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The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night
Written by: Anthony Haden-Guest
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In the disco days and nights of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, the place to be was Studio 54. Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, and Bianca Jagger were among the nightly assortment of A-list celebrity regulars consorting with New York's young, wild, and beautiful.

Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
Written by: Dana Thomas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In February 2011 John Galliano, the lauded head of Christian Dior, imploded with a drunken, anti-Semitic public tirade. Exactly a year earlier, celebrated designer Alexander McQueen took his own life three weeks before his women's wear show. Both were casualties of the war between art and commerce that has raged within fashion for the last two decades.

Porn Again: A Memoir
Written by: Josh Sabarra
Narrated by: Josh Sabarra
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In Porn Memoir: A Memoir, Josh Sabarra throws open the proverbial closet - and bedroom - doors, taking listeners on a Hollywood thrill-ride through growing up, coming out, coming of age and finally finding himself at 40. Despite being a high-level entertainment executive, Josh was still a virgin at 31. Uncomfortable in his own skin, haunted by painful childhood memories, he kept laser-focused on building an unparalleled career trajectory at the expense of his personal life.

James Baldwin: A Biography
Written by: David Leeming
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

This is a biography of James Baldwin, author, one-time preacher, and civil rights activist. He chose David Leeming, a close friend and colleague, to write his biography and granted him access to his correspondence. Leeming traces his life from his birth in Harlem in 1924 to his self-imposed exile in Europe, his later years as political activist, and his public funeral in 1987.

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
Written by: John Lahr
Narrated by: Elizabeth Ashley
Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

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Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate.

Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
Written by: Barney Frank
Narrated by: Barney Frank
Length: 13 hrs
Unabridged Audiobook

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey-Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time? In this candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston's City Hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the US Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness over four decades.

Fit to Serve: Reflections on a Secret Life, Private Struggle, and Public Battle to Become the First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador
Written by: James C. Hormel, Erin Martin
Narrated by: Richard Waterhouse
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

This is the memoir of James C. Hormel - a man who grew up feeling different not only because his family owned the Hormel “empire” and lived in a 26 bedroom house in a small Midwest town, but because he was gay at a time when homosexuality was not discussed or accepted. Outwardly he tried to live up to the life his father wanted for him - he was a successful professional, had married a lovely woman, and had children - but as volatile changes in the late 1960s impeded on the American psyche, Hormel realized that he could not hide his true self forever.

The Scientists: A Family Romance
Written by: Marco Roth
Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

With the precociousness expected of the only child of a doctor and a classical musician - from the time he could get his toddler tongue to pronounce deoxyribonucleic acid, or recite a French poem - Marco Roth was able to share his parents’ New York, a world centered around house concerts, a private library of literary classics, and dinner discussions of the latest advances in medicine. That world ended when his father started to suffer the worst effects of the AIDS virus that had infected him in the early 1980s.

Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
Written by: Rodger Streitmatter
Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other "for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health" for periods of 30 or 40 - sometimes as many as 50 - years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife. In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.

Call Me Burroughs: A Life
Written by: Barry Miles
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 29 hrs and 33 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
In Call Me Burroughs, biographer and Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century - and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy.
Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, Call Me Burroughs is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject.

City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and '70s
Written by: Edmund White
Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In the New York of the 1970s, in the wake of Stonewall and in the midst of economic collapse, you might find the likes of Jasper Johns and William Burroughs at the next cocktail party, and you were as likely to be caught arguing Marx at the New York City Ballet as cruising for sex in the warehouses and parked trucks along the Hudson. This is the New York that Edmund White portrays in City Boy: a place of enormous intrigue and artistic tumult.

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad
Written by: Dan Bucatinsky
Narrated by: Dan Bucatinsky
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In 2005, Dan Bucatinsky and his partner, Don Roos, found themselves in an L.A. delivery room, decked out in disposable scrubs from shower cap to booties, to welcome their adopted baby girl - launching their frantic yet memorable adventures into fatherhood. Two and a half years later, the same birth mother - a heroically generous, pack-a-day teen with a passion for Bridezilla marathons and Mountain Dew - delivered a son into the couple’s arms.

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly
Written by: David Quammen
Narrated by: Mel Foster
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola's elusive host animal.

Silence: A Christian History
Written by: Diarmaid MacCulloch
Narrated by: Walter Dixon
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

How should one speak to God? Are our prayers more likely to be heard if we offer them quietly at home or loudly in church? How can we really know if God is listening? From the earliest days, Christians have struggled with these questions. Their varied answers have defined the boundaries of Christian faith and established the language of our most intimate appeals for guidance or forgiveness. MacCulloch shows how Jesus chose to emphasize silence as an essential part of his message and how silence shaped the great medieval monastic communities of Europe.

