National Book Critics Circle Awards

National Book Critics Circle Awards

Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English.
    • Shirley Jackson

    • A Rather Haunted Life
    • By: Ruth Franklin
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    This historically relevant biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An incredible writer; a courageous woman

    • By Lesley on 10-08-16
    • A Rather Haunted Life
    • By: Ruth Franklin
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 09-27-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 131 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Biography, 2016

    Regular price: $38.46

    • Homegoing

    • A Novel
    • By: Yaa Gyasi
    • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,641
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,650

    Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An important story but terribly disjointed

    • By Joy on 12-07-17
    • A Novel
    • By: Yaa Gyasi
    • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 06-07-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,117 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, John Leonard Prize, 2016

    Regular price: $31.50

    • White Rage

    • The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
    • By: Carol Anderson
    • Narrated by: Pamela Gibson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091

    Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent history, modern analysis less so

    • By S. Yates on 02-17-18
    • The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
    • By: Carol Anderson
    • Narrated by: Pamela Gibson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 07-26-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Criticism, 2016

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Lab Girl

    • By: Hope Jahren
    • Narrated by: Hope Jahren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

    An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration, in work and in life; and a stunningly fresh look at plants....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A paradigm-shifting perspective on plant life

    • By Elizabeth on 05-20-16
    • By: Hope Jahren
    • Narrated by: Hope Jahren
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 04-05-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Autobiography, 2016

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Evicted

    • Poverty and Profit in the American City
    • By: Matthew Desmond
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,238
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228

    In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding and eye-opening

    • By serine on 11-29-16
    • Poverty and Profit in the American City
    • By: Matthew Desmond
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 03-01-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, General Nonfiction, 2016

    Regular price: $35.00

    • LaRose

    • A Novel
    • By: Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,036

    Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence - but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story; wonderful narration by the author.

    • By sgonk on 08-22-16
    • A Novel
    • By: Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 05-10-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Fiction, 2016

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Night at the Fiestas

    • Stories
    • By: Kirstin Valdez Quade
    • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Set in Northern New Mexico, an astonishing, beautifully rendered debut about living in a landscape shaped by love, loss, and violence. With intensity, dark humor, and emotional precision....

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Sellout

    • A Novel
    • By: Paul Beatty
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,945
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,726

    A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant book, fantastic narrator!

    • By Bonnie B. on 07-27-15
    • A Novel
    • By: Paul Beatty
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 07-07-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2,945 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Fiction, 2015

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Dreamland

    • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
    • By: Sam Quinones
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,928
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,914

    Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • American Nightmare that is Necessary Reading

    • By Mel on 05-09-15
    • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
    • By: Sam Quinones
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 04-21-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, General Nonfiction, 2015

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Negroland

    • A Memoir
    • By: Margo Jefferson
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 218

    At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac - here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • ARE YOU BLACK ENOUGH

    • By CHET YARBROUGH on 05-04-16
    • A Memoir
    • By: Margo Jefferson
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 11-19-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 244 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Autobiography, 2015

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Romantic Outlaws

    • The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
    • By: Charlotte Gordon
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
    • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    Charlotte Gordon's new work is a fresh look at the lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, who together comprise one of the most illustrious and inspiring mother-daughter pairs....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating dual biography and viewpoint on feminism...

    • By Austen Blincow on 06-16-15
    • The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
    • By: Charlotte Gordon
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
    • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 04-28-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 180 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Biography, 2015

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Argonauts

    • By: Maggie Nelson
    • Narrated by: Maggie Nelson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 812
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 718
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 717

    A genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mixed Feelings. Strange Book

    • By Sharey on 09-09-17
    • By: Maggie Nelson
    • Narrated by: Maggie Nelson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 07-23-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 812 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Criticism, 2015

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Tennessee Williams

    • Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
    • By: John Lahr
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Ashley
    • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 152

    The definitive biography of America's greatest playwright from the celebrated drama critic of The New Yorker....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A question for the audio engineers

    • By Tojo on 01-17-16
    • Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
    • By: John Lahr
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Ashley
    • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
    • Release date: 09-22-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 169 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Biography, 2014

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Lila: A Novel

    • By: Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 869
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 754
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 752

    One of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life is what it is....

    • By Stevon on 02-06-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Citizen

    • An American Lyric
    • By: Claudia Rankine
    • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 355
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309

    Claudia Rankine's bold new audiobook recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in 21st-century daily life and in the media....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Important Work But Audio Is Missing a Lot

    • By Steve M on 08-30-17
    • An American Lyric
    • By: Claudia Rankine
    • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Release date: 04-21-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 355 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Poetry, 2014

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Americanah

    • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
    • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,450
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,426

    As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

    • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Five Days at Memorial

    • Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
    • By: Sheri Fink
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,483
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

    Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina - and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Must Read

    • By Sharon on 09-13-13
    • Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
    • By: Sheri Fink
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 09-10-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,483 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, General Nonfiction, 2013

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

    • By: Leo Damrosch
    • Narrated by: David Stifel
    • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Jonathan Swift is best remembered today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the satiric fantasy that quickly became a classic and has remained in print for nearly three centuries....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • JOHNATHAN SWIFT AND POWER OF THE PEN

    • By CHET YARBROUGH on 09-30-14

    Regular price: $34.94

    • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    • A Novel
    • By: Ben Fountain
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 994
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 991

    A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents - caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew - has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fortunate Son

    • By W Perry Hall on 04-09-14

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Far from the Tree

    • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
    • By: Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
    • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Gripping Masterpiece

    • By C. Beaton on 12-14-12
    • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
    • By: Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
    • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 11-13-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156 ratings
    • National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, General Nonfiction, 2012

    Regular price: $37.75

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