8 Audiobooks From Black Writers You Should Know

Whether you are in the mood for literary fiction, romantic fiction, gritty mysteries, or serious nonfiction, there are great audiobooks waiting for you from some of the best-known and up-and-coming black writers. Here are eight to choose from:

The Book of Night Women
Author: Marlon James
Read By: Robin Miles

Lilith was born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. The slave women around her recognize a dark power that they both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.
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The Good Lord Bird

This National Book Award winner is the story of a young boy, born a slave, who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.
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I Almost Forgot About You

When Dr. Georgia Young decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love.
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The Long Fall

Ex-boxer and hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors, Leonid McGill is an old-school P.I. working a city that’s gotten fancy all around him. As he unearths some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow will be constantly tested.
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Sag Harbor

From Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead comes a funny coming-of-age novel about Benji Cooper. Attending a predominantly white prep school in Manhattan, he escapes to Sag Harbor every summer, where a small community of African-American professionals has built a world of its own.
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We Were Eight Years in Power

This collection features Coates’s iconic essays, first published in The Atlantic, along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the 2016 election.
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The Wedding Date

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to see if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut.
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What We Lose

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is caught between worlds. She tries to connect all the pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor.
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