The Brave

  • by Nicholas Evans
  • Narrated by Michael Emerson
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- Helen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-09-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK