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Author: Clint Howard, Ron Howard Narrator: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard, Clint Howard Publisher: HarperAudio Audio Length: Release Date: October 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063065277

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WINNER OF AN AUDIOFILES EARPHONES AWARD: "This audiobook is simply a delight...a must-listen."

“This extraordinary book is not only a chronicle of Ron’s and Clint’s early careers and their wild adventures, but also a primer on so many topics—how an actor prepares, how to survive as a kid working in Hollywood, and how to be the best parents in the world! The Boys will surprise every reader with its humanity.”   — Tom Hanks

"I have read dozens of Hollywood memoirs. But The Boys stands alone. A delightful, warm and fascinating story of a good life in show business.”   — Malcolm Gladwell

Happy DaysThe Andy Griffith Show, Gentle Ben—these shows captivated millions of TV viewers in the ’60s and ’70s. Join award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and audience-favorite actor Clint Howard as they frankly and fondly share their unusual family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.

“What was it like to grow up on TV?” Ron Howard has been asked this question throughout his adult life. in The Boys, he and his younger brother, Clint, examine their childhoods in detail for the first time. For Ron, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days offered fame, joy, and opportunity—but also invited stress and bullying. For Clint, a fast start on such programs as Gentle Ben and Star Trek petered out in adolescence, with some tough consequences and lessons.

With the perspective of time and success—Ron as a filmmaker, producer, and Hollywood A-lister, Clint as a busy character actor—the Howard brothers delve deep into an upbringing that seemed normal to them yet was anything but. Their Midwestern parents, Rance and Jean, moved to California to pursue their own showbiz dreams. But it was their young sons who found steady employment as actors. Rance put aside his ego and ambition to become Ron and Clint’s teacher, sage, and moral compass. Jean became their loving protector—sometimes over-protector—from the snares and traps of Hollywood.

By turns confessional, nostalgic, heartwarming, and harrowing, THE BOYS is a dual narrative that lifts the lid on the Howard brothers’ closely held lives. It’s the journey of a tight four-person family unit that held fast in an unforgiving business and of two brothers who survived “child-actor syndrome” to become fulfilled adults.

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  • “A Tinseltown childhood free of malice, regret, or self-pity…a picture of a family unencumbered by major neuroses, hang-ups, or rivalries…Refreshing [and] homespun.”

    - Wall Street Journal
  • “This audiobook is simply a delight…[with] that special talent some actors have for making the conversation seem so intimate and direct…The shared narration works well, especially with each brother stating his first name each time the reins change hands…This is a must-listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “[A] nostalgic coming-of-age story that examines life in showbiz, fun adventures, and, perhaps above all, the importance of family.”

    - CNN
  • “[A] fascinating dual autobiography…Candid, humorous, and entertaining, this intimate account will be a hit with the brothers’ fans.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Filled with delightful stories from the [Hollywood] sets…Television and movie history buffs alike…will greatly enjoy their teasing, loving banter, and evocation of a gentler era.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Ron and Clint’s story of their remarkable coming-of-age in show business will thrill any reader.”

    - Steve Martin, comedian and New York Times bestselling author
  • “A delightful, warm and fascinating story of a good life in show business.”

    - Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in Biographies
  • An Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Biography/Memoir

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About the Author

Clint Howard is a character actor and the younger brother of filmmaker Ron Howard. He began his acting career at the age of three when he played the role of Leon on The Andy Griffith Show. He starred opposite the titular bear in the popular late-’60s CBS television series Gentle Ben and has gone on to act in manyTV shows and films over the years. Among his credits are Star Trek in virtually all of its incarnations, Apollo 13Seinfeld, Rock ’n’ Roll High School, Arrested Development, The Waterboy, and many horror films.

About the Narrators

Margaret Atwood’s books have been published in more than thirty-five countries. Her novels The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Blind Assassin was awarded the Booker Prize, Alias Grace won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy. In 2005 Atwood received the Edinburgh International Book Festival Enlightenment Award. She lives in Toronto.

Ron Howard has made a lifelong career in television and film, winning numerous accolades and awards as actor, director, and producer. He is cochair with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, which has recently partnered with National Geographic on Breakthrough as well as Red Planet.