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The Infinite Noise

A Bright Sessions Novel
Narrated by: Briggon Snow, James Fouhey
Series: Bright Sessions, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Publisher's Summary

Lauren Shippen's The Infinite Noise is a stunning, original debut based on her wildly popular and award-winning podcast The Bright Sessions. 

Caleb Michaels is a 16-year-old champion running back. Other than that his life is pretty normal. But when Caleb starts experiencing mood swings that are out of the ordinary for even a teenager, his life moves beyond “typical”. 

Caleb is an Atypical, an individual with enhanced abilities. Which sounds pretty cool except Caleb's ability is extreme empathy - he feels the emotions of everyone around him. Being an empath in high school would be hard enough, but Caleb's life becomes even more complicated when he keeps getting pulled into the emotional orbit of one of his classmates, Adam. Adam's feelings are big and all-consuming, but they fit together with Caleb's feelings in a way that he can't quite understand. 

Caleb's therapist, Dr. Bright, encourages Caleb to explore this connection by befriending Adam. As he and Adam grow closer, Caleb learns more about his ability, himself, his therapist - who seems to know a lot more than she lets on - and just how dangerous being an Atypical can be. 

“What if the X-Men, instead of becoming superheroes, decided to spend some time in therapy?” (Vox on The Bright Sessions)

©2019 Lauren Shippen (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Best book ever!!!!

I can’t even describe how amazing it is to have been able to listen to what is essentially another instalment of ‘The Bright Sessions’ and to have a more in depth view of how Adam and Caleb’s minds and empathy work was wonderful, Briggon Snow and James Fouhey we’re both fantastic and even though James is new to being Adam I really felt like he nailed the character perfectly. The only thing that would have made this better would be if the other original cast members could play the voices in the audiobook, but that is my ONLY complaint.

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  • Sondre
  • 02-12-2019

Obsessed

I loved this book! I've listened to it 3 times in 48 hours. Preformance great.

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  • Crystal Jeske
  • 29-10-2019

Emotional love story

I love how emotions are described in this book!! Its such a refreshing and real look at them.

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  • Lance
  • 12-10-2019

Absolutely beautiful

Voice acting is superb and it’s utter perfection. They way emotions are described makes the experience visceral and a truly immersive experience

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  • NShaffer
  • 04-10-2019

A MUST for Bright Sessions Lovers

I opted to listen to the audiobook, I thought it was only fitting since I fell in love with Adam/Caleb via podcast. I was so glad that Briggon Snow reprised his role of Caleb. This is a sweet background look into the goings-on of Cadam behind the scenes of the Bright Sessions. Made me relisten to the Bright Sessions. I missed these characters so much.

Even if you haven't listened to the Bright Sessions (highly recommend that too), it's still a great LGBTQ book for young adults.

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  • alsimvilla
  • 03-12-2019

A lot of Emotions.... In a Good Way

Enjoyed this, the only draw back is how short it was. Look forward to more Bright session novels and to learn more about this universe that Shippen has created. I fell in love with the characters and kept wanting to know more. This is worth the read/listen.

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  • ana monten
  • 16-10-2019

Too SHORT!

I loved it it took a while to get to the amazing part but once it did it was great and then it just finished abruptly I felt like this was just the tip of the iceberg!

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  • Alexus zorn
  • 27-09-2019

Wow

I weld all day and its hot and miserable and for the past two days listening to this book i felt like i was falling in love again too. My fiancé and i are going on 3 years and this book reminded me of the butterflies we all chase. Please don’t disappear, you are an amazing writer and i hope for so much more from you. I listened to the bright sessions and felt for caleb and adam then but this really gave me the back story i needed. I cant wait to hear from all of you again. Keep it up.

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  • Taylor Spotswood
  • 27-09-2019

Loved this book!

I was a big fan of the podcast The Bright Sessions, which this book is a spinoff of. So I had to preorder this and listen right when it came out. Did not disappoint. It’s a cute romance mixed with coming-of-age superpowers! Great narrators for the two characters.

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  • France Atayan
  • 26-09-2019

All the feels and worth marathoning through the whole book!

