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  • The Great Alone

  • Written by: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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The Great Alone

Written by: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's Summary

The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss from the number one bestselling author of The Four Winds, The Nightingale and The Women.

‘A master storyteller’ - Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

‘A rich, compelling novel of love, sacrifice and survival, as epic as the Alaskan landscape it so vividly describes’ - Kate Morton, author of Homecoming

‘A woman has to be tough as steel up here. You can’t count on anyone to save you and your children. You have to be willing to save yourselves’

Thirteen-year-old Leni is coming of age in a tumultuous time. Caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, she dares to hope that Alaska will lead to a better future for her family, and a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.

As Leni grows up in the shadow of her parents’ increasingly volatile marriage, she meets Matthew. And Matthew – thoughtful, kind, and brave – makes her believe in the possibility of a better life.

With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah celebrates the remarkable and enduring strength of women.

‘A masterclass’ - Karen Swan, author of The Stolen Hours

©2018 Kristin Hannah (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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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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  • 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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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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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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Gut wrenching and emotional

It's 1978, Ernt a Vietnam war veteran, is broken from the war. After war he comes home to his wife Cora and daughter Leni. Cora is beautiful, young and wildly in love with Ernt, his heroine (addiction). Ernt finds it difficult to cope with his emotions, he's angry, raging, unhappy, paranoid and abusive. To give life another chance, Ernt decides to relocate to Alaska. Of course the family was not prepared for it, but for Ernt they made the move. Alaska was a lot of things, but it was most definitely was not for the broken. The Alaskan darkness revealed Ernt's darkness and rage, which almost killed Cora and Leni. What follows is a tale of love, finding their own, and longing for a home.

Kristen Hannah's words have a way to seep into your soul and connect to the core of your emotion. Read it, love it, and cry it.

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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
  • 24-08-23

Predictable to death

Predictable story line, poor characterisation. One of the worst from Kristin Hannah who had penned down amazing novels like The winter garden and The Nightingale.
The only good thing about this book is the way Alaska and life in it has been described. You feels as if you’ve witnessed it all.

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