A self-proclaimed book nerd with a soft spot for memoirs, feminist thought, and LGBT fiction. Michael has a broad range of interests, mostly because he still can’t decide what to listen to next. And it’s safe to assume that he’s still stuck in that never-ending cycle of starting a new book before finishing the last.

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Michael Collina

A self-proclaimed book nerd with a soft spot for memoirs, feminist thought, and LGBT fiction. Michael has a broad range of interests, mostly because he still can’t decide what to listen to next. And it’s safe to assume that he’s still stuck in that never-ending cycle of starting a new book before finishing the last.

Editor's Picks

The audiobooks I wish I'd listened to for my undergraduate thesis, a study on the evolution of masculinity in post-9/11 literature.

My Brother Slaves By: Sergio A. Lussana
“The social dynamic of male oppression is interesting in and of itself, but when you add in the cruelty of slavery in the Antebellum South, you get another (disturbingly) fascinating layer to consider.”
Gender Trouble By: Judith Butler
“Okay, so I actually did use this one to argue the performative nature of masculinity. But I had to include the audio version in this list—there’s no going back to my physical copy under all those annotations.”
Beyond Veiled Cliches By: Amal Awad
“In an attempt to erase the binary between the Western and Arabic cultures, Awad explores women’s experiences across the globe. And she does it in a way that humanizes both sides and doesn't fall prey to an "Us vs. Them" dichotomy.”
The Longest War By: Peter L. Bergen
“You can't talk about 9/11 without mentioning this account of the War on Terror. Although I relied heavily on The 9/11 Commission Report, this listen is likely the second best account of the war that followed the attacks”
Angry White Men By: Michael Kimmel
“If you’re going to talk masculinity, you have to include Michael Kimmel. Amidst headlines of #MeToo and white nationalism, this listen not only seems timely, but essential for anyone who is or knows a white man in 2018.”
Rising out of Hatred By: Eli Saslow
“Like the constant evolution of masculinity, the evolution of white nationalism is worth paying attention to. As an added bonus, it explores how oppressive viewpoints can be overcome when addressed head-on.”

Michael's Recent Reviews

    • Life After Carbon

    • The Next Global Transformation of Cities
    • By: Peter Plastrik, John Cleveland
    • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Life After Carbon presents the new ideas that are replacing the pillars of the modern-city model, converting climate disaster into urban opportunity, and shaping the next transformation of cities worldwide. It will inspire anyone who cares about the future of our cities....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Robot voice?!!

    • By Biddy on 12-08-18
    • The Next Global Transformation of Cities
    • By: Peter Plastrik, John Cleveland
    • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Release date: 12-04-18
    • 2 out of 5 stars 2 ratings
    • The front lines of urban sustainability
    • Climate change has been a hot topic in 2018. With most headlines emphasizing the damage done and changes coming, the examples of positive action and change in Life After Carbon feel like a much needed breath of fresh air (pun totally intended). Highlighting the work done in 25 “innovation lab” cities around the world, Plastrik and Cleveland explore the progressive insight and innovative new practices from the front lines of urban sustainability and eco-consciousness. While there’s still a ton of work to be done, I now can’t help but feel an invigorated glimmer of hope for the changing futures of our cities, for our planet, and for 2019.
    • When Women Ruled the World

    • By: Kara Cooney
    • Narrated by: Kara Cooney
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra - women who ruled with real power - and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Edifying

    • By Jean on 12-10-18
    • By: Kara Cooney
    • Narrated by: Kara Cooney
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 11-30-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
    • A feminist take on ancient Egypt
    • I won't lie, there was a point in my life where I dreamed about becoming an Egyptologist. And with so much history to explore, there's still a part of me with an insatiable appetite for more. For another layer of interest, Kara Cooney adds a touch of women's history as she discusses some of the female pharaohs who led this powerful and legendary civilization. From Hatshepsut to Nefertiti and Cleopatra, Cooney manages to synthesize modern perceptions of womanhood and femininity with those of ancient Egypt—and what feels like our eternal struggle to put women in positions of power—combining two of my favorite histories.
    • Listen to the Marriage

    • A Novel
    • By: John Jay Osborn
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    Unfolding over the course of 10 months and taking place entirely in the marriage counselor’s office, John Jay Osborn’s Listen to the Marriage is the story of a fractured couple in a moment of crisis, and of the person who tries to get them to see each other again....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • WTF?

