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Static

Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

After two years together, Alex has been dreading the inevitable moment when Damon learns the truth: Alex is a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population able to switch genders at will. Thanks to a forced implant, though, Alex is suddenly static - unable to shift - and male. Overnight, he’s out to a world that neither understands nor tolerates shifters...and to his heterosexual boyfriend.

Damon is stunned to discover his girlfriend is a shifter and scared to death of the dangers the implant poses to Alex’s health. He refuses to abandon Alex, but what about their relationship? Damon is straight, and with the implant both costly and dangerous to remove, Alex is stuck as a man.

Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn’t see how they can get through this.

Especially if he’s static forever. 

©2011 L.A. Witt (P)2019 L.A. Witt

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Epic and unique twist to the shifter genre.

Wow. Just wow. This is a really good spin on the typical shifter stories. I have to admit that it will cause you to think. You might start to consider how you react and interact with transgender friends/aquantences. you might even gain some understanding with this book. But more than that it is a sweet story of a love that is more than skin deep. And kudos to Damon for standing by the person he loves even with the shock he had to absorb. the only kind of negative I would say was the angst was a little too drawn out. As usual Michael was a wonderful narrator. He is always good at bringing stories to life. All in all, you wouldn't be wasting your time with this one.

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Pretty Good

Couldn't stop listening. Angst galore but was a reasonable amount considering the topic. Recommend it.

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struggled to finish

Lot's if people loved this novel but I thought it an annoying sob story. It's all about discrimination, injustice, bullying and child abuse. The whining of Alex got irritating after a few hours.
Narration was fine.

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  • Annika
  • 23-01-19

Loved it so much!

I'm in love with this book and these characters. This book fascinated me. I’ve read numerous shifter stories before, but those were shifting human to animal or different creatures. Static was about shifting genders. It was new and it was different, but more than that – I loved every word of it.

Damon and Alex are in love, they've been together two years and Damon is doing his best to convince Alex to marry him, only so far she's resisting. Yes, I did say she, because as far as Damon knows Alex is a girl, the girl. So when she disappears without warning and no contact he is naturally worried and goes over to her place hoping to find her. What he does find is a man he's never seen before and one that's obviously comfortable in his girlfriend's apartment. When he finds out that not only is his girlfriend a shifter, the man before him was actually Alex, his lost girlfriend.

Alex put off telling Damon about being a shifter, shifting from male to female on a regular basis with no real preference for either. A dinner at his parents’ house (he always goes as male as they are less than tolerant of him shifting) goes catastrophically wrong as they not only do their usual ranting and raving about what an abomination he is, but takes it one step further. They drug him and force an implant in his spine which will keep him from shifting, to be static. So now he's stuck in a male's body, with a headache from hell, a boyfriend that doesn't know he (was) male half the time and with no clue how to get back what he lost.

Like I mentioned previously, I loved the gender shifting concept and the world Witt created, the characters. I really enjoyed Alex’s POV, dealing with being static, forced into a male body and how that impacted and upended his entire life. From the bigotry and snide comments at his first work to the acceptance and support from his second. But also dealing with his parents – to report or not report?

I loved how Damon handled everything. His confusion about the whole situation was clear throughout. About his feelings towards Alex as a shifter, and “her” being stuck as male. I mean he’d proposed marriage to female Alex, but now she was kind of gone, but also still there. Oh and he did I mention that Damon was not gay? Yet as time pass and he gets to know male Alex and realizes they are one and the same, he finds himself attracted to this version as well and a new relationship develops between them. I liked how that was allowed to grow. It wasn’t forced in any way. Neither was there blame or expectations, just two rather confused people trying to deal with their new deck of cards that reality left them with. However, I also felt like the time from confused Damon trying to wrap his head around Alex as male to him finding Alex attractive and the subsequent sex scenes were too quick – at least compared to the pacing of the rest of the book.

Michael Ferraiuolo is a fantastic and extremely talented narrator. He adds so much passion and feeling to his words that you can’t help but to be sucked in, become a part of the story. I listened to this book in one go, I just couldn’t let it go and for these hours I was in this amazing world Will created and Ferraiuolo brought to life. I felt the despair from Alex realising he was stuck in a male’s body, the desperation to get the implant removed. It was there so clearly in every word. As was Damon’s confusion and his worry. My only niggle, and this is a very small one is that the voice he had for Alex was a bit too feminine. But I had such a great time listening to this book and Ferraiuolo’s talented narration that I could gladly listen to it many more times.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Nova
  • 05-01-20

Static!!

Not at all what I was expecting. Good story with an easy to follow storyline, I just hoped for more. Good narration by Michael Ferraiuolo, kinda weird idea for a story. I did not finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-08-19

Is it Either Or, Or Static?!

Fascinating book that took LA Witt to the Next Level - don't miss this, I think it's fascinating - and intellectually portrayed - with heart. In the beginning of the book we could have used a little more emotion - but it could be a very real numbness that would happen with such a shock, on both sides. If you are in a society where Shifters, (from male to female and back and forth) are not accepted, it is easy to see how different factions of society decide what is acceptable or not - and do what they can to ensure their parameters are abided by. Sad how many people act benevolent in public and have so little heart for anyone outside of their narrow view of "Normal". I loved them both, I really thought this would go one way and then it went the other. The cruelty of parents even later in life in order for control never ceases to amaze me. I think if you give this book a chance you will love, love Alex and Damon. Thanks LA for this interesting story - and I would love a book Two! It would be fascinating to see what their lives and/or Alex's brother/sister Sam encounter along the way. Michael Ferraiulo needs to be a mainstay for you - he is one of the premier narrators. He has an amazing character range and really conveys the emotion!!!!

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 05-08-19

An amazing look at gender fluidity

WOW!


This ranks as one of my all time favorite books in this genre.
I can’t say enough good things about this – but I’ll try!

First – it’s sort of a unique shifter book. Instead of shifting into animals, in this world that LA Witt has created, some people can change their sex at will. Not just the important pieces, but their entire bodies. So they become more masculine, larger, muscular, etcetera for male and smaller, more delicate, etcetera for female. But like fraternal twins, they still retain that look about them so you can see the resemblance.

In this case Alex (both female and male version) is dating Damon as a woman. Damon doesn’t know about the male Alex and this causes a lot of worry as to how to go about telling him. The point becomes moot when Alex’s parents decide to force her to stay permanently male, or “static” by injecting an evil chip into her spine. Of course they have no knowledge of Alex’s female love-life, only a desire to have a son and NOT to have someone who can shift genders.

There is the possibility of removing the chip but it has the potential for disaster, paralysis, death, dismemberment – ok not really – but also continuing the static state. Some people choose this treatment voluntarily but not Alex. S/he has always enjoyed the huge freedom allowed by being able to be one then the other gender. And since she thinks she may be in love with her straight boyfriend, being stuck as a man is particularly harsh.

But… the time comes when Alex must show Damon the truth of the situation. And here is where things really get to be interesting on both a plot level and a sociological level. (This is what makes this book spectacular IMHO – the bringing in so flawlessly the social construct of gender identity and the breakdown of what it means to be woman or man – especially when – in this case – it’s the same person wearing a different “skin”.)

Damon really does care for – maybe even love Alex – so he’s willing to at least try to work through this crisis and see it through. He doesn’t know what he wants. For Alex to go through with the reversal surgery? To try to be with a man when he’s only ever identified as straight? To give up and let Alex do this alone? But no, he’s an amazing person and sticks with it.

The story is so full of social questions. There’s prejudice. There’s the discussion of what if feels like to be in the “wrong body”. There’s the gay/straight/person centric version of sexual attraction. There’s – Gah! So much!

In the end the two lovers must make a decision. Should Alex attempt the surgery and is the risk worth it.

I won’t tell you the final decision but it is thought provoking – to say the least.

LA Witt won some awards for this – as she should have – and I can see why. It’s so amazing, her ability to hit you with these social question while still weaving a beautiful and touching and sometimes erotic love story. Superb!

If you have any interest in transgender and gender fluidity or gender ID this is right up your alley. It also fulfills something for those GFY fans. But it’s still, at it’s heart, a love story and a story of knowing one’s heart – so truly, any fan of romance will be entranced.

I can’t recommend it highly enough!
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Michael does an absolutely fantastic job with this. He handles the women’s voices, the angst, the drama, the timing all perfecutly. He contributed to keeping this wonderful story one of my number one books/audiobooks of all time!
Highly Recommended in this format as well!

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  • SM-Leo81
  • 05-04-19

A Must Read/Listen

A unique and amazing story I think everyone should listen to. Different from any other book I have ever enjoyed but one I would listen to over again.

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  • Domanasha
  • 22-02-19

I love the new spin on shifters.

Even though this book is fiction I feel like it hits on so many real-life situations and things that are happening right now today it's a must listen.

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  • Iquitsewn
  • 01-02-19

Interesting Intrigueing

Very interesting book. I have read shifter books before but not gender shifters. Was very enlightening and interesting. I have 4 stars cause I am still wrapping by head around this premise of gender shifting . I understand trans so not shocking just interesting.. overall very good and I liked the characters very much!! ( the parents got what the deserved) oops

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  • Soulstar Howard
  • 24-02-19

interesting take on shifters

I loved this book!! I would love to read more from the author! I hope there's a sequel!