Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad is an award-winning journalist and author who has travelled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. Below, the Canada Reads-nominated author of the dystopian tale American War recommends for Audible listeners some of his favourite nonfiction titles from recent years, as well as a few he considers "all-time greats."
    • Tomboy Survival Guide

    • Written by: Ivan Coyote
    • Narrated by: Ivan Coyote
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which Ivan recounts the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada's Yukon....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book is a MUST read!!

    • By AshanteLove on 2018-04-17
    • Written by: Ivan Coyote
    • Narrated by: Ivan Coyote
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 2017-08-02
    • 5 out of 5 stars 19 ratings
    • "Perhaps my favourite nonfiction book of 2017. Coyote’s memoir is warm, honest, and frequently hilarious. I read it in one sitting."
    • The Morning They Came for Us

    • Dispatches from Syria
    • Written by: Janine di Giovanni
    • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Doing for Syria what Imperial Life in the Emerald City did for the war in Iraq, The Morning They Came for Us bears witness to one of the most brutal, internecine conflicts in recent history....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the listen

    • By Max Charbonneau on 2018-06-12
    • Dispatches from Syria
    • Written by: Janine di Giovanni
    • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 2016-10-25
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1 rating
    • "One of the most harrowing accounts I've ever read on the reality of the Syrian government's crimes against its own people. Not an easy listen."
    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

    • Three Tenant Families
    • Written by: James Agee
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    In the summer of 1936, James Agee and Walker Evans set out on assignment for Fortune magazine to explore the daily lives of sharecroppers in the South....

    • Three Tenant Families
    • Written by: James Agee
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 2015-12-10
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1 rating
    • "Agee's masterwork on poverty-stricken tenant farmers during the Great Depression has influenced me more than almost any other book. It's absolutely timeless."
    • The New Odyssey

    • The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis
    • Written by: Patrick Kingsley
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II - and no one has reported on this crisis in more depth or breadth than Patrick Kingsley....

    • The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis
    • Written by: Patrick Kingsley
    • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 2016-05-03
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1 rating
    • "A thorough and well-researched investigation of what the Mediterranean migration crisis really looks like. Excellent, on-the-ground journalism."
    • Wave

    • Written by: Sonali Deraniyagala
    • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived....

    • Written by: Sonali Deraniyagala
    • Narrated by: Hannah Curtis
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 2013-03-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 ratings
    • "Deraniyagala lost her family — and almost died herself — during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake. She writes about the tragedy with incredible fearlessness. A small, devastating book."
    • Just Kids

    • Written by: Patti Smith
    • Narrated by: Patti Smith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Patty

    • By Kimberley McDonald on 2018-09-13
    • Written by: Patti Smith
    • Narrated by: Patti Smith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 2011-07-26
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 ratings
    • "Patti Smith is one of the finest artists alive, and her memoir is a piece of absolute magic."
    • Ernest Hemingway

    • A Biography
    • Written by: Mary V. Dearborn
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    This is a revelatory look into the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short story writer....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "Ernest Hemingway"----- the man.

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-12-15
    • A Biography
    • Written by: Mary V. Dearborn
    • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
    • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 2017-05-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2 ratings
    • "The best biography I read last year was Dearborn’s reexamination of an endlessly examined writer. I learned so many new details about Hemingway's life from this book."