Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, Read by a Full Cast
A Brief but Powerful Story for Teens, Told Two Ways
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Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this newest audiobook, Ain’t Burned All the Bright, from the always-inspiring Jason Reynolds. He deftly narrates “Take One” of this collaboration between himself and mixed-media collage artist Jason Griffin, bringing slam poetry sensibilities to a brief yet evocative glimpse into the life of an unnamed young Black narrator full of anxieties for his family. As Reynolds’s singular voice fades out, “Take Two” hands the same spare, moving words to a full cast of brilliant narrators. An amazing adaptation of a beautifully illustrated novel.
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