Listeners on the hunt for stories that center the bisexual experience know what a challenge it can be. Here, we’ve tried to lighten the lift with a list of the best bisexual audiobooks—and one incredible podcast!—across genres and age categories. (You can also check out more of our favorite audiobooks from the queer community, from
LGBTQIA+ listens to trans and lesbian stories.) And because we know that authenticity is important to listeners, all of the selections on this list were written by queer and bisexual authors.
One note: Despite the “B” featuring prominently in LGBTQIA+, we still have a ways to go when it comes to bisexual representation. We hope to see more wonderful and nuanced stories depicting bisexual characters going forward. And with that, here we go!
The Last Place You Look
In this series starter, bisexual PI Roxane Weary is grieving. Her cop dad was recently killed in the line of duty, and she’s verging on dead broke. When the sister of a death row inmate begs Roxane to look into her brother’s case, she agrees—only because she needs the money. Roxane isn’t expecting to find much, but when a few leads have her butting up against a surprisingly volatile police reaction, she begins to suspect that there’s more to this case than meets the eye. Roxane is an excellent protagonist, and her bisexuality is simply part of who she is, not a major plot point. Alyson Ryan narrates this audiobook, and the three others in the
Roxane Weary Mysteries: What You Want to See, The Stories You Tell, and Once You Go This Far. Giovanni's Room
In this classic novel by literary great James Baldwin, David is a young American man living in Paris whose girlfriend has just left for Spain, where she plans to contemplate whether or not she wants to marry him. Meanwhile, David takes up an affair with an Italian man named Giovanni, and must reckon with his attraction to both sexes and his personal history while navigating his own desires and his family’s expectations for him.
Giovanni's Room is a classic LGBTQIA+ novel, with a sensitive performance by narrator Dan Butler. Wild Beauty
In this beautiful magical realism novel, five cousins are descended from a family of magical, cursed women. Every woman in the Nomeolvides family has the ability to grow beautiful flowers in the span of a moment and design stunning gardens, which they tend to at the gorgeous estate of La Pradera. Although their gardens are famous, their curse is that if they fall in love with anyone, the object of their affection disappears forever. When all five of the cousins fall for the heiress of La Pradera, she vanishes...but a mysterious boy who doesn’t know his name or where he comes from appears. The youngest of the Nomeolvides women, Estrella is convinced that if they can just learn where he came from, it will be the key to breaking the curse once and for all. Almarie Guerra narrates this lush and fairy-tale like novel with an apt sense of wonder.
Roxane Gay’s memoir of her body, the trauma she’s suffered, and how she began to make peace with herself is moving and candid.
Hunger isn’t about the experience of being bisexual per se, but it is about how Roxane Gay, a bisexual woman, experiences life after a violent experience in her youth changes her relationship with her body, how she ate to feel safe, and how she eventually learned to face her past. Gay narrates her own memoir, which is a stunning exploration of how we view bodies, both our own and others, and how we perceive health and wellness by judging what we can see on the surface. This is an excellent pick for anyone who’s ever felt uncomfortable in their own skin for any reason. The Best Bad Things
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, Katrina Carrasco's debut historical crime thriller was a finalist in the 2018 Lambda Literary Awards for Best Bisexual Fiction.
The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a woman who is fired from her job as a Pinkerton detective because she likes to go undercover dressed as a man. Alma is living on the West Coast and tracking down stolen opium, working two angles. She’s trying to stay one step ahead of the Pinkertons and hoping to earn her way back into the good favors of Delphine Beaumond, a smuggler who has Alma’s heart, but her convoluted stories and dubious covers begin to wear thin the more Alma stretches them. If you’re looking for a historical novel with twists, double crosses, and cross-dressing, this is an excellent pick and narrated by a standout performer. My Education
Winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Best Bisexual Fiction,
My Education is about the romantic entanglements of a young graduate student. Regina has been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur and heard all manner of rumors and salacious gossip about his actions and behaviors...but no one warns her about Nicholas’s wife. Although initially attracted to Nicholas, Regina finds herself falling for his wife and pursuing her. The resulting affair is something she returns to again and again over the next 15 years. Tavia Gilbert narrates this novel about youthful choices, regrets, coming of age, and reconsidering the past, written by Susan Choi, who took home the National Book Award for her novel . Trust Exercise The Fifth Season
Narrated by Robin Miles, N.K. Jemisin's award-winning fantasy novel is about a world with constantly shifting tectonic plates, and the handful of people who have the ability to control them, but are deeply feared and persecuted throughout the land. Spanning decades and narrators,
The Fifth Season kicks off when a mother discovers her son has been killed and her daughter is taken, just as the world as everyone knows it begins to end. With nothing left to do and nowhere to go, she sets out on an incredible journey to find her child and exact revenge. This dark fantasy world has plenty of LGBTQIA+, particularly bisexual, representation. A powerful story about love, family, and sacrifice, it's the first in an incredible trilogy; each book has won the Hugo Award—the only series in history to do so. I Wish You All the Best
In this romantic YA debut novel, Ben comes out to their parents as bisexual and nonbinary, and they are promptly thrown out of the house. Forced to live with their estranged older sister and her husband, who they barely know, Ben decides to keep their feelings and identities locked in, only opening up to their therapist. But once at a new school, Ben embarks on a friendship with Nathan, who is outgoing and charming...and that relationship threatens Ben’s plan for keeping a low profile. But if Ben can find the bravery to open up to the possibility, they might just find love and acceptance with Nathan. This audiobook is narrated by MW Cartozian Wilson.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel
Best-selling romance novelist Talia Hibbert brings us the sizzling
Take a Hint, Dani Brown, which stars the sexy, intelligent, and bisexual PhD student, Danika Brown. When Brown, who doesn't do relationships, agrees to pretend to be in one after a chance romantic moment goes viral, her regulated life is turned upside down, and Dani must ask herself: Is she running away from love a little too fast? British voice actress Ione Butler's intriguing narration makes this steamy story an even more enjoyable listen. All of Us with Wings
Xochi is a young Mexican-American woman on her own in San Francisco when she encounters a 12-year-old girl, Pallas, who is being raised by an unconventional rockstar family. The polyamorous clan hires Xochi to be Pallas’s live-in governess, and for the first time in a long while, Xochi finds acceptance, a sense of belonging, and maybe even love of her own. But all of that is threatened when she and Pallas conduct a ritual on the equinox, and unleash a spirit bent on exacting vengeance on everyone who’s wronged Xochi...and no one is safe.
All of Us with Wings is a gorgeous, weird, magical realism novel skillfully narrated by Maria Liatis. The Sea in the Sky
This riveting scripted sci-fi podcast is also, at its heart, an incredibly human drama. Told through two astronauts’ dispatches on a mission to a distant moon, Jackson Musker’s story of a woman grappling with both her queerness (she’s bisexual) and the unknown (in all of its scientific and spiritual implications) was inspired by his own experience with coming out. By turns emotional, harrowing, atmospheric, funny, and poignant, the writing truly shines with a full-cast performance, led by Octavia Chavez-Richmond and James Ludwig as the intrepid explorers.
Tirzah Price is a YA writer and contributing editor at Book Riot.