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Publisher's Summary

The Four Winds is a deeply moving, powerful story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter, by the multi-million copy number one best-selling author of The Nightingale.

She will discover the best of herself in the worst of times....

Texas, 1934. Elsa Martinelli had finally found the life she’d yearned for. A family, a home and a livelihood on a farm on the Great Plains. But when drought threatens all she and her community hold dear, Elsa’s world is shattered to the winds.

Fearful of the future, when Elsa wakes to find her husband has fled, she is forced to make the most agonizing decision of her life. Fight for the land she loves or take her beloved children, Loreda and Ant, west to California in search of a better life. Will it be the land of milk and honey? Or will their experience challenge every ounce of strength they possess?

From the overriding love of a mother for her child, the value of female friendship and the ability to love again - against all odds, Elsa’s incredible journey is a story of survival, hope and what we do for the ones we love.

©2021 Kristin Hannah (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Powerful and compelling." (Delia Owens, number one international best-selling author of Where the Crawdads Sing)

"A rich, compelling novel of love, sacrifice and survival." (Kate Morton)

"A masterclass." (Karen Swan)

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Love, Love, Love

Why we do what we do, there are so many accounts of it, but very few touch your soul. This story, is not just about love, and is only about love. The characters, their vulnerability, their innocence, their pain, their journey of finding their voice, is narrated beautifully. I felt like I was coming to my own. I love many lines, but this one seals the book in a sentence for me - "Only love remains, everything else is just decorations".

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A lovely book and a beautiful narration

Another masterpiece from Kristin Hannah. This book is a bittersweet tale of a woman's journey to a place of hope, courage and resilience. The story is heart wrenching but inspires us to stay strong and brave for it's in the worst of our times, we truly find the best of ourselves. Even when everything is lost, "love still remains".
I also loved how the author has beautifully explored relationship between a mother and a daughter, a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law and a rare unseen friendship.
I have only listened to a couple of Kristin Hannah's audiobooks so far but I am already a fan. Looking forward to hearing more.
Finally, a big shout out to the narrator here, for doing a great job and making the listening experience truly amazing. Three cheers!

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fighting back to hold tears 😭

sometimes when stars unite in a perfect position then Universe makes amazing people collaborate and creates an everlasting art of work. Both author and narrator did incredible job to bring this book come to life. get some tissue before you listen to this audiobook, you're gonna cry pr atleast gonna feel a lump in your throat. This is the first book i am giving five stars this year and i commend the narrator julia Whelan for doing such a tremendous job. I never loved a protagonist so much, Elsa will stay with me forever.

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Gritty!

Listening to the book during the pandemic definitely resonates at a personal level. The shift in the mindset of characters as the story progresses is wonderful. Julia brings alive the book with her narration. This book has been a companion to me during all the chores at home, a story that inspires us to persevere, even at the hardest of times.

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Beautiful story rendered in an even beautiful voice ; loved it .Enjoyed the story with all my heart .

A rare story of Resilience and love .Perfect setting and brilliant characterization .Tears smart my eyes ,fill my heart .It is a beautiful read leading one to bow down to all the blessings life has bestowed on us.I plan to purchase a paperback of the same book to gift my daughter .

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A story that will be with you for a long time.

Heart breaking, courageous , beautiful in it's own way. Another heart wrenching tale that is equally hopeful and brave. Be ready with lots of tissues. Kudos to Kristin Hannah. She understands the parent - child relationship like no one else . Narrator is outstanding.

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Amazing book

I loved the book. Could relate with the farmers of Texas as Farmers in India right now are fighting for their land and existence against corporates. It was as if someone knows our story, rather farmers all over the world face similar problems.

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Absolutely loved it

An amazing book and an amazing listening experience. The storyline is incredible . A must read.
special mention to the narrator. She does an exceptional job.

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Awesome

So nicely narrated, emotions, anger and style is so well expressed. so well written novel, felt as if I was there in the fields. Elsa, a very strong warrior brought aray of hope tho all scared and defeated people. loretto so strong brought life and meaning to mother's life. Amazingly written.

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  • Teresa's kindle
  • 06-05-21

So depressing

Absolute torture for the storyline to the narrator - couldn’t wait for the end of this book I did t like it at all

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  • Leanne Hegarty
  • 29-03-21

it's great

a story of love, heartbreak, survival, true beauty, courage and hope. it's exhausting but worth it.

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  • Marelise
  • 18-03-21

Beautiful but depressing

Good heavens the first half of this book is depressing beyond all reason. The main characters just can't seem to catch a break. However it developes well and the history is very fascinating.

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  • Dawn Rodgers
  • 21-02-21

Brilliant story and narration

I loved this book from start to finish. It did make me feel guilty about my lovely life though. Women today are so lucky that women like Elsa came before us.

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  • Sandie
  • 06-02-21

Beautiful story

A really beautiful story in a time in America that I know very little about. A real eye opener. Such strong people just striving to make a living and earn a decent wage. Many emotions throughout the story. Well done to Kristin Hannah for her approach and characters she used. Incredible narration by Julia Whelan. I loved the book.

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  • Diana
  • 04-02-21

Amazing Read

I LOVED THIS BOOK...Í know its early in the year but I really feel this may be a Book of the Year nominee. It actually brought tears to my eyes, which honestly is very rare, and was a roller coaster ride. It an amazing mother/daughter story as well as a great story about a woman finding her own self & strength. A must read this year!

