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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,255 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Reinhardt Narrator: Joshua Swanson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780307738356
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The story of a young marine’s return from war in the Middle East and the psychological effects it has on his family.Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero.But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.Maybe things will never return to normal. Then Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.Award-winning author Dana Reinhardt introduces readers to Levi, who has never known what he believes, and whose journey reveals truths only a brother knows.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 2/8/2014

    " Teen boy deals with different family dynamics after older brother returns from serving in USMC different. Knows brother has something planned and figures out a way to be part of it and help him out. Thoughtful and good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/30/2014

    " This was a fucking good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/11/2014

    " This is a YA book about a 17-year-old boy whose bother has just returned from a (not specified) Gulf war. We follow along as he tries to process his brother's mystifying behavior, and both he and the reader learn a lot as the story progresses. The voice is genuine, the growth gradual, and the payoff is very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 1/4/2014

    " Wow. This book feels so authentic that it didn't matter to me that the narrator was a 17 year old boy - I was in his shoes every step of the way. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed the way this book deals with our perspectives on war. We want to support our country and the people putting their lives on the line for us, but we also want to not be in war at all. Add in family relationships and being there for them...engrossing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/31/2013

    " A nice, well-written, thoughtful, sweet teenage read. Breezy, fairly memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Masika | 12/29/2013

    " this book was so incredibly amazing, and i could not put it down once i stared reading it. I'm so absolutely in love with all the characters and the writing is so nice, it really was so enjoyable to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mell Simons | 12/28/2013

    " Beautiful book. Heart wrenching! The ending brought me happiness, and I am sure you will feel the same. Perfect follow up to Kristin Hannah's Home Front. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasey Kamenicky | 12/5/2013

    " This was a fast easy read. Not too emotional but hits close enough to home to make me care. I feel the ending, although sentimental was a bit of a let down. I appreciate the eye opening point-of-view coming from a family member of a soldier. I will recommend this book to my students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nolena | 6/30/2013

    " Very good. Shows the side of the military that they do not advertise. The truth behind the lies. Love this book and the way it shows how brothers should love each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 4/22/2013

    " I liked the writing a lot, and PSTD among newly returned vets is certainly a subject that deserves attention. The ending was a little lame, however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 2/11/2013

    " I like the premise of a boy connecting with his brother as he comes home from serving in the military. Seemed like the target audience would be teens, but it was a quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janssen | 7/24/2012

    " This one was really moving. Well-written, well-paced. It reminded me some of Split, in large part because the narrator was the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittnee | 7/8/2012

    " So far its really good. I especially like this book because its different from the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda Jones | 4/28/2012

    " Reading the description, I was excited to read this book only to be disappointed by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 11/2/2011

    " Wow, I didn't expect to like this as much as I did or to need tissues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 9/16/2011

    " I listened to this on audio, and it was a great audio. It's the second brother home from ware book I've read this year, the other being BADD by Tim Tharp which has a slight edge for me, but I think that's just because I love Tim Tharp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 6/4/2011

    " I listened to this on audio, and it was a great audio. It's the second brother home from ware book I've read this year, the other being BADD by Tim Tharp which has a slight edge for me, but I think that's just because I love Tim Tharp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 5/23/2011

    " I loved this book. I thought the characters were unique and told a very important story. The painful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 5/23/2011

    " An interesting topic, with some well-drawn characters. Overall it felt a little short, though. There wasn't as much of an emotional payoff as I was expecting, I guess, and the pacing struck me as a little odd. I am curious to check out Reinhardt's other work, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CeCe | 5/20/2011

    " It's official. Reinhardt is now one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/18/2011

    " I particularly like the way the author depicted the family dynamic and young friendships in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 4/15/2011

    " Another poignant story by Reinhardt who I've admired since A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life. This one has a major tear-jerker of an ending - even while reading on the treadmill! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittnee | 4/14/2011

    " So far its really good. I especially like this book because its different from the rest. "

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About the Author
Author Dana Reinhardt

Dana Reinhardt is the author of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Harmless, How to Build a House, The Things a Brother Knows, and The Summer I Learned to Fly, among others.

About the Narrator

Joshua Swanson is an actor and voiceover talent. He’s worked in major motion pictures and television and as a voice talent has worked in all facets of the business. An award-winning audiobook narrator with over sixty titles to his name, Swanson has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards.