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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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Very Disappointed

I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. I have listened to other Kristin Hannah novels before and enjoyed them. I almost "quit" a few times but I had made an investment. I didn't care for any of the characters. The main character was out of touch with reality and her "I have to be perfect" attitude drove me crazy. Her children did not act their ages. The 12 year old was beyond obnoxious and totally self centered. All the youngest child did was whine.

The narration really is was ruined it for me. A good narrator allows me to interpret the writing. Ms. Reed tried to force emotions down my throat. Too melodramatic. The childrens' voices were terrible, so over done and loud.

I will try Kristin Hannah again, but I will avoid Maggi-Meg Reed, the narrator.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great story

A wonderful story. The only thing that I did not enjoy was the readers voice of the childern. It was grating and over kill.

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  • Angela
  • White Sulphur Springs, WV
  • 02-04-12

Home Front is a truly eye-opening read.

What made the experience of listening to Home Front the most enjoyable?

Home Front is so well-written and read so realistically. I could see the story as I listened to every word. Everyone should listen to this book. It made me more appreciative of everything our service women and men go through and what they sacrifice for us.

What did you like best about this story?

The portrayal of the characters and what they experience as the story evolves.

Which scene was your favorite?

Courtroom

Who was the most memorable character of Home Front and why?

Jonelle

Any additional comments?

My father was a disabled veteran and an amputee. The experiences that were written about are so true and relevant to the whole story. What Jonelle experienced is really what they go through and so many people have no idea what they have lived through and are trying to do as they put their lives back together.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Too whiney and too much yelling

This book could have been very good. I read Firefly Lane and liked it; so I expected to enjoy this book as well. The story line was interesting, war stories are not usually told with female military personnel in the lead character.
But I did not enjoy this listen very much. I did not like the narrator. Everything sounded whiney or loud. When Joleen constantly yells at Michael to "go away" I would have imagined it to be a soulful, and very sad "go away," not screams. Betsy's whiney voice got very annoying. And Betsy's behavior would not have been tolerated by the type of mother I envisioned Joleen to be.
Not my favorite.

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  • Terry
  • Wilmington, NC, United States
  • 02-11-12

Most emotional read ever

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

I cried several times throughout the book and will never look at soldiers in the same way again. It's an incredible read and well worth the box of tissues it requires. :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The Bickersons

Evidently I don't share the same feeling about this novel as the editorial staff at audible. While the research involved - into recovery from traumatic war injuries - is thorough and detailed, the narration is too loud, too exaggerated and there is just too much crying. I have a very hard time listening to narrators crying, as the decibels are turned way up and the pitch reaches a dissonance that I can't tolerate. It is perfectly easy to portray crying in a softer voice.

The sullen daughter is overdone and nothing comes out of her mouth that isn't whiney, angry, shrieking and narcissistic. Granted, many kids her age are exactly like this, but the narrator made it much worse. I had to turn the iPod off several times just to get a break from this completely unlikeable person.

The story is a good one, just ruined for me by an overzealous narrator showcasing all the negative emotions in HD.

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Maria
  • United States
  • 02-04-12

NOT my favorite Kristin Hannah book

I have listened to (and loved, and recommended) every single book that Kristin Hannah has written. That being said, I couldn't even get through this one to the end. I appreciate very much (especially since I lost a family member in Afghanistan) that she's trying to enlighten her readers to the horrors of war and how PTSD affects a family -- especially one that's already a bit broken to begin with. But this book was just... I don't know. Heavy. Dark. Depressing. Frustrating! I hated the characters -- Betsy the teen was not like any 12 year old I've ever known, thank God. I wanted to strangle her. The husband wasn't much better, and the four year old was an odd mix of very grown-up talk and patty-cake.

The book had great reviews on Amazon, so I really, really wanted to like it. But I couldn't do it. I stopped listening with about three hours left. I couldn't take hearing one of the kids "bump into" Jolene again, hurting her and causing her to curse while the father just stood there. Hello? Wouldn't any REAL father chastise or even yell at those kids and tell them to be careful? But no. It keeps happening over and over. Anyway, if you listen, you'll see what I mean. There were some flaws in the narration (although maybe it was the book?) where a girl named Sierra is called "Sienna" a few times. The narrator did a great job otherwise. Overall the writing style was superb -- typical Kristin Hannah. But the story was one endless stream of anger and crying. It made me feel depressed.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Kerri
  • Bothell, WA, United States
  • 10-31-12

Meh. couldn't finish

What disappointed you about Home Front?

Sappy, no plot, whiny characters, just stupid.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Hannah again?

probably not

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

no but this one was good

What character would you cut from Home Front?

ALL of them except the MIL

Any additional comments?

don't waste your credits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Details, Details,Details

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love Kristen Hannah. I have listened to many of her books and will search them out when I have a long trip. This book, however, was rather tedious and predictible. There was so much detail that i found myself drifting and having to back up the recording.

If you’ve listened to books by Kristin Hannah before, how does this one compare?

I would say it was way below the norm for her books. The attempt to make the female lead into this gung ho soldier did not work for me.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Everything

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

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  • Destiney
  • Waterloo, WI, United States
  • 02-20-12

Untold story of an American Soldier-Wife & Mother!

This book pulled me into the world of Jolien and I couldnt it out of my mind. I couldn't wait to listen to this book. Be careful as this is a tear jerker. One of my favorites!!!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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