Canada Reads

Canada Reads is an annual battle of the books organized and broadcast by the CBC. During the program's run, five "defenders" extoll the virtues of their chosen book, with each episode voting out one title until just one book remains. The winner is then billed as the book that all of Canada should read. Below, discover past winners and their defenders.

Past Winners

    • Forgiveness

    • A Gift from My Grandparents
    • Auteur(s): Mark Sakamoto
    • Narrateur(s): Geoff Sugiyama
    • Durée: 7 h et 41 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4.5 out of 5 stars 181
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Histoire
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Canada picked wrong

    • Écrit par Utilisateur anonyme le 2018-05-31
    • A Gift from My Grandparents
    • Auteur(s): Mark Sakamoto
    • Narrateur(s): Geoff Sugiyama
    • Durée: 7 h et 41 min
    • Date de publication: 2018-04-03
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 181 évaluations
    • Gagnant 2018
    • Defender: Jeanne Beker

    Prix: CDN$ 26,81

    • Fifteen Dogs

    • Auteur(s): André Alexis
    • Narrateur(s): André Alexis
    • Durée: 6 h et 20 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Histoire
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, unique, and entertaining!

    • Écrit par Cameron Britton le 2018-04-05
    • Auteur(s): André Alexis
    • Narrateur(s): André Alexis
    • Durée: 6 h et 20 min
    • Date de publication: 2016-04-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 124 évaluations
    • Gagnant 2017
    • Defender: Humble The Poet

    Prix: CDN$ 24,12

    • The Illegal

    • Auteur(s): Lawrence Hill
    • Narrateur(s): Gideon Emery
    • Durée: 12 h et 19 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Histoire
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Keita Ali has nothing: no bank account, no papers, no legal identity. A runner, he has fled home - a brutal dictatorship that produces the world's fastest marathoners....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 4 stars because

    • Écrit par Solome le 2018-06-23
    • Auteur(s): Lawrence Hill
    • Narrateur(s): Gideon Emery
    • Durée: 12 h et 19 min
    • Date de publication: 2016-01-25
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 73 évaluations
    • Gagnant 2016
    • Defender: Clara Hughes

    Prix: CDN$ 37,04

    • Ru

    • Auteur(s): Kim Thuy, Sheila Fischman
    • Narrateur(s): Kim Thuy
    • Durée: 3 h et 13 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation, and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec....

    • Auteur(s): Kim Thuy, Sheila Fischman
    • Narrateur(s): Kim Thuy
    • Durée: 3 h et 13 min
    • Date de publication: 2018-03-27
    • 4 out of 5 stars 9 évaluations
    • Gagnant 2015
    • Defender: Cameron Bailey

    Prix: CDN$ 38,60

    • The Orenda

    • A Novel
    • Auteur(s): Joseph Boyden
    • Narrateur(s): Ali Ahn, Graham Rowat, Edoardo Ballerini
    • Durée: 17 h et 37 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Histoire
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    History reveals itself when, in the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, and enlightening

    • Écrit par william gary irwin le 2018-03-22

    Prix: CDN$ 40,36

    • February

    • Auteur(s): Lisa Moore
    • Narrateur(s): Mary Lewis
    • Durée: 10 h et 4 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Histoire
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Lisa Moore's unforgettable second novel examines the aftermath of 1982's Ocean Ranger disaster within the community of St. John's and its effects on one family in particular....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved the narration

    • Écrit par Jodi le 2018-09-13
    • Auteur(s): Lisa Moore
    • Narrateur(s): Mary Lewis
    • Durée: 10 h et 4 min
    • Date de publication: 2018-06-04
    • 4 out of 5 stars 7 évaluations
    • Gagnant 2013
    • Defender: Trent McClellan

    Prix: CDN$ 20,99

    • Something Fierce

    • Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
    • Auteur(s): Carmen Aguirre
    • Narrateur(s): Carmen Aguirre
    • Durée: 9 h et 30 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    A gripping, darkly comic memoir of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile....

    • Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
    • Auteur(s): Carmen Aguirre
    • Narrateur(s): Carmen Aguirre
    • Durée: 9 h et 30 min
    • Date de publication: 2012-10-22
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 évaluations
    • Gagnant 2012
    • Defender: Shad

    Prix: CDN$ 31,70

    • Nikolski

    • Auteur(s): Nicolas Dickner, Lazer Lederhendler (translator)
    • Narrateur(s): Chris Patton
    • Durée: 6 h et 28 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Histoire
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Intricately plotted and shimmering with originality, Nikolski charts the curious and unexpected courses of personal migration, and shows how they just might eventually lead us to home.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very good book for those interested in exploration or Canadians

    • Écrit par Utilisateur anonyme le 2017-10-28

    Prix: CDN$ 23,75

    • The Book of Negroes

    • A Novel
    • Auteur(s): Lawrence Hill
    • Narrateur(s): Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah
    • Durée: 15 h et 46 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Histoire
      5 out of 5 stars 96

    Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa, Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later she forges her way to freedom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best listens to date.

    • Écrit par David Hagel le 2018-03-05

    Prix: CDN$ 42,25

    • Lullabies For Little Criminals

    • Auteur(s): Heather O'Neill
    • Narrateur(s): Miriam McDonald
    • Durée: 8 h et 53 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Histoire
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Baby vacillates between childhood comforts and adult temptation: still young enough to drag her dolls around yet old enough to know more than she should about urban cruelties....

    Prix: CDN$ 28,67

    • A Complicated Kindness

    • Auteur(s): Miriam Toews
    • Narrateur(s): Miriam Toews
    • Durée: 6 h et 44 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    Sixteen-year-old Nomi Nickel longs to hang out with Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull in New York City's East Village. Instead she's trapped in East Village, Manitoba, a Mennonite town....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this book....both times!

    • Écrit par Helen le 2018-11-27

    Prix: CDN$ 31,99

    • Rockbound

    • Auteur(s): Frank Parker Day
    • Narrateur(s): James Banning
    • Durée: 6 h et 20 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Histoire
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    To the harsh domain of Rockbound - governed by the sternly righteous and rapacious Uriah Jung - comes the youthful David Jung to claim his small share of the island....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rockbound - Perfect for Car Trip to Nova Scotia

    • Écrit par Revtdi le 2018-09-19

    Prix: CDN$ 26,54

    • The Last Crossing

    • A Novel
    • Auteur(s): Guy Vanderhaeghe
    • Narrateur(s): John Henry Cox, John Keating, Colin Lane, Autres
    • Durée: 11 h et 18 min
    • Version abrégée
    • Au global
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Histoire
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    This epic tale sweeps across continents and time, hovers over a key era in American history, and deftly realizes the humanity of a whole cast of characters....

    Prix: CDN$ 34,23

    • In the Skin of a Lion

    • Auteur(s): Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrateur(s): Tom McCamus
    • Durée: 6 h et 10 min
    • Version intégrale
    • Au global
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Histoire
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I couldn't finish this.

    • Écrit par clevrgrl le 2018-09-20

    Prix: CDN$ 26,81