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10 Top April Audiobook Picks from AudioFile's Editors

Ensemble performances by narrators turn these big new spring releases into special experiences as audiobooks. Plus must-hear poetry, memoir, and essays read by the authors.

Portrait of a Thief

by Grace D. Li, read by Eunice Wong, Austin Ku
Penguin Audio
Release date: April 5

A group of Chinese American college students stages a heist to repatriate Chinese art.

by Emily St. John Mandel, read by John Lee, Dylan Moore, Arthur Morey, Kirsten Potter
Random House Audio
Release date: April 5 

Mandel’s latest is a story of time travel that takes listeners from the Canadian wilderness to the moon (oh, and there’s a pandemic, too.). Four narrators perform the audiobook.

The Candy House
The Trayvon Generation

by Jennifer Egan, read by Michael Boatman, Nicole Lewis, and a Full Cast
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: April 5 

A full cast reads this novel about technology, memory, and connection, from the author of A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD.

THE TRAYVON GENERATION: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
by Elizabeth Alexander, read by the author
Hachette Audio
Release date: April 5 

Poet Elizabeth Alexander (THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD) meditates on the challenges facing young Black Americans today.

Young Mungo

by Douglas Stuart, read by Chris Reilly
Recorded Books
Release date: April 5

A follow up from the author of the Booker Prize-winning SHUGGIE BAIN. Two young men in Glasgow, one a Protestant and one a Catholic, fall in love and try to survive the hostile world around them.

by Ocean Vuong, read by the author
Penguin Audio
Release date: April 5 

Ocean Vuong (ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS) reads his own collection of poems.

The Memory Librarian
Fevered Star

THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer
by Janelle Monáe, read by Janelle Monáe, Bahni Turpin
Harper Audio
Release date: April 19 

The singer-songwriter expands on her music albums with these speculative fiction stories.

FEVERED STAR: Between Earth and Sky, Book 2
by Rebecca Roanhorse, read by Christian Barillas, Darrell Dennis, Cara Gee, Nicole Lewis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Simon & Schuster Audio
Release date: April 19 

Fans of Roanhorse’s BLACK SUN won’t want to miss this epic fantasy sequel.

The Good Left Undone
Finding Me

by Adriana Trigiani, read by Carlotta Brentan, Lisa Flanagan, Edoardo Ballerini, Deepti Gupta
Penguin Audio
Release date: April 25 

Trigiani's family saga about three generations of Italian artisans will be brought to life by four talented narrators.

by Viola Davis, read by the author
Harper Audio
Release date: April 26 

This memoir from star of stage and screen Viola Davis will be a must-listen.

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