December 12th Free With Audible Plus

Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New ‘Free with Audible Plus’ Post for the Week of December 5th.

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Serendipity by Melanie La'Brooy

Serendipity by Melanie La’Brooy
Narrated by Zenia Starr
Audible, Ltd

A warm and laugh-out-loud funny story of one woman’s brave quest to avoid true love.

Best friends Hero and Sunday are holidaying in New York when Sunday persuades the normally conservative Hero to don a siren-red wig and the persona of Lola, a do-anything-anywhere-anytime trapeze artist. Disguised as Lola, Hero crosses paths – and a whole lot more – with gorgeous Oscar. Sparks fly, but Hero can’t admit to Oscar that she’s not who he thinks she is.

Flash forward two years and Hero is back in Sydney and in a relationship with arch conservative boyfriend Pelham. Life is comfortable, stable. Until she bumps into Oscar, that is. He’s determined to pursue and win her back into his arms. He’s also convinced that Hero is more like her alter ego Lola than she’d like to admit.

No matter how hard Oscar tries, however, Hero insists that she’s nothing like Lola, and she’s not even slightly interested in him. Or so she keeps telling herself – and anyone else who’ll listen.

But does she protest too much?

From the best-selling author of Love Struck and The Wish List comes a sparkling story about fate, love, cocktails and gorilla-grams.

Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt

Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt
Narrated by Jodie Mitchell
Audible, Ltd

‘This is Littlehaven. Nothing ever happens here. Until the spotlight hits my family.’

Izzy’s family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Izzy is terrified her family will be torn apart. Will she lose her dad? Will her parents break up? And what will people at school say? Izzy’s always been shy, but now all eyes are on her. Can she face her fears, find her voice and stand up for what’s right?

Content warning: in Nothing Ever Happens Here, the narrator, Izzy, initially struggles to understand and accept her dad’s transition. Listeners should be aware that there is some misgendering and discriminatory language used towards the start of the book, as this expresses Izzy’s (and other characters’) understanding at that point in the story. As Izzy’s reactions change and her awareness grows, the language changes to reflect this.

The Color of Dad by Sara Davis

The Color of Dad by Sara Davis
Narrated by Neil Hellegers

Check out my reviews of other titles narrated by Neil Hellegers

Told in the form of a letter from an academic to his estranged brother, The Color of Dad is a darkly comic short story of a married couple, Nathaniel and Cate, in crisis, from the critically acclaimed author of The Scapegoat.

I don’t agree with many of the words you’ve used, but I will give you this: they do have a way of looking at you sideways that can be unsettling. So begins a letter from Nathaniel, a PhD candidate who’s recently moved from the east coast to Orinda, California. Nathaniel knows that his brother, Brice, who still lives near their mother in Michigan, couldn’t possibly understand the nuances of his and Cate’s new life: their eclectic community, their work in academia, and the liberal, alternative thinking that shapes the way they’ve handled their fertility issues. But here, he will do his best to explain, and in the process, unravel a poignant psychological portrait of a man desperate for a happy family.

Ghost Child by Caroline Overington

Ghost Child by Caroline Overington
Narrated by Tai Hara, Zindzi Okenyo
Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

Caroline Overington’s stunning fiction debut is a multi-voiced novel centred around a child’s death and its terrible repercussions.

In 1982 Victorian police were called to a home on a housing estate an hour west of Melbourne. There, they found a five-year-old boy lying still and silent on the carpet. There were no obvious signs of trauma, but the child, Jacob, died the next day.

The story made the headlines, and hundreds attended the funeral. Few people were surprised when the boy’s mother and her boyfriend went to prison for the crime. Police declared themselves satisfied with the result, saying there was no doubt that justice had been done.

And yet, for years rumours swept the estate and clung like cobwebs to the long-vacant house: there had been a cover-up. The real perpetrator, at least according to local gossip, was the boy’s six-year-old sister, Lauren….

Twenty years on, Lauren has created a new life for herself, but details of Jacob’s death begin to resurface and the story again makes the newspapers. As Lauren struggles with the ghosts of her childhood, it seems only a matter of time before the past catches up with her.

A Short Drink of Water by Mara Altman

A Short Drink of Water by Mara Altman
Narrated by Mara Altman

The word pops up anywhere exaggerations are sold. Telling a tall tale. Placing a tall order. Tall, dark, and handsome. And, of course, let’s not forget the proverbial “tall drink of water”. This bothers Mara Altman, and not only because she’s five-foot-zero, but also because her experience as a journalist, humorist, and essayist has led her to challenge assumptions about human existence. Altman’s most recent book, Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back), was a 2019 finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and wittily dissected long-held assumptions about our bodies for the deeper truth. Her conclusion: There is greatness in our grossness.

In her Audible Original A Short Drink of Water, Altman challenges the assumption that taller is better. Her journey to empower those at the short end of the stick (and why is it always the short end?) delivers a hilarious and heartfelt look at the differences between tall and short and how people seek to narrow them both physically and psychologically. You’ll meet people of every size and opinion in this deeply reported and richly comical ride through a world where every inch counts.


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