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The Brave

Narrated by: Michael Emerson
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

The motto of the boarding school to which Tommy Bedford is dispatched is Fortune Favours the Brave. It’s 1959 and the school bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. Tommy, a quirky loner, obsessed with cowboys and Indians, needs all the bravery he can summon. Salvation comes when his glamorous actress sister is swept off to Hollywood by one of his heroes, TV cowboy Ray Montane.

But with the Cold War looming, the sinister side of Tinsel town seeps through and Tommy and Diane soon find themselves in jeopardy.

Forty years on, Tommy has to confront his boyhood ghosts when his own son finds himself charged with murder.

©2010 Nicholas Evans (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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Not Nicholas Evans at his best

I've read all of Nicholas Evans's books, and mainly they are enjoyable, atmospheric and moving, if a little trashy romance. But this doesn't come close to the mark of the others (The Horse Whisperer is still the best) even though there was quite a strong story behind it in the flashbacks of the story.

The early chapters set in Britain are hard to listen to, as the narrator cannot do accents. Despite being set in Birmingham, he clearly only has The Artful Dodger and Dumbledore for reference (ALL of the school masters sound the same), and his Welsh accent for the matron made me laugh out loud: Wales is not in the West Indies.

Thankfully, most of the action takes place in the narrator's native USA, so gets easier to listen to after that. The flashbacks tell a good and interesting story, even though you know how it ends from the first chapter of the book. But the present day action just isn't very interesting - and is frankly in quite bad taste. It's hard to feel sympathetic for his son.

There's a potential love interest but [SPOILER ALERT], he ends up dating her mum, which is a bit icky. And none of it relevant - it's basically a footnote.

All in all - read another Nicholas Evans. Any other one.

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Good story

I enjoyed this book once I got use to the Narrator who’s voice is a little annoying to start with
Great story easy to follow the ending is a little predictable but it’s a good enough story that the ending being predictable won’t bother you to much
It’s not in the same league as The horse whisperer
It’s a light holiday or winter afternoon read

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Recommend

Always love this authors books, just wish he'd write more, that said I probably prefer the others better but this was my first audio book so maybe it's just different not holding the pages myself.

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  • Amanda
  • 04-02-13

not bad

What disappointed you about The Brave?

Main character was distant and cold. Felt like I was just watching a story roll by, not a lot of reader interaction.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nicholas Evans again?

read a few books already. Good mid-day movie fodder.

How could the performance have been better?

too contemplative as far as story content

What character would you cut from The Brave?

??Gina, there were a few too many characters and happenings to follow.