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Summary

Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. A story of a family in crisis struggling to survive at the edge of the world, it is also a story of young and enduring love.

Cora Allbright and her husband, Ernt, a recently returned Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, uproot their 13-year-old daughter, Leni, to start a new life in Alaska. Utterly unprepared for the weather and the isolation, but welcomed by the close-knit community, they fight to build a home in this harsh, beautiful wilderness.

At once an epic story of human survival and love and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah has delivered an enormously powerful story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable and enduring strength of women.

About the highest stakes a family can face and the bonds that can tear a community apart, this is an audiobook as spectacular and powerful as Alaska itself. It is the finest example of Kristin Hannah's ability to weave together the deeply personal with the universal.

©2018 Kristin Hannah (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Outstanding

One of the best books I have ever read! Perfect in every way. Sad to be finished.

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Not for me

I found the writing very wooden. Often the writer signposts the emotional tone or implication in a rather bland and unsubtle way. The characters are rather two-dimensional. The love story is just too sugary and many characters speak only in jaded aphorisms. For me this is ok as a fast page turner when you want to just read and switch off your brain but nothing more..

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Stick with it

This book was recommended to me by a few friends. For the first few chapters I thought I had wasted my money. The story felt dull and I didn't enjoy the narrators voice. Then about an hour in it hooked me and I loved it. An epic tale.

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Gripping

One of the best books I’ve read in years. Stayed up all night long listening to it.

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1st but not last audio book

great story, well narrated. related to the dates in the story as I was growing up.

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  • Jmcm
  • England
  • 10-10-18

Recommended

Beautiful and captivating to the very end. The author wove this story like a fine tapestry.

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Beautiful book

What a beautiful book this is, so well written and narrated. Set in Alaska which I knew very little about, it transported me there and introduced some wonderful unique characters who survive in a tough environment but still support each other in their small community . I didn’t want this book to end.

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Best book I've listened to in so long!

Beautiful setting with so many twists and turns. I fell in love with the characters, they were described so well, and the story was just brilliant, really didn't want it to end. loved it!

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Seemed like just a couple of hours long.

I took every opportunity to listen to the next part of the book when listening to this story. I usually listen whilst dog walking, ironing, in the car etc but I found myself literally just sitting still to listen to this story as I was so concerned about the characters that I needed to make sure in my head that they were ok. Its a story of love, resilience and tenacity mixed with brutality, ignorance and weakness. The narrator had a great voice which switched effortlessly between the characters.

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Harrowing and beautiful

Such an amazing story with such depth and understanding of a world so different to most of us. A love story, a crime story and a travelogue all in one,.
Thank you for such an emotional read.

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  • Marlieke
  • 11-05-18

Loved iT

I really loved this story. The narrator spoke a little too fast for me though, but performed the story very well. I highly recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-08-18

Loved it.

Loved it, so well written. By far my favorite Kristen Hannah book. A love letter to Alaska

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06-08-18

Too much

Although I definitely enjoy a sob story every now and again, I agree with other reviewers that this book was a little on the depressing side to the extent that it was difficult to read sometimes.

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  • Nadine Snyman
  • 02-06-18

Brilliant, Beautiful, Epic (Listen / Read)

This was the first book by Kristin Hannah I have experienced. This book was amazing and the narration was excellent(Julia is soft and easy on the ear and amazing with her character switches giving this book and story the credit and justice it deserves). Often I struggle to rate books because I can’t give half stars so effectively my rating is rounded up - this is not the case with this book. It deserves the full 5 stars. There are many dimensions to consider when rating including but not limited to storyline, accessibility, style, rhythm, prose, underlining themes and its ability to draw you right into the heart of the story.... this book hit the mark on every single one of these. Heart wrenching story - beautifully and eloquently written (and narrated) which can’t be lost in in the multitude of stories in your mind and heart if you are an avid reader.... Both author and narrator deserve such acclamation for this work of artistic excellence!

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  • Matthias Meier
  • 30-04-18

Awesome Story

great story that sucks you in and doesn't let you stop listening. the 15 hours don't feel long at all

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  • Eran
  • 23-04-18

Beautiful!

Finishing the book and feeling sorry I couldn't board a plane to go and see Alaska...
"Alone is overrated " totally agree with that statement.

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  • Carolina Miroslava
  • 21-03-18

Felt the last frontier

Sorry for the cheese but being a mountain cyclist I loved Alaska as a character.