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Buffering by Hannah Hart – audiobook review

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Buffering is that time you spend waiting for the pixels of your life to crystallize into a clearer picture; it’s a time of reflection, a time of pause, a time for regaining your composure or readjusting your course.

Hannah Hart, host of “My Drunk Kitchen” on YouTube and author of My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut (2014), shares her life experiences in her new memoir, Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded. Hart infuses her memoir with the warmth and humor that endears her to fans. The author shares her experiences of growing up in California with a fractured family; her struggles with sexuality, self-harm, faith, and fame; and more. Her conversational style of writing made me feel like she was riding in the passenger seat of my car as I commuted. All of the exclamation points, italics, and caps found in the text are brought to life as she reads.

Readers and listeners who have never watched her videos or read her previous book, will still find connection through the trials and triumphs of Hart’s life.

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded
Hannah Hart
Produced by HarperCollins
Length: 5 hours, 59 minutes
ISBN-10: 1441719202
ISBN-13: 978-1441719201
Released: October 2016

Available as an audiobook from AmazonAudible, Barnes & Noble, and Overdrive (check your local public library for availability in both eAudio and CD), as well as many other retailers.

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***Quotes come minus pagination because I do not have a text copy of the book. Remember rewinding a cassette or CD in an attempt to write down song lyrics? Yep, this was just like that.***

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June is Audiobook Month!

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This month publishers and book supporters shines a spotlight on LGBT+ and on Audiobooks. My ears are tuned into audiobooks five days a week. If I could, I’d have more than one set of ears and oodles of hours in a day so that I could share a broader selection of reviews. As a result, whenever I pick up a book that sounds interesting, I automatically wonder: Is there an audiobook version of this?

Thankfully, you can acquire LGBT+ audiobooks through online sellers such as Audible/Amazon, Scribd, Barnes & Noble, and Audiobooks.com, etc. Depending on your local public library, you can borrow audiobooks through Overdrive, Hoopla, and One Click Digital, as well as on CD. You can also find a selection via your local public library (CD and digital editions). I hope that not only will production increase so that more titles will be available in audio formats, but that they will be more widely available at libraries. 

Feel free to share LGBT+ audiobooks you’ve read and enjoyed, in the comment section below!

You can read more about this month’s celebration of auditory pleasures via the links below. I’ll add to the lists as I find more sources (:

General Postings celebrating Audiobook Month 2016

LGBT+ (Publishers who produce LGBT+ audiobooks)It’s not a complete listing, by any means. If you know of any audiobook production companies that release LGBT+ titles that are missing from this list, let me know in the comment section. Thank you!

 Postings about LGBT+ audiobooks (Please let me know in the comments if you’ve read any postings on this topic)

***Did you know Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ?!!! I used Amazon as a link so that you can listen to a sample.***

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saving Alex – audiobook review

Saving Alex

 

Saving Alex
Authors: Alex Cooper with Joanna Brooks
Narrator: Luci Christian Bell
Produced by HarperAudio
March 2016
Length: 8 hours, 48 minutes

“You can be here three months or three years…” Johnny emphasized upon Alex’s arrival at the unlicensed residential treatment center. She would hear this same speech reiterated many times over the course of the next eight months. And so began her harrowing experience…

Saving Alex is the powerful memoir of Alex Cooper, a young woman who endured conversion therapy in St. George, Utah. Alex grew up in a devout Mormon family in Southern California. Although she had anticipated a less than warm reception when she came out as a lesbian to her parents at the age of 15, she was shocked when her parents demanded she leave immediately. After a few weeks in exile at the home of the local Mormon congregation’s bishop, she is whisked away to St. George, Utah, to stay with her grandparents. Instead, her parents deposited her at an unlicensed “residential treatment program”, led by Johnny and Tiana Siale, a married couple in the local Mormon community. It is here that she spent eight arduous months struggling to retain her identity and sanity in the face of aggressive homophobia. Her journey led her to challenge (and win) the courts for the right to protection under Utah law as an openly gay teenager.

Alex also invites the reader/listener to know her as a complete person, rather than hide a trait that may paint her as less than perfect. As a child and a teenager, she recalled feeling restless and how she sometimes clashed with her parents. Just as she acknowledged the parts that make her whole, so did she look (and continues to look) for the humanity in her parents and the community that refused to see her or hear her.

Luci Christian Bell narrates this intimate, moving account with sensitivity and respect. Her youthful voice transports the listener inside the account, revealing Alex’s uncertainty, pain, and loneliness, as well as highlighting moments of hope and joy. She delivers a nuanced performance as the stand-in narrator for Alex Cooper’s memoir.

It’s hard not to feel your blood boil as you hear Luci give voice to the demeaning treatment that the couple subjected Alex to in an attempt to break her down and “cure her”.  Tiana’s behavior seemed more insidious and complex as she vacillated between comforter and victimizer: hatching new punishments, such as demanding that Alex face a wall for weeks with a backpack full of rocks on her back, and calling Alex by the sugary nickname “Alexi” and confiding her fears about her husband’s violent temper.

I cringed every time that Luci, speaking as Tiana and Johnny, called Alex by a cutesy nickname. Luci’s delivery of their manipulative affection made my skin crawl. The couple seemed to believe that they acted in Alex’s best interest. This is especially evident at the end of the book when they are angered by Alex and her legal defense. Luci’s voice seamlessly transitions from affectionate and chiding to explosive and combative.

I highly recommend this audiobook. The production quality is fantastic and Luci excels at the helm. The only times I pressed pause was to go to work and sleep.  For a woman who once felt like her voice fell upon deaf ears, Alex  now has the opportunity to be heard by countless ears.  I hope that by sharing her experiences more laws will pass outlawing “conversion therapy”.

Additional Reading

 Human Rights Commission: Policy and Position Statements on Conversion Therapy 

Read the White House’s response to the We the People petition to ban conversion therapy in all 50 States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/08/petition-response-conversion-therapy

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