Monthly Archives: June 2018

Happy Pride Month! Audiobooks for Adults

June is one of my favorite months. The fact that it combines Audiobooks + Pride = win-win-win in my book (pun/no pun intended, haha). Check out my Pride Month blog post for AudioFile Magazine: “Listen Loud, Listen Proud: LGBTQIA Fiction and Nonfiction for Adults“!

Happy Pride 2018

 

 

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2018 Audie Award Winners

 

On May 31st, the Audio Publishers Association revealed its selection of award-winning audiobook productions from the past year at its annual celebration. The 2018 Audie Award Winners span numerous categories, including Audiobook of the Year, individual and group performances, marketing, production, and various genres. 

Click HERE for a full list of finalists in each category.

 

 

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Narrated by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a full cast
Random House Audio

AUDIO DRAMA
Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi by Paul McCusker
Read by Joseph Timms, Owen Teale, and Geoffrey Palmer, et al.
Augustine Institute

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Narrated by Bruce Springsteen
Simon & Schuster Audio

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin
HarperAudio

BEST MALE NARRATOR
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Narrated by Trevor Noah
Audible Studios

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Peak Performance by Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness
Narrated by Christopher Lane
Brilliance Publishing

EROTICA
Claim & Protect by Rhenna Morgan
Narrated by John Lane
Harlequin Audio

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
In Death Limited Collector’s Edition by J.D. Robb
Design by Carissa Dreese
Brilliance Publishing

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING
Transform Your Commute Campaign
Penguin Random House Audio

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry
Narrated by Stephen Fry
Audible Studios

FANTASY
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
Narrated by Kate Reading
Simon & Schuster Audio

FICTION
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Narrated by Cathleen McCarron
Penguin Audio

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY
Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews
Dreamscape Media

HUMOR
Carpet Diem: Or…How to Save the World by Accident by Justin Lee Anderson
Narrated by by Matthew Lloyd Davies, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION
Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
Narrated by Nancy Peterson
Two Words Publishing

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace by Kim Phuc Phan Thi
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS
House of Names by Colm Toibin
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson, et al.
Simon & Schuster Audio

MIDDLE GRADE
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Michael Crouch, et al.
Listening Library

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
Restart by Gordon Korman
Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, et al.
Recorded Books

MYSTERY
The Girl Who Takes An Eye for An Eye by David Lagercrantz
Narrated by Simon Vance
Random House Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR OR AUTHORS
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Neil Gaiman
HarperAudio

NON-FICTION
American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
Narrated by Mark Bramhall
Random House Audio

ORIGINAL WORK
Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson
Narrated by by Richard Armitage
Audible Studios

PARANORMAL
Curse on the Land: SoulWood, Book 2 by Faith Hunter
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
Audible Studios

ROMANCE
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
Narrated by by Mary Jane Wells
HarperAudio

SCIENCE FICTION
Provenance by Ann Leckie
Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
Hachette Audio

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
Narrated by by Lauren Fortgang
Audible Studios

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton
Recorded Books

YOUNG ADULT
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Narrated by by Bahni Turpin
HarperAudio

YOUNG LISTENERS (UP TO AGE 8)
Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
Narrated by Dion Graham
Live Oak Media

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Lambda Literary 2018 Award Winners

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Lambda Literary announced award winners earlier this week at its 30th annual celebration of queer literature. As usual, I have a lot of reading to do after browsing Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gay, and LGBTQ anthologies in fiction and nonfiction categories. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado and Like Water Rebecca Podos, winners of Lesbian Fiction and LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult, respectively, are available as fantastic audiobook productions*. This list is drawn from Lambda Literary’s official list of winners. For an even greater swell to your TBR, check out the full list of category finalists.

*Note: I reviewed these audiobooks for AudioFile Magazine.

