Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey audiobook

Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See

By Juliann Garey
Read by Dan Butler

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781616951290
11.10 Hours Unabridged
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In her tour de force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter and for a decade and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he’s been forced to keep hidden for almost twenty years. The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson’s travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda), the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson’s eyes as a child, and the intimacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him to undergo twelve thirty-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward. This is a literary page-turner of the first order, and a brilliant inside look at mental illness.

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Summary

Summary

NPR’s Great Reads, 2013

A 2014 ALA Notable Book for Adult Fiction

A 2012 Library Journal Editor’s Pick

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2012

In her tour de force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter and for a decade and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he’s been forced to keep hidden for almost twenty years. The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson’s travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda), the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson’s eyes as a child, and the intimacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him to undergo twelve thirty-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward. This is a literary page-turner of the first order, and a brilliant inside look at mental illness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Butler’s first-person reading takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride through Greyson’s emotions, from manic euphoria to near-suicidal depression…Butler’s tones initially seem matter-of-fact, but he slowly conveys Greyson’s meandering emotions and state of mind. Screenwriter Garey’s compelling debut novel translates superbly to audio.” Booklist (starred audio review)
“Garey breathes life into an uncomfortable and often misunderstood subject and creates a riveting experience.” Kirkus Reviews
“Garey evokes in stark detail the torment and raw suffering of mental illness. A compelling read.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A fine, sharp-tongued debut. Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See is a novel deeply wrapped around its subject, but it has its sights on grander themes—namely, how to survive in a world not made for you.” Los Angeles Times
“[Greyson Todd] is interesting and complex…We are deftly led through his erratic trains of thought, and suddenly we are with him in the irrational, sometimes violent place, and oddly, we understand how we got there.” NPR
“Juliann Garey writes with stark, lucid power about the tumbling journey into madness and the agonizing climb back out. Her electric prose trembles and her images vibrate at the edges, affording a rare and precious experience of the troubled mind from the inside out. It’s essential writing—terrifying, exhilarating, absurd, achingly human, and absolutely compelling.” Brian Yorkey, co-creator of the Tony Award-nominated Next To Normal
“Brilliantly captures the effects of electro-convulsive therapy…[Garey’s] prose, with its mixture of the poetic and the profane, illuminates the psyche of a bipolar man, who seeks not a Hollywood ending but a restoration of the ‘glimmer’ of his faded past.” Huffington Post
“Greyson Todd is so utterly human…With the sheer force of her talent, Garey makes us want to look. And she makes us laugh. And she helps us understand and feel compassion.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Greyson Todd is the most fully-realized fictional character I’ve come across in a while…Garey doesn’t shy away from the depths of her character’s pain, but scenes that could easily become gratuitous in lesser hands are rendered with restraint and grace. She excels at leading us down the rabbit hole...Garey creates an atmosphere of exquisite tension.” Millions
“A gripping tale of a man’s unraveling.” Real Simple
“You won’t be able to put down this exhilarating debut novel…Brave and touching.” Marie Claire

Reviews

Reviews

by MarkG 9/13/2017
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Fine depiction of manic depression

Really good. Better than I expected owing to the blurb about Hollywood which put me off somewhat. Much better than the awful, mawkish Bell Jar.
Skilfully constructed story of somebody who eventually I grew to like despite his actions. Punchy prose, good dialogue laced with humour. Give it a try....

Author

Author Bio: Juliann Garey

Author Bio: Juliann Garey

Juliann Garey has sold original screenplays and television pilots to Sony Pictures, NBC, CBS, Columbia TriStar Television, and Lifetime TV. As a journalist she has edited and written for such publications as Marie ClaireGlamourMoreEntertainment WeeklyElleNew York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post. She has received fellowships in fiction writing at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. Garey is a graduate of Yale and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English