Audiobooks by Arab Authors to Add to Your Playlist

Intimate memoirs, enthralling literary fiction, heartwarming stories of self-discovery. Celebrate Arab Heritage Month, and the rich and diverse cultures of Arab people, with must-listen audiobooks by Arab authors, through April and beyond.

In her therapist’s waiting room, Suleima meets a writer named Naseem, and they begin a tense affair. But when Naseem flees Syria, he sends Suleima the manuscript of his novel. To Suleima’s surprise, she and the novel’s protagonist are uncannily similar. As she reads, Suleima has no idea what to trust–Naseem’s pages, her own memory, or nothing at all?

As Michael maneuvers through his working-class neighborhood delivering groceries, he enters the homes and lives of his customers. With the 1967 Arab-Israeli War fresh in public memory, he never summons the courage to explain who he is or where his parents came from. In Arab Boy Delivered, the people Michael meets shape him, and he struggles to figure out who this dutiful son of an immigrant family is becoming in a rapidly emerging modern world.

Author: Omar El Akkad
Read By: Dion Graham

From the bestselling author of American War comes What Strange Paradise, the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world and the global refugee crisis. But it is also a story of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair—and about the way each of those things can blind us to reality.

“[Dion] Graham carries the listener along on a remarkable journey that is at times life altering and life affirming.”–AudioFile

Author: Laila Lalami
Read By: Laila Lalami

In this starkly illuminating and impassioned audiobook, Pulitzer Prize­­–finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship.

“The challenges Lalami presents are softened by her gentle yet insistent presentation. Her almost hypnotic delivery leaves a lasting impact even after she has finished.”–AudioFile Magazine

Home is Not a Country, a novel-in-verse, is a mesmerizing journey of family, identity, and finding yourself in the most unexpected places is filled with lyrical beauty and stunning strength.

“Movingly unravels themes of belonging, Islamophobia, and the interlocking oppressions thrust upon immigrant women.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

An Odyssey Honor audiobook and National Book Award Finalist, this story is about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a former Somali refugee. Omar and his younger brother have spent most of their lives in a refugee camp in Kenya. When Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future…but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day. Learn more about the narrators in Meet the Cast: When Stars are Scattered.

In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria. Brothers of the Gun offers a ground-level reflection on the Syrian revolution, and a story of pragmatism and idealism, impossible violence and repression, and profound acts of courage, creativity, and hope.

“…this well-narrated audio version allows listeners to conjure their own images of Hisham’s struggles and triumphs.”—AudioFile Magazine

Author: Omar El Akkad
Read By: Dion Graham

Sarat Chestnut is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, the decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country.

“Graham infuses the Chestnuts’ story with urgency and heart, and he reads the official documents recounting the war with chilling veracity–making this dystopian vision of America feel all too real.”–AudioFile Magazine

Leila Slimani was in her native Morocco promoting her novel Adèlen when she began meeting women who confided the dark secrets of their sexual lives. In Morocco, women have only two choices: They can be wives or virgins. Sex and Lies combines testimonies with Slimani’s commentary to make a galvanizing case for a sexual revolution in the Arab world.