On the Come Up Audiobook, by Angie Thomas Play Audiobook Sample

On the Come Up Audiobook

On the Come Up Audiobook, by Angie Thomas Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Balzer + Bray Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062840684

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Longest Chapter Length:

32:05 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

18:28 minutes

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Publisher Description

Don't miss this audiobook, Audible's Young Adult Audiobook of the Year and an Audie Award finalist!

The YA love letter to hip-hop—now a major motion picture! Starring Sanaa Lathan (in her directorial debut), Jamila C. Gray, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Lil Yachty, Method Man, Mike Epps, GaTa (Davionte Ganter), Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Titus Makin Jr., and Michael Anthony Cooper Jr.

#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral . . . for all the wrong reasons.

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri.”—The New York Times Book Review

Hear about more of life in Garden Heights from Angie Thomas in The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose.

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“Narrator Bahni Turpin becomes The Neighborhood through the eyes of Bri…The spunk in Turpin’s voice brings this roller-coaster story to life…Thomas’ story and Turpin’s narration are raw, funny, and filled with the vulnerable moments that adolescents experience as they develop into who they want to be in this world.”

— AudioFile 


  • "[An] exuberant, exquisitely intimate novel.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “It’s as gripping and truthful as the [The Hate U Give], packed with politics without being partisan and preachy, and has a fantastic, flawed heroine in Brianna.”

    — Times (London)
  • “The text challenges its readers to think deeply about white privilege, police brutality, and the circumstances designed to break the spirits of young people of color.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Boasts Thomas’ characteristic ability to handle serious questions of systemic racism with a light and even joyous touch.”

    — Vox
  • “This honest and unflinching story of toil, tears, and triumph is a musical love letter.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Crackling dialogue, complex characterization, and impactful emotion. Readers already lining up for this title won’t be disappointed.”

    — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
  • “On the Come Up truly shines in its exploration of Bri’s resilience, determination, and pursuit of her dreams. In this splendid novel, showing many facets of the black identity and the black experience, Thomas gives readers another dynamic protagonist to root for.”

    — Booklist (starred review)


  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Teen & YA Homelessness and Poverty Fiction
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A 2020 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Young Adult Books
  • A Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book

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About Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University and was an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant awarded by We Need Diverse Books.

About Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.