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LGBT Audiobooks 2016 Listen List

I’m just a tad late in posting all of the glorious audiobooks that I listened to in 2016 (though they did make it into my year-end-stravaganza posting). Compared with 2015, there was an aural explosion! I think this in part because I had more options as far as buying and borrowing audiobooks (Overdrive, OneClick Digital, Audible). I’ve also spent more time perusing audiobook reviews on sites such as AudioFile Magazine and participating in a fantastic Facebook group, Lesbian Audiobooks

Now when I find an interesting book, I ask myself “is there an audiobook version?” Publishers seem to produce more and more audiobook versions these days, as opposed to limiting the production to “big” names and blockbuster series. What a time to be a listener!

My taste in listening varies from one day to the next. Below you’ll find my moods and interests reflected in the covers below. I enjoy literary fiction, modern-day retellings of Shakespeare plays, memoirs, YA, fantasy adventure, contemporary romance, far-flung settings, and historical fiction.

However, if I don’t enjoy the narrator, no matter how good the storytelling, I stop listening. And that’s just me; other listeners might find the narrator is a great fit for their ears. Some new-to-me narrators that I really enjoyed in 2016 include Laural Merlington and Kate Rudd (The Language of Hoofbeats); Amielynn Abellera (As I Descended); Sarah Grace Wright (Fallen Elements); and Bahni Turpin (Here Comes the Sun). These narrators deliver immersive experiences with wonderful pacing, tone, and excellent characterization.

As for 2017? Well, I’ve already listened to a contemporary romance and a fantasy-adventure! My Audible wishlist is long and getting longer. What LGBT+ fiction and/or non-fiction audiobooks did you listen to last year?  

The book covers are linked to either a review I posted or to a related external site (like Overdrive, AudioFile, publishers, etc.).

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully LoadedSaving Montgomery SoleAs I DescendedHere Comes the Sun by Nicole Y. Dennis-BennYou Know Me Well by David LevithanThe Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson CooperHit by a Farm by Catherine FriendThe Warrior's Path (When Women Were Warriors, #1)Being Jazz Audiobook2497445115726317327959Image result for if i was your girl audiobook207637391582434313587076937547633163705232513262325817288219421892292974125893681

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Red Hood: The Hunt – audiobook review

 

Red Hood book cover

Red Hood – The Hunt: Urban Fairytales, Book 1
Author: Erik Schubach
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Produced by the author
Audiobook release date: 2016
Length: 5 hours, 13 minutes

Seattle is under siege!  An unusually large and focused group of werewolves are howling at the walled city of Seattle under the full moon.  Detective Daria McQueen is one of many SPD officers assigned to keep the “Clean Bloods” (people uninfected by the lupine curse) safe from werewolves every night of the full moon.  She is driven year after year by the need to find her missing sister and avenge the murders of her parents by an alpha werewolf.  Maireni Damaschin, aka Red Hood, drops into Daria’s life under a full moon.  The two women both harbor dark secrets and a thirst for justice.  As the two women track a mysterious green-eyed werewolf, their sexual chemistry sizzles and their attraction for each other grows.  Will they discover the lair of the beast or will humanity fall to the werewolf’s curse?

Hollie Jackson delivers a solid performance as both Daria McQueen and Maireni Damaschin.  The novel is told through Daria’s eyes for most of the novel.  When the adventure takes a twist 3/4 of the way through, the novel shifts back and forth between Daria’s and Maireni’s perspectives.  Hollie builds suspense and anticipation of what will happen next as the women battle impossible odds, with her intuited pacing (at times quick and at others languid) and emphasis.

The brisk, yet reflective, tone and pacing of Daria’s sections reflects the matter-of-fact, take no shit kind of woman that she is.  As Maireni, she uses a passable Romanian-accented English that enhances the air of mystery surrounding the character’s background.  It’s worth remembering that many years and miles have influenced Maireni’s diction.  Hollie also draws out Red Hood’s flirty nature, which makes for a lot of fun in the scenes between Red and the Detective.

Many of the characters seem to be slight variations of each other.  The main difference between Hollie’s characterizations is whether the people are from the Pacific Northwest, Romania, or London, and gender of the characters.  This is not necessarily a huge draw back, as there are only a few instances in which I had trouble telling who was who.  

Overall, I definitely recommend this listening experience, especially to people who enjoy modern-day retellings of fairy tales, fantastical creatures, and spicy, suspenseful adventures!

 

 

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