adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B0821SC3ZP
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B0821SC3ZP

Try our newest plan – unlimited listening to select audiobooks, Audible Originals, and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
$7.95 a month after 30 day trial. Upgrade or cancel anytime.
Buy for $14.95

Buy for $14.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

No job, no money, no love - and to make things worse, 27-year-old Charlie has no choice but to leave New York City and move in with his mom in his isolated and conservative hometown of Sunset Springs.

Home isn’t a comfortable place for Charlie. One of very few Black residents and the only trans person around town that he knows of, this will be Charlie’s first time back in Sunset Springs since he transitioned. He expects confusion and maybe even hostility. He definitely does not expect Jackson Ford.

Jack was the brooding yet beloved football star at their high school, but now, he’s an outsider after coming out as gay. When Charlie and Jackson fall for each other in a swift and surprising romance, Charlie has to decide if he’s willing to exchange his old dreams for a new one.

Sunset Springs is an audio novella about finding courage to allow unexpected change, even at the risk of a broken heart. 

©2021 Kacen Callender (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Kacen Callender is a best-selling and award-winning author of multiple novels for children, teens, and adults, including the National Book Award-winning King and the Dragonflies and the best-selling novel Felix Ever After. Callender enjoys playing RPG video games, practicing their art, and focusing on healing and growth in their free time. They currently reside in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, where they were born and raised.
Photo credit: Ashley Cain

About the Director

Shaan Dasani is an LA-based actor, producer, writer, and director. He was recently featured as a trailblazer in the New York Times piece "The Trans Actors Challenging Outmoded Ideas of Masculinity," for his work in the award-winning digital series These Thems and groundbreaking comedy series Razor Tongue, created by Emmy-nominated actress and producer Rain Valdez. As a voice actor, Dasani can be heard as the character Jack in James Sie's coming-of-age YA novel, All Kinds of Other. In 2019, Dasani was selected to participate in the prestigious ABC Discovers South Asian actor workshop. Recognized as a champion of social change, in 2018 the Bonobos brand picked Dasani as a representative for its #EvolveTheDefinition campaign, which sought to jump-start a conversation about broadening ideas of masculinity.
Before launching into the acting world, Dasani received his MFA from Chapman University. He has written, produced and directed over 30 short films, commercials, and music videos, and is a proud member of the Directors Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA.

About the Performer

Commarrah J. Yochanan (they/them) is a Black, trans, nonbinary, Jewish actrix, artist, and improviser with over 20 years of experience. They are an alum of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where they received a BFA in Drama in 2011. In 2019, they debuted an improv score "Ance$tor Money" as part of Stonewall @ 50, curated by Andrea Jenkins. They also originated the role of Kleo in a new sci-fi nonbinary musical, Queen Bee. In September 2020, they emceed the 7th Annual Minneapolis Transgender Equity Summit. Commarrah was one of four artists selected for 20% Theatre Company's Q-Stage: New Work Series 2020-2021. They were recently announced as part of the core ensemble of Lightning Rod, a majority BIPOC queer-trans-led theater organism. Commarrah is a former member of the Transgender Equity Council and Minneapolis Arts Commission, and a Marsha P. Johnson Institute Black trans Organizer, Class of 2020. They raised over $30K with a fundraiser for local Black trans and Native trans/Two Spirit artists.

Featured Article: The Best Trans and Nonbinary Listens


As our society becomes more inclusive, some of our most underrepresented communities are getting a much-needed opportunity to tell their stories. For this list, we’ve come up with some of the best trans and nonbinary listens, across all genres and age categories. And because we know that authenticity is important to listeners, our selections are almost exclusively written by queer, trans, and nonbinary authors.

What listeners say about Sunset Springs

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    123
  • 4 Stars
    60
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    4
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    122
  • 4 Stars
    58
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    120
  • 4 Stars
    54
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

The ending ruined it

I read to escape. I read romance novels because they have happy endings. The ending did not jive with the rest of the story. This was ambiguous. Charlie could have asked to work remote from the town. Ugh!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story for a quiet afternoon

I found this story well balanced between a super cute and sweet love story and the issues of racism, transphobia and homophobia. An enjoyable afternoon listen that also gave me a little more insight into what life may be like for folks who are less privileged than I am.

So thrilled this was fabulously performed by someone who is Black and trans as well, that brought depth and sincerity to the reading of the story.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Better Than Expected

Overall I thought the book was a pretty good read. The story was interesting and really held my attention. The characters were relatable and I enjoyed the book.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

modern love story without harmful tropes

I love love loved reading this story. there were so many moments when I was concerned and expected a typical trope I've read before: the ultimatums, ignoring requests for space, the dead name being mentioned, giving up a dream for love. I was pleasantly suprised to find that the story was well-written and didnt include these harmful tropes. listening to this as a trans person was heart-warming and made me feel giddy. I highly recommend.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved It

Great book, kept my attention all the way to the end, amazing audio delivery, loved it. Will be reading again, every chapter was received amazingly do recommend you give it a read.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Romance and good to listen to

Very good little romantic story. Depicts situations that people go through. Recommend indeed for those who are romantic

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fun, sweet listen

Loved the story - a light but heartfelt “read”. I was taken back by the seeming “femininity” of the narrator’s voice, but the book was very well read.
Good coverage of race and gender.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very good book

I really enjoyed listening to this book. i loved how it allowed listeners to tro to understand from the inside what a lot of people in the LGBTQ+ community go through as well as being black in a mostly white area. I didn't like the way it ended but I really loved the all around story

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

More please

Omg I love this novella… I want more of this story. This is my first book with a trans main character and I think I have been missing out! I want to find more books like this. I love the narrator also.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome!

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I absolutely LOVE this book! Great story!