Richard Coles examines same sex desire through the ages, in a journey reaching from the UK to India, Egypt, Greece and Native America. In episode one, his quest takes him to Saqqara, Egypt and the contested tomb of two men, Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum. Were the men lovers or brothers? He explores the ideas of the ´sexologists´ and tells the story of Anne Lister, a 19th century Yorkshirewoman who had same sex relationships. In episode two, Richard explores the homosexuality of the ancients, tracing the transition from classical celebration to religious repression. Part three focuses on the complex relationship between sexuality and gender as Richard surveys the so-called ´third sex´ in places such as India, Indonesia and Thailand. He concludes the series by looking at the globalisation of gay identity. Is the West attempting to promote ideas of gay liberation which are alien to the developing world? Producer: Laurence Grissell. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Coles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005635/bk_bbcw_005635_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Muscle Men is a celebration of the body beautiful, where men who look like Greek gods are worshipped for their outsized attributes. Editor Richard Labonté takes us into the erotic world of body builders and the men who desire them. These uninhibited stories are by the masters of the genre, including Jack Fritscher, Jeff Mann, Steven Bereznai, Tom Fuchs, and Ryan Field. At the gym, in the locker room, and especially in the steam room, the hunks who look hard, work hard, and play hard inspire fantasies the world over. Visit the masculine studs of Muscle Men to enjoy a taste of their strength and power. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Drake Stone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001517/bk_acx0_001517_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A classic of modern gay S/M fiction, Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young man´s quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and ultimately, Mr. Benson as his master. If John Preston, the masterly, handsome author of more than 30 books, was himself a gay icon, his character Mr. Benson defined the culture of gay sex for an entire generation. When Mr. Benson first appeared in the pre-AIDS early 1980s, its unabashed celebration of male sexuality made it a cult favorite among gay men, many of whom wore T-shirts declaring that they were ´´looking for Mr. Benson´´. The novel´s fresh voice and insights into identity, desire, power, and love influenced a generation of writers and editors, including Anne Rice, Samuel Delany, Michael Lowenthal, Laura Antoniou, and Joan Nestle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Darren Douglas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003813/bk_acx0_003813_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A down-home-country-kinda-guy, Porp has always dreamed of taking off after college to backpack across Europe, but life on the farm hasn´t provided enough to make this a financial option. Luckily, Porp has some connections to a famous, race car-driving monster named Frankenstein, and soon finds himself in the undead monster´s luxurious, race car-themed apartment at the heart of Berlin. But Porp´s visit falls on Frankenstein´s birthday, and it´s not long before the celebrations turn erotic. Soon, Porp will discover that his anal gift is only the first step towards the gay love of his otherwise straight life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Rand. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071894/bk_acx0_071894_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Can a high school crush become a happily ever after? Twenty years ago, Paxton Marshall realized he liked boys, in particular, his brother´s best friend, Brad. Pax now runs a successful art gallery, but he´s never found anyone who stirs his heart the way Brad did. Brad Watson is back in town for his 20th high school reunion. However, the celebration of long-ago days is the last thing on his mind. He´s there for one reason: to finally tell Pax how he feels. Pax is shocked to learn Brad is not only gay, but also interested in him. Dating a man in Ames Bridge isn´t as simple as it sounds, though. In order to make a relationship work, both men are going to have to bolster their courage and alter their expectations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Boudreaux. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/098513/bk_acx0_098513_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this innovative celebration of diversity and affirmation of individuality in animals and humans, Joan Roughgarden challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. A distinguished evolutionary biologist, Roughgarden takes on the medical establishment, the Bible, social science--and even Darwin himself. She leads the reader through a fascinating discussion of diversity in gender and sexuality among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, including primates. Evolution´s Rainbow explains how this diversity develops from the action of genes and hormones and how people come to differ from each other in all aspects of body and behavior. Roughgarden reconstructs primary science in light of feminist, gay, and transgender criticism and redefines our understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality. A new preface shows how this witty, playful, and daring book has revolutionized our understanding of sexuality. