Camp Chippewa, 1962. Nelson Doughty, age thirteen, 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.
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by Nickolas Butler
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by Gary Shteyngart
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"Narrator Adam Verner's deep, resonant voice transports listeners back to Camp Chippewa, 1962. That is where this audiobook begins its account of 13-year-old Nelson Doughty's life. Throughout the years, Nelson goes from camper to counselor and, later, sees his friend's son and grandson become campers. But then something unimaginable happens, and Nelson finds himself in a difficult situation. 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. A.G.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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