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Joniece Abbott-Pratt masterfully re-creates a 1950s Florida reformatory in this story based on a relative of author Tananarive Due and other actual people and events. Listeners meet 12-year-old Robbie Stephens, Jr., and Gloria, his 16-year-old sister, after Robbie is arrested for defending her from a white boy. While in the segregated reform school, Robbie experiences and... Read More
Jordan Peele introduces this horror anthology featuring 19 Black authors. Each of the stories blends realism with horror or science fiction, providing an insightful perspective while still remaining chilling. From cars with huge eyes that direct racist cops on whom to arrest, to a pair of stranded travelers in Alabama, each story captures the ear with unsettling horror and... Read More
Narrators Joniece Abbott-Pratt, André Santana, and Logan Rozos deliver outstanding performances that magnify this sci-fi series's epic finale. As the narrators lead listeners across the galaxy, Zaira, a reincarnated god, leaves her home to defeat a great evil. Abbott-Pratt portrays Zaira with a youthful, bold voice. Accompanying Zaira is Wesley, an expert pilot who is charged... Read More
The second short story collection that Walter Dean Myers has set in 21st-century Harlem features characters introduced in 145TH STREET, along with new characters and voices. An ensemble of skilled narrators enhances these rich stories with authentic voices that express their range of ages, relationships, and neighborhood roles. JaQwan J. Kelly stands out for his capacity to... Read More
Beanland's audiobook is perfect for a full-cast production, and its strong performances are consistently gripping. In 1811, a fire destroyed the Richmond Theatre in Virginia, killing more than 70 people. Stagehand error and hubris were at fault, but local enslaved people were blamed. Four characters are featured in alternating passages: Jack (Michael Crouch), a stagehand and... Read More
Seven enthusiastic narrators join author Valerie Fridland in this entertaining and educational apologia for speaking like, um, a regular, you know, person. Fridland, a professor of linguistics, explores the role and often surprising history of language placeholders and other speech habits. With chapters on everything from "like" and "you know" and "they" as a singular pronoun... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings alive the secrets of a small town's women in this new novel of the supernatural and the Old West. As Adelaide Henry runs from the burning bodies of her dead parents, she brings with her a padlocked trunk filled with unknown horrors. Traveling from the farms of California to a struggling town in Montana, Adelaide soon learns that if she wants to... Read More
Jim Meskimen takes the pivotal role of the narrator in this dazzling audiobook with a thoughtful tone and sure-handed style. Among an exceptionally talented cast, Robin Miles captures the angsty brilliance of matriarch Naomi; she smoothly performs the character's contradictory combination of self-delusion and self-awareness. Jason Culp portrays her estranged husband, the... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt narrates the alternating perspectives of four young, Black women who seek romance and a sense of themselves in 1910 Chicago. Abbott-Pratt portrays the propriety of Olivia, the eldest daughter of a wealthy family, and her shift to discomfort when she meets a fiery Alabama lawyer who speaks out against Jim Crow. Abbott-Pratt presents a different picture of... Read More
Magic flows as Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings to life Nic Blake’s 12th birthday. It’s the day her father promised to instruct her in using her Manifestor gift. Abbott-Pratt’s rich narration shows Nic’s frustration at having to hide her magical ability in a world of Unremarkables. Abbott-Pratt expresses Nic’s spirited brilliance, the closeness and humor she shares with her father,... Read More
Joniece Abbott-Pratt and Zeno Robinson capture the voices of Cristina and Clement Trudeau, Black teenage twins who are growing up in a New Orleans family that practices magic. A year after their father's death, their mother is sick, and they fear she'll succumb to her mysterious illness. Then they discover she's actually cursed--and they're targets, too. As Cris and Clem set... Read More
FROM THE PUBLISHER: A conversation starter like Three Women but centering the experiences of women of color: a mellifluous chorus celebrating the liberation, individuality, and joy of African women's multifaceted sexuality. Thanks to her blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah has spent decades talking openly and intimately to African women... Read More
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
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