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Publisher's Summary

Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. A story of a family in crisis struggling to survive at the edge of the world, it is also a story of young and enduring love.

Cora Allbright and her husband, Ernt, a recently returned Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, uproot their 13-year-old daughter, Leni, to start a new life in Alaska. Utterly unprepared for the weather and the isolation, but welcomed by the close-knit community, they fight to build a home in this harsh, beautiful wilderness.

At once an epic story of human survival and love and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah has delivered an enormously powerful story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable and enduring strength of women.

About the highest stakes a family can face and the bonds that can tear a community apart, this is an audiobook as spectacular and powerful as Alaska itself. It is the finest example of Kristin Hannah's ability to weave together the deeply personal with the universal.

©2018 Kristin Hannah (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Loved iT

I really loved this story. The narrator spoke a little too fast for me though, but performed the story very well. I highly recommend.

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Awesome Story

great story that sucks you in and doesn't let you stop listening. the 15 hours don't feel long at all

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Beautiful!

Finishing the book and feeling sorry I couldn't board a plane to go and see Alaska...
"Alone is overrated " totally agree with that statement.

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Felt the last frontier

Sorry for the cheese but being a mountain cyclist I loved Alaska as a character.

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  • Kim
  • 03-24-18

Gripping

One of the best books I’ve read in years. Stayed up all night long listening to it.

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  • Dolly w
  • 05-09-18

Stick with it

This book was recommended to me by a few friends. For the first few chapters I thought I had wasted my money. The story felt dull and I didn't enjoy the narrators voice. Then about an hour in it hooked me and I loved it. An epic tale.

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  • Khelger
  • 04-23-18

Amazing!

Loved this book from start to finish - the characters, the setting, the narration. If you like Kristin Hannah’s other books, you will definitely enjoy this one.

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  • Deep purple
  • 03-26-18

Enjoyable

Where does The Great Alone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best, definitely not the worst

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Alone?

The descriptions of Alaska

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favourite?

The mother - though she needed a shake

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

Neither

Any additional comments?

Good insight into violent relationships

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  • Aisling
  • 03-06-18

Magnificent but with just a little too much sugar

The descriptions of Alaska and the life style were breathtakingl. The story of the little girl and het dysfunctional family was wonderful in its complexity. worth 5 stars. unfortunately I found the love story just a bit too sugary for my liking so I'm just giving it 4 stars.

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  • Emer
  • 03-05-18

great read.

loved it, and it was narrated beautifully, descriptive, poignant, captivating, had me hooked from start to finish.

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  • Lifelong Reader
  • 03-04-18

Brilliant

My second Kristin Hannah novel.
Made me laugh, made my cry and was a very enjoyable listen on audible.
Life in the harsh climate of Alaska for one girl and her family. Life laid bare and a journey from childhood to Adulthood

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  • Mrs Linda A Williams
  • 02-26-18

Simply the best!

It was such a different storyline and so very well researched and told. It kept me awake through the night just to find out how this struggling family would fare. A really wonderful book - sadness and happiness going hand in hand. The best I have listened to in a very long time and the first I have ever reviewed!

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  • Lani
  • 02-20-18

Deep, thought provoking adventure

This is hands down one of the best contemporary fiction books I’ve had the privilege to listen to. Fabulous setting, deep characters and heartfelt stories. All masterly woven into a memorable experience. The narrator is superb. Can I give it 10 Stars?

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  • Prue
  • 02-16-18

wonderful novel

I thoroughly enjoyed and was entertained throughout, it had a great story line and narration was excellent 5 stars

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  • Susan
  • 04-11-18

So good, really....

What did you like most about The Great Alone?

the astounding ability of Kristin Hannah to evoke the nature of the environment in which the story is set. I want to go there, I want to live there...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Alone?

Going back to Alaska, toward the end

Which scene did you most enjoy?

this may seem crazy but the scene when mum was dying and daughter was there, talking and being with her, despite everything. I have experienced this, with my husband and the scene evoked some deeply poignant memories, sad yes but beautiful.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Always be prepared, always.

