Bright and Dangerous Objects Audiobook, by Anneliese Mackintosh Play Audiobook Sample

Bright and Dangerous Objects Audiobook

Bright and Dangerous Objects Audiobook, by Anneliese Mackintosh Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Erica Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781799939917

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Longest Chapter Length:

21:13 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:57 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

10:16 minutes

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Publisher Description

Commercial deep-sea diver Solvig has a secret. She wants to be one of the first human beings to colonize Mars, and she is one of a hundred people shortlisted by the Mars Project to do just that. But to fulfill her ambition, she will have to leave behind everything she has ever known—for the rest of her life.

As the prospect of heading to space becomes more real, thirty-seven-year-old Solvig is forced to define who she really is. Will she come clean to James, her partner, about her plans? Or will she turn her back on the project and commit to her life on Earth? Maybe even try for a baby, like James is hoping? Is there any way she can start a family and go to Mars? Does she even want both things?

Intimate and captivating, Bright and Dangerous Objects explores the space between ambition and obligation, grappling with questions women have faced for centuries while investigating a future that humanity is only beginning to think about.

In frank, honest, and moving prose, author Anneliese Mackintosh moves from sea to sky, head to heart, and present to future, asking all the while what it means when our wildest dreams begin to come true.

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“Bright and Dangerous Objects is written in a beautiful voice—it’s warm, self deprecating, lonely. The characters face impossible decisions, and they face them the way we all do, wildly, blindly. It’s a book I’ll remember.”

— Sara Majka, author of Cities I’ve Never Lived In 


  • “Powerful…A deeply moving story about love, loss, and the strength it takes for women to realize their dreams.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A fascinating and carefully crafted meditation on motherhood, female desire and ambition…A mesmerizing literary debut.”

    — Shelf Awareness
  • “A perceptive and nuanced study of a woman’s search for self-fulfillment, reaching from the ocean floor to outer space.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Solvig’s dilemma…will resonate with readers at the crossroads of parenthood and career ambition.”

    — Booklist
  • “Is the desire to travel to Mars or take that opportunity real or is it just running away, driven by fear?…The core of the story is in the very human need to balance personal and familial desires.”

    — Library Journal
  • “Original, inventive, and incredibly enjoyable.”

    — Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State
  • “Mackintosh has written a beauty. If you’ve ever weighed two different eternities in your hand and had to choose which to love most, this book is yours.”

    — Deb Olin Unferth, author of Barn 8

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About Anneliese Mackintosh

Anneliese Mackintosh is an author whose short stories have won the Green Carnation Prize, been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, and were longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.

About Erica Sullivan

Erica Sullivan is a professional actress of both stage and screen and holds her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Currently a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she has performed in New York and regionally with such companies as the Lincoln Center, Soho Repertory Theatre, and New Dramatists. She makes her home in Ashland, Oregon, with her family.