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The Infinite Noise

The Bright Sessions, Book 1
Narrated by: Briggon Snow, James Fouhey
Series: Bright Sessions, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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"Narrators James Fouhey and Briggon Snow give stellar performances in this quiet YA romance.... Both narrators authentically capture the ups and downs of teen romance and keep listeners engaged." (AudioFile Magazine)

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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That was the most traumatic yet comforting reading experience I've ever had. It was like a big warm hug and yet THIS is the book that teaches me that reading PTSD is probably a thing! The Audible narration was amazing and really brought it up yet another level. The characters were so real and distinct. I ranted and raved to my dogs at one point during this. I told them "How DARE this fucking author open me up just to rip me asunder like this! If she doesn't fix this I'm rating it low! I do not care how good the writing is!" I was unhappy, my dogs were unhappy, I was way too emotional but I kept reading. I was fully prepared to rate this 2 stars out of spite! But you nursed the reader and the characters back to a sane, loving, rational hug . So good for you, you get 5 stars for putting one of the most brilliantly written books in my collection, breaking me down and remaking me, and teaching me what good writing can do. Just don't ever do that again, OK? But as you're probably going to do it again, I'll be back for the next damn book! D<

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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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-09-2019

yass

at some points the voice acting was awkward, but once you know the characters.... it makes so much sense and yass

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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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  • 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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  • John Schmidt
  • 12-04-2020

Totally unsatisfying.

Limited character development with virtually no real or realistic conflict or antagonists. Complete waste of time.

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  • Cynthia Shepp
  • 03-01-2020

Incredible but...

The book was hands-down incredible... until about 90% in. Then it just fizzled out. The characters got all this scary information, and absolutely nothing happened or was even done about it. It was so weird and such a missed opportunity. It was kind of like the author just got bored and said, “oh well, I’ll just wrap it up as quickly as possible with no resolution.” Kind of a bummer.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-2020

I couldn't stop listening

Wow. Just wow, I loved this so much, I was going to listen to it at work a couple of hours at a time but once I started I couldn't press pause. Its so different to other books in this genre, there is an intensity as you are put firmly inside the heads of these two characters and there mile a minute angst filled, doubt-ridden monologues as they battle with their demons and their developing feelings towards one another. Its this aspect that makes this such a good read/listen. I came to this book having already gotten to know and love the characters and the much of the story in the Bright Sessions podcast. There are a number of moments of recognition from the Caleb episodes, the book filling in the gaps and developing our understanding of the characters, Adam in particular. I'm not big on sci-fi but the podcast was more about the characters, their personality and how they learn to live possessing these super powers/special abilities and its the same here. You may scoff at empathy being labelled as such but the way its written, how we experience it through Caleb you could believe it to be real, like a personality disorder or something on the autism spectrum. The voice actors are brilliant, Briggon Snow plays Caleb in the podcast and it was absolutely the right choice for him to narrate him here -I know he loves this character and embodies him. Adam is voiced by a different actor in the podcast but my tinge of disappointment was misplaced as James Foughey does a super job as Adam. I highly recommend this book, it isn't the usual coming of age m/m story, its not about sex and even the romance is pretty light but what it does so brilliantly is transport you into the mind of these teenagers. If you are undecided give the podcast a go, I feel having listened to that first made this a much richer experience.

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  • Alison
  • 24-04-2020

I absolutely loved it!

I thought it was a really interesting plot, narration was great and characters are just lovely!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2020

Um

But the real question is ARE YOU OKAY? (i have to leave extra words here so I can send this)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2020

cute

definitely cute, but nothing more. it's worth the read for the romance but the superpower is the stupidest thing I've heard in my entire life. seriously? having empathy is a super power? and it makes him DRUNK? nope. also I wish the book wouldve explore Adam's mental health a lot more than it did, it brushed off so many important topics. otherwise, cute. I'll continue reading it mostly because the second book will be about a guy that was introduced that I'm veeeery interested about. hopefully I'll see very little of caleb, the most extra character in the entire world. the narrator for adam did an incredible job, I LOVED him. the narrator for caleb however, not so much. but he wasnt bad, I guess he fit for Caleb's angst and I cant tell for sure if it's the narrator or just caleb. I reccomend tho!

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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