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Transparency

Narrated by: John Solo
Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
4.3 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn't the type of men he's attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor - short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie's idea of the perfect twink. But there's something about Taylor Charlie doesn't know.

Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He's afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he's so carefully constructed?

©2014 Ethan Stone and Sara York (P)2014 Troy Daulton

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surprising nice story.

i loved the respectful and loving connection between the trans man and the bear man. great narrator.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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Loved this

Loved this book. The audio narration was faultless. The characters are fabulous and the story is sexy and emotional. This is a short book but so worth the listen. I loved it so much I listened to it a second time straight afterwards.

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  • JC
  • 19-05-15

Well... that was different...

Would you try another book from Ethan Stone and Sara York and/or John Solo?

I have Sara York's Southern Thing series which is worth listening to because it's narrated by Jason Frazier who does an amazing job and I have one of her short stories from the Campus Cravings anthology, but would I seek out other books intentionally? Probably not, because I have way too many things in my TBR pile and I haven't been completely wowed so far. However, I'll make an exception for any audiobooks she releases if they're done by any one of my favorite narrators (Tristan James, Jason Frazier, Finn Sterling).

This was my first experience with John Solo and he does an okay job narrating, but he pronounces some words in a weird way. He wasn't terrible, but there wasn't much differentiation between character voices.

If you’ve listened to books by Ethan Stone and Sara York before, how does this one compare?

First experience with Ethan Stone so I can't compare it with anything else.
I've listened to Sara York's A Southern Thing series and that was way better because the narrator for that series was excellent.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Solo?

Maybe. Depends on the story, really.

Any additional comments?

I found Taylor and Charlie likeable. I kind of wish this was longer because it's hard to find stories with female-to-male trans characters falling in love with homosexual men and it's something that I find genuinely interesting. It was surprising that the smaller MC ended up being the top (or dominant) in this story, but I would have preferred more of a build up for their relationship. The only other stories I've read with this theme were by J.K. Pendragon (and again those were short).

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 09-07-15

Really Interesting Premise, Not Great Story

Taylor meets Charlie at a glory hole and is afraid to make further contact because he’s been burned in the past by guys who can’t see past his past. Charlie is Taylor’s dream guy, big, hairy, tough… and unlikely to want someone like Taylor. Transgender.

But… Taylor doesn’t know Charlie and when Charlie convinces him to give their relationship a chance, Charlie surprises Taylor with the depth of his heart and his willingness to see past the body to the person underneath.

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This is a short story and it maybe would have been better had it been longer. Since it moved so quickly from meet to love to forever it was a bit hard to swallow. I just didn’t fully appreciate that Charlie’s friends would vilify Charlie’s taste in men and Taylor so violently and I would think the whole transgender thing would need more discussion and would have really made for a lovely educational story about the challenges faced by such a romance.

The narrator, John Solo, did a great job and I enjoyed listening to this more than I would have reading it, I am sure.

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  • Reading Is My ...
  • 08-11-18

A New Cup of Tea

I enjoyed this book and the performance of the narrator. I wasn't really expecting what I got but the author dropped enough clues in the beginning that it wasn't a surprise. Glad Taylot got his happy beginning. I do wish it was a bit longer but would re-listen to this story.

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  • jamblance
  • 08-06-15

Good book to get your feet wet in the Trans world

What made the experience of listening to Transparency the most enjoyable?

The story was well written. Taylor brings you into his world, and sets you at ease.
You learn a little of what the struggles may be for a transMan in the world without being too
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Have you listened to any of John Solo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to this narrator before. He tried to give voices to the character and keep you interested. He has a decently soothing voice and was nice to listen too

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked that Charlie just accepted the situation at face value and felt as long as they both got what they needed, he didn't see a problem.

Any additional comments?

Wish the story had been longer. I felt these two had a lot more story to tell.

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  • Vicki L.
  • 01-08-14

Don't waste your money

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

this story was extremely predictable. It is very short, only an hour and a half but their was nothing note worthy. The situations were not believable, the characters were not interesting, just overall not a good story.

What could Ethan Stone and Sara York have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

they could have made the characters more interesting and the situations more believable.

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  • milton Giraldo
  • 29-09-20

Finally a new story!

I loved the story, I wished it was a longer story, and that Taylor got some,

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 19-09-20

A sweet opposites attract!

This is an adorable opposites attract romance between a bear and a cute twink. John Solo's narration was apt for this story. I liked this as it deals with self acceptance, insecurities and was so real and relatable!

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  • B.McGrath
  • 11-09-20

Amazing

Charlie and Taylor's story was so moving that it brought happy tears to my eyes. Charlie was awesome and unwavering in his support for Taylor , and I liked that aspect. I was happy Taylor found his person. and I appreciated his honesty and openness. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job with voices and expressions bringing it to life.

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  • Cherdene
  • 13-07-20

Love and acceptance

Short, sweet and to the point.... This story tell of a Transgender who found it hard to be accepted for who he is and not how he was born. After meeting Charlie, he was able to open up and accept that not everyone is the same. People have their own perspective of how others should live their life in accordance to how/who they were born instead of looking at themselves ...Charlie's friend is an example.... Live your life according to you not others...

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  • Taylor H
  • 05-05-20

Kinda Rushed Wish There Was More

I really enjoyed this story and the character dynamic. It packed a lot of emotion in a short amount of time, but I would have loved for it to be a full length book to develop everything more and dive into backstory and some back and forth insight into the MCs minds.