Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne?

Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne was a featured book during the Edelweiss Onlinefest YA Editor’s Panel. So, I absolutely knew I had to read it. Toss in the fact that music is a major theme, add in that this book is in verse. The combination was irresistible to me. Now, the topper? The audiobook of Vinyl Moon features one of my favorite narrators. So, this book was an absolute priority for me to pick up and listen to.

What’s The Story Here?

Mahogany L. Browne’s Vinyl Moon follows Angel who moves from her family in California to Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, she finds she is deeply missing her siblings. Prior to coming there, she had an incident with a young man named Darius which left her with a broken arm. Angel is struggling a bit, but she is this class with Mrs. G who kind of runs the class like group therapy. She is also making new friends and finding healing in books by Black authors. Angel also comes to know the music of her Brooklyn neighborhood and starts to move past the domestic violence she had previously experienced.

How Did I Like Vinyl Moon?

I thought that Vinyl Moon was a must read. Honestly, it makes me sad that maybe this book might end up being a little under the radar. It is such a moving book with a compelling main character who has been through it. I love books about characters who find healing — particularly in stories. Angel is someone I rooted for and someone I wanted to find her happy ending. Also, let me just say I loved how much I felt a sense of place while listening to this book — that feeling is so important to me while reading. Browne’s writing truly transported me to Brooklyn.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Vinyl Moon is narrated by Bahni Turpin. Personally, I will listen to nearly any book Turpin narrates. I LOVE her narration style. Not everyone feels the same and that is okay. I also loved that this audiobook was under five hours long. It is a quick listen, an easy to follow story, and very well narrated. I am so, so happy to recommend this book via audio.


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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.
About April (Books&Wine)

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.

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