The Hearts of Men

  • by Nickolas Butler
  • Narrated by Adam Verner
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Camp Chippewa, 1962. Nelson Doughty, age 13, social outcast and overachiever, is the bugler, sounding the reveille proudly each morning. Yet this particular summer marks the beginning of an uncertain and tenuous friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan.
Over the years Nelson, irrevocably scarred from the Vietnam War, becomes scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa while Jonathan marries, divorces, and turns his father's business into a highly profitable company. And when something unthinkable happens at a camp get-together with Nelson as scoutmaster and Jonathan's teenage grandson and daughter-in-law as campers, the aftermath demonstrates the depths - and the limits - of Nelson's selflessness and bravery.
The Hearts of Men is a sweeping, panoramic novel about the slippery definitions of good and evil, family and fidelity, the challenges and rewards of lifelong friendships, the bounds of morality - and redemption.


What the Critics Say

"[Narrator Adam] Verner brings the necessary pathos to a story that spans decades. He ably gives life to these boys who become men and to the boys that follow. Butler's story, as read by Verner, examines what it means to be a man, exploring the ideas of family, friendship, morality, and bravery." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoyed the story but the narrator

The characters and story kept my interest; however, I did not care for the narration which was affected, forced and overly dramatic.
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- Kitt

Just a Bad book!

Would you try another book from Nickolas Butler and/or Adam Verner?

This no. The Narrator is fine.

What could Nickolas Butler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This author thinks that morality is passe. He mocks Scouting, fatherhood and any kind of moral code to live buy. He paints fathers with no morals, and telling there sons that " if it feels good do it" no matter what the consequences are.

Which character – as performed by Adam Verner – was your favorite?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I feel sorry for that author, he must of have a bad childhood. He show disdain for anyone with morals. It "ok" to cheat on your spouse, have sex with prostitutes. And to tell your son that it ok to be selfish.

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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio