Femme

  • by Marshall Thornton
  • Narrated by Joel Leslie
  • 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Queeny cocktail waiter Lionel wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player, and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.
Finalist for the 2016 Lambda Award in Gay Romance
Starred review at Publisher's Weekly
Runner-up 2016 Rainbow Awards Gay Romantic Comedy

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Wow!! So different, but so good.

If you could sum up Femme in three words, what would they be?

Laughter, Disbelief, Thoughtful


What did you like best about this story?

It actually made me think long and hard about how people look and think about men who look Femme.


Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

I love Lionel, he was awesome and Joel Leslie did a brilliant voice for him.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't listen to it all the first time, but I have listened more than once, and the second time I listened to it all.


Any additional comments?

I listened to a sample of this audio, and thought it was going to be a funny audio all the way through - but boy was I wrong about this. This is actually quite a thought provoking audio/book.

This is the first book by this author that I have read, well listened to. I have to say things happened that I really wasn't expecting. I must also say I was sitting here at times thinking... Oh no, this is not going to end well, and then the next minute I would be laughing.

I really did feel for Lionel throughout the book, he was out and proud, but at one stage to fit in with others, he was toning everything down, so he just blended in with the crowd, it seemed like if he acted and dressed his usual way, nobody would take him seriously.

Now Dog..... what do I say about him...... well, some things that I really can't say here!! He originally came across as a nice guy, but then the way he reacted to some things, and you were thinking... no, he is not really going to do that.... but he did, and then I really began to dislike him.

​However, the more you listened the more you realised that Dog was scared stiff of being rejected by not only his family, but also by his so called friends in the gay softball team. The main reason for this was due to the fact Lionel is so femme, and even Lionel says that people are afraid of gay men who are femme. This really did make me sit and think about things, and realise in todays world how true this was.

Dog is surprised about what some of his softball friends actually say about Lionel, and he then realises he was thinking the same, and to me I think he then began to feel quite ashamed of what he had done. Quite right too, dates where he abandoned Lionel was just not on.

I have to say, things were looking bleak for Lionel and Dog to have any kind of relationship, but then Dog realises how special Lionel is, and now all he has to do is convince Lionel that he is serious about him, and he doesn't have to hide his femme side. Is there any way of Dog doing this??

If you love an audio where you will laugh but also get rather miffed with one of the main characters, then listen to this audio. I must congratulate Joel Leslie for another great narration on this audio, and yet again he kept me entertained the whole way through. I have actually listened to this twice already, but can guarantee that I will be listening to it again.

Copy of audio was gifted by the narrator for an honest review.

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- Dawn Mayhew

Fabulous

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

The way the narrator brought the characters to life.


What other book might you compare Femme to, and why?

None It is incomparable


Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

All of them. They were all so good I can't choose.


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

The end part with the shoes.


Any additional comments?

Five Fabulous Stars for the best book I have read/listened to this year!

An awesome narration and an excellent story!

I adored this story. I think it must be the best audiobook I have listened to this year. It was like cinema for my ears and it was such an entertaining story that I listened to it over just two sittings.

It is actually the kind of story that would make a great film.

Lionel is 'queeny' or what could be described as 'rather effeminate', but he really doesn't care what other people think about him. He has made his own way in life and he has plans (to buy a car at least). Lionel adores Joan Crawford, interior decorating, fashionable clothes and mixing cocktails at The Bird, the bar where he works. He also quite likes the occasional one night stand but he is quite surprised when he wakes up one morning to find that he has spent the night with Dog.

Dog, whose real name is Doug, is also very surprised and slightly alarmed to find himself in Lionel's bed. Doug thinks Lionel is OK but kind of swishy. Anyone can look at Lionel and see that he is gay but Dog is very much a man's man. His own family don't know that he is gay and he wants to keep it that way. He enjoys being on the gay softball team and having a group of gay friends who actually appear to be straight. He doesn't mind being friends with Lionel even though they are very different.

Lionel likes Dog but he isn't going to compromise who he is. He doesn't do compromise for any one and he also doesn't hold back from telling people exactly what is what and this is exactly what he does to Chuck the team captain for the softball team, who doesn't know how to tip properly. Unfortunately this doesn't go down well and Lionel soon finds that he has set off a chain reaction which leads him to make some urgently needed changes in his life and he adjusts to these changes by trying to hide that he is gay.

And so in the midst of a series of unforeseen events, Lionel and Dog become closer even though this isn't without hurdles. Dog finds that he has to journey into the open from the closet and much to his surprise Lionel finds that he has to suddenly go into the closet, both of them find themselves in places where they are forced to confront what it really means to be who they truly are.

The best part about this story is that it has a serious undertone and tackles some difficult issues but it does this through comedy and a hilarious dialogue.

The characters are excellent and just so engaging. I loved them all even the irritating Chuck and Dog's obstinate Dad.

The narrator does an amazing job and brings an excellent story to life by giving each character a distinct voice which comes across so clearly. The ending scenes are just so superb and I would honestly love to see this book as a film.

There are so many different themes and issues that are shown in the story - what does it mean to be ourselves? Family, friends, love, career, jobs and community, and the way all of these are so important but can either give us life and enable us to be who we truly are, or can stifle us and prevent us from flourishing.

And the story tells us all of this by actually not telling us. We get to see all these issues through the story of Lionel, Dog and all the other characters. It is such a rich story which over flows with humour without being overkill. It is just perfect!

This is funny, endearing, engaging, gripping and really entertaining and I finished it really, really wanting more.

I was given this free review copy audiobook by the author via Audiobook Boom at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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- Mummy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-06-2017
  • Publisher: Marshall Thornton