If you love romance stories, you might want to check out Audiophile, an audiobook platform now available on Early Access. This means that you can access it even before the official launch, and choose to listen to a growing library of romance titles, spread across contemporary, Filipino language, and LGBTQIA+. The diversity of content is purposeful: There are kilig-inducing stories for everyone.
“There’s a certain intimacy with audiobooks that marries well with romance fiction. When you listen to a story, the world melts away, and it becomes just you and the narrator. It’s easy to get lost in their love life – and yes, all the kilig – in this format,” said Monette Quiogue, Audiophile’s executive creative director.
I’m happy to see that there are queer stories available on Audiophile. According to the website, “Love is love, whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual. Members of the LGBTQIA+ have their own unique love stories to tell and it’s time that those stories are heard.”
You can choose from the following titles:
Footnotes to a Mixtape by Kate Pedroso
A story of two young girls who navigate their high school attraction via songs.
Rainbow Hearts by Adrian Carl Pescador
Two boys, reserved honors student Staniel and expressive home-schooled Billiam, strike up a friendship when they meet in a kookie costume shop during their summer break.
Kuya Macoy by Miles Suelan
The once reserved and aloof “Tonton” Marquez recounts the adoration, change, and heartbreak Kuya Macoy, an upperclassman from the same degree program as him, has brought into his life over the span of almost one academic year.
He recalls the day they first met, their drinking session at Kuya Macoy’s rented house, the outreach programs in the highlands and in the slums of Davao, and that fateful day when Kuya Macoy suddenly failed to come to class and respond to Tonton’s texts — all of which have greatly affected Tonton’s worldview and himself.
Neon Blindness by Adrian Carl Pescador
Sonny, the seropositive son of an overseas Filipino worker, attempts to make the most of his trip to Hong Kong with his new friend Duke.
Loving Eva by Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz
Stories presenting a different perspective on what it means to be a woman lost in love with another woman, a memory, an old flame, and more.
All of Audiophile’s audiobooks are exclusive to the platform, as they were produced in-house using best-in-class production standards, supervised by a lead audio engineer who has overseen production for more than 50 global titles. Each audiobook has thus undergone extensive pre-production, production, editing, QA, mixing, and mastering.
“We’ve been able to produce audiobooks that achieve world-class standards for the medium. Beyond the tech, we’re most excited for what this means for listeners: They get to experience content like never before, as though the narrator is right there beside them, documenting the story as it unfolds,” said Gloryen Limbo, Audiophile’s executive producer.
Audiophile’s vision is to elevate the Pinoy audiobook industry to the level it has achieved in other literary markets. For most Filipino listeners around the world, audiobooks represent a new, convenient way to experience Pinoy stories, but they can also improve access, such as for the differently-abled or the new to reading. Audiobooks also provide an additional revenue stream for authors and publishers, and give rise to many affiliated industries, such as voice acting.
Authors and publishers interested in collaborating with Audiophile are encouraged to reach out to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Readers who want to listen to Audiophile’s growing library can visit the website. Those who subscribe before October 4, 2021, can enjoy a special rate of US$3.99 per month (a 20% discount over the regularly priced rate of US$4.99) as founding members. There is a 7-day FREE trial, and members can cancel anytime.
Audiophile was created by Bookshelf PH, a marketplace for books and ebooks.