Burn Bright Audiobook by Patricia Briggs (REVIEW)

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Review of: Burn Bright Audiobook
Patricia Briggs

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On March 5, 2018
Last modified:June 28, 2020


Burn Bright Audiobook

By: Patricia Briggs

Narrated by: Holter Graham

Published by: Penguin Audio 03/06/2018

Burn Bright Audiobook by Patricia Briggs read by Holter Graham

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Alpha and Omega Series #5

9 hrs and 47 mins

Urban Fnatasy

Burn Bright Audiobook Sample

Burn Bright Audiobook

5 Hearts

So, this story takes place just after the events in Silence Fallen. Patricia Briggs continues to intertwine these two series even more. Bran is still gone from Aspen Creek with Charles acting as alpha to all the werewolves currently living there. He is also the one to look out for the wildlings. These are the wolves that are too broken to be part of the pack, but not bad enough that they have to be put down. Many of them are close to that point though.

I continue to love Charles and Anna (yes, I like them better than Mercy and Adam, but not by much, but if i had to choose between the two, I would pick Charles and Anna). I was excited that this story takes place in Aspen Creek, as Charles and Anna tend to travel a lot. It is sad that Bran is gone for most of the story, but he has his reasons. I will say that with Anna around, Charles doesn’t make a bad alpha. He would not make a good one without her. He is just too scary without her.

There is a bunch of action and suspense in this story. Charles and Anna go to investigate a strange call that Charles received from one of the Wildling’s mate. After what happens here (left intentionally vague), they decide that they need to talk to all the wildlings. Leah, Sage, Asil and Juste pair up and try to find all the wildlings to update them.. Tag, the berserker red headed werewolf also plays a large part in the story. It was nice spending times with all of these guys. I also enjoyed meeting the wildlings. They may be broken in werewolf terms, but they were all very interesting characters.

There is one scene where Charles and Anna are talking about Mercy and her time in Aspen Creek as a child. Let me just say, I’m glad that I didn’t have to raise Mercy. The pranks she played were… Well, they were just Mercy. This should not come to a surprise before, because her antics have been mentioned in previous books in both series. But, they always make me laugh out loud.

This book is a real rollercoaster of feels. Patty Briggs had me laughing, crying and on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. She also left me surprised. The time that I get to spend with Leah has me looking at her in a new light. I don’t know of anyone who likes Leah, but I expect to see that change after this book.

Burn Bright Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

This is tough for me. I love Holter Graham. He has always been the voice of Charles for me. However, in this book, his voices sound different. Now, I didn’t go back to listen to previous books to confirm that, but I know that it sounds different. I noticed mostly with Charles and Bran. I also know that I’m not the only one who thought so. I talked with a few people about while we were all listening together. The narration isn’t bad, just not the same as previous books, which is disappointing. I would still pick the audio over reading.

Author Patricia BriggsPatricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Narrator Holter GrahamHolter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks, including much of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s bestselling Dark-Hunter series. The winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has also read works by Scott Turow, Dean Koontz, C. J. Box, and Stephen Frey. His film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As The World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order and New York Undercover. He received a B.A. from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. from Vermont College.


I like to thank Penguin Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Not at all surprised that it was greatness 🙂 I love this series (along with Mercy) and it’s killing me that I’ve fallen so behind. I think my last read was Dead Heat. Seriously need to catch up!

    • You really aren’t that far behind. Dead Heat is the book prior to this one in Alpha & Omega. There are three Mercy books if you’re reading both series together in chronological order. I hope you get a chance to get to these. I know you will love them all.

  2. Yes this author is also on my list which is getting bigger every minute. Thanks Melanie 🙂

    • This is a great series. I highly recommend reading it together with Mercy Thompson. They are set in the same world and do overlap a bit.

  3. I am eagerly awaiting the audiobook copy because I listened to all of them but one. Love this series, can’t wait for more. Graham Holter is terrific, too.

    • I agree. Holter Graham is great. I’ve listened to him with a few other things too.

  4. Nice review. A lot of similar feelings for me (my review scheduled for Thursday). I liked this one, but didn’t love it as much as the previous ones.

    • I just adore Charles and Anna. I do wish we had more time with Asil. He is a favorite of mine. Bran too.

  5. I loved this book so much! I am almost done with my re-read of all of the Mercy Thompson books and will be starting this series in audio soon. I will definitely be adding this one to my collection. Too bad that some of the voices sounded different.

    • I want to relisten to the earlier books in this series and see how it compares. It did have a bit of a different feel to it, but its also been a few years since I listened to this series. It was still great and I would still recommend the audios.

  6. I’ve got it on pre-order. My turn soon. Glad you loved it, Melanie! 🙂

  7. I read the first instalment in her Mercy Thompson series and that’s it . . . It’s bad, isn’t it? 🙁 I remember I couldn’t completely click with the characters, but I still had a good time with the overall story. I’d like to see if my feelings get deeper, so I want to try more, even because I also like the sound of Alpha and Omega series! Glad this instalment worked amazingly well for you 🙂

    • I don’t judge at all. I only read the first one and half Harry Potter stories. It just wasn’t for me. You could try Alpha & Omega series. They really start to overlap a lot at book three. I do think that Mercy is a series that gets better the more you read.

  8. Oh that sounds good. I may have to add this one to my wish list.

    • I do recommend reading this together with Mercy Thompson, as the story lines start to merge and overlap. There is a chronological order of the two series together on Goodreads.

  9. I can’t wait to get to read this! I, too, love Charles and Anna just that tiny bit more than Mercy and Adam. (but don’t tell them 😉 ) I’m glad this was such a good story but I’m sorry that Graham’s narration was a bit off. That stinks. It’s frustrating to wonder at why he couldn’t keep the voices consistent. 🙁

    • It has been a while since the previous book. I wonder if he just didn’t have a chance to listen to previous stories before recording this one. It is a really fun story and I’m sure you will love it.

  10. I was looking at Leah differently too! I was not a big fan, but I started to see more to her by the end of this book.

  11. His voices for Charles and Bran have changed! I noticed it in the last A&O and I was disappointed. I had hoped that he would use the original voices for Burn Bright, but no dice. I loved this book!

    • I didn’t notice it with the last book. I do want to go back and revisit this series.

  12. Patricia Briggs!! I still need to read her work. And this one was a roller coast ride! Argh! What am I waiting for?

    • Yes. She’s great. I would recommend reading this series and the Mercy Thompson series together. They overlap a bit. There’s a series order for both together on Goodreads.

  13. I don’t want to end up liking Leah!!! I left the Spoilers group because of the back and forth posts about those who now like her and those who still loath her and my eyes started to cross. If anything I think I will gain a new understanding of her character from the last eye opener we received about her from, I think, Hunting Ground or Fair Game, but I don’t think I will end up liking her character. I really want to do a series reread so that I can adequately refresh myself and be able to give my full attention to what going on in this installment without possible confusion.

    • “Like” might be a strong word. I understand her now. I want to do a series revisit too. I’m in the middle two others right now. Maybe when I finish one of these two. I want to tackle Laurenston’s Pride series again (I keep seeing you reading them and I want to too). 🙂

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