UNC Press Audiobooks Listening List: Part 1

Happy Audiobook Month! Every year in June Audiobook Month is celebrated to increase awareness of the legitimacy of audiobooks. This month, we’re excited to highlight some UNC Press books that are available in Audiobook format. Also, in addition to Audiobook Month, June is also Black Music Month, so we’re kicking off this list with two of our award winning Black Music books.

Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South by Regina Bradley

2022 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (Essays)

Shortlisted, 2022 Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and The Pop Conference

Rolling Stone best music book of 2021

Reckon South best book to come out of the South

An Atlanta Magazine Best of Atlanta for 2021

Listen on Libro.fm, Audible, Kobo, or Apple Books.

May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem by Imani Perry

2019 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nonfiction Winner

2019 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Association

Nominee, 50th NAACP Image Awards, Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction)

Listen on Libro.fm, Audible, Kobo, or Apple Books.

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Carolyn Finney

“Makes a clear case for the dominant culture’s habitual (though, sometimes unwitting) rejection of African Americans.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Finney’s exemplary work moves beyond a critique of the movement and popular culture. It carves through multiple layers of meaning to excavate unique moments of African American environmental history that demand retelling.”—CHOICE

Listen on Libro.fm, Audible, Kobo, or Apple Books.

The Master of Beautiful Nell Cropsey: A Nonfiction Novel by Bland Simpson

1995 Historical Fiction Award, North Carolina Society of Historians

“Simpson persuasively re-creates the decorously frenzied, boomtown atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Elizabeth City in the grip of a tabloid mystery complete with bloodhounds, anonymous tipsters, and a famous spiritualist.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Passion Plays: How Religion Shaped Sports in North America by Randall Balmer

“This entertaining history examines the religious and cultural roots of baseball, basketball, football, and hockey . . . . The illuminating insights into how sports reflect the historical periods and communities in which they developed will change how fans see the games. This one is a winner.”—Publishers Weekly

“An engaging look at the historical conditions surrounding America’s secular, on-field religions.”—Kirkus Reviews

Listen on Libro.fm, Audible, Kobo, or Apple Books.