Extended Audio Sample

Download The Brave: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Brave: A Novel Audiobook, by Nicholas Evans Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,637 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Evans Narrator: Michael Emerson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781607886303
Regular Price: $19.98 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Tom Bedford lives alone in the isolated wilds of Montana. Having distanced himself from his own troubled past, he rarely sees his ex-wife, and his son, Danny, is away in Iraq and hasn’t spoken to him for years. But Tom hasn’t always been so removed from society—as a boy, his mother was a rising star in the glitzy, enchanted world of Hollywood in the 60’s. There, she fell in love with the suave Ray Montane, who played young Tom’s courageous onscreen hero, Red McGraw. Everything was perfect, until the gold plating on their magical life began to chip away, revealing an uglier truth beneath. Ray was not who he seemed. So when Tommy and his mother fell into a deadly confrontation with him, they fled Hollywood forever.

As a man, Tom has put all of that behind him, or so he thinks. Unexpectedly, his ex-wife calls, frantic. Danny has been charged with murder. In the chaos of war, his son has been caught in a violent skirmish gone awry and the army needs someone to pay for the mistake. Tom, forced into action, is suddenly alive again and fighting to save the son he’d let slip away. To succeed, he must confront the violence in his own past, and he finds these two selves, the past and present, which he’d fought so long to keep separate, are inextricably connected. As father and son struggle to understand one another, both are compelled to learn the true meaning of bravery.

Beautifully interlacing the past and present, the author of The Horse Whisperer reminds us that we are tied to the glories and mistakes of our own history.

Download and start listening now!

BK_HACH_000535

Quotes & Awards

  • “Combining elements of the prep school drama, the Hollywood novel, the western, and the war story, Evans…skillfully mixes genres to create a real crowd-pleaser.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ever the master of intense and complex relationships, Evans has crafted a time-traveling plot that admirably juggles issues of identity and fidelity to one’s self and one’s principles.” 

    Booklist

  • “Evans displays a sure hand.” 

    Library Journal

  • The Brave is an engrossing tale.” 

    BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 2/19/2014

    " I love Nicholas Evans! Not the notebook guy!! I read this book in a couple of days. Good, enjoyable fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 big hiker 2 | 2/7/2014

    " Really liked this one! I have been waiting for Evans to write another one and it didn't let me down. Great plot, well developed characters and emotions. I loved his idea of going back and forth in time while telling the story.. I don't think the book would have worked so well if he hadn't use such format. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next and was very pleased by the end as well. Well done, Mr. Evans!! =) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 2/5/2014

    " This book had horrible, dirty language and I would never have finished it, but the first chapter is actually kind of the ending, so I had to know what put this mom on death row. Would never recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The tale of Tom Bedford, raised by his grand parents all the while believing they are his real parents. He finds out that he is the son of the woman he was raised to believe was his sister. The story skips from past to present and back again telling the good and bad of Tom Bedford's life. A very poignant tale of a family's tragic life occasionally including happier times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 1/22/2014

    " Very surprised by this poor book - his sister/mother!! I loved all of Nicholas Evan's other books. Very disappointed in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/20/2014

    " Lots of plot and character development-- reminds of me of a movie in its twists and suspense. Like the setting in 50's-60's hollywood, England, and the western US. Might pick for book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/19/2014

    " A fast read with some time traveling that works and complicated family dynamics come to fore. From a boarding school experience (bad) to a son who is a US Marine in trouble - fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Smith | 1/12/2014

    " The moral/truism as stated/revealed at the end made the rest of the book beem overwrought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Lindner | 1/4/2014

    " I liked the story better than the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Macca | 12/18/2013

    " Good story with anticipation of the ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/17/2013

    " Was a bit slow to start but liked it once I got in to it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 12/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book - well I will admit I love everything this author has written and can't wait for more. I enjoy a story of adversity and triumph, with a bit of history and emtional growth thrown in! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/22/2013

    " What a great book! Once I got over being confused about the back - and - forth style of writing, I couldn't put it down! I must say that the general end of the story was good, but I was a little dissapointed in the very end. Still a great read, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Johnson | 11/2/2013

    " Would give it 3 1/2 stars----could have been better if he showed changes from present day to the past, since it skipped back and forth and took awhile to determine where you were in time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Jane | 11/27/2012

    " From the author of The Horse Whisperer. Excellent read. A bit rushed at the end, but, nonetheless, one of the best books I've read in a while. I kept thinking about it when I wasn't reading..which is always a signal that I'm really loving a book! Highly recommend this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine Binions | 5/27/2012

    " The book was great up untill the last fifty pages where I felt the writer rushed the ending. In saying that its a great read and Evans doesn't disapoint. His story telling is so discripted that it feels like your a fly on the wall watching the different characters being played out in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Wagner | 11/3/2011

    " eh, it was no Horse Whisperer, but it was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 7/27/2011

    " Note to self. Do not listen to Michael Emerson describe love making scenes, whilst driving. This can lead to serious accidents or missing your turn off on the duel carriageway! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 5/2/2011

    " Poorly written (way too much gratuitous jumping around) and morally bankrupt. (Mass murderer lives happily ever after? Sorry.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Mooney | 4/19/2011

    " Had a twist at the end I didn't expect "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Jennings | 12/30/2010

    " Loved this story...moving from past to present and back. I love how the story comes together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 12/21/2010

    " anxious for this new nicholas evans novel - october 12th release "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Courville | 10/2/2010

    " I have been waiting for YEARS for him to come out with a new book! I CANNOT wait to read this one - lookout GA book club... "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Nicholas Evans

Nicholas Evans studied law at Oxford after serving in Africa with Voluntary Service Overseas. He then worked as a newspaper reporter, television producer, and screenwriter before writing four New York Times bestselling novels. His first book, The Horse Whisperer, was made into a movie directed by Robert Redford. He lives in Devon with his wife, singer/songwriter Charlotte Gordon Cumming.

About the Narrator

Michael Emerson is an American actor who has starred in some of television’s most popular shows, including Lost, Person of Interest, and The Practice. He is known for his distinctive voice. A graduate of the prestigious Professional Actor Training MFA program run by both the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the University of Alabama Department of Theater and Dance, his passion is acting on stage.