The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.
    • Sing, Unburied, Sing

    • A Novel
    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

    An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 3.5 Stars

    • By kurdis teed on 01-09-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Far from the Tree

    • By: Robin Benway
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 764
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 693
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 687

    Robin Benway's interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms - how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • SO MOVED BY THIS STORY! GREAT FICTION!

    • By Ann on 02-28-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Future Is History

    • How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
    • By: Masha Gessen
    • Narrated by: Masha Gessen
    • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 342
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314

    Putin's best-selling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The author is an international treasure

    • By ThreeGems on 10-16-17
    • How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
    • By: Masha Gessen
    • Narrated by: Masha Gessen
    • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 10-03-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 342 ratings
    • National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction, 2017

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

    • By: Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,751
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,884
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,850

    From prize-winning, best-selling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

    • By JQR on 12-01-16

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Stamped from the Beginning

    • The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    • By: Ibram X. Kendi
    • Narrated by: Christopher Dontrell Piper
    • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 401
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 357

    Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Must Read for Anyone Seeking to Understand American History

    • By Abram Guerra on 04-19-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Fortune Smiles

    • Stories
    • By: Adam Johnson
    • Narrated by: W. Morgan Sheppard, Johnathan McClain, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 294

    Fortune Smiles is a collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don't often hear, while offering something rare in fiction: a new way of looking at the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Half Full or Half Empty

    • By Mel on 10-29-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Between the World and Me

    • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15,873
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14,283
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 14,212

    Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

    • By T DeMon Spencer on 07-30-15

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Challenger Deep

    • By: Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222

    Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Schizo-Effect Disorder from the perspective of a 15 yr old boy

    • By MN Mom4More on 12-03-15

    Regular price: $26.23

    • Redeployment

    • By: Phil Klay
    • Narrated by: Craig Klein
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 655
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 562
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 567

    Phil Klay's Redeployment takes listeners to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Must Read - Fantastic Heart Rendering Shorts

    • By GH on 12-03-14
    • By: Phil Klay
    • Narrated by: Craig Klein
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Release date: 03-04-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 655 ratings
    • National Book Award Winner, Fiction, 2014

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Age of Ambition

    • Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
    • By: Evan Osnos
    • Narrated by: Evan Osnos, George Backman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 877
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 877

    A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Come back when you have a warrant!

    • By Neuron on 11-06-15
    • Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
    • By: Evan Osnos
    • Narrated by: Evan Osnos, George Backman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 05-13-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007 ratings
    • National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction, 2014

    Regular price: $26.95

    • Brown Girl Dreaming

    • By: Jacqueline Woodson
    • Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 569
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 509
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 501

    Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Swimming up the stream

    • By Shabna Atkins on 10-08-15

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Good Lord Bird

    • By: James McBride
    • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 727
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 653
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 650

    From the best-selling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes 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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Abolition Huck Finn arouses interest in history

    • By A. Hatch on 12-13-13

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Unwinding

    • An Inner History of the New America
    • By: George Packer
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 739
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 634
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 642

    In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • AMERICAN ANGER, FEAR, AND FRUSTRATION

    • By CHET YARBROUGH on 06-27-14
    • An Inner History of the New America
    • By: George Packer
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 05-21-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 739 ratings
    • National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction, 2013

    Regular price: $34.01

    • The Round House

    • A Novel
    • By: Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated by: Gary Farmer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,032
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,767
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,772

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!

    • By Tony on 01-14-13

    Regular price: $34.22

    • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
    • By: Katherine Boo
    • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,669
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,453

    From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Antidote for Shantaram

    • By Dr. on 06-14-12

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Salvage the Bones

    • A Novel
    • By: Jesmyn Ward
    • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,039
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 952
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 954

    Unfolding over 12 days, Salvage the Bones follows a poor family living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast during Hurricane Katrina....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful With No Holds Barred

    • By Gillian on 03-31-14

    Regular price: $21.52

    • The Swerve

    • How the World Became Modern
    • By: Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,893

    Greenblatt transports listeners to the dawn of the Renaissance and chronicles the life of an intrepid book lover who rescued a crucial Roman philosophical text from certain oblivion....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis

    • By Ethan M. on 05-01-12

    Regular price: $21.52

    • Lord of Misrule

    • By: Jaimy Gordon
    • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53

    At the rock-bottom end of the sport of kings sits the ruthless and often violent world of cheap horse racing, where trainers and jockeys, grooms and hotwalkers, loan sharks and touts are all struggling to take an edge, or prove their luck, or just survive....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worthy of the National Book Award

    • By fmg on 03-06-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Just Kids

    • By: Patti Smith
    • Narrated by: Patti Smith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Overrated

    • By Stan on 04-28-13
    • By: Patti Smith
    • Narrated by: Patti Smith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 07-26-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876 ratings
    • National Book Award Winner, Nonfiction, 2010

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Mockingbird

    • By: Kathryn Erskine
    • Narrated by: Angela Jayne Rogers
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    In Mockingbird—a poignant gem by acclaimed author Kathryn Erskine—a talented young artist struggles to overcome a disability....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book for ALL readers

    • By Kaui on 07-12-12

    Regular price: $17.49

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