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The Great Alone

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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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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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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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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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Gripping

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

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • John Kidd
  • 03-07-19

awesome book

As a man who lives in country victoria I was spellbound by the description of Alaska. It really sounds like an amazing place.

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  • Maritza
  • 28-06-19

simply incredible

I absolutely loved it. this story is especially beautiful compared to most books I've been reading recently. it shines for its thrilling seenes and the vast description environment. it's one of those books you can't keep your eyes from. it made me cry, it made me rage, it made me daydream about love and family. but most importantly it made me realize that there are so many nuances of love in every relationship. I recommend this book 100% and I can most definitely say it's become one of my favourites.

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  • Eve Weidner
  • 21-05-19

implausible tragedy

enjoyed the first part, settling in alaska with amazing descriptions of nature. the harsh environment and corresponding challenges were really captivating, but the story I found annoyingly improbable, too gory and characters not at all convincing.

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  • Ann Reinten
  • 29-04-19

Heart wrenching and beautifully told.

I listen to many audiobooks and this is one I’ll listen to over and over again. A tale of tragic pasts, blind-sighted ambition , love and redemption.
A beautifully crafted and narrated story.