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Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings boundless energy to her narration of this action-packed fantasy. At the end of LEGENDBORN, Bree Matthews has unlocked new powers in herself, and now she must learn to control them in order to reunite and protect her court, and her friends. Abbott-Pratt embodies all of Bree's determination and verve--as well as her exhaustion and rage--while also... Read More
The narrators match the warmth of the authors in delivering these interconnected stories in this follow-up to BLACKOUT as a group of teenagers combat a winter storm, and mistakes they have made. While the authors of the individual stories are not identified, each story offers both humor and emotional moments in this celebration of Black love. Danielle Shemaiah and Shayna Small... Read More
After a moody jazz riff, Sidik Fofana and a stand-out cast of performers transport listeners to the Banneker Terrace apartments in Harlem. Written in vibrant Black American vernacular, these witty, sad, uplifting stories are ideal for audio. Joniece Abbott-Pratt's Mimi is a beautician behind on the rent. Fofana's Swan might mess up because of a visitor. André Santana's Darius... Read More
From this audiobook’s opening line, Joniece Abbott-Pratt’s narration creates an immersive listening experience. She perfectly embodies the first-person perspective of Kiara, a high school dropout who is living with her older brother, Marcus, in a shabby apartment in East Oakland, California. Their father is dead, and their mother is gone, leaving them with only each other.... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings listeners back to futuristic Toronto in this tense yet satisfying conclusion to the Blood Like Magic duology. Teenager Voya is thrust into the role of family matriarch, and everyone, including her, questions her decisions. Her cousin hates her, she still has feelings for Luc, and the family business is in danger. After seeing a bleak vision of the... Read More
Dual narration makes clear the initial friction and then the growing attraction between two African-American teens. Joniece Abbott-Pratt portrays Danielle Ford, a blocked writer and booklover who dreams of college in New York. Abbott-Pratt helps listeners experience Dani's sassiness, perseverance, and continued feelings of trauma from a past sexual assault. In alternating... Read More
With clarity and intensity, versatile Saskia Maarleveld narrates the smart, multilayered story of a troubled clairvoyant who finds herself in the Deep South in 1961 to help a family search for a missing teenage daughter. During the search, she finds that the town may hold secrets to more missing girls. As narrator P.J. Ochlan deftly creates the staccato newsreel rhythms of... Read More
In this brief but powerful audio, narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt recounts the history of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955-56, which was initially sparked by the arrest of young Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her seat. Abbott-Pratt takes the audio's repeated phrase "because Claudette" and turns it into spoken-word poetry with an insistent rhythm that builds from event... Read More
This is the beautiful story, painful in many places, of Cato and William, two enslaved men who meet in unimaginable conditions with the promise of freedom on the horizon. A talented cast, made up of Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Lamarr Gulley, JD Jackson, Adam Lazarre-White, Imani Jade Powers, and Janina Edwards, rise to the challenge of fleshing out the pain and beauty at the heart of... Read More
Narrators Joniece Abbott-Pratt and Landon Woodson's transformative performances take listeners through time as two teenagers fall in love over multiple lifetimes. Woodson is emotive and upbeat as Fayard, who lives his many lives with reckless abandon. In contrast, Abbott-Pratt gives a more reserved and subtle performance as Tamar, who struggles to put her well-being first in... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt makes a triumphant return to narrate this thrilling sequel to RAYBEARER. Tarisai is now empress of Aritsar, and reckoning with its disturbing legacy. She faces daunting tasks--first, to anoint a council of rulers and, then, to enter the Underworld to end the centuries-long practice of sacrificing children to appease its malevolent spirits. But Tarisai is... Read More
A full cast narrates this controversial story of 12 strangers who embark upon on a cross-country road trip, brought together by their mutual desire to commit suicide. Disillusioned writer Mark Antonelli leads the group; he outfits an old tour bus and picks up companions along the way. With its engaging mix of emails, recordings, and sound effects, this book is perfectly... Read More
Isolation and microaggressions are themes throughout this audiobook about the sole Black woman working in the white-collar offices of a major publisher in New York City. Nella, well voiced by Aja Naomi King, suffers the indignities and self-doubts of being an "only." Then Hazel, also a Black woman, joins the staff. But the good feeling her new co-worker inspires in Nella... Read More
