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The Great Alone

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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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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Nice novel

Very nice written novel. Readers could imagine the life and wild in Alaska and that because it was well described by the author. I think it is a little bit long and could be shorter.

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I loved this book!

I could not stop listening to this story till it was finished. It took me to an unexpected land an beautiful era. The story and narrator blended well together and a voice I could well listen to. I am sorry it has ended! Absolutely worth the read!

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awesome book

As a man who lives in country victoria I was spellbound by the description of Alaska. It really sounds like an amazing place.

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simply incredible

I absolutely loved it. this story is especially beautiful compared to most books I've been reading recently. it shines for its thrilling seenes and the vast description environment. it's one of those books you can't keep your eyes from. it made me cry, it made me rage, it made me daydream about love and family. but most importantly it made me realize that there are so many nuances of love in every relationship. I recommend this book 100% and I can most definitely say it's become one of my favourites.

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implausible tragedy

enjoyed the first part, settling in alaska with amazing descriptions of nature. the harsh environment and corresponding challenges were really captivating, but the story I found annoyingly improbable, too gory and characters not at all convincing.

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Heart wrenching and beautifully told.

I listen to many audiobooks and this is one I’ll listen to over and over again. A tale of tragic pasts, blind-sighted ambition , love and redemption.
A beautifully crafted and narrated story.

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Incredibly moving.

This was one of the most incredibly moving stories I have read in a long time.
Wonderful descriptive writing.

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loved all of it

i loved the story very mutch, narator was excelant as usual, could not stop lissening

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Let this one be your next Kristin Hannah book!

Kristin Hannah's books are intense - to the point where sometimes I have to roll my eyes wondering if it can get any more extreme. But her storylines are brilliant and always find their way back gracefully to a redeeming end. The Great Alone is a great book for those that like long tales, the outdoors and plots with endless twists and turns. If you liked the Nightingale, read this book!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-18

Outstanding

One of the best books I have ever read! Perfect in every way. Sad to be finished.

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  • Mrs Linda Best
  • 08-19-18

Seemed like just a couple of hours long.

I took every opportunity to listen to the next part of the book when listening to this story. I usually listen whilst dog walking, ironing, in the car etc but I found myself literally just sitting still to listen to this story as I was so concerned about the characters that I needed to make sure in my head that they were ok. Its a story of love, resilience and tenacity mixed with brutality, ignorance and weakness. The narrator had a great voice which switched effortlessly between the characters.

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  • Sarah Noel
  • 04-10-19

The Great Alone

I am always cautious after hearing so very many great reviews for a book that seems to be the latest fad. However, this deserves the praise as it’s a well written, engaging story.
It’s not ground breaking but holds the attention and paints a realistic picture of homesteading life in Alaska. (She says- never having been there!)
It wasn’t a challenging read, pretty straight forward, maybe a little predictable at times but I’ll try her other offerings.

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  • Rachel
  • 06-14-18

BEST BOOK I'VE EVER LISTENED TO!!!

Thank you Kristin Hannah. You captured a whole chunk of my life. I worked in Alaska during the years of the setting of this book. I met the people from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The people who worked on the pipeline and their families. I remember the Land of the Midnight Sun. The moose and reindeer who strolled into town, and the black bears who reminded us we were not the top of the food chain in this extraordinary landscape. I saw cabbages the size of VW Bugs in the Matanuska Valley ... and the mosquitoes. People say New Yorkers are tough -- and they are -- but no one who hasn't lived in Alaska will ever be Alaska Tough. These people are the salt of the earth and have roots like an Oak tree. There is no one like them! I remember Alaska as what America, and life, should always remain.

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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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  • Sigrin
  • 02-28-19

A palpable book


Having read The nightingale by Kristin Hannah’s I knew how this author writes and was looking forward to listening to this.

She has again delivered a marvellous book, that reaches out so you can feel all the emotions of the characters and know them personally.

The setting in Alaska with it’s fabulous descriptions of the terrain flora and fauna and people make you want to get up and discover it yourself. The Alaskan tourist board will be happy.

Lastly Julia Whelan, what an amazing narrator male female and child accents delivered perfectly.

I personally do not like American narrators and I have returned books which I know I would have enjoyed due to that American twang and nasal inflections. However Julia just purred into my ear and told this story faultlessly.

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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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  • Sarah Bland
  • 06-17-19

Great story

Beautiful descriptions throughout the whole book and I find myself missing it now it's finished. Great storyline nothing too predictable and some last a lifetime philosophy and life observation.
I did find myself getting fed up with the he said, she said, mama said, dad said sometimes they came so often, but don't let it put you off the book - I definitely recommend

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  • Helen
  • 06-02-19

Superb!!

Absolutely loved it. Made me feel every emotion possible. Great storytelling, I"m sorry it's finished.

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  • Belinda HS
  • 09-14-19

A gripping and beautiful book

Rarely do I get so utterly absorbed in a book but The Great Alone, brilliantly narrated by Julia Whelan weaves a magic. stunning And harsh Alaska is so well described while a families struggle so sensitively handled. I loved it.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-19

The Great Alone Review

I loved this book, it hooked me in right from m the start. The story if made into a film, would be like a gentle thriller, it was unpredictable & would change direction just as you thought, “I know what’s going to happen now” the description of the character & landscapes was beautiful & allowed you to conjure up an exact picture in your mind of each little piece of the story. Loved it, and especially as the ending did it justice as well. A must read/listen! 😍

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  • Sara Paton
  • 06-21-19

Love knows no boundaries.

A beautiful sorrow filled story that I didn't want to end. I could visualise Alaska as if I were there. A wonderful author. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-19

Gripping journey

I bought this book because I was interested in Alaska and wanted to learn more about its beauty. It definitely delivered on that, and then gave me a collection of heroines that I feel know better than my best friend.

Superb character development centred around a captivating plot, so much so I struggled to put this down. It made me angry, it made me laugh out loud, It even made this grown man cry while listening on a public train, and you know which part I loved, everything.

Congrats Kristin you did an amazing job, your research paid off, and Julia did a great job with the voices, MJ was my favourite. Thank you ladies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-19

Not a bad plot, but lacked dialogue and feeling

Disappointing. I don't want to be told how much a character loves something or someone over and over again. I want the relationship built, and shown to me over time, and through dialogue and experiences. It felt a bit lazy, and cheesy at times. Though I did think the plot and the setting were enjoyable.

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  • Cheryl Song Loong
  • 12-17-18

Tedious

Irritating flat characters and implausible soap opera plotline, despite the interesting remote Alaskan setting. Annoying!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-18

Kept me captured

I enjoyed this story. It was my first book by K. Hannah and I didn't know what it would be like before listening. I listen to audio books while I work and it was a good choice. It wasn't complicated and it was easy to keep track of the plot if I stopped paying attention for a moment. I enjoyed the plot, even though at times I found it a little dry.

I think the narration was done well. It always takes some time for me to adjust to a new voice and this author is quite breathy, but I felt like she nailed the mood of the novel well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-18

Wonderful passionate story.

Beautiful story full of passion and meaningful characters. Fantastic descriptions of the landscape and living conditions. I loved it!

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  • Deborah
  • 10-12-18

A story of struggle and endurance.

Hard to put down. A child struggling through live with disfunctional parents, where love is both the storm and the refuge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-18

Brilliant!

Absolutely loved it! The characters, story line and imagery of Alask made this book a joy to listen to