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  • Heidi
  • 03-23-18

Great setting but too much melodrama for me

I am feeling so very torn writing this review. I loved the first ¾ of The Great Alone. No, I mean I really, really LOVED it! There is nothing better than armchair travel into a wild and remote place, and The Great Alone delivered that in spades. Hannah’s description of the harsh and yet beautiful Alaskan landscape created images so vivid that I could have mistaken them for real personal memories. I was living and breathing the story, and it totally sucked me in.

Hannah certainly knows how to wreak havoc with her readers’ emotions, and she proves this once again with her latest book. Telling a story of domestic violence and dysfunctional family dynamics through the eyes of a beautiful and smart thirteen-year-old was always going to upset your average reader, and the descriptions of Ernt Allbright’s violence evoked almost visceral emotions of anger and fear as he terrorised his poor family. I thought that she did a great job in portraying this man affected by PTSD, self-medicating with alcohol to overcome his demons, misunderstood by society in the era the book was set in. I have met men like him, and whilst I could not condone his actions, my heart went out to him for the damage that had been done to him by war. As the Alaskan winter approached, it was not only Leni who could foresee the problems that the dark and confinement would cause the Allbright family – the reader knows it, too. With the construction of the wall, tension built into such a powder-keg of impending doom that I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how this would play out. There was such great potential here for a nail-biting finale that I felt totally devastated and let down when the story took an about turn and turned into a mixture between a hallmark movie and a tea-time soapie.

At this point the story descended into a YA romance / tearjerker that stood in stark contrast to the tense tale of survival and family drama I had so enjoyed earlier. WTH happened? Obviously, I am not the target audience here, as I avoid those melodramatic stories like the plague, being much too old and cynical for such tearjerker moments. I wanted to go back to the moment it all turned to mush, and follow through with the careful groundwork the author had laid for a nail-biting finale full of tension, danger and fight for survival. Instead, there were a few quick fixes, a huge jump in the timeline and lots and lots of melodrama – I could hear the violins playing in the background.

So, how do you rate a book you both loved and hated equally? It’s hard to even consolidate the two very separate parts of the story. I am left feeling slightly cheated, as if standing in front of Ernt’s wall with the door firmly bolted shut to the fitting end of a story I had loved. But hey, I am one in a million and don’t let my old cynical self stop you from reading a book 90% of readers obviously adored. Seldom has a book made such waves on social media, so Hannah has found a formula that works for most of her audience. Sadly, that obviously doesn’t include me. Whilst the Allbrights will stay in my mind for some time to come, as I imagine different outcomes to their story, the one thing I will take away from the book is the visual image of a wild Alaska, and a truly magnificent armchair travel experience.

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  • Sue
  • 03-21-18

Fantastic tale of survival

If you could sum up The Great Alone in three words, what would they be?

Honest, uplifting journey

What other book might you compare The Great Alone to, and why?

Mao's Last Dancer. Both are stories of survival and joy

What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Julia does great voices in the dialogue sections

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

When Lennie meets Mathew again as an adult

Any additional comments?

I am a "dyed in the wool" crime and mystery fan. This book is not my normal read but I really loved it.

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  • carly
  • 03-07-18

Page turner

A beautifully written account of one of the most stunning places on earth. Tears, laughter, horror and joy throughout. A definite recommended read if you enjoy a harrowing adventure story filled with deep conflicting human emotions of love and despair.

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  • Lynne Elliott
  • 03-04-18

Wow

So many emotions were felt when listening to this beautiful story. Beautifully narrated. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-18

A beautiful story that brought me to tears.

I can not fault this book. Beautiful twists and turns that I didn’t expect. At points I was in tears, I’d become so involved in the story. Just fantastic.

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  • Margie
  • 02-23-18

One of the best!

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An excellent book - great plot and characters - one of the very best audible listens that I have purchased.

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  • Dan
  • 02-22-18

Maybe a movie to follow?

Absolutely loved every second of this. Will listen to it again in the future. A beautifully crafted tale full of emotion which reinforces the view that where there is risk, there is greater reward.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-18

loved it!

A great story, I didn't want it to end. Highly recommend this book. Great narration and characters.