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
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 !
I have never read/heard a Kristin Hannah book I didn't LOVE. It pains me to say this, but I really didn't like this one. I suspect it was the narrator, or at least I want to blame her since I love Kristin Hannah's books.
I just didn't like the characters. Jolene was fine but I frequently wanted to slap her oldest daughter. Frequently. I think the narrator may have contributed to that. I couldn't take the whining and crying (from either daughter). I have two kids of my own and don't need more whining and crying! ;) Perhaps if I had read it instead of listening I would have felt differently.
I can't really put my finger on it but I found the whole book rather irritating. If it hadn't been a Kristin Hannah book I think I wouldn't have finished it as I often found myself irritable after listening (or not wanting to continue listening). I listened to the author's Q&A after and I feel really bad that I didn't like it. Sounds like it was very meaningful to her. I'm sorry! ;)
I will say that I did appreciate being enlightened to the lives of those who serve our country. I am so grateful to them. Like the author, we are not a military family nor do I really know anyone in the military. So I am glad to know more about it and PTSD.
She did a lot of research for this book on the war. It really touched my heart knowing what Jolene and her family went through to bring herself back from all the pain she endured. More people need to know how the war effects our men and woman who fight for our country. Bless them all. Thanks Kristen Hannah for writing this book. It opened my eyes wider then they were before.
This was such an eye opening experience for me regarding our soliders and what they go through. It gives you a new appreciation for the adjustment it takes for a solider from getting the news of deployment to transitioning back to civilian life. Great book!
Within a few minutes of listening, I realized this writer could really capture human emotions and I was hooked. Good story, well researched (I learned alot about military deployments, etc) and a real tear jerker. I will look for more from this author.
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