The blockbuster best-selling author of Night Road and Firefly Lane delivers a masterful novel that explores the sacrifices of one American family and illuminates the true cost of honor, duty, and love.
From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore.
But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news.
When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family. An intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family, Kristin Hannah's Home Front is a provocative and timely portrait of hope, honor, loss, forgiveness, and the elusive nature of love.
©2012 Kristin Hannah (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
This was such a wonderful and heartbreaking book to listen to at the same time. I thought the narrator did a fine job, but it was the book that touched me so deeply. Have told all my friends that this book is a keeper.
I highly recommend this book. A great story that that ties the impact of war on people's life. Everyone in America needs to understand and be thankful for the sacrifices these soldiers make. As a nation, we spent too much time on the unimportant, only to forget what makes us free.
Insightful and touching story of soldiers who chose to serve in the Military. Also about how depression sneaks up on people and how it feels to be in that place.
The performance was wonderful. However, this was not my most favorite stories by this author. I've read several of hers and none has come close to Nightingale. Nevertheless, it was a great read, but not one I would re-read again.
Because I have enjoyed the other Kristin Hannah books I have read, I have concluded that the narrator ruined this one for me. As anyone who listens to audiobooks knows, the narrator can make or break a book. This narrator’s overall manner was far too dramatic for me. I wanted to hear everyday voices in everyday conversations, and yet all conversations were overdramatized. As others have stated, the various voices she tried to portray were extremely lacking. The children were difficult to listen to, but there were others also. I never could figure out what kind of voice she was trying to give the psychiatrist—and I’m not sure she ever figured it out either.
The story, itself, could have been condensed. It was repetitive, and I felt it went on and on. Everything seemed like a crisis, but again I attribute this at least in part to the narrator, who made everything a crisis. When I felt the characters would have had rather normal voices considering the story, she made them whiny or harsh or loud—and she had everyone in the family crying a lot when that wasn’t necessarily indicated in the writing.
I will probably come back to Kristin Hannah’s books, but I intend to take a break first—and I will be avoiding this particular narrator in the future.
I feel compelled to write this review! This book makes one take a step back and think about what is really important in life AND in families. I don't quite understand the criticism from some reviewers. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but this story embraces all the trials, troubles and despair that a family endures when a Mother...especially a Mother goes to war! The people that truly suffer are the children. Many times during this story, I reached for a tissue. I felt their pain and despair. I felt the story was so true to life.
I didn't "love" the narrator. Some areas she was good but others...not so good i.e. with the kids' voices. But certainly not a deal breaker when it comes to spending your credit. It's a great book in my opinion.
How the rare emotions of each character was voiced by the narrator. My heart was racing waiting for the next move
When the helicopter was shot down. Also when Jolene tried it fixed breakfast.
Jolene was my favorite but the narrator was great on all characters. Becky was a brat!
Yes. The book is 15 hrs & I listened for about 6 hours at work & didn't want to turn it off after I got home in the evening
This was the 2nd book by K. Hannah I've listened to & she has become one of my favorite authors. My first book narrated by Maggie-Mec Reed. She was great !
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