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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:
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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.

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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.” 


  • “Evans displays a sure hand.” 

    Library Journal

  • The Brave is an engrossing tale.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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