The Deep

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2019
4 hours 2 minutes
Winner of the 2021 Audie Award


The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society—and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award–nominated song “The Deep” from Daveed Diggs’s rap group clipping

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode “We Are In The Future,” The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.
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Philip H.

I liked the premise of the story more than the actual book. I didn't feel connected to the main character, Yetu, as I felt her emotions were immature for a person with her responsibilities. The author introduces new names and cultures without introduction, which created some confusion, and I had to rewind the story to make sure I understood what was happening. Just as I got to know the characters and cultures and their stories, the book ends. Wish the author took the story to the next level.

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This book was captivating from the beginning. The narration was lovely, however, I found myself quite lost in regards to timeline. The book flowed at some points but became disjointed in others. It does end quite abruptly, but still powerful. The author does a great job setting the visuals for the story & its characters, helping you to follow along with character alignment and narrative well.

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I loved how Daveed Diggs narrated this. I also think this was a very cool concept for a story even though it stemmed from a horrible part of history.

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McKenzie Bottoms

A little meandering, but with fascinating ideas and well read.

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