Author Angie Thomas’ 10 Favorite Audiobooks

Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give and most recently Concrete Rose, shared her favorite audiobooks with us, which you can purchase through your local bookstore with!

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

By Mildred D. Taylor • Narrated by Lynne Thigpen & Jacqueline Woodson

This was one of my favorites as a child and still is. Though Cassie Logan’s story is set decades before I was born, she—like me—was a black girl living in poverty in Mississippi. She was the hero I aspired to be, and as a reader, this was the first time I read a book and saw myself on its pages. 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou • Narrated by the author

As a teenager, I started to dislike reading, mainly because it was hard to find books I identified with. This is one of the few books that pulled me in at that time.


By Walter Dean Myers • Narrated by full cast

I am able to write the young adult novels that I write only because of Walter Dean Myers. Monster is a modern classic. Through a combination of screenplay excerpts and diary entries, it tells the story of 16-year-old Steve Harmon as he awaits trial for murder, and shows us the dehumanization that Black boys often endure, especially within the justice system.

The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green • Narrated by the author, Kate Rudd & Laura Grafton

This book nurtured my love for young adult fiction. As soon as I started reading it, I was hooked.

Long Way Down

By Jason Reynolds • Narrated by the author

Long Way Down is a masterpiece from one of the best authors that children’s literature has ever seen. Told in verse, it follows a young boy, Will, as he takes an elevator ride on his way to avenge his brother’s murder. But over the course of the ride, he encounters the spirits of those he’s lost to gun violence. Haunting but necessary.

Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates • Narrated by the author

Although Coates wrote this book as a letter to his Black son, it is also a letter to all Black boys, and to all of us, about what it truly means to be Black in America.

Dear Justyce

By Nic Stone • Narrated by the author & Dion Graham

Anyone who follows me on social media knows that Nic Stone is one of my best friends, but she’s also one of my favorite authors. Her phenomenal follow-up to 2017’s Dear Martin tells the story of Quan, a young man incarcerated and accused of murder. More than that, it’s a story of Black boyhood, the ways in which the system fails boys like Quan, and how we can create a better world for them.


By Jason Reynolds • Narrated by Guy Lockard

I love every single thing Jason does. I would read his grocery lists. 

They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silvera • Narrated by Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond & Bahni Turpin

[Adam] brings me all the joy in the world, despite the fact that his books give me all the heartbreak in the world.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

By Becky Albertalli • Narrated by Michael Crouch

[Becky Albertalli writes] wonderful, diverse love stories.

Author Angie Thomas' Audiobook Picks cover

Author Angie Thomas’ Audiobook Picks

View the playlist

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *