The Burn Journals

  • by Brent Runyon
  • Narrated by Christopher Evan Welch
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Sarah Dumoulin


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?


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?


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- Peyton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books