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004966/bk_adbl_004966_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for humor/comedy. When a gay couple moves in...the inflatable snowman. The gigantic inflatable snowman. We thought ´´Frosty´´ would lead to our demise. That 18-foot monstrosity had me questioning our decision to move into this seemingly quiet neighborhood on a cul-de-sac. Was I ever wrong! It turned out to be one of the best decisions my partner and I ever made. This audiobook is dedicated to the memories and life-changing events that took place during our stay on Altamont Court. The people, the traditions, the holidays, and the celebrations of life and love are all captured within this audiobook. Take a journey with me and hear about the mayhem and mishaps that come into play when you mix together a potpourri of characters who live within a stone’s throw of each other. Take an eco-friendly, high-strung type-A neighbor, a demanding Italian matriarch, men who are the embodiment of the words more power, a troop of loving and mischievous kids, and mix in two gay men who are hell-bent on making a home out of a charming half-million-dollar fixer-upper, and you have the residents of Altamont Court. Whether you’re a weekend warrior who can’t wait to get his hands around the next ´´improvement project”, a stiletto-wearing Texas woman who wields a gun in flawless makeup, or a queen from the city who eagerly awaits the next big sales event at Neiman Marcus - this memoir is for you. Pour a drink or a shot, sit back, relax, and enjoy - and if you don’t, then the words of a truly classy character and dear friend come to mind: ´´What the f--k is wrong with you?” Yes, it’s that kind of party - bless our hearts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trent D. Pines. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/124683/bk_acx0_124683_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Deep in the mountains of Appalachia, Billy May Platte learned the hard way that 1940s West Virginia was no place to be gay: ´´We was sheltered in them hills. We didn´t know much of nothin´ about life outside of them mountains. I did not know the word lesbian; to us, gay meant havin´ fun and queer meant somethin´ strange.´´´ In 1945, when Billy May was 14 years old and alone, three local boys witnessed an incident in which Billy May´s sexuality was called into question. Determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget, they orchestrated a brutal attack that changed the dynamics of the tiny coal mining village of Cedar Hollow, West Virginia forever. Thirty years after the brutal attack, living in solitude on top of Crutcher Mountain, Billy May discovers the hideout of a young girl - a girl who just happens to be the daughter of one of the boys who attacked Billy May so long ago. No one knows better than Billy May the telltale signs of abuse, and she must quickly make a decision. Will she withdraw into the solitude in which she has lived since the horrific attack, or will she risk everything to save the girl from a similar fate? In spite of the heartbreaking incidents that take place in the novel, the book is ultimately a tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit and a celebration of the beauty of second chances. Underneath it all, Appalachian Justice is also a powerful love story, though certainly not a conventional one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee Covington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/007133/bk_acx0_007133_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable, Loss, and Rituals That Heal is the true story of a mother´s fierce love and determination and her willingness to go outside the bounds of the ordinary when two of her three adult children are diagnosed with life-threatening disease. At a dance workshop held to address the threat of the AIDS pandemic, the author admits she doesn´t know how to be a mother to her gay son. With the help of women in her spirituality group, she learns to say yes to what life is asking of her son and of her as his mother. The author´s best friend, dying of breast cancer, asks the author to accompany her through what turns out to be 14 days of her dying, ironically preparing this mother for what lies ahead with her own children. Five years later the author and her family confront again a life-and-death circumstance - her 40-year-old daughter´s diagnosis of breast cancer. When the customary treatments fail, her daughter decides on a bone marrow transplant, and the author visits a healer in Brazil on her behalf. Experience as a professional social worker and family therapist doesn´t always help the author to cope, but her familiarity with improvisational song, dance, and storytelling and women´s spirituality rituals carry her through. The audiobook follows the family through memorials and celebrations of lives well lived, the impact of grief on those left behind, and the rituals that help them heal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sheila K. Collins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093071/bk_acx0_093071_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber is the first contemporary biography of a notorious actor/dancer/poet/playwright who scandalized sex-obsessed Weimar Berlin during the 1920s. In an era where everything was permitted, Anita Berber´s celebrations of ´´Depravity, Horror and Ecstasy´´ were condemned and censored. She often haunted Weimar Berlin´s hotel lobbies, nightclubs and casinos, radiantly naked except for an elegant sable wrap, a pet monkey hanging from her neck, and a silver brooch packed with cocaine. Multi-talented Anita saw no boundaries between her personal life and her taboo-shattering performances. As such, she was Europe´s first postmodern woman. Among those Anita Berber claimed as members of her vast sexual harem were Marlene Dietrich, Magnus Hirschfeld (the founder of modern sexology and gay liberation), Klaus Mann, Conrad Veidt, Lawrence Durrell, and the King of Yugoslavia. Berber acted in Fritz Lang´s Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler and starred in the silent epic, Lucifer. Even Leni Riefenstahl credits Berber for inspiring her controversial career. After sated Berliners finally tired of Anita Berber´s libidinous antics, she became a ´´carrion soul that even the hyenas ignored,´´ dying in 1928 at the age of 29. The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber chronicles a remarkable career, including over 150 photographs and drawings that recreate Anita´s enduring ´´Repertoire of the Damned.´´