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  • Charmaine Ton
  • 19-07-21

A Fabulous Read or Listen

I am not an American so don't know much about American history, however my ignorance did not prevent me from experiencing the lives and the struggles of all the people in the story. The book is so well written, with heartfelt, detailed and believable descriptions, that one cannot fail but to enter into the story and walk with the characters side by side. But no matter how dark the hardships made the story it still managed to shine a very bright light on the true inner strength of women. Julia Whelan was the perfect Narrator for this novel - her voice carried one emotionally, on the journey, from the very beginning until the very end. I do not hesitate to recommend The Four Winds by Kristan Hannah to all. :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-21

Excellent in all aspects

Both the author and narrator did not fail to deliver a much awaited story. As for the plot.. all I could say is that never will I complain about quarantines, wearing masks or lockdowns ever again 😅

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  • queenbeebuzz
  • 12-02-21

Another winner for Kristin

This story is an amazing journey for the main characters personally and physically. The scene setting is brilliant I feel as though I’ve lived through drought dust storms long treks and encampments by fetid streams. A great story will miss these characters in my life.

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  • gill
  • 08-02-21

Gripped from start to finish....

An excellent book, graphically depicting the appalling consequences of the drought and depression of America in the 30s. I feel I have lived through it with them. The narration was also among the best I've heard.

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  • Kim
  • 07-02-21

The Pandemic of today does not look so bad...

I stayed up all night finishing the last half of this book. As usual Kristin's characters and storytelling are beautiful. The story made me realize what we are going through today with the pandemic is nothing compared to what happened during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl times. The incites into capitalism in America and the attitudes to social injustice are very relevant to what is happening today. Julia does such an excellent job of narrating the book too... I just could not put this book down or stop listening to it I should say!

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  • Stephanie Griffiths
  • 27-06-21

An addictive listen of hope

I absolutely loved this book, could not stop listening, and devastated to reach the end and finally leave the characters behind. A story of hope through adversity is too much of a cliche for this book because it is so much more. Devastatingly sad at times, but don’t let this put you off, you will full in love with the characters, fume over the cruelty of human greed and smile at our ability over come hardship for the love of our children and families.

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  • Liz
  • 03-04-21

Swimming against the tide... i found this dull

The book is long and grew longer and longer as it got into its final tear jerking phase. it felt heavy going and old fashioned in it's final union rousing sections. It's a style of book I used to read a lot of in the mid eighties. Maybe my tastes have changed, but although reasonably well written for most of the book, it became turgid and I could only skim towards the very well signalled and predictable end.

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  • Lyndsey
  • 24-02-21

amazing

I absolutely loved this book! An amazing story of love that holds lives together through rejection, environmental challenges, poverty, and the strength we can have if we believe in something.

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  • nora
  • 23-02-21

Women s work is never done

I really enjoyed this book
Sad but true a real story of a woman’s heart

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  • Reademandweep
  • 03-02-21

Incredible

As a massive fan of this author I can only thank her for this wonderful, thought provoking, searing story

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  • Ms Hilary Thornton
  • 31-07-21

Surprising

A long and twisting story, emotional at times and historically accurate. Really enjoyed it - whenever I thought that Steinbeck had done it better, she moved on and did it slightly differently. I thought I knew what was going to happen in the end but was wrong! And whereas Steinbeck offers no hope at all, there is a glimmer in this novel without it being unrealistic.

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  • Rani
  • 15-02-21

Wonderful story

I can across this book as Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators. This book was wonderful, moving me to tears more than once.

Would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-21

Spell bound

Compelling and so extremely relevant.
A poignant reminder for us all
to check our privilege but also to wonder, just how far have we come in the last 100 years or thereabouts!?!!!

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  • Mandy
  • 04-05-21

Gruelling

I really enjoy Kristen Hannah's books but this one felt brutally relentless. These poor characters (as always, based on real events) go through so many awful experiences I considered not finishing. Persevered but felt exhausted by it. That's the power of her writing so make sure you've got the emotional stamina for it.

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  • Marianne Hanna
  • 15-02-21

What a way to trial audible!!

I loved this heartbreaking story I was so invested in it that I finished it in a few days.

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  • GillyMel
  • 11-02-21

Captivating

I loved this book so much. I kept finding excuses to get away and listen to it! A wonderful story of love, loss, struggle and survival.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-21

beautiful

absolutely love this book. Beautifully written and read. cannot wait to read more from this author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-21

Historically interesting with great characters

Interesting to discover how people lived within the great depression. The characters developed beautifully, and how the family endured the worst conditions but grow closer through their ordeal. A great storyline too.

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  • Nicky Webber
  • 20-06-21

Great insight into the Great Depression & Dustbowl

A family impacted by the Dustbowl effect in the mid plains of USA. The devastation and journey to the West Coast where poverty and survival of a woman and her two children is central. Brilliantly written and shocking in the way Americans treated Americans during tough times. A journey of survival with relevant themes in today's pandemic. Excellent book - a must read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-06-21

Powerful and gripping

A wonderful historical novel about the dust bowl. So well written, the characters come to life with the excellent narration. Don’t hesitate to read this but expect not to put it down!

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  • Karine A
  • 14-06-21

Fantastic story telling

Absolutely loved this book. Thankyou for transporting me to the dust bowl and a single Mums journey of survival.