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The Burn Journals

Written by: Brent Runyon
Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Brent Runyon's account of his attempted suicide has garnered critical accolades for its glimpse into adolescent depression and rare insight into the human condition.

Fearing expulsion and parental disapproval after lighting a shirt on fire at his school, Brent goes home, soaks his bathrobe with gasoline, steps into his shower, and strikes a match. Suffering horrific burns, Brent faces a long, painful recovery - both mentally and physically.

©2004 Brent Runyon (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

What the critics say

"Runyon has, perhaps, written the defining book of a new genre, one that gazes ... unflinchingly at boys on the emotional edge." ( Booklist, starred review)

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  • Sarah Dumoulin
  • 2010-01-15

Meh

I downloaded this book after hearing an excerpt on This American Life. The beginning of this story is riveting, but the rest of the book is not as compelling. The book treats the psychological side of the author's recovery very lightly - concentrating instead on the physical recovery process. Perhaps this book would be better received by adolescent boys.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-24

Christopher Evan Welch; whatta man

The narrator was phenomenal and definitely added such heart to the story. Very good job

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-28

The Burn Journals

I loved it so much, it was interesting. I wonder tho...how is the author feeling about this book being published?. I hope he's ok.

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  • Peyton
  • 2015-01-14

Amazing

What did you love best about The Burn Journals?

Everybody should read it. Provides great lessons.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't know, they're all great

What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

Good reader. NICE AUSTRALIAN ACCENT.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't know, not up to me.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

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  • Carol
  • 2013-06-30

Interesting Story

What did you love best about The Burn Journals?

The story was told from the heart. It was difficult to listen to as the story line was intense. It speaks to the saying, "A permanent solution to a temporary problem." It's inspirational that the boy survived and give back to others, so that maybe, in times of darkness, others will seek help.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful