• Bright Burning Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Harding
  • Narrated by: Lisa Harding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (133 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today * A People Magazine Pick * An Indie Next Pick * A Libraryreads Pick * An Amazon Editors Pick

“On every page there are little shimmering bombs. Like Room, where parenthood is at once your jail and your salvation, it is almost claustrophobic — but in the most glorious way.” (Lisa Taddeo, number one New York Times best-selling author of Three Women and Animal)

A rising international literary star makes her American debut with this visceral, tender, and brave portrait of addiction, recovery, and motherhood, as harrowing and intense as Shuggie Bain.

Sonya used to perform on stage. She used to attend glamorous parties, date handsome men, ride in fast cars. But somewhere along the way, the stage lights Sonya lived for dimmed for good. In their absence, came darkness — blackouts, empty cupboards, hazy nights she can't remember.

What keeps Sonya from losing herself completely is Tommy, her son. But her immense love for Tommy is in fierce conflict with her immense love of the bottle. Addiction amplifies her fear of losing her child; every maternal misstep compels her to drink. Tommy’s precious life is in her shaky hands. 

Eventually Sonya is forced to make a choice. Give up drinking or lose Tommy — forever.

Bright Burning Things is an emotional tour-de-force — a devastating, nuanced, and ultimately hopeful look at an addict’s journey towards rehabilitation and redemption.

A Most Anticipated Book from: Washington Post, The Millions, PopSugar, Shondaland, Good Morning America, Nylon, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country

©2021 Lisa Harding (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Depressing

I kept waiting for this book to be good. Do not waste your time and money on this. Can’t stress enough how much I disliked this book.

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Narration is entirely too fast. Turn to 85%.

I am not impressed with this at all and just don't have the desire to proceed. I agree, Very depressing.

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The narrator spoke too fast for me to be even be able to absorb the story line. I couldn’t even finish it was so distracting.

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Not for me

Too “sing song” for me , but I admit I’m not a great poetry fan and it seemed like a never ending ode. Listening was difficult from the get go. Story overdramatic at times with unsatisfying ending for me.

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Wow

This book is fantastic , very real and very realistic . I loved it very sad in parts . I think this book is about love and lack of it .

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Not what I expected

I didn’t enjoy this book. I don’t think the author should have narrated this. I’ve listened to a lot of books on audible and this was by far my least favorite narrator. Her voice was fast, rushed and distracted from the story. It was also not my favorite story. It was a very slow read.

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Wonderful!!!

Go ahead and listen to this beautiful story. It will touch your heart in so many ways.

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This book is kinda crazy

But honestly in the best way. I read a bad review and listened anyway, getting curious at the unimaginable story. Loved it. Don’t know if I can recommend it to anyone 🤣 but it was great.