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Fly Away | [Kristin Hannah]

Fly Away

Fly Away is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other - plus a miracle - to transform their lives. An emotionally-complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.
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Publisher's Summary

Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane became a touchstone novel in women’s lives. Across the world, women embraced the story of Tully and Kate’s enduring friendship. They laughed with Tully and cried with Kate and anguished over Tully's fractured relationship with her mother. Now, five years later, in Fly Away, Kristin Hannah returns to the world of these unforgettable characters and asks the question...how do you hold yourself together when your world has fallen apart....

Fly Away is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other - plus a miracle - to transform their lives. An emotionally-complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.

Includes a Reading Group Guide read by Kristin Hannah.

©2013 Kristin Hannah (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    chrispy Reno 05-19-13
    chrispy Reno 05-19-13 Member Since 2006

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    "first one, so much better!"

    I was very disappointed in this audiobook. I have been doing a lot of driving and the first one made me want to keep driving. This second one was bad. I loved the focus on the main characters in the first one. This one, I really didn't care to hear all about Cloud's story at all. I don't recommend it.

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    05-15-13
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    "Depressing with a capital D, D, D!"

    Readers who haven't enjoyed the excellent book of Firefly Lane and learned to love the characters would have great difficulty sloshing through the river of depression of all of the characters in this book. Fly Away is not a stand alone book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 04-26-13
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Pretty Book Cover. One Darned Depressing Novel"

    Painfully maudlin: So syrupy that my teeth ached if I read for too long in one setting. Trusting the rave reviews of this book’s prequel, I didn’t fear preordering so that I could download it the first day it came out. This book does stand on its own. I got enough of this whole group of characters in this one book. I have not a single desire to read the first novel after slugging through this novel. This book starts off depressing and doesn’t stop till it gets dismal.

    The first four chapters could have been summed up in a single paragraph. It doesn’t take 4 chapters to get across the sorrow of cancer survivors. Repeating and counting the depth of bereavement over and over doesn’t deepen the idea of sorry. By chapter 5 the author has beaten just how sad everyone is to the point that Moses-Tobaini’s “Hearts and Flowers” is lilting in background. Kate and Tully had thirty year friendship. I was impressed the first time you stated it. Dragging “thirty year friendship” in over and over in some kind of weird speak was pointless and irritating. Who has these type conversations? No one talks like the people in this book. Ms Hannah writing should be put on a question mark diet. At least one question follows too mnay statement in this book. Tully sees a man walking towards her. Why does he look so familiar? Tully considers speaking to him. Why does she feel the need to? Why? Why ask why when you really don't want to know why? Why?


    The general story is good. I rolled my eyes and groaned aloud through the entire book because it was basically interesting and I was curious enough in the plight of the characters to drag myself to the ending. Along the way there were additional surprises, twists and turns that makes for a strong plot. It’s a clever story between the sappy sugary morose languishing of repetitive waves of insecurities and vacillation.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    alicia MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 06-28-13
    alicia MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great sequel to Fire Fly Lane."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I wanted to know how the characters that I grew to know and connect with were doing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read Fly away as a stand alone book, you may have found it depressing or boring. I loved Fire Fly Lane which made Fly Away a great read for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff N. Thurman Joplin, MO, United States 05-10-13
    Jeff N. Thurman Joplin, MO, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Good Lord! What a complete waste of a credit!"
    What would have made Fly Away better?

    Such shallow writing. So many cliche sayings. Such an absolutely weak and unbelievable story.


    What was most disappointing about Kristin Hannah’s story?

    Lack of any real writing skill.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was terrible! If I had to listen to her impersonation of a teenager saying things like "rad" or "dude" or "totally like" one more time I might have ripped my earbuds out. I lost count of how many times I groaned and rolled my eyes at the cliche sayings and her terrible impersonation of a teenagers saying them. Just comical really.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. The only thing this book did for me was to make me think that I should write a novel. Seriously.....if this stuff can sell millions of copies then I should give it a try, can't possibly be worse.


    Any additional comments?

    Last Kristen Hannah novel for me. Should have known better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine TX, USA 04-27-13
    Katherine TX, USA 04-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "0H PLEASE, A dispeptic experience in melodrama!!!"
    Would you try another book from Kristin Hannah and/or Susan Ericksen?

    I don't think so;


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

    No, I believe this narrator was WAY over the top....slow and melodramatic


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Meaning of life story"
    If you could sum up Fly Away in three words, what would they be?

    forgive family now


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really didn't know what to expect in each character's next responses to the story line. The author had great story lines.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    It took me awhile to get into the story, but worth sticking with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Cooley Vacaville, Ca 04-27-14
    Donna Cooley Vacaville, Ca 04-27-14
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    "Heart wrenching but captivating at the same time."

    My first book by Kristin Hannah and not my last. Did not know it was a sequel. Story was very compelling, looking deeply into ones self, good times, bad times, struggles families face. The narration by Susan Ericksen was brilliant, hanging on every word, waiting for the next. The emotions came through loud and very clear. Great pairing of author and narrator. More please..........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    blackdog IL 11-14-13
    blackdog IL 11-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Read Firefly Lane first"

    I did not realize that this was a sequel to Firefly Lane until I began listening to this book. I loved Firefly Lane - I felt as though I knew the characters personally - that's how well written it is. There was a range of emotions that enveloped me as I read, and it is one of those books that I didn't want to end. I was so excited as I began to read Fly Away when I realized that it was a continuation of Firefly Lane. The sequel is as good as the first book - again, I was totally immersed with the characters, and it never dragged. It is a heartwrenching story, but it is also completely believable. I'm so glad I decided to purchase this book. I am at peace with the manner in which the story ends (even though I still want to follow the characters and see what happens to them in the future)! Such a wonderful audiobook, and Susan Ericksen has no competitors when it comes to reading an audiobook. She did another outstanding job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Camanche, IA, United States 11-02-13
    Stefanie Camanche, IA, United States 11-02-13
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    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    I fell in love with FireFly Lane, so this book was exactly what I was hoping for. It was a nice closure to everything that was left hanging in the first one. I cried like a baby for about 80% of it, but it was because it was very good. My only negative comment is that some of the transitions from one character to another weren't very clear. I would have to back up the story a minute or so once I understood they had changed characters, so I could refocus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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