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  • The Velvet Rage

  • Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World
  • By: Alan Downs Ph. D
  • Narrated by: Alan Downs Ph. D
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The most important issue in a gay man’s life is not “coming out”, but coming to terms with the invalidating past. Despite the progress made in recent years, many gay men still wonder, “Are we better off?” The byproduct of growing up gay in a straight world continues to be the internalization of shame, rejection, and anger - a toxic cocktail that can lead to drug abuse, promiscuity, alcoholism, depression, and suicide.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing!

  • By lianghh on 29-07-15

Outdated, egocentric, destructive drivel.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-18

This book was first written in a different time. This is a new edition but has failed to gather insight from recent research, from beyond the USA and relies heavily on anecdotal evidence of one therapists experience. It is dense with generalisations - often assertions for the mass based on individual cases, grandiose and absolute statements and hyperbole. I can hold these aberrations, but I would warn younger people learning about sexuality to seek more balanced and high quality literature in their quest.

  • Funny Peculiar

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Will Young
  • Narrated by: Will Young
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In 2001 Will Young shot to fame as the first winner of Pop Idol. It was clear from the start that he would never be a typical pop star - and more than 10 years later he has become one of our best-loved and most intriguing artists. From his dramatic experiences on Pop Idol; to coming out in the glare of the media spotlight; to his valiant struggles against depression; to the crazy reality of being famous, Will is open about both the highs and lows of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just lovely

  • By Wicked on 23-12-12

likeable and relateable

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-18

easy listening guide to depressive privileged gay modern life. Nice guy, just my type! good luck Will!

  • Holding the Man

  • By: Timothy Conigrave
  • Narrated by: Stephen Phillips
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

The mid-'70s: at an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So begins a relationship that weathers disapproval, separation and ultimately death. With honesty and insight, Holding the Man explores the highs and lows of any partnership and the strength of heart both men have to find when they test positive for HIV. This is a book as refreshing and uplifting as it is moving - a funny and sad and celebratory account of growing up gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Stunning

  • By Andy Sargeant on 28-06-16

Raw and relevant.

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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-18

Loved it. Brutally reflecting what might have happened to me. and what did not. Re awakened my fears and encouraged my celebration of life as is now unfolds.

  • The Swimming Pool Library

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gay lit. of the highest order

  • By common reader on 14-01-09

Delicious Language

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-17

Loved it, very evocative of the time, some vestiges of which I experienced myself in the late 90's. Bravo

  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By Carol on 01-09-11

Kept slipping and repeating. Couldn't listen to it

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-17

Couldn't get it to work so I've given up for now. I'll look for another book.