts, she decides she's sick of cold winters in NYC and fruitless swiping on dating apps?what she needs is a dramatic change of scenery. On a whim, she accepts a job as a villa broker and moves to a beautiful Caribbean island. However, paradise isn't as perfect as... Read more

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What Noise Against the Cane

By: Desiree C. Bailey
Narrated by: Desiree C. Bailey
Length: 1 hour 35 minutes

The 115th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, What Noise Against the Cane is a lyric quest for belonging and freedom, weaving political resistance, Caribbean folklore, immigration, and the realities of Black life in America. Desiree C. Bailey begins by reworking the epic in an oceanic narrative of bondage and liberation in the midst of... Read more

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Crossfire

A Litany for Survival

By: Staceyann Chin
Narrated by: Staceyann Chin
Length: 3 hours 35 minutes

Crossfire collects Staceyann Chin's empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single book. According to The New York Times, Chin is “sassy, rageful and sometimes softly self-mocking.” The Advocate says that her poems “combine hilarious one-liners with a refusal to conform” and note “Chin is out to... Read more

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Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking

Caribbean Kitchen Mystery Series: Book #2

By: Raquel V. Reyes
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 8 hours 47 minutes

Fall festivities are underway in Coral Shores, Miami. Cuban-American cooking-show star Miriam Quiñones-Smith wakes up to find a corpse in her front yard. The body by the fake tombstone is the woman that was kicked out of the school's Fall Festival the day before. Miriam's luck does not improve. Her passive-aggressive mother-in-law puts her in... Read more

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Against the Currant

By: Olivia Matthews
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

“Shy baker and kick boxer Lyndsay opens a West Indian bakery in Brooklyn and has to defend herself from suspicion of murder- of another baker! A delightfully cozy mystery, with a wonderful family at its center. I loved the character development, the light (and bloodless) murder mystery and the warm, enveloping bakery vibes. And there are recipes!... Read more

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Cast Into Doubt

By: Patricia MacDonald
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

Shelby wants to give her daughter Chloe a gift she’ll never forget: a luxury cruise around the Caribbean. It will be the honeymoon Chloe and her husband Rob never got to take. Shelby will look after their little boy. Then the unthinkable happens: Shelby gets a call from a distraught Rob—Chloe is missing, fallen overboard. Everyone says she was... Read more

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The Girl With the DragonFruit Tattoo

Trouble in Paradise!: Book #3

By: Carrie Doyle
Narrated by: Elizabeth Cottle
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

On the tropical island of Paraiso, Plum Lockhart has a new zest for life. Not only is her new villa rental company growing like a weed, but things are also finally heating up between her and the handsome Director of Security at Las Frutas Resort. Plum's thrilled when she gets an invite to dinner on the yacht of a wealthy music executive,... Read more

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Coconut Drop Dead

Spice Isle Bakery Mysteries: Book #3

By: Olivia Matthews
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 7 hours 31 minutes

Brooklyn’s annual Caribbean American Heritage Festival is finally here, and Spice Isle Bakery is thrilled to be one of the event’s food vendors. After all, the Murrays have been attending the festival for years. Co-owner Lyndsay Murray hopes their West Indian pastries and finger foods draw people back to the bakery in Little Caribbean. She’s... Read more

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Here Comes the Sun

A Novel

By: Nicole Dennis-Benn
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is... Read more

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Patsy

A Novel

By: Nicole Dennis-Benn
Narrated by: Sharon Gordon
Length: 17 hours 9 minutes

“I feel that Dennis-Benn is unparalleled in writing the insidious unforgivables. The mother who can't find love for her daughter, the more-than-friend who takes everything you give them and never gives back, the daughter told to be a "good girl" who finds difficulty doing either of those things for the woman who ends up raising her. Like her... Read more

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The Black Cathedral

A Novel

By: Marcial Gala
Narrated by: Kyla García & Gary Tiedemann
Length: 6 hours 23 minutes

Haunting and transcendently twisted, this English-language debut from a Cuban literary star is a tale of race, magic, belief, and fate



The Stuart family moves to a marginal neighborhood of Cienfuegos, a city on the southern coast of Cuba. Arturo Stuart, a charismatic, visionary preacher, discovers soon after arriving that God has given him a... Read more

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