The Life and Work of Marcel Proust
Written by: Neville Jason
Narrated by: Neville Jason
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

This, the first audio-biography of Marcel Proust, tells the story of one of the world's most original and admired literary geniuses. From his youth in the salons of Belle Epoque Paris, we follow his progress through to his later years when, as a near recluse, he writes through the nights in his cork-lined bedroom.

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov
Written by: Paul Russell
Narrated by: Ken Kliban
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In his novel based on the extraordinary life of the gay brother of Vladimir Nabokov, Paul Russell re-creates the rich and changing world in which Sergey, his family, and friends lived; from wealth and position in prerevolutionary Russia, to the halls of Cambridge University, and the Parisian salon of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. But it is the honesty and vulnerability of Sergey, our young gay narrator, that hook the reader.

Straight: The Surprising Short History of Heterosexuality
Written by: Hanne Blank
Narrated by: Fran Tunno
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

It's surprising that the term "heterosexuality" is less than 150 years old and that heterosexuality's history has never before been written, given how obsessed we are with it. In Straight, independent scholar Hanne Blank delves deep into the contemporary psyche as well as the historical record to chronicle the realm of heterosexual relations - a subject that is anything but straight and narrow.

Virgin: The Untouched History
Written by: Hanne Blank
Narrated by: Fran Tunno
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

Why has an indefinable state of being commanded the attention and fascination of the human race since the dawn of time? In Virgin, Hanne Blank brings us a revolutionary, rich and entertaining survey of an astonishing untouched history. From the simple task of determining what constitutes its loss to why it matters to us in the first place, Blank gets to the heart of why we even care about it in the first place.

Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy
Written by: Frank Deford
Narrated by: Frank Deford
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

When he stepped onto the Wimbledon grass in 1920, Bill Tilden was poised to become the world’s greatest tennis star. Throughout the 1920's he dominated the sport, winning championship after championship with his trademark grace, power, and intelligence. He owned the game more completely than Babe Ruth ruled baseball, making his name, for more than a decade, synonymous with tennis. This classic biography, by legendary sports writer Frank Deford, tells of Tilden’s dominance, unlike anything the sport had ever seen - and the big man’s tragic fall.

As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980
Written by: Susan Sontag
Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins

This, the second of three volumes of Susan Sontag’s journals and notebooks, begins where the first volume left off, in the middle of the 1960s. It traces and documents Sontag’s evolution from fledgling participant in the artistic and intellectual world of New York City to world-renowned critic and dominant force in the world of ideas with the publication of the groundbreaking Against Interpretation in 1966.

Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963
Written by: Susan Sontag
Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins

"I intend to do everything...I shall anticipate pleasure everywhere and find it too, for it is everywhere! I shall involve myself wholly...everything matters!" This first selection from Susan Sontag's diaries (from 1947-1963) takes us from early adolescence through to when Sontag was in her early 30s. It is an astonishingly affecting and honest self-portrait which is also a fascinating, revealing account of an artist and critic being born. We see Sontag honing her skills and fashioning herself, by a supreme act of will, into an intellectual force.

Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood
Written by: Alan Shayne, Norman Sunshine
Narrated by: Ethan Sawyer
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

Gay marriage is at the forefront of America's political battles. The human story at the center of this debate is told in Double Life: A Love Story, a dual memoir by a gay male couple in a 50-plus-year relationship. With high profiles in the entertainment, advertising and art communities, the authors offer a virtual timeline of how gay relationships have gained acceptance in the last half-century.

The Boy Who Followed Ripley
Written by: Patricia Highsmith
Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 11 hrs
Series: Ripley, Book 4
Unabridged Audiobook

In The Boy Who Followed Ripley, Highsmith explores Ripley's bizarrely paternal relationship with a troubled young runaway, whose abduction draws them into Berlin's seamy underworld. More than any other American literary character, Ripley provides "a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behavior." (John Freeman, Pittsburgh Gazette).

Ripley’s Game
Written by: Patricia Highsmith
Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Series: Ripley, Book 3
Unabridged Audiobook

Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game.

Ripley Underground
Written by: Patricia Highsmith
Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Series: Ripley, Book 2
Unabridged Audiobook

The Buckmaster Gallery is staging another Derwatt exhibition, but now an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course, and he wants to talk to Derwatt, but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean, but not everyone's nerves are as steady as his. Especially when it comes to murder.

Written by: Andrew Morton
Narrated by: Ian Peakes
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

Andrew Morton is able to make startling revelations, among them the real story of Madonna's family background; the events behind the violent attack that changed her views on sex and men; her relationships with Michael Jackson, Prince, John F. Kennedy Jr., Vanilla Ice, and other rock and Hollywood stars; the mystery man she wanted to marry; and the darkest days of her career when she threatened to quit show business.

Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male
Written by: Andrew P. Smiler
Narrated by: Carl Randolph
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins

In his groundbreaking new book, noted expert on teenage and adult masculine behavior Andrew Smiler debunks the myth that teenage boys and young men are barely able to control their sex drives, which may lead to destructive hyper-sexuality, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Smiler helps us to recognize that the majority of boys and men do not fit this stereotype and that boys' sexual development is multi-faceted.

Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model
Written by: Ashley Mears
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

Sociologist Ashley Mears takes us behind the brightly lit runways and glossy advertisements of the fashion industry in this insider's study of the world of modeling. Mears, who worked as a model in New York and London, draws on observations as well as extensive interviews with male and female models, agents, clients, photographers, stylists, and others, to explore the economics and politics - and the arbitrariness - behind the business of glamour.

The Fran Lebowitz Reader
Written by: Fran Lebowitz
Narrated by: Fran Lebowitz
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two best sellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

Anal Pleasure and Health: A Guide for Men, Women, and Couples
Written by: Jack Morin
Narrated by: Colin Unsinn
Length: 9 hrs
Unabridged Audiobook

For many years the focus of fear and disgust, the anus is actually one of the human body's most wondrous creations-elegant, efficient, and richly supplied with pleasure nerves. However, stress and ignorance can turn the anus and its functions from a source of delight into a painful disability. What's needed is an owner's manual-and here it is! Join therapist and sexologist Jack Morin, Ph.D., on this tour of the anus, complete with information and exercises to open the door to new sources of comfort and gratification.

Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury
Written by: Lesley-Ann Jones
Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury's unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering facade. Now, more than 20 years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock 'n' roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man's legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex
Written by: Regina Marler (editor)
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro, Alix Dale
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

Among the unconventional attitudes of the Beat writers as they rebelled against the conformism of the late 1940s and 1950s was their relaxed stance on sexuality. At a time when gay people were considered mentally ill or criminal, the Beats celebrated spontaneity and freedom in thought, word, and action. They were queer in the fullest sense of the word: their fluid sexuality challenged all sexual and romantic conventions.

The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men
Written by: Bill Brent
Narrated by: Drake Stone
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

From the publishers of the best-selling The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women comes a companion book specifically for men. Here's a sexy, fun-to-read guide to anal sex for men, offering comprehensive information on all aspects of anal play.

A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor
Written by: Donald Spoto
Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth Taylor was catapulted into child stardom and molded by MGM into the great violet-eyed beauty of postwar America. Along the way, without training or counsel, she became an award-winning actress, dazzling audiences everywhere with spectacular performances.

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
Written by: Kristen Johnston
Narrated by: Kristen Johnston
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris

Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel
Written by: Edmund White
Narrated by: Dave Giorgio
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins

Poet and prodigy Arthur Rimbaud led a life that was startlingly short, but just as dramatically eventful and accomplished. Even today, over a century after his death in 1891, his visionary poetry has continued to influence everyone from Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan to Patti Smith. His long poem A Season in Hell (1873) and his collection Illuminations (1886) are essential to the modern canon, marked by a hallucinatory and hypnotic style that defined the Symbolist movement in poetry.

Becoming a Londoner: A Diary
Written by: David Plante
Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In the 1960s, strangers to their new city and from the different worlds of New York and Athens, David and Nikos embarked on a life together, a partnership that would endure for 40 years. At a moment of "absolute respect for differences", London offered a freedom in love unattainable in their previous homes. Here is a luminous evocation of a world of writers, poets, artists, and thinkers.

What Would Susie Say?: Bullsh-t Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy
Written by: Susie Essman
Narrated by: Susie Essman
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

In What Would Susie Say?, Susie Essman sheds the crasser layers to reveal how she went from an anxiety-ridden, struggling stand-up comic to being one of the funniest women on television, playing Susie Greene on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch
Written by: Nick Davies
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

At first it seemed like a small story. The royal editor of the News of the World was caught listening to the voicemail messages of staff at Buckingham Palace. He and a private investigator were jailed, and the case was closed. But Nick Davies, special correspondent for the Guardian, knew it didn't add up. He began to investigate and ended up exposing a world of crime and cover-up, of fear and favor--the long shadow of Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

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