So Brave, Young, and Handsome

  • by Leif Enger
  • Narrated by Dan Woren
  • 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of Time magazine's top-five novels of the year and a New York Timesbestseller, Leif Enger's first novel, Peace Like a River, captured listeners' hearts around the nation. His new novel is a stunning successor - a touching, nimble, and rugged story of an aging train robber on a quest to reconcile the claims of love and judgment on his life, and the failed writer who goes with him.In 1915 Minnesota, Monte Becket has lost his sense of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte lives a simple life with his loving wife and whipsmart son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a new world of opportunity and experience presents itself.Glendon has spent years in obscurity, but the guilt he harbors for abandoning his wife, Blue, over two decades ago, has finally lured him from hiding. As the modern age marches swiftly forward, Glendon aims to travel back into his past - heading to California to seek Blue's forgiveness. Beguiled and inspired, Monte soon finds himself leaving behind his own family to embark for the unruly West with his fugitive guide - a journey that will test the depth of his loyalties, the inviolability of his morals, and the strength of his resolve.As they flee from the relentless Charles Siringo, an ex-Pinkerton who's been hunting Glendon for years, Monte falls ever further from his family and the law, to be tempered by a fiery adventure from which he may never get home.

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What the Critics Say

"Enger crafts scenes so rich you can smell the spilled whiskey and feel the grit." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Good, Enjoyable

I read "Peace like a River" when it first came out and loved that book. It is in my current 10 best books I ever read. Ever since I finished I have been waiting for Leif to write me another book. How can any author live up to that much anticipation?

Well this book is not as good as "peace" and in the begining I was a little disapointed. But I got over it and I'm glad I did. I like this book, I won't put it in my Top 10, but I will and have already recommended the book to family and friends.

The story is interesting,with a good mix of charactors,action and adventure, love and hate. what more can a person ask for?

I am now waiting for Leif to write me another book, only this time I am looking forward to book that I will enjoy instead of wanting to be blown away.
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- cjwheeler "I love BOOKS and reading, listening is as good when I can't look at the book. I listen every minute driving."

This piece is not a river...but close

Peace Like A River now falls in my 10 best books of all time so it is hard to compare. As a story teller he is great, but the message is not quite as gripping, but I still would recommend it for pure readability.
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- Randerson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio