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The Great Alone

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)
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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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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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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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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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Not the complete book

this would have been a good book had I not learnt that it starts half way through the story. I recommended it for book group only to discover that it was missing the first few chapters which are fundamental to setting the scene and detailing the reason for the move to Alaska. I thought the book would have been more survival in the elements which apparently is described in the bit that was left out. in the rest of the book it seemed to lurch from one tragedy to another and I felt it could have finished several times before it did. the ending was incredibly convenient and unbelievable as were several of the story's transition points. overall it was readable but disappointing.

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One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read !

I enjoyed and loved every part of this book.
The believable characters , the story line was enough cliff hanger with positive parts that made me cry and wish I could see all the beauty in this book.
My favourite part was listening to the narrator describe the landscape and country side so beautifully I can wait to listen to it all again.
Will be looking out for more books from this truly talented author.

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What a great read

Such a great book and story and didn't want it to end - made me feel like I want to live in Alaska :)

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Fantastic

I’m so sad I’ve finished this great story. Love and adventures bringing out all the emotions at its best!

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  • Helen
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • 09-11-18

Just super

You felt you were there with them.
Dramatic story and well read...will look for furthering books by author

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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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  • Needles
  • 10-12-18

Mediocre

I only got through 4 chapters before giving up, this book reads like the screenplay for a B movie, or a Disney movie, one cliche after another, and the narration is awful; when she does the voice of the father character she just tightens her vocal folds so it comes out as a raspy generic Ye Olde geezer.
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  • Noorhelda Hj Bahrom
  • 28-11-18

not as good as the nightingale but still good

This is the forth book I read from Kristen Hannah. So far this is the second best book from her after the Nightingale. the other two I read were the winter garden and night road and both books were a huge disappointment for me. the great alone put my faith back on Kristen Hannah.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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.