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Home Front | [Kristin Hannah]

Home Front

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Miriam Venice, Fl, United States 06-20-12
    Miriam Venice, Fl, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Bestl audio book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Home Front to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it is just done to perfection!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The life of a woman helicopter pilot and her best friend who left family back home and had to go off to Iraq and suffer then return to home life again and not feel like sshe fits in and has terrible nightmares about what happened to her in Iraq and her marriage and family back home!!!


    Have you listened to any of Maggi-Meg Reed’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not but I shall get more after listening to this!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes, many times, I cried and cried it is all so true! The author Kristin Hannah is now my favorite and I shall now get and listen to all her books.


    Any additional comments?

    I just could not put this audio book down...almost 15 hours and was just spellbound by it and all the information and reseach the author put into this book. She is outstanding!...

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    çindy 06-02-12
    çindy 06-02-12
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    "lovely"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes loveed the story


    What about Maggi-Meg Reed’s performance did you like?

    You no there are a lot of very good books out there but if u don't have a good narrator. You cant get In to it and she is great


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    william Woodstock, GA, United States 04-29-12
    william Woodstock, GA, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "multidimentional life"
    Who was the most memorable character of Home Front and why?

    the best character was the friendship between the women


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the children had been better conceived. the elder daughter was so bad that she was unbelievable, the younger, just comic relied

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    Kat Gainesville, GA, USA 04-15-12
    Kat Gainesville, GA, USA 04-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful read..."

    Shed a few tears through this one. Found it very emotional and heartwarming and very well written AND narrated. Beautiful storyline. The only problem I had with it was the daughter and her behavior from the beginning. I realize she was a teen and I remember THOSE days when my girls were teens and grating on my nerves. NEVER remember them being THIS way or rather to this extent. As the story unfolded though, much came to light and I came to love all of these characters. (Of course, I realized - it IS just a book.) LOL! Definately worth listening to. Kept me wanting more.

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    Kristin Newton Falls, OH, United States 04-01-12
    Kristin Newton Falls, OH, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
    What did you love best about Home Front?

    I loved that Hannah portrayed a point of view of war that I had not really considered, and it really touched my heart. I also loved that the general story line with regards to the relationships of the characters was soemthing everyone could relate to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It ended up being Michael because I admire that he stepped up to the plate as a father and husband. I could not stand him at first, but was proud that his eyes were opened, as well as his heart.


    What does Maggi-Meg Reed bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought more life and animation to the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A family's life is saved through the consequences of war.


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    ilene palm desert, CA, United States 03-18-12
    ilene palm desert, CA, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What really goes on in war"

    This book had a profound inpact on me. First it deals with a family women going off to war and being a woman myself I really identified with the main character. It then dealt with the diability of losing a body part and the recovery process and the effects of war on the "soul" causing PTSD. The author did an amazing job and changed my whole reality of war and the heros that come home and have served our country. I salute them all!

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    Amy South Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-04-12
    Amy South Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-04-12
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    "Very Difficult to Listen To"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The basic story was interesting, but there was a lot of repetition to make the story longer.The reader gave the characters horrible voices, especially the children. They are totally unlikeable, especially the older girl. The voices really made you hate the kids. I only finished listening because I paid for it.


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    giselle Guerneville, CA, United States 03-03-12
    giselle Guerneville, CA, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "kept me glued to my iphone, helped my commute"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, definitely. the nuances, the character build-ups, the narrator was aamazing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    joline and Lu-Lu


    Have you listened to any of Maggi-Meg Reed’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?

    yes, touched my heart


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    Donna A Massachusetts 02-25-12
    Donna A Massachusetts 02-25-12 Member Since 2008

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    "A Journey of a Family"

    Home Front is a story that centers on the lives of the Zarkades; Michael, Jolene and their 2 girls; Betsy, 12 and Lulu, 4. Jolene comes from a home whose alcoholic parents die when she is 17 where her next family becomes the military. It is the story of a marriage of 12 years that started with full of love and hope that now seems to be gone. It is a story of a woman who is torn between love for her family and her duty to her country. It is a story of a man who in the absence of his wife learns about himself and his desire to regain his family back and the regret for letting his wife go to Iraq without knowing she has his heart and will be here for her on her return. It is a story of a woman that has strength to come home to face despair, depression and loss to return to the family that so desperately wants hers back.

    This is my 3rd Kristin Hannah and I toyed with getting this book but glad I did. I can???t say it was an easy book to get through and at time found it heartbreaking to listen to one that tugged at my heart and emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 main characters; Michael and Jolene, and their journey through this book. I did have hard time with the 2 children. I know 12 years olds can be difficult but thought Betsy was exceptional difficult and Lulu was way too whiny.

    Maggi-Meg Reed as the narrator did a great job ??? you could so feel the emotions the main characters were feeling. Again the children were a little over the top and irritating to listen to.

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