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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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If I Was Your Girl – audiobook review

If I Was Your Girl

 

Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl is the powerful and poignant story of Amanda Hardy, a transgender girl completing her senior year of high school in Tennessee. The chapters alternate between Amanda’s past and present as she struggles to chart her future. Hopeful for a fresh start in a new town, Amanda boards a bus to live with a father she hasn’t seen in years. Soon after arrival, she makes friends with Bee, an artsy outsider, and with a group of girls she meets after missing the bus on her first day of school. Despite these friendships and the attentions of a charming boy named Grant, a layer of fear and doubt, built up over years of abuse from her peers and stranger, dog her steps. The relationships Amanda has with her mother and father are like night and day and form an important part of the story. Russo paints a rich emotional landscape as Amanda journeys towards her unassailable truth that she deserves to live and deserves to love and be loved.  

It is important to note that Russo includes an author afterward to address her cisgender and transgender readers/listeners. She explains why she wrote Amanda’s story the way she did and warned against using it as a guide to trans people. Everyone’s story is different and important. Russo, herself a transgender woman, promoted the inclusion of trans people in the publishing and production of the book. She also provides contact numbers for people who are contemplating suicide.

Great narration transports readers into other worlds and into other lives. Poor narration can derail even the best stories, detaching the listener from the experience altogether. As an audiobook, If I Was Your Girl combines engrossing storytelling with a well-cast narrator, Samia Mounts. Her youthful voice is perfectly suited to a teenage girl. She delivers an engaging and emotionally charged performance. Amanda’s fears and doubts, excitement and joy, hopes and dreams. Scenes in which Amanda is afraid or nervous or disappointed vibrate in my headphones: words quiver, tremble, whisper, and soar. When Amanda is out on the town with her friends, Mounts raises her voice in excitement and adds a teasing tone to the dialogue, as well as other layers of expression. The narration for Amanda’s thoughts about and dialogue with her boyfriend Grant, are a complex mixture of doubt and fear, happiness and flirtation.

This audiobook is hard to put down!

If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Narrator:  Samia Mounts

Produced by Macmillan Audio
Length: 7 hours

Audiobook release date: May 2016
ISBN: 9781427272928

Available as an audiobook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Overdrive (check your library), and other booksellers.

Categories: audiobooks, fiction, lgbt, young adult | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment

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