    • By Mandy Franklin on 10-26-18
    • A Novel
    • By: John Jay Osborn
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 10-23-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 120 ratings
    • An emotional character study for voyeurs
    • Where do I even begin with Listen to the Marriage? With a narrative that takes place over 10 months of a single couple’s marriage counseling, this novel made me keep forgetting I was listening to an audiobook. Gabra Zackman’s narration put me right in that office with Steven, Gretchen, and their marriage counselor, Sandy—making it feel as though I were eavesdropping on all of the intimate details of their marriage. I’ve never encountered a book that’s made me feel like this much of a fly on the wall. It’s a captivating exploration of love, marriage, and figuring out (and then holding onto) the most important things in your life.
    • Rising out of Hatred

    • The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
    • By: Eli Saslow
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Eli Saslow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 216

    Derek Black grew up at the epicenter of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential reading in this time

    • By Audiophile on 09-27-18
    • The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
    • By: Eli Saslow
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Eli Saslow
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 09-18-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 234 ratings
    • A personal look at the evolution of white nationalism
    • From the rise of David Duke in the '80s and '90s to the "All Lives Matter" protests of today, Rising Out of Hatred covers the history (and spectrum) of white nationalism in the United States. With a magnifying glass on Derek Black’s personal relationship to the movement, Saslow’s writing doesn’t necessarily encourage sympathy. But it does try to humanize, offering a powerful lesson in empathy and change. As the heir-apparent to Stormfront and white supremacist politics, Derek’s situation is by no means a one-size-fits-all example. Even so, given the current political climate and news cycle, it feels more than relevant to any listener.
    • All Happy Families

    • A Memoir
    • By: Jeanne McCulloch
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 67

    The Glass Castle meets The Nest in this stunning debut, an intimate family memoir that gracefully brings us behind the dappled beachfront vista of privilege to reveal the inner lives of two wonderfully colorful, unforgettable families....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyed this story!

    • By Columbia, PA on 09-13-18
    • A Memoir
    • By: Jeanne McCulloch
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Release date: 08-14-18
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 78 ratings
    • A lot lies behind closed doors
    • If The Glass Castle jumped a couple tax brackets, I’d imagine it’d sound a lot like this book. McCulloch’s debut tackles the difficulties of coping with alcoholism and family dynamics, and how these things clash with expectations for those picture-perfect moments. More than a memoir about familial dysfunction, McCulloch’s debut manages to shine a light on a hidden side of the Hamptons—including a brief appearance from the "crazy cat ladies" down the street, Big and Little Edie Beale (of Grey Gardens). I saw this as not only a fun cultural touchpoint, but also a juxtaposition for the chaos behind the carefully manicured façades families can erect—and which many may recognize from their own lives.
    • The Proposal

    • By: Jasmine Guillory
    • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 107

    When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part - they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good one

    • By Anonymous User on 11-01-18
    • By: Jasmine Guillory
    • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 10-30-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 117 ratings
    • A second home run from Guillory
    • The very idea of a public proposal is enough to make my skin crawl. And if that proposal doesn’t go well, there’s a second part you don’t quite think about: getting through the rest of the event (and the jeering baseball fans that come with it). In her sophomore novel, Jasmine Guillory returns with the same playful and relatable style (and subtle feminist commentary) that I absolutely adored in The Wedding Date. Plus, this story just felt so real—from the characters themselves, to the slow and natural romantic development, or the sometimes-absurd but always-interesting experiences that life can throw your way. Through it all, I could always see myself filling their shoes.
    • The Lido