 

Lesbian Fiction
Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press

Gay Fiction
After the Blue Hour, John Rechy, Grove Press

Bisexual Fiction
The Gift, Barbara Browning, Coffee House Press

Bisexual Nonfiction
Hunger, Roxane Gay, HarperCollins

Transgender Fiction
Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative FictionBogi Takács (ed), Lethe Press

LGBTQ Nonfiction
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Haymarket Books

Transgender Nonfiction
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, C. Riley Snorton, University of Minnesota Press

Lesbian Poetry
Rock | Salt | Stone, Rosamond S. King, Nightboat Books

Gay Poetry
While Standing in Line for Death, CA Conrad, Wave Books

Transgender Poetry
recombinant, Ching-In Chen, Kelsey Street Press

Lesbian Mystery
Huntress, A.E. Radley, Heartsome Publishing

Gay Mystery
Night Drop, Marshall Thornton, Kenmore Books

Lesbian Memoir/Biography
The Fact of a BodyAlexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Flatiron Books

Gay Memoir/Biography
Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man, Chike Frankie Edozien, Team Angelica Publishing

Lesbian Romance
Tailor-Made, Yolanda Wallace, Bold Strokes Books

Gay Romance
Love and Other Hot Beverages, Laurie Loft, Riptide Publishing

LGBTQ Erotica
His Seed, Steve Berman, Unzipped Books

LGBTQ Anthology
¡Cuéntamelo! Oral Histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Aunt Lute Books

LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult
Like Water, Rebecca Podos, Balzer + Bray

LGBTQ Drama
The Gulf, Audrey Cefaly, Samuel French

LGBTQ Graphic Novels
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Emil Ferris, Fantagraphics Books

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror
Autonomous, Annalee Newitz, Tor Books

LGBTQ Studies
Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness, Trevor Hoppe, University of California Press

 

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Review: Breakthrough by Kris Bryant

Breakthrough

 

“According to one of the tiny maps, there were only five major highways in Alaska. I couldn’t get lost.” – – – famous last words from Kennedy Wells

Celebrity journalist Kennedy Wells’ ends up in Anchorage, Alaska after her magazine editor sends her out to write a cover article on a new reality show. The idea smells like rotten fish, but Kennedy won’t give up a shot at regaining her former beat rubbing elbows with performers and the famous-for being-famous. 

Much of the novel’s humor plays off Kennedy’s unfamiliarity with Anchorage’s great outdoors. She’s more at home on the bustling city streets of LA, dining on catered cuisine and dashing off to her next interview in designer heels. A near-disaster on her first day exploring the area’s scenic byways requires calling in the rescue squad— in this case, a strapping butch park ranger named Brynn Coleman.

Alaska’s Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary, located outside Anchorage, provides refuge for more than just injured animals. As its director, Brynn finds peace within its lands and her mission to help rehabilitate creatures that cannot take care of themselves. Wally the racoon is a surprisingly endearing character, though readers-as-Kennedy are informed that wild animals, no matter how friendly, are still wild animals. 

The two women cross paths as Kennedy finds herself in the thick of misadventure time and again. As the journalist discovers the appeal of her new environs, she also comes face to face with firmly entrenched body image issues, commitment aversion, and an unexpected career crossroads. One of the main issues at play is how much Kennedy and Brynn, who harbors a closely guarded past, are willing to confront within themselves before they can discover a deeper fulfillment. A small cadre of queer friends (including a local librarian) and colleagues ground the women throughout the story and give Alaska a small town feel, despite the nearly 740,000 population of Anchorage.

Overall, Breakthrough is delivers satisfying romance, amusing adventures, and a surprising, thrilling change of pace in the latter half of the story. The novel’s primary drawback is rooted in telling rather than showing the reader what is happening. There are times when a character’s thoughts are repeated aloud after she thinks them. Recommended for fans of “fish out of water” stories, femme/butch pairings, Great Outdoors immersion, and the television series Northern Exposure

Breakthrough by Kris Bryant
Bold Strokes Books
May 1, 2018

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