Night Road Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.
Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time Mia and Zach leave the house, she worries about them. On a hot summer’s night her worst fears are realized. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget... or the courage to forgive.Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 47 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 22, 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,764 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#30 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#69 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#80 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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I'm putting this book on my list of "worsts" along with "We Built This City on Rock and Roll" and the movie "Toys". So bad. Full of cliché and uninteresting characters. I agree with everything stated by the other 1 star reviewers. I had to force myself to finish it. How could the Nightingale be so good and Night Road be this dismal? Did Hannah write this for Seventeen Magazine? If 100 pages of droning, repetitive description of a mother's completely narcissistic grief is for you, then maybe you will like it. As for me, I think I'll have to read Anna Karenina next. Either as punishment or therapy or perhaps both. I think I'll skip Hannah's other books.
I have never lost a child but looking back on my children's High School years - I can see how many close calls I had to that picture being different. This is a must read for those of you whose children are entering the High School years. For those of you who have no children - its still an excellent read as it will surely trigger quite a few good and bad memories. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
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That said, Kristin writes well and I love her descriptions particularly of scenery
Tells the story of Lexi, a teenager who has not been dealt the greatest hand in terms of family life, who meets up with Mia and her twin brother Zach. Mia and Lexi's friendship is cemented very early on in the book. From the outset you see that the twins are very much loved (and controlled) by their mother - living an idyllic life with a "functional" family setting....or so it seems.
The story skips on 3-5 years and then a further 5 years.
I cannot explain too much without spoiling the book.
Yes, there are 2 parts to it. The Before and the After, I think are mentioned in the book.
All the characters are wonderful, I found myself liking them all.
Initially I found it hard to relate to Jude, the mother of the twins. But I have a close relative who has gone through her turmoil and it made me more understanding of her personality and what she had to go through.
There are lots of references to motherhood. I particularly loved the angst regarding that time in your life when you are teetering on the cusp of teenage and adulthood. The author totally got all the personalities and genders and characters spot on - so clever to be able to write about life through the eyes of a diverse range of ages - from a confused 5 year old, who has taken on the character which is moulded by the adults around her, to the middle-aged adults who are suffering their own miseries with life. Just shows that even though from the outside looking in, that all seems perfect, quite often, it is far from it.
Will be looking out for similar by this author.