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Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Audiobooks

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (also known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month), and we’re celebrating with audiobooks that reflect the vast diversity of experiences and cultures within Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. This list is by no means exhaustive or fully representative, but it is a place to celebrate captivating works of fiction and non-fiction, and to find your next listen.

For more, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and follow the hashtag #ReadAsianAuthors to find new authors and audiobook recommendations throughout the month.

Author: Ocean Vuong
Read By: Ocean Vuong

With stunning urgency and grace, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a novel about people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

“The listener is carried along with Vuong’s voice, almost as if listening to a carefully crafted melody.”—AudioFile

Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and reimagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature.

A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick. Listen to this electrifying full cast audiobook about three unforgettable characters who seek to rise–to the middle class, to political power, to fame in the movies–and find their lives entangled in the wake of a catastrophe in contemporary India.

Discover more about the narrators of A Burning here: Meet the Cast: A Burning by Megha Majumdar.

Readers of exciting, challenging and visionary literary fiction will be drawn to The People in the Trees. A decade in the writing, this is an anthropological adventure story that combines the visceral allure of a thriller with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide.

Author: Chang-rae Lee
Read By: Lawrence Kao

Instant national bestseller. From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and On Such a Full Sea, My Year Abroad is an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure—and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.

2020 National Book Award Winner. From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Interior Chinatown is a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

“Joel de la Fuente gives a spectacular performance filled with drama, theatrics, and razzle-dazzle that beautifully showcases Charles Yu’s satire of Asians in America, told in a funky screenplay format.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Written and read by poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative, and will change the way you think about our world.

“It is as hard to stop listening to these essays as it is to remain unmoved by them.”—AudioFile

Author: Michio Kaku
Read By: Feodor Chin

An instant New York Times bestseller. The God Equation is the epic story of the greatest quest in all of science—the holy grail of physics that would explain the creation of the universe—from renowned theoretical physicist and author of The Future of the Mind and The Future of Humanity.

Arsenic and Adobo is the first audiobook in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer. When Lila Macapagal moves back home to save her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. But when a notoriously nasty food critic drops dead, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.

Author: Eric Nguyen
Read By: Quyen Ngo

Named one of the “Fifteen Books to Watch for in May” by The New York Times. Things We Lost to the Water is a stunning debut novel on audio about an immigrant Vietnamese family who settles in New Orleans and struggles to remain connected to one another as their lives are inextricably reshaped.

In Heart of Fire listen to Senator Mazie Hirono, the first Asian-American woman and the only immigrant serving in the U.S. Senate, tell her inspiring life story. Plus, hear Senator Hirono talk about recording her audiobook on our This Is the Author podcast.

“One of the finest political memoirs in the history of the genre.”—Library Journal, starred review

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, Facing the Mountain is a gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation: the courageous Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

Looking for more audiobooks by Asian American authors and narrators? Visit our AAPI Voices and Stories on Audio page.