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Author: Hari Kunzru Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe, Danny Campbell, Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781524754853
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White Tears is a ghost story, a terrifying murder mystery, a timely meditation on race, and a love letter to all the forgotten geniuses of American music and Delta Mississippi Blues.

"An incisive meditation on race, privilege and music. Spanning decades, this novel brings alive the history of old-time blues and America’s racial conscience."—Rabeea Saleem, Chicago Review of Books 

Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America's great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it's a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter's troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation's darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Delivered by three talented narrators…Hoppe, Campbell, and Hoffman perform this engrossing, convoluted tale with all its serious implications intact. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Part ghost story, part travelogue, White Tears is a drugged-out, spoiled-rotten treatise on race, class and poverty of the soul.”


  • "White Tears is distinguished by a knowledge of blues at its deepest, a gift for observation at its most penetrating, and stretches of plain old marvelous writing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An incisive meditation on race, privilege, and music. Spanning decades, this novel brings alive the history of old-time blues and America’s racial conscience.”

    Chicago Review of Books

  • “A novel that’s as brave as it is brutal, and it lets nothing and nobody off the hook. ..Stunning [and] audacious …will shock you, horrify you, unsettle you, and that’s exactly the point.”


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for March 2017
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
  • A New York Times Pick of New Paperbacks to Check Out This Week
  • A Washington Post Best Books of the Year selection
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017
  • A GQ Pick of Best Books of 2017
  • A London Economist Best Book of the Year

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About the Author

Hari Kunzru is the author of several novels that have been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Guardian, New Yorker, Washington Post, Times of India, London Review, Wired, and New Statesman. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin.

About the Narrators

Danny Campbell is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. He is a company member of the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles and is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College.

Dominic Hoffman, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, is a Los Angeles–based actor of stage, screen, and television. He has appeared in such television shows as The Shield, NYPD Blue, and The Jamie Foxx Show. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as the American Conservatory Theater.

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.