    • By: Libby Page
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    A tender, joyous debut novel about a cub reporter and her 86-year-old subject - and the unlikely and life-changing friendship that develops between them....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Good Grief

    • By Sara on 07-30-18
    • By: Libby Page
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 07-10-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 49 ratings
    • Feel like a local
    • London holds a special place in my heart, and The Lido puts the neighborhood of Brixton front and center—from shopping for produce at Brixton Market, seeing a quick flick at the Ritzy Cinema, or swimming at the Brockwell Lido, for which this book is named. As I listened, I was flooded with memories of my own experience in London. But at its core, Libby Page’s debut highlights the fabric of any city neighborhood: the locations that a tourist probably wouldn’t visit, the little things a local may come to overlook, and most important, the people who live there. From an unconventional friendship to a surprise romance, this was a heart-warming listen that made tears well in my eyes up through the final second.
    • Rough Beauty

    • By: Karen Auvinen
    • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    In the best-selling tradition of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, a stunning, inspirational memoir from an award-winning poet who ventures into the wilderness to seek answers and finds her way back after losing everything she thought she needed....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful read. Grounded earthy but poetic prose

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-14-18
    • By: Karen Auvinen
    • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 06-05-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 55 ratings
    • A brutal exploration of community, family, and growth
    • With a trip to Colorado planned for later this summer, I knew I had to give Rough Beauty a listen. Auvinen gives so much more than an account about roughing it in the Rockies; she holds nothing back as we experience those 40 seasons of natural living with her and the family she forms. From growing up in a male-dominated household to braving the fires, floods, and other perils that mountain life often throws your way, there’s never a dull moment. And with the rich descriptions of the nature, food, and animals she encounters on her journey, it was as if I could reach out and feel the environment she held so dear.
    • Into?

    • A Novel
    • By: North Morgan
    • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    In Into? North Morgan shines a coolly mesmerizing light on the modern generation of gay men that are living firmly outside the closet, freed from the shadow of AIDS and elevated by popular culture, but plagued by a new set of problems....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Madison Connell on 07-26-18
    • A Novel
    • By: North Morgan
    • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 05-22-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 55 ratings
    • A new age for LGBT fiction
    • When I found out Christian Coulson would be narrating, this book went from “that’s interesting!” to “I need it.” It’s focused on the modern gay scene in cities across the country, and after listening to just a part of this book, I can’t wait to see what’s next for LGBT literature—especially now that more people are beginning to feel comfortable with their sexual and personal identities. Although I don’t entirely expect it to relate to my own experience, I’m curious to see how Morgan views an LGBT existence in an age of social media and constant connectivity.
    • Never Anyone but You

    • By: Rupert Thomson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    The true story of a love affair between two extraordinary women becomes a literary tour de force in this novel that recreates the surrealist movement in Paris and the horrors of the two world wars with a singular incandescence....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • It never hit home for me

    • By Atlanta shopper on 06-21-18
    • By: Rupert Thomson
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 06-05-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 12 ratings
    • Art and love as an act of resistance
    • Treading a fine line between biography and historical fiction, Never Anyone but You reimagines the lives and love of Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun, androgynous names adopted by Suzanne Malherbe and Lucie Schwob. These artists involved with the surrealist and avant-garde movements of the early 20th century share a unique and complicated love story—particularly when their parents marry and they become step-siblings. Although unconventional, it proved a useful protection (albeit a bizarre twist of fate) during a time when homosexuality and ideas of non-conforming gender identities were not only frowned upon, but illegal. From their achievements in intellectual and artistic circles to their involvement in anti-Nazi resistance in German-occupied Paris and Jersey, it's about time that their story be heard, and their love and work celebrated.
    • The Coincidence Makers

