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The Great Alone: A Novel Audio CD – CD, February 6, 2018
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Praise for The Great Alone:
A 2018 Indie Next Pick
Southern Living's "Books Coming Out This Winter That We Can't Wait to Read"
Popsugar's "10 Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Working Mother's "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Brit & Co's "Most Anticipated Books of 2018"
Seattle Times' "Books to Look Forward to in 2018"
The Everygirl's "10 New Novels to Read this Winter"
AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
"Listeners, beware: You won't want to stop listening to narrator Julia Whelan's performance of this complex story of survival and family set in a 1970s Alaskan homesteading community. ...With pitch-perfect timing and a touch of drama, Whelan exquisitely builds the tension, creating an enveloping atmosphere of foreboding that's difficult to turn away from...a don't-miss audiobook experience." -AudioFile
"[Julia] Whelan ratchets up the suspense in her tense narration of this tale...This edge-of-your-seat audiobook will keep listeners riveted." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"This epic atmospheric novel examines humans' will to endure the unthinkable." ―Real Simple magazine
"There are many great things about this book...It will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming of age story and domestic potboiler. She recreates in magical detailthe lives of Alaska's homesteaders...and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force." ―Kirkus (starred review)
"Hannah vividly evokes the natural beauty and danger of Alaska and paints a compelling portrait of a family in crisis and a community on the brink of change." ―Booklist
"In this latest from Hannah, the landscape is hard and bleak but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self...fans will appreciate the astuteness of the story and the unbreakable connection between mother and child." ―Library Journal
"Hannah skillfully situates the emotional family saga in the events and culture of the late ’70s... But it’s her tautly drawn characters―Large Marge, Genny, Mad Earl, Tica, Tom―who contribute not only to Leni’s improbable survival but to her salvation amid her family’s tragedy." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Hannah turns the written word into wonderful prose...Times are difficult for so many in this novel and Hannah captures their suffering with sensitivity. The author expertly shows how love, death and birth run the full circle of life." ―RT Book Reviews
Praise for The Nightingale:
"Haunting, action-packed, and compelling."―Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." ―Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute
"Beautifully written and richly evocative." ―Sara Gruen,#1 New York Times bestselling author
“A heart-pounding story.” ―USA Today
"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." ―Jewish Book Council
“Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won’t allow any rest until all of their fates are known.” ―Shelf Awareness
"Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war."―People
"I enjoyed [Julie Whelan's] beautifully articulate voice which is a perfect way to enjoy this epic tale as she dots all her Is and crosses her Ts and gives an unforgettably emotional rendition of the novel bringing to life the absolute enormousness of Alaska. Her vocal interpretations are remarkable and she catches both female and male intonations perfectly but her child voice is absolutely amazing." -The Reading Frenzy
About the Author
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (February 6, 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1427212686
- ISBN-13 : 978-1427212689
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.05 x 1.16 x 6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #732,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written by Kristin Hannah, this is the story of 13-year-old Leni who moves in 1974 (in an old VW bus of all things) to the uncivilized wilds of Alaska with her parents, Cora and Ernt. Cora is a loving mother, who thinks of Leni as her best friend. Ernt is a former Vietnam POW, who has nightmares and rages of anger that he takes out on his wife with his fists. This is the classic story of danger, and even in the middle of winter in godforsaken Alaska the real danger can be inside the cabin—not out.
While most of the plot is predictable, there are a few unexpected twists and turns that save the book from being totally banal. Still, this is hardly great literature.
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As time passes the females seem to be able to handle the brutal weather, stark living accomodations and foraging and growing food. Leni and her mother learn to use weapons to defend themselves from the wild beasts roaming the land. But it seems that Ernt is becoming the wildest and most unpredictable of them all.
From that point on survival is key. Proven friendships are critical and teen age angst turns to love. The book is bittersweet.
I stayed up all night and could not stop reading and crying and then reading some more and sobbing again. The only other book I can remember crying about was the Nightingale. And Kristin Hannah wrote that as well. She's my hero and a tremendous writer. I couldn't recommend this book more highly.