Books

Audiobook Review: The Guncle by, Steven Rowley

When I put in my hold request for The Guncle at my local library, I had to wait for two months for the audiobook to become available. I was SO excited to finally be able to give this sweet sounding book a listen. But was it worth the wait? Find out here!


The Guncle
by, Steven Rowley

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is honestly a bit out of his league.

So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick’s brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of “Guncle Rules” ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old. Quickly realizing that parenting—even if temporary—isn’t solved with treats and jokes, Patrick’s eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you’re unfailingly human.

With the humor and heart we’ve come to expect from bestselling author Steven Rowley, The Guncle is a moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family in even the most trying of times. 


Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, which has been published in nineteen languages and is being developed as a major motion picture by Amazon Studios. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles.


Every once in a while, I find an audiobook that I know I will listen to over and over again. When there is that magical combination of great writing and creative narration, I just can’t get it out of my head. The Guncle has joined that high ranking of audiobooks for which I wish I had a higher rating system.

I don’t often enjoy books that deal with grief because they can feel so heavy and weighed down with emotion. The exact opposite is true of The Guncle. This story is filled with emotion brought on by the loss of a beloved family member but it is handled with such grace that instead of feeling sad, it is actually very uplifting.

Not only has Steven Rowley written a wonderful book, but he is also the voice of the audiobook as well. He uses different accents and inflections that really bring the book to life. He’s SO very talented. It’s unfair to the rest of us! This was the first book I’ve read by Rowley, but it will not be the last.

I will be recommending this audiobook to everyone I know. Don’t hesitate. Just go and start listening now. You won’t regret it.

I give this book 5 Sips!

Do you love audiobooks?
Check out these others that have been highlighted on Books, Tea, Healthy Me.

Audiobook Review: Talk Bookish to Me by, Kate Bromley

Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley Inspiration can come from the most unlikely—and inconvenient—sources. Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book. But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next…

Keep reading

Audiobook Review: Better Than the Movies by, Lynn Painter

In this rom-com about rom-coms, in the spirit of Kasie West and Jenn Bennett, a hopeless romantic teen attempts to secure a happily-ever-after moment with her forever crush, but finds herself reluctantly drawn to the boy next door. Perpetual daydreamer Liz Buxbaum gave her heart to Michael a long time ago. But her cool, aloof…

Keep reading

Audiobook Review: Be Dazzled by, Ryan La Sala

I’m so happy that my first audiobook review of the year is a 5 Sip wonder! I loved Be Dazzled and can’t wait to tell you all about this super-fun gay romance that is guaranteed to make you smile. Check it out here and then add this audiobook to your TBR. Who’s ready to sparkle??…

Keep reading

My Favorite Audiobooks of 2020

2020 was quite a year, that’s for sure! A lot happened. Some good and some not so good. But if nothing else, 2020 will be the year that I embraced audiobooks. Connecting with the Audiobookworm got me started on this journey and I haven’t looked back. I’ve listened to a TON of books in the…

Keep reading

More Audiobooks I Loved in 2020

I’m feeling a little guilty. My original audiobooks of 2020 list only had two books on it. And those books were outstanding, don’t get me wrong. But as I was making up my list of my top reads for 2020, I realized that there were many more that deserved recognition. I also realized that I…

Keep reading

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s