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

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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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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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The Great Alone

I am always cautious after hearing so very many great reviews for a book that seems to be the latest fad. However, this deserves the praise as it’s a well written, engaging story.
It’s not ground breaking but holds the attention and paints a realistic picture of homesteading life in Alaska. (She says- never having been there!)
It wasn’t a challenging read, pretty straight forward, maybe a little predictable at times but I’ll try her other offerings.

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A palpable book


Having read The nightingale by Kristin Hannah’s I knew how this author writes and was looking forward to listening to this.

She has again delivered a marvellous book, that reaches out so you can feel all the emotions of the characters and know them personally.

The setting in Alaska with it’s fabulous descriptions of the terrain flora and fauna and people make you want to get up and discover it yourself. The Alaskan tourist board will be happy.

Lastly Julia Whelan, what an amazing narrator male female and child accents delivered perfectly.

I personally do not like American narrators and I have returned books which I know I would have enjoyed due to that American twang and nasal inflections. However Julia just purred into my ear and told this story faultlessly.

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BEST BOOK I'VE EVER LISTENED TO!!!

Thank you Kristin Hannah. You captured a whole chunk of my life. I worked in Alaska during the years of the setting of this book. I met the people from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The people who worked on the pipeline and their families. I remember the Land of the Midnight Sun. The moose and reindeer who strolled into town, and the black bears who reminded us we were not the top of the food chain in this extraordinary landscape. I saw cabbages the size of VW Bugs in the Matanuska Valley ... and the mosquitoes. People say New Yorkers are tough -- and they are -- but no one who hasn't lived in Alaska will ever be Alaska Tough. These people are the salt of the earth and have roots like an Oak tree. There is no one like them! I remember Alaska as what America, and life, should always remain.

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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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A heartbreaking story about strength and love.

This is the story of how one thing becomes another and another and another, of how tragedy bestows tragedy and of how life is such a bitch sometimes.
Cora and Leni go through so much, especially as victims of abuse, that it seems surreal they could hold on for as long as they did. But this raised a question within me: how many victims of abuse go through this much every single day and not one soul ever finds out about it?
This woman wrote such a powerful book that I can't even find my words to review it properly, I don't feel like I can ever do it justice, nobody can, until you read it.
And then, while you read it, it just keeps slaping you in the face and you just love it so much that you can't put it down and it breaks you into a million little pieces and all you want to do is just read everything she ever wrote.
This may be a controversial view on domestic abuse, but dammit, she does it so well that it hurts to even read about it. This book was on my mind 24/7, even when I wasn't reading it, I kept thinking of how brutally and cruelly true this story is
To be honest, all I wanted to do was kick Ernt in the neck and throw him out of a moving car.

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Great story

Beautiful descriptions throughout the whole book and I find myself missing it now it's finished. Great storyline nothing too predictable and some last a lifetime philosophy and life observation.
I did find myself getting fed up with the he said, she said, mama said, dad said sometimes they came so often, but don't let it put you off the book - I definitely recommend

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Superb!!

Absolutely loved it. Made me feel every emotion possible. Great storytelling, I"m sorry it's finished.

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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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  • Liezl Bonnema
  • 20-11-20

Absolutely Awesome!!!

I loved everything about this book!!! Story, narrator, all of it!! Makes we want to travel to Alaska!!

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  • 05-11-20

Amazing read!!!

Narrator was great! Thoroughly enjoyed this story!! I could not put it down and felt so empty at the end of it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-09-20

Atmospheric and emotional

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The reader's voice portrayed the characters so well. Wonderful descriptions of an isolated, beautiful part of the world and the dangers and belligerence that haunted a family. At the center of it all, is love in all it's naivety, trust, and forgiveness. Promises kept and broken and a haunting tale of resilience and hope. I would certainly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-20

Captivating

This is a book about family relationships and toxicity intertwined with love and the complications that cause broken lives.

It’s a book about self-sacrificing love and the power we have a people to achieve this, even in the face of great adversity.

It’s an ode to place and a people whose way of live differs so from modern culture and lifestyle, yet has its own beauty in hardship.

It’s was wonderful and heartbreaking and frightening and inspiring....

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  • azura278
  • 18-04-20

Beautiful

I struggled to finish this around the 25th Chapter and almost gave it up but then was pleasantly surprised with the last part. All in all an enriching read.

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  • Michele Russell
  • 07-04-20

Apt title during covid 19 isolation

As a person who grew up on the rugged West Coast of Tasmania this had an immediate appeal. It’s the ultimate love story but with so much more. It’s an insight into a community and way of life that few will understand appreciate or simply ever be a part of.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-20

Wow!!!

Such a wonderful, powerful and emotional book!!
I couldn’t leave it until it ended. I had a strong experience while reading it.

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  • Latifa
  • 06-10-19

Nice novel

Very nice written novel. Readers could imagine the life and wild in Alaska and that because it was well described by the author. I think it is a little bit long and could be shorter.

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  • Isabel Geldenhuys
  • 07-09-19

I loved this book!

I could not stop listening to this story till it was finished. It took me to an unexpected land an beautiful era. The story and narrator blended well together and a voice I could well listen to. I am sorry it has ended! Absolutely worth the read!