An all-star cast of narrators and bestselling authors come together for a summery treat. Six interlocking short stories tell of young Black love during one night of a New York City blackout. Joniece Abbott-Pratt’s compelling voice transports listeners through the five acts of “The Long Walk,” Tiffany D. Jackson’s story, which interweaves between the others to chronicle two exes... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt's performance captures the fear and exhilaration of 15-year-old Miriam Horton as she travels the revival circuit with her family. Abbott-Pratt narrates in a fast-paced style that suits the high emotions of revival meetings, which are the focus of the plot. She expertly emulates Miriam's troubled voice when things go wrong. Miriam's famous father, a boxer... Read More
This blend of romance and sports is told from dual perspectives. Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt voices Carli, a reluctant but gifted high school basketball player whose parents are in the middle of a messy divorce. Preston Butler uses a sonorous voice in his portrayal of Rex, another basketball superstar, who blames himself for his mother's death. After a chance meeting, they... Read More
Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt’s warm and vibrant voice embodies Marti Greenwood in this chilling and fast-paced novella. Marti, a writer, is trying to carve a new path for herself away from her ex-husband, Emery. She’s just moved into a beautiful new home in L.A. with fresh oranges and cheerful neighbors—mostly. When she’s attacked in her home, Abbott-Pratt has listeners... Read More
Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt's sweet voice and vibrant characterizations entice listeners into this first novel by bestselling writer Morgan Jerkins. Known for her memoirs and essays, Jerkins here blends magical realism and a story about the challenges faced by contemporary Black women. Harlem's Melancon women survive by selling pieces of their life-giving caul to white people... Read More
Seven talented narrators bring the complex protagonists of Evans's short fiction to life. The stories are a dazzling blend of the personal and the universal, a collection of masterfully crafted moments exploring history, guilt, Blackness, womanhood, American racism, and trauma. Janina Edwards gives an emotional performance of the titular novella about a historian unraveling a... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt's dynamic narration draws listeners into a contemporary fantasy packed with ancient magic, Arthurian mythology, and family legacies. Bree is a 16-year-old Black girl whose grief and anger over the death of her mother are made palpable through Abbott-Pratt's powerful voice. When Bree attends an off-campus party as an early college student at UNC, she... Read More
Narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt has a cool, clear voice that will engage listeners throughout this contemporary retelling of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Small-town sports writer Hara Isari is sure she's gotten her big break when she wins a competition that will allow her to interview the latest basketball superstar. Then she meets grumpy rookie Derek Darcy. At first, she's not... Read More
Jennifer Fitzgerald leads a full cast in this compelling work of speculative fiction about solving the climate crisis around the world. Fitzgerald does the heavy lifting as Mary Murphy, the woman put in charge of solving the global crisis. Because the cast of characters come from every continent, Fitzgerald must move from her native Irish lilt into a variety of accents and back... Read More
Sensitive listeners should heed the content warning about child abuse, rape, and other issues contained in this audio. Joniece Abbott-Pratt's narration is so authentic that those who listen should be prepared to fully enter the uncomfortable world of 17-year-old Enchanted. Abbott-Pratt portrays a teen who's not undone by microaggressions at her nearly all-white school and... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt's evocative narration skillfully complements Ifueko's vibrant multilayered fantasy. Tarisai grows into a prestigious role in Aristar, but while her gifts bring change, her mother has cursed her with a violent purpose. Tarisai's pursuit of justice and sense of belonging are beautifully interwoven with Ifueko's explorations of power, society, and family.... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt narrates a young adult adventure in which high fantasy is mixed with a modern setting for a bizarre and creative tale. Listeners are transported to a unique world in which Sarah's father hires a dragon to work their farm, which leads to her discovery of a prophecy. Abbott-Pratt navigates diversity as she portrays a dragon-worshipping cult and a group of... Read More
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