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Audiobooks About Another Pandemic: HIV/AIDS

Audiobooks About Another Pandemic: HIV/AIDS

Before coronavirus, there was HIV/AIDS. In fiction and nonfiction, these audiobooks explore the impact of another virus that doesn't discriminate, and the amazing people who have changed the course of the epidemic for almost 40 years.

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F*g Hags, Divas and Moms

The Legacy of Straight Women in the AIDS Community

By Victoria Noe
Narrated by: Donna Allen
Length: 6 hours 27 minutes

"An obvious labor of love for the author and a moving tribute to the unsung heroes of the AIDS crisis." - Kirkus Reviews

"Exceptionally well-written, organized and presented, Fag Hags, Divas and Moms is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic libraries." - Midwest Book Review

"This lucid and detailed account provides a valuable...

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Let the Record Show

A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993

By Sarah Schulman
Narrated by: Rosalyn Coleman Williams & Sarah Schulman
Length: 27 hours 26 minutes

This program includes an introduction read by the author.

One of O, the Oprah Magazine's 32 LGBTQ Books That Will Change the Literary Landscape in 2021, one of Vogue's 9 LGBTQ+ Books We're Looking Forward to This Spring, one of and Cosmopolitan's LGBTQ+ Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2021, one of The Observer's Spring Books You Don't Want...

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To End a Plague

America's Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa

By Emily Bass
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 16 hours 18 minutes

“Randy Shilts and Laurie Garrett told the story of the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the late 1980s and the early 1990s, respectively. Now journalist-historian-activist Emily Bass tells the story of US engagement in HIV/AIDS control in sub-Saharan Africa. There is far to go on the path, but Bass tells us how far we’ve come.” —Sten H. Vermund,... Read more »

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Never Silent

ACT UP and My Life in Activism

By Peter Staley
Narrated by: Peter Staley
Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

In 1987, somebody shoved a flyer into the hand of Peter Staley: massive AIDS demonstration, it announced. After four years on Wall Street as a closeted gay man, Staley was familiar with the homophobia common on trading floors. He also knew that he was not beyond the reach of HIV, having recently been diagnosed with AIDS-Related Complex.

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Without You

A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent

By Anthony Rapp
Narrated by: Anthony Rapp
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

Anthony Rapp captures the passion and grit unique to the theater world as he recounts his life-changing experience in the original cast of the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Rent.

Anthony Rapp had a special feeling about Jonathan Larson's rock musical Rent as early as his first audition, which won him a starring role as the video artist Mark...

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Angels in America

A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

By Tony Kushner
Narrated by: Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Bobby Cannavale & Edie Falco
Length: 6 hours 52 minutes

Presenting an original audiobook performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring the cast of the National Theatre's 2018 Broadway revival.

In this production, adapted especially for the listening experience, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, and the entire cast recreate their acclaimed performances from the 2018 Tony Award-winning National... Read more »

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Christodora

A Novel

By Tim Murphy
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Christa Lewis, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Prentice Onayemi, Thom Rivera, Kyla Garcia, Will Damron & various narrators
Length: 17 hours 14 minutes

In this vivid and compelling novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse set of characters whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. The Christodora is home to Milly and Jared, a privileged young couple with artistic ambitions. Their neighbor, Hector, a Puerto Rican gay man who was once a celebrated AIDS...

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Love Is the Cure

On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS

By Elton John
Narrated by: Elton John
Length: 5 hours 6 minutes

A deeply personal account of Elton John's life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring call to action.

In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. He befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized because of his HIV infection. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led... Read more »

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Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality

By Celeste Watkins-Hayes
Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

In the face of life-threatening news, how does our view of life change—and what do we do it transform it? Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. Drawing on interviews with nationally recognized... Read more »

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The Great Believers

By Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 18 hours 16 minutes

The Great Believers

“This flawlessly written and lovingly told story weaves the immediate toll AIDS took on the Chicago gay community in the 80's with the longterm impact on survivors and their families. Makkai threads it all compellingly together with art world intrigue and institutional drama. I don't want to diminish it in any way with comparisons, but The Great Believers brought to my mind several of my favorite contemporary novels: A Little Life, Three Junes, and The Goldfinch. Rebecca Makkai, in my opinion, has launched herself into a whole new category of literary achievement with this, her third novel.”

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How to Survive a Plague

The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS

By David France
Narrated by: Rory O'Malley
Length: 24 hours 27 minutes

A New York Times 2016 Notable Book

The definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic—from the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary How to Survive a Plague.

A riveting, powerful telling of the story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific... Read more »

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