    • A Novel
    • By: Yoav Blum
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    In this genre-bending audiobook from best-selling Israeli author Yoav Blum, there is no such thing as chance and every action is carefully executed by highly trained agents. Listeners will never look at coincidences the same way again....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Deeper than I thought it would be

    • By NMwritergal on 03-17-18
    • A Novel
    • By: Yoav Blum
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 03-06-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 86 ratings
    • The coincidence of love
    • I’m notoriously bad at making decisions, so I’m immediately drawn to anything and everything that falls in between the lines of categorization. Cue the genre-bending of The Coincidence Makers! Blum writes about precisely what the title suggests: a secret organization that orchestrates coincidences, ensures that destinies are fulfilled, and assigns imaginary friends. Addressing phenomena that everyone is at least a little familiar with, The Coincidence Makers almost reads as interconnected stories within a story as we’re thrust head-first into a complex and somewhat paradoxical world that defies all logic—but still feels right. After all, who doesn’t remember their old imaginary friend or a coincidence that felt a little too perfect? And with a sweet love story at the heart of this listen, it’s a cerebral feel-good that I’m already itching to revisit.
    • The Secret History

    • By: Donna Tartt
    • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
    • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,894
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,340
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,338

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Addictive

    • By Ann on 03-06-11
    • By: Donna Tartt
    • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
    • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 06-07-07
    • 4 out of 5 stars 3,894 ratings
    • A brilliant debut
    • This listen was originally recommended by a friend who described it as “an episode of Skins written by a classics professor and populated by the most bizarre dramatis personae you will ever encounter.” And he wasn’t wrong—from a 6-ft tall intellectual who didn’t know the moon landing ever happened, to a ginger-haired hypochondriac, a pair of fraternal twins, and a jokester that often feels out of place—there’s never a dull moment in Tartt’s debut. And if that’s not enough to get your attention, get ready for a lot of sex, drugs, murder, and a decent amount of Greek, Latin, and French. This book is somehow a mystery turned murder-mystery turned thriller turned Greek tragedy all wrapped into one story, and I still can’t believe how incredible it was.
    • Call Me by Your Name

    • A Novel
    • By: André Aciman
    • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,330
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,779
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,756

    Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing.

    • By Nico L. on 10-07-17
    • A Novel
    • By: André Aciman
    • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 10-03-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 8,330 ratings
    • My absolute favorite listen
    • Call Me by Your Name has been a personal favorite for the past few years. I’ve read this book and listened to it, and Armie Hammer’s narration complements Aciman’s story so beautifully. For those who have seen the movie, it’s an incredible experience to hear him narrate lines in the book the exact same way he delivers them on the big screen. Not to mention that his voice is so soothing and melodic that I kept getting lost in the vivid descriptions. Although there’s a good bit of angst, it’s strikingly fitting as we’re transported into the mind of Elio, an intellectually precocious 17-year-old struggling with the confusion of first love and an overwhelming lust that almost borders on obsession in this beautiful, stunningly-well written, and absolutely heartrending story about uninhibited adolescent passion. I really can’t recommend this book enough, and I think everyone should listen and re-listen, because I don’t think I’ve ever loved a book this much.
    • The Charioteer

    • By: Mary Renault
    • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    After surviving the Dunkirk retreat, Laurie Odell, a young homosexual, critically examines his unorthodox lifestyle....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Gay Classic!

    • By Christopher on 02-05-16
    • By: Mary Renault
    • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 12-01-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 117 ratings
    • One of my repeat-listens
    • I was admittedly late to the Mary Renault train, but since I’ve gotten on, it’s been difficult to step off! Often considered a classic in gay literature, The Charioteer lives up to the hype. Renault’s a master at subtlety and nuance, which makes each re-listen feel just as fresh as the last. And Joe Jameson has a voice (and accent) I found as irresistible as it is versatile—portraying characters from all different walks of life. I still can’t decide if I keep coming back for Jameson or Renault, but it’s a combination that begs to be listened to over and over again.