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Publisher's 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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I found it very boring!

Maybe an unpopular opinion but it was such a dragging story. the book should have been edited to half its size. I managed to finish it by skipping large parts of it and yet, I didn't miss anything. I loved her Nightingale and Winter Garden. Somehow this didn't work for me.

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A very interesting read

The story is really engaging, shows life on the last frontier, in the great wild alone of Alaska. The characters are well etched out. The narration is coherent and clear. A good read!

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  • NP
  • 17-11-21

A beautiful story of loss and love in Alaska

This was a really well written book. While some of the story lines are predictable, there was never a dull moment. The author has captured Alaska’s wildness, her imperviousness and also her love and tenderness so well. The love story in this book is so sweet and really touches your heart.

The narration by Julia Whelan was spectacular. It really brought the characters to life. I devoured this book in days and Alaska lingers with you for many more. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone listening to this book may head up to Alaska to find their own adventure :D

Definitely recommend this to everyone. You’ll be invested in all the characters from the get go. The last few chapters could have been a tad shorter and the book would still have been great. But their length doesn’t really hamper the experience. :)

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Truly Exceptional

Kristin Hannah always paints a bright and beautiful world. A fantastic Fiction out of sublime Reality.

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  • HJ
  • 24-12-19

loved it

Deep and touching. loved the book. The narrator has done a good job. would like to read other books by Kristin Hannah

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One of the best books I have read lately!

This book basically keeps you engaged thoroughly and you start living the lives of Leni, Cora, Ernt, Matty, Tom. Each and every character has been sketched to perfection with their virtues and vices. The story itself goes through so many twists and turns. There was one point in the story where I just couldn't keep the book aside for the curiosity to know the future that the author beholds for these beautiful characters. All in all an amazing experience!! Audible experience : Brilliant.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-21

Incredible!

So many tears! Starts off slow but wow I couldn’t stop listening in the end. Best book I’ve listened to in sooo long!

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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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  • 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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  • Anna Cooperman
  • 14-03-22

one of the best

I rarely re-read books. this one stayed with me. relistened and will do so again and again.
its story is enchanting, real, emotional and hits every spot. a story of love in every possible aspect. it's magnificent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-18

Outstanding

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

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  • Mrs Linda Best
  • 19-08-18

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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  • Dolly w
  • 09-05-18

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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  • Sarah Noel
  • 10-04-19

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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  • Sigrin
  • 28-02-19

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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  • Rachel
  • 14-06-18

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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  • Kim
  • 24-03-18

Gripping

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

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  • Sarah Bland
  • 17-06-19

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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  • M. A. Collin
  • 09-02-22

Just exhausted, as couldn't put down

Beautiful book. Great characters and well written. Just out of this world. READ, READ, READ!

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  • ellen hovstø
  • 09-01-22

Disappointed

After all the good reviews I read, I was so looking forward to this book. Very nicely written, as in the beautiful description of the surroundings and wildlife. But the story itself is just down right depressing. I stopped reading half way through.

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  • Prue
  • 16-02-18

wonderful novel

I thoroughly enjoyed and was entertained throughout, it had a great story line and narration was excellent 5 stars

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  • Heidi (but books are better)
  • 23-03-18

Great setting but too much melodrama for me

I am feeling so very torn writing this review. I loved the first ¾ of The Great Alone. No, I mean I really, really LOVED it! There is nothing better than armchair travel into a wild and remote place, and The Great Alone delivered that in spades. Hannah’s description of the harsh and yet beautiful Alaskan landscape created images so vivid that I could have mistaken them for real personal memories. I was living and breathing the story, and it totally sucked me in.

Hannah certainly knows how to wreak havoc with her readers’ emotions, and she proves this once again with her latest book. Telling a story of domestic violence and dysfunctional family dynamics through the eyes of a beautiful and smart thirteen-year-old was always going to upset your average reader, and the descriptions of Ernt Allbright’s violence evoked almost visceral emotions of anger and fear as he terrorised his poor family. I thought that she did a great job in portraying this man affected by PTSD, self-medicating with alcohol to overcome his demons, misunderstood by society in the era the book was set in. I have met men like him, and whilst I could not condone his actions, my heart went out to him for the damage that had been done to him by war. As the Alaskan winter approached, it was not only Leni who could foresee the problems that the dark and confinement would cause the Allbright family – the reader knows it, too. With the construction of the wall, tension built into such a powder-keg of impending doom that I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how this would play out. There was such great potential here for a nail-biting finale that I felt totally devastated and let down when the story took an about turn and turned into a mixture between a hallmark movie and a tea-time soapie.

At this point the story descended into a YA romance / tearjerker that stood in stark contrast to the tense tale of survival and family drama I had so enjoyed earlier. WTH happened? Obviously, I am not the target audience here, as I avoid those melodramatic stories like the plague, being much too old and cynical for such tearjerker moments. I wanted to go back to the moment it all turned to mush, and follow through with the careful groundwork the author had laid for a nail-biting finale full of tension, danger and fight for survival. Instead, there were a few quick fixes, a huge jump in the timeline and lots and lots of melodrama – I could hear the violins playing in the background.

So, how do you rate a book you both loved and hated equally? It’s hard to even consolidate the two very separate parts of the story. I am left feeling slightly cheated, as if standing in front of Ernt’s wall with the door firmly bolted shut to the fitting end of a story I had loved. But hey, I am one in a million and don’t let my old cynical self stop you from reading a book 90% of readers obviously adored. Seldom has a book made such waves on social media, so Hannah has found a formula that works for most of her audience. Sadly, that obviously doesn’t include me. Whilst the Allbrights will stay in my mind for some time to come, as I imagine different outcomes to their story, the one thing I will take away from the book is the visual image of a wild Alaska, and a truly magnificent armchair travel experience.

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  • Philip
  • 29-08-18

An Epic story informed by experience

Having only recently returned from Alaska, this novel was truly meaningful. It is such a beautiful if unforgiving country full of characters you don’t associate with The United States, possibly more rural Canadians. This novel also had meaning in other ways. The hidden violence within marriage, the enduring love that seems no longer to exist and the sense of home and family. In most ways a woman’s book - although that in itself is stereotypical. At least this man found it both meaningful and charming. Great writing and impressive narration. It deserves to be a best seller on Audible. My wife I know will love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-20

Love love love

Could not stop listening to this audiobook, one of my favourites.
Cannot say anything negative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-22

Breaks your heart and mends it all at the same time

Loved this beautiful story along with the detailed and vivid description of the Alaskan wilderness in all her glory and brutality. Made we want to pack up and experience even an inkling of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-22

Just…. WOW!

What an amazing story of hardship, survival and love. I loved every minute of this book and I’m not sure if I’ll ever find another as good.

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  • Karen P
  • 25-05-22

Exceptional

Loved this wonderful family story. Filled with drama sadness and love. Would recommend this beautiful book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-05-22

A Beautiful Novel

I loved this. The imagery of the environment and how it pertains to human survival is described so eloquently. The story is deeply moving, and makes you think and feel in equal amounts. Lots of tears were shed on my drives home from work listening, especially in the final few chapters.
The reading was fantastic, the best audio book I've listened to; I will actively choose books narrated byJulia Whelan in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-22

A wonderful story that is read so well, loved it !

I loved this story, I stayed engaged from start to finish. Great characters. I was hoping it wouldn’t finish too soon and it didn’t. You won’t be disappointed, I highly recommend this book and I don’t review many books on audible, this was one of those few great reads I’d like to recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-22

Gripping

Loved this book from beginning to end. Brings all the emotions through at just the right times. Highly recommend!!!