Nightcrawling: A novel Audiobook, by Leila Mottley Play Audiobook Sample

Nightcrawling: A novel Audiobook

Nightcrawling: A novel Audiobook, by Leila Mottley Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Joniece Abbott-Pratt Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593590041

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Longest Chapter Length:

43:06 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

06 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

21:37 minutes

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK • A dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system. This debut of a blazingly original voice “bursts at the seams of every page and swallows you whole” (Tommy Orange, author of There There). A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, GOODREADS Kiara and her brother, Marcus, are scraping by in an East Oakland apartment complex optimistically called the Regal-Hi. Both have dropped out of high school, their family fractured by death and prison But while Marcus clings to his dream of rap stardom, Kiara hunts for work to pay their rent—which has more than doubled—and to keep the nine-year-old boy next door, abandoned by his mother, safe and fed. One night, what begins as a drunken misunderstanding with a stranger turns into the job Kiara never imagined wanting but now desperately needs: nightcrawling. Her world breaks open even further when her name surfaces in an investigation that exposes her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department. Rich with raw beauty, electrifying intensity, and piercing vulnerability, Nightcrawling marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we have heard before.

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“Joniece Abbott-Pratt’s narration creates an immersive listening experience…With Abbott-Pratt’s empathetic understanding of the characters, especially in the dialogue she performs, she creates one of the most moving and emotionally intimate audiobooks of the year. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A soul-searching portrait of survival and hope.”

    — Oprah Daily
  • “Mottley’s writing is electric and stylish, which makes her subject matter especially chilling.”

    — Teen Vogue
  • “Essential to understanding how maddeningly elusive justice can be.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Tackles the injustices of poverty, racism, sexism, and policing with such poetic clarity that it’s impossible to put down.”

  • “Mottley captures the rhythms of speech—the code-switching of the Oakland streets, the unique language of children and teens, and of slick lawyers and slimy cops—with virtuosic talent.”

    — Sydney Morning Herald   


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Best Books of Summer
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Finalist for the Audie Award for Best Narration -- Female
  • An Amazon Best Books of the Year
  • Among longlisted titles for Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, 2022
  • Among longlisted titles for PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, 2023
  • A New Yorker Best Books of the Year Pick
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2022
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2022
  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2022
  • Among longlisted titles for Booker Prize, 2022

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About Leila Mottley

Leila Mottley is the author of the highly acclaimed novel Nightcrawling, a New York Times bestseller. She is also the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. She was born and raised in Oakland, California, where she continues to live.

About Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Joniece Abbott-Pratt has narrated many audiobooks for children, young adults, and adults. She has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2021 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fantasy Narration. She earned an MFA degree in acting from the University of Iowa and has performed on regional theater stages across the country, including the Public Theater in New York City. She has also appeared on television shows, including The Good Fight, Law and Order: SVU, Luke Cage, and Orange Is the New Black, and has voiced commercials and projects for US Bank, Johnson & Johnson, and others.