Transparent | Natalie Whipple | Audiobook Review

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Transparent | Natalie Whipple | Audiobook ReviewTransparent by Natalie Whipple
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 Hours
Published by Harper Collins on May 21st 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Transparent’s Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she’s been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on people. Fiona’s had enough, so she escapes to a small town far from her father’s reach. Happiness is hard to find surrounded by a mother she hates, a brother she can’t trust, and a guy at school she can’t stand, but Fiona manages to make some friends. And when her father finally tracks her down, Fiona discovers how far she’ll go to protect everyone she’s come to love. Fans of strong heroines like Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s Karou or Maximum Ride’s Max will fall in love with Transparent by Natalie Whipple.


Originally, I had received Transparent by Natalie Whipple in the mail as an ARC, and then a finished copy, which okay I probably should have read it in physical form BUT THEN a person I trust panned Transparent and I got kind of nervous. So, because audiobooks tend to go over better with me than physical books and because I have had to commute at least 2 hours a day, I knew that the best possible option would be for me to listen to Transparent AND it makes it so I can remove two books from my house without the OH NO I AM GETTING RID OF A BOOK WITHOUT READING IT WHAT IF IT IS NOT AT THE LIBRARY paralyzing fear. Yes, I have that anxiety problem. Also? Super powers. I came for the super powers.


Fiona is invisible, no one can see her as that is what invisible means. Her dad is the boss of this big huge crime syndicate and he often uses Fiona to complete some jobs. When he asks her to kill a rival’s daughters, she realizes that he has gone to far. Fiona and her mom then run away from Las Vegas to a desert community in hopes that her dad won’t find them. By the way, her dad has this charm power where he can pretty much get people to do whatever he wants. So anyways, while in this new town, Fiona makes friends for the first time in her life and may even have a bit of a crush BUT there’s this annoying boy who keeps getting in the way. OH AND, her father knows her power is valuable, so he’s on the hunt for Fiona.


At first, I kind of thought Transparent’s Fiona was a brat. I mean, she just came across as kind of whiny and okay, I GET IT. I get that her life does suck and being invisible is basically the worst. But then somewhere along the way, between her ineptitude at math and her protectiveness towards her new friends, I just started genuinely liking Fiona. She’s not so terrible 50 pages in and she actually is in a bit of pickle. Plus, she provides an interesting sort of dynamic as an invisible girl navigating high school. I’m sure plenty of us have felt invisible before, but Fiona actually IS invisible. So, there’s that. Her insecurities just made sense to me and so, I felt she was authentic and liked her.


Whipple’s world in Transparent is cool, no doubt about that. People used to take these pills called radiasure, in order to prevent radiation poisoning. However, the pills had the side effect of giving the offspring of the people ingesting the pills special abilities. And now the world is populated by crime syndicates who get their way because they have super hero powers and normal people do not. Currently, radiasure is illegal, but that does not stop people from making it and obtaining it. Y’all, the world is neat, however, we don’t really explore the syndicates and the mobs in depth. Instead, it’s about Fiona escaping from the syndicate and experiencing normal life. I think that this book does not quite go the full monty as far as world building goes.


Yes, and one of my favorite kinds. The relationship between Fiona and a boy who I will keep unnamed for fear of spoilers goes from antagonism to this sort of crush. AND IT IS AWESOME. Y’all, I will forever and always love a love-hate relationship and one of those slow OMG I LIKE YOU realizations. They are far and away my FAVORITE. And yes, there are scenes where there’s glances and touches and kissing and it’s awesome. And yes, I totally used awesome one too many times, but I liked the romance in Natalie Whipple’s Transparent.


As I mentioned above, I listened to the audiobook version of Transparent and quite enjoyed it. It’s produced by Harper Audio and is narrated by Tavia Gilbert and only seven hours long. Heck yeah, short and quick audiobook that took only a few days to listen to. This was my first time listening to something narrated by Tavia Gilbert but it will not be my last. She infuses her words with emotion. She does different voices for the characters. And her voice is not at all grating. In all, I quite enjoyed listening to this book on audio and would recommend you give it a shot if you’re curious about Transparent.


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Because those were the thoughts running through my head as I thought about Fiona’s powers.


Bibliophilic Monologues – “So this book, you guys, it was fun. Entertaining.”
Pure Imagination – “I just went in expecting too much.”
Finding Bliss In Books – “not everything is overwhelming awful”

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Love the gif-I hope I’d use my powers for good 😉 Love the quote from Finding Bliss in Books, which is damning with faint praise for sure.

  2. The way you described Transparent in this particular review makes me even more curious about it. I know a lot of people didn’t like it as much as they’d hoped, but it seems like I’ll probably enjoy it, if not love it. I do like the whole “powers” thing, but I would probably expect more action and less distancing from it. Still not sure if I’d read this, but only time will really tell.

  3. “Fiona is invisible, no one can see her as that is what invisible means.” Lol, you crack me up.

    Also, I wish I’d liked the Tavia Gilbert one I listened to because I am now wary. If I do ever read this, def the audio, because it sounds like it was better. I would be sad to miss antagonism to love because hell yes that is my jam, yo.

    Perfect gif is perfect.


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