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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Howe Colt Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781452680743
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George Howe Colt believes that he would be an entirely different man had he not grown up in a family of four brothers. In Brothers, he movingly recounts the adoration, envy, rivalry, affection, anger, and compassion in their shifting relationships from childhood through middle age.

In alternate chapters, Colt moves from a quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life to an examination of the complex relationships between iconic brothers in history. Listeners will learn how Edwin Booth grew up to become the greatest actor on the nineteenth-century American stage while his younger brother John grew up to assassinate a president. They will discover how Will Kellogg worked for his older brother John Harvey as a subservient yes-man for two decades until he finally broke free and launched the cereal empire that outlasted all his brother's enterprises. The author also relates how Vincent van Gogh would never have survived without the support of his younger brother, Theo; how Henry David Thoreau's life was shadowed by the early death of his older brother, John; and how the Marx brothers collaborated on the screen but competed offstage for women, money, and fame.

Illuminating and affecting, this book will be revelatory for anyone curious about how thoroughly a man's life can be molded by his brothers.
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Quotes & Awards

  • George Howe Colt is a master at balancing the personal and the universal, and the book makes a powerful case for sibling rivalry---and love---as a driving force not just in individual lives but in the world. Maile Meloy, author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 11/28/2013

    " Very well written. I really enjoyed the alternating chapters. Colt started off with his brothers , then chose famous brothers e.g. The Kellogg's, Booths, Van Goghs et al. to highlight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/16/2013

    " Interesting. He details the stories of the Booth, Kellogg, Marx brothers along with his own family relationships. Most interesting how he dropped in short passages about sibling research and scores of other famous brothers. Slow at times, best read episodically "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 5/27/2013

    " This was a slow starter though I warmed up to the stories and Colt's writing. It is worth a read for the final truths which are delivered about siblings. I enjoyed the recounting of the Kellogg's, the Marx Brothers, the Thoreaus in addition to the stories of the Colt Brothers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/6/2013

    " I enjoyed the chapters on the Boothe and Marx Brothers the most. Good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ted | 3/11/2013

    " I was too distracted by all the interwoven stories and could never find a rhythm to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 2/15/2013

    " Interesting but a bit long because of the level of detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/1/2013

    " Loved all the stories - about a third of the book is about the Colts, another third his big five: the Booths, Kelloggs, Van Gogh's, Marxes, Thoreaus. The final third was perhaps the most fun - odds and ends of brothers from Adams to Freud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Oberdorfer | 1/3/2013

    " I ended up skimming the end because the library wanted it back. I really enjoyed the stories of the Booth and Van Gogh brothers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/28/2012

    " Liked some parts, others seemed alien to me. Probably due to only having 1 brother and me not being a guy. "

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About the Author

George Howe Colt is the bestselling author of November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide and The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.