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New Audiobook "Men I’ve Never Been"

By Charlotte Robinson, November 03, 2021

Michael Sadowski’s memoir “Men I’ve Never Been” that was named one of the 100 Best Gay & Lesbian Books of All Time by Book Authority & shortlisted for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for Nonfiction has been released as an audiobook by Tantor Media. It’s narrated by stage, film & television actor Charlie Thurston who appears in the new season of Dexter: New Blood & the new HBO Max series Julia. Sadowski stated, “I’m thrilled we chose Charlie to narrate the audiobook & even more thrilled he said yes. He’s an actor with an impressive range. He captures the book’s humor, pathos & characters beautifully.” The memoir follows Sadowski’s childhood, adolescence & young adulthood as he navigates the pitfalls of toxic masculinity. It dissects various archetypes of manhood while centering the ways these tropes affected Sadowski’s emotional & mental health & ultimately his emerging gay identity. Striking notes reminiscent of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle & Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club the story is told against the backdrop of a working-class New Jersey family headed by an alcoholic father & an exasperated, exhausted mother. It is a powerful reckoning of Sadowski’s own past at the intersections of masculinity, sexuality, social class & family. “Men I’ve Never Been: A Memoir” offers a timely yet personal critique of gender normativity & the ways in which toxic norms caused him to retreat into silence, creating a mask to hide his true self. Tantor Media is a leading independent audiobook publisher that releases more than 250 new titles every month & is a division of Recorded Books & RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world with operations in the US, UK & Australia. For More Info…

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