This book was worth the wait!! It’s not a continuation of the podcast but more of an in-depth look into the cinnamon rolls of the podcast! It was certainly a rollercoaster of awesome content. The pacing was well done, fast enough that the story progresses, without sacrificing the character development of the main focus of this story. I literally squealed with excitement when it got super cute, became super defensive when “shady guy” showed up, and felt great about the ending. Perfect for it to fit with the podcast.

Episode 50 of The bright session duet of Adam and Caleb kept playing as the background music (in my head) as I listened to this audiobook.
Thank you Lauren Shippen for writing this masterpiece!!!


Keep it green!!!!

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  • Jill
  • 06-12-2019

Even better than the podcast

I love The Bright Sessions, but being able to delve into Adam's and Casey's personal lives outside of the office gave a depth to their feelings and relationship that the podcast structure wasn't able to provide.

I hope that Lauren Shippen writes more of these stories, and incorporates more characters in each book. This was an excellent YA book. I'd love to hear a denser, more adult novel about the characters and world she's created in the podcast.

Still, this story was a joy to listen to, and the dialog between the two boys with the same voice actors as in the podcast was like hearing old friends that I hadn't realised how much I'd missed.

If you like The Bright Sessions, I can't imagine not loving "The Infinite Noise."

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  • Paul Maxwell
  • 08-12-2019

There are better books out there...

Real rating 1.4 stars so rounded down to 1 star. So, this review is going to be unpopular. First off this is a YA book written for a straight female audience about gay young men. As a result, it sparks lots of problematic issues regarding fetisisation of gay/bisexual men by SWW*.

The book uses a dual POV writing style but seaming as there is very little to differentiate the two MC's I am not sure what bonus this is adding to the book? The main protagonists of the book are Caleb (Jock football player who has the super power of empathy!) and Adam (Nerd loaner who suffers from depression). Let’s start by saying that the book keeps of trying to draw parallels to 'X-men' type super powers but empathy is more on the tepid side of superpowers; did we learn nothing from Deanna Troi on Star Trek TNG?

The next big point of the book is the relationship between Caleb and Adam. This is where the SWW* issues really start to show. First, they are supposed to be 17 years old; which is very odd seeing as they have been written like they are prudish 12-year-old girls i.e. completely desexualised and completely over think everything. It's not as if two 17-year-old boys would ever think about sex... Then there is the issue of Caleb's 'Gay for you!' reason for dating Adam; it's something which happens a lot in m/m romance novels and I've started to see more of it in gay YA novels. It needs to stop! But one of the biggest issues I've had when reading this is the lack of intimacy between the two MC's (and I'm not talking sex) I think they may have kissed once or twice but not sure if it was on or off page.

The plot was long and stodgy for the first 3/4 of the book while the last 1/4 was rushed and the resolution was never completely explained. It was one of those books where I ended the book by wanting the time I had spent with it back.

* Straight** White Woman
** Maybe you identify as 'queer' because of that one time, at that party, whilst drunk, you kissed someone of the same-sex.

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  • A. Listener
  • 27-11-2019

A good read...

I wasn't sure what to expect, I suppose I was expecting a little more sci-fi and a little less romance. But this was really just a m/m romance with a touch of sci-fi. I'm good with romance, I enjoy m/m romance a lot, I think I was just expecting something a little different than what I read.

If you're looking for a nice m/m teen romance, you'll enjoy this. If you're wanting a lot of sci-fi, you might be disappointed. Since this is a series, the sci-fi might become a larger part of the story as it progresses. But that's just a guess. It's definitely indicating something developing in the background.

As for the narration. It was good enough. But it took me a chapter or so to adapt to the voices and accents as I had just been listening to the magnificent Stephen Fry read the Harry Potter series. And for me, narration doesn't get much better than that. But soon enough I had adjusted to the new narrators.

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  • steven
  • 07-10-2019

Too short

Lovely story but to short I has hoping to here then at college but will just have to hope the next one brings us to up to speed

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  • Ben Jones
  • 03-10-2019

I wish I could rate it higher!

I haven’t been able to stop listening to this. Easily one of the best books I’ve read (listened to).

The way Adams depression is portrayed, I’ve never heard a more accurate description of what it feels like, and it honestly brought tears to my eyes (not the only time I cried whilst listening to this!)


I have been recommending this left right and centre, and am now going on to listen to all of the ‘Bright Sessions’ podcasts, as I just need MORE.