Man Booker Longlist Listens

In the world of literary fiction, the Man Booker Prize is a big deal. The prize is bestowed each year on the best original novel written in English and published in the UK. The longlist of nominees has just been announced, and and we’re very excited that it includes several titles published by Penguin Random House Audio. If you’re looking for meaty literary fiction, look no further than these:

Exit West
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Read By: Mohsin Hamid

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They begin to hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away. As the fighting around them intensifies, they have no choice but to step through a door and leave their homeland behind.
Listen to an excerpt EXIT WEST

Home Fire

Isma accepted an invitation from a mentor in America, but she can’t stop worrying about her sister, Aneeka, back in London, and Parvaiz, their brother who’s disappeared, looking to prove himself to the jihadist father he never knew. Then the son of a powerful political figure enters Isma’s life. This searing novel asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
Listen to an excerpt HOME FIRE

Lincoln in the Bardo

A moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, along with an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented, who are voiced by more than 166 narrators.
Listen to an excerpt LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

This novel braids the threads of multiple stories. Across decades and across the Indian subcontinent, the many characters come together in sadness, in love, and in hope.
Listen to an excerpt THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS

Swing Time

A complicated childhood friendship begun in a North West London housing project ends abruptly when the girls are in their twenties and haunts them both as they struggle to escape poverty and come to terms with their cultural histories and personal identities.
Listen to an excerpt SWING TIME

The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this tour de force chronicles a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
Listen to an excerpt THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Want to know what else made the longlist? See the entire list here.