Serenading Stanley

  • by John Inman
  • Narrated by Tyler Stevens
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the Belladonna Arms, a rundown little apartment building perched atop a hill in downtown San Diego, home to the city's lost and lovelorn. Shy archaeology student Stanley Sternbaum has just moved in and fills his time quietly observing his eccentric neighbors, avoiding his hellion mother, and trying his best to go unnoticed... which proves to be a problem when it comes to fellow tenant Roger Jane. Smitten, the hunky nurse with beautiful green eyes does everything in his power to woo Stanley, but Stanley has always lived a quiet life, too withdrawn from the world to take a chance on love. Especially with someone as beautiful as Roger Jane.
While Roger tries to batter down Stanley's defenses, Stanley turns to his new neighbors to learn about love: Ramon, who's not afraid to give his heart to the wrong man; Sylvia, the trans who just wants to be a woman, and the secret admirer who loves her just the way she is; Arthur, the aging drag queen who loves them all, expecting nothing in return - and Roger, who has been hurt once before but is still willing to risk his heart on Stanley, if Stanley will only look past his own insecurities and let him in.

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Customer Reviews

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A little too much

This is a sweet, comfort read if you don't mind paranoid, insecure geek meets Greek god and just can't accept that he is worthy of attention. On the surface, I love the concept, but not so much in this execution. The best part of this book was the narrator, who is fabulous and really took what I thought was a mediocre story and brought it to a new level. He also took Arthur, a minor character, and stole the story with his interpretation of an overweight drag queen with a heart of gold. Stanley's insecurities became a bit much at about the 50% mark and Roger was just too good. So it was more like a Cinderfella fairy tale than any realistic read. It is fine for what it is.
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- Riva

What Sweet Music They Make...

Where does Serenading Stanley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Way up there...


What was one of the most memorable moments of Serenading Stanley?

When they saved Sylvia.


What does Tyler Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I didn't hear Arthur's voice in my head, but Tyler's rendition is perfect. He does a wonderful job telling this story.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many of Stanley's experiences mirrored my own. Not all of them good. They took me back to some very vulnerable times that I would not want to repeat. I certainly laughed out loud but teared up some, too.


Any additional comments?

John Inman has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I hope that his entire catalog of stories become available through Audible. With good narrators of course.

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- Libros Lover

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2014
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC