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Find the best contemporary African-American writing with Griot Audio from Recorded Books. Recorded Books selects the best African-American performers to narrate Griot audiobooks, actors like Peter Jay Fernandez, Kim Staunton, Robin Miles, and Peter Francis James. We have over 300 Griot audiobooks in our collection, including Playaways. 

Playaways are easy to use. Unlike CDs, audio cassettes or downloads, a Playaway does not need a separate player. A Playaway is pre-loaded and ready to use with just one audiobook per device—there's no need to juggle multiple CDs. Here's an easy how-to video

You will love these popular titles:

  • Cemetery Road by Gar Anthony Harwood

Errol "Handy" White returns from exile to attend the funeral of his friend R.J. Burrow, who was brutally murdered in Los Angeles. Fearing the past has come to haunt them,  Handy sets out to solve R.J.'s killing at the risk of losing his own. 

  • Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

Told through the eyes of a newly freed slave named Rutherford Calhoun. Calhoun travels to New Orleans then takes to the open sea. He soon realizes that he has boarded a slave ship in route to Africa. This terrible voyage leaves him on the brink of insanity. 

  • Open House : of family, friends, food, piano lessons and the search for a room of my own by Patricia J. Williams.

Williams uses a house as a metaphor for her life. Leading the listener through the rooms of her house, she introduces listeners to the people who influenced her life all the while exploring American culture. 

  • Leaving Cecil Street by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

This story is set in 1969 in West Philadelphia during a block party. Married couple Joe and Louise love each other but often Joe wonders what might have been if he had pursued some of those dreams he left behind.

  • Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

A moving set of short stories centered on the violence and tragedy of Haiti. The title comes from a Haitian storytelling tradition in which the "young ones will know what came before them. They ask Krik? We say Krak! Our stories are kept in our hearts." Storytelling is passed one generation to the next, often from mother to daughter, creating a chain of connection across Haitian history.


Middle Passage by Charles R. Johnson
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