Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey audiobook

Bright Shiny Morning

By James Frey
Read by Ben Foster

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780061573170
13.64 Hours 1
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One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home. Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A USA Today bestseller

One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original.

Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home.

Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An absolute triumph of a novel…Frey, a natural novelist to his fingertips, hits the deeper truths with this honest, vibrant, and tender portrait of Los Angeles and the American dream…James Frey is probably one of the finest and most important writers to have emerged in recent years.”  Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting
“A captivating urban kaleidoscope…He stepped up to the plate and hit one out of the park…A furiously good storyteller.” New York Times
“[Frey’s] ambition may have been to write the definitive novel of LA, to do for that city what Joyce did for Dublin, Dos Passos did for Manhattan, or Durrell did for Alexandria. If so, he may have succeeded; Joyce boasted that if Dublin were to disappear, it could be reconstructed from his Ulysses, and Frey could make the same claim for Bright Shiny Morning…[It] reads quickly, has great dialogue and some expertly paced dramatic moments, teaches you more about LA than you ever knew, and makes the case (posited by an artist near the end) that Los Angeles is the new New York, on its way to becoming the cultural capital of the world. Or it could all be a stinging satire of the most violent, corrupt, polluted, pretentious, money-mad place in America. Works either way.”  Washington Post
“A sprawling, ambitious novel about Los Angeles, written with all the broad-stroke energy that was so irresistible to readers in A Million Little Pieces.” Vanity Fair
“With the sheer quantity and quality of characters that pop up in this tale, Ben Foster offers a truly a magnificent performance…His voice doesn’t call attention to itself but his delivery is stellar and his interpretations are all realistic and never overplayed.”  Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“The guy has something: an energy, a drive, a relentlessness…It’s un-put-downable, a real page-turner.”  Publishers Weekly
“Frey’s brush strokes paint a captivating portrait of contemporary Los Angeles with bold splashes…Ben Foster expertly captures the author’s compelling style with outstanding pacing…as well as humor and sarcasm…[An] insightful delivery. Foster seizes Frey’s poetic documentary with its gritty dialogue and produces an exhilarating, unforgettable experience.”  AudioFile

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Author Bio: James Frey

Author Bio: James Frey

James Frey is the author of A Million Little Pieces and the #1 New York Times bestseller My Friend Leonard. Originally from Cleveland, he was educated at Denison University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Runtime: 13.64
Audience: Adult
Language: English