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Black Wave

Narrated by: Michelle Tea
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Desperate to quell her addiction to drugs, disastrous romance, and '90s San Francisco, Michelle heads south for LA. But soon it's officially announced that the world will end in one year, and life in the sprawling metropolis becomes increasingly weird.

While living in an abandoned bookstore, dating Matt Dillon, and keeping an eye on the encroaching apocalypse, Michelle begins a new novel, a sprawling and metatextual exploration to complement her promises of maturity and responsibility. But as she tries to make queer love and art without succumbing to self-destructive vice, the boundaries between storytelling and everyday living begin to blur, and Michelle wonders how much she'll have to compromise her artistic process if she's going to properly ride out doomsday.

©2016 Michelle Tea (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Decent narrative but frustrating recording

I read this because I liked Valencia, and there are enough redeeming elements to this story to render it fairly interesting, funny, and occasionally thought-provoking, especially its metafictional components. However, Tea's performance while reading is incredibly distracting because she pauses so frequently and at unnecessary moments throughout every sentence, causing her to sound unbearably choppy. I could only finish it by speeding up the recording. It needs to be re-recorded by a professional narrator.

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A varied exploration

story had high points and low points for me. prefered the latter half. narration was a little stilted at times, and I may have enjoyed it more as print. overall, I was entertained. thank you.

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  • Nicola Watkinson
  • 10-18-18

Postmodern apocalypse tale

When I first read (listened to) BW I wasn't sure about it, but on re-visiting it I'm absolutely converted. I disliked Tea's narration at first, but it grew on me after a while, and eventually seemed to fit well with the form and plot of the story. The novel itself is about lesbians, the apocalypse, love, sex, drugs, death, books, and the West Coast; I love it, but if you're not into lots of drugs and sex you might not. Also if you're not interested in experimental fiction -- the form unspools as the novel goes on, author Michelle separating from fictional Michelle in interesting and compelling ways, but maybe not for everyone. But for me it's a gorgeous and powerful novel about love and identity at the end of the world, and I would recommend this reading of it if you have the time to get lost in it and let Tea's voice wash over you.

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  • Matilda
  • 02-05-19

Great story, but a stilted narration

A truely great and original story, but a stilted narration by the author Michelle Tea