Audiobooks to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month
May 23, 2023
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! We are thrilled to highlight and celebrate some of our AAPI authors and voice actors. Dive into these audiobooks and hit play any time of year!
Written and performed by Abraham Verghese
Oprah’s Book Club Pick
From the New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India, and following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret
Written by Jenny Han
Performed by Lola Tung and Gavin Casalegno (stars of Prime Video’s ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’)
Belly finds out what comes after falling in love in this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty. Based on Jenny Han’s novels, Prime Video’s original series returns for season 2 on July 14.
Written by Cara Tanamachi
Performed by Cindy Kay and Michael Braun
Cheerfully irreverent, bitingly funny, and filled with romantic charm, Cara Tanamachi’s The Second You’re Single is all about navigating the most romantic month of the year, and how love always seems to arrive when you least expect it.
Written by Vauhini Vara
Performed by Soneela Nankani
2023 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
In an Indian village in the 1950s, a precocious child is born into a family of Dalit coconut farmers. King Rao will grow up to be the most accomplished tech CEO in the world and, eventually, the leader of a global, corporate-led government.
Written by Axie Oh
Performed by Jaine Ye
NEO BEIJING, 2201. Two years after the Battle of Neo Seoul, eighteen-year-old telepath Ama works by day in a cafe and moonlights as a lounge singer in a smoky bar at night. She’s anonymous, she’s safe from the seemingly never-ending war, and that’s how she’d like to stay. But then PHNX, a resistance group specializing in espionage and covert missions, approaches her with an offer to expose a government experiment exactly like the one she fled. Soon, Ama is traveling with PHNX on a series of dangerous assignments, using her telepathic powers to aid the rebellion against the authoritarian Alliance.
Written and performed by Vasavi Kumar
Audiobook Coming June 2023!
When wellness star Vasavi Kumar suggests “saying it out loud,” she means it literally. Years of journaling in an attempt to learn about herself and meet her goals hadn’t worked, so she decided to talk to herself instead, out loud and with the compassion of a best friend. She used this technique as she journeyed through the challenges of being the daughter of Indian immigrants, a bipolar diagnosis, substance abuse, and recovery.
The Mistress of Bhatia House (Perveen Mistry Mysteries, Book 4)
Written by Sujata Massey
Performed by Sneha Mathan
Audiobook Coming July 2023!
Bombay’s only female solicitor, Perveen Mistry, grapples with class divisions, sexism, and complex family dynamics as she seeks justice for a mistreated young woman in this thrilling fourth installment in Sujata Massey’s award-winning series.
Evergreen (Japantown Mysteries, Book 2)
Written by Naomi Hirahara
Performed by Allison Hiroto
Audiobook Coming August 2023!
A Japanese American nurse’s aide navigates the dangers of post-WWII and post-Manzanar life as she attempts to find justice for a broken family in this follow-up to the Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning Clark and Division.