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The Great Alone

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

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

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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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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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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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Brilliant!

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

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Loved It.

One of the best books I have listened to. Didnt feel like a work of fiction. Felt like you were realy in Alaska. The narrator was amazing.

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  • Philip
  • Upper Hutt, New Zealand
  • 29-08-2018

An Epic story informed by experience

Having only recently returned from Alaska, this novel was truly meaningful. It is such a beautiful if unforgiving country full of characters you don’t associate with The United States, possibly more rural Canadians. This novel also had meaning in other ways. The hidden violence within marriage, the enduring love that seems no longer to exist and the sense of home and family. In most ways a woman’s book - although that in itself is stereotypical. At least this man found it both meaningful and charming. Great writing and impressive narration. It deserves to be a best seller on Audible. My wife I know will love it.

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Amazing

I loved this book so much! Everything that I want from an Audible book..including a beginning...a middle and an end. Sad, memorable, interesting, educational, disturbing, elevating and mostly edge of my seat waiting for more.

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  • Marlieke
  • 11-05-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-2019

loved all of it

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

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  • Dakini
  • 08-02-2019

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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  • NK
  • 24-12-2018

What a book!

This was a great book. The portrayal of life in the Alaskan frontier in the 1970s was excellent! I never knew any of this. The story itself was great with good character dvmnt as well as an inside look at this family in crisis. My only reservation was that at times during the last 1/3 of the book there were times when I though things were a bit too melodramatic or clichéd. So I may have given a 4.5 rating instead of the 5 I did. But this option doesn’t exist. The narration is superb. Julia Whelan did her usual great job. I highly recommend reading this book.

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  • Needles
  • 10-12-2018

Mediocre

I only got through 4 chapters before giving up, this book reads like the screenplay for a B movie, or a Disney movie, one cliche after another, and the narration is awful; when she does the voice of the father character she just tightens her vocal folds so it comes out as a raspy generic Ye Olde geezer.
Just terrible.

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  • Noorhelda Hj Bahrom
  • 28-11-2018

not as good as the nightingale but still good

This is the forth book I read from Kristen Hannah. So far this is the second best book from her after the Nightingale. the other two I read were the winter garden and night road and both books were a huge disappointment for me. the great alone put my faith back on Kristen Hannah.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-08-2018

Loved it.

Loved it, so well written. By far my favorite Kristen Hannah book. A love letter to Alaska

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2018

Too much

Although I definitely enjoy a sob story every now and again, I agree with other reviewers that this book was a little on the depressing side to the extent that it was difficult to read sometimes.

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  • Nadine Snyman
  • 02-06-2018

Brilliant, Beautiful, Epic (Listen / Read)

This was the first book by Kristin Hannah I have experienced. This book was amazing and the narration was excellent(Julia is soft and easy on the ear and amazing with her character switches giving this book and story the credit and justice it deserves). Often I struggle to rate books because I can’t give half stars so effectively my rating is rounded up - this is not the case with this book. It deserves the full 5 stars. There are many dimensions to consider when rating including but not limited to storyline, accessibility, style, rhythm, prose, underlining themes and its ability to draw you right into the heart of the story.... this book hit the mark on every single one of these. Heart wrenching story - beautifully and eloquently written (and narrated) which can’t be lost in in the multitude of stories in your mind and heart if you are an avid reader.... Both author and narrator deserve such acclamation for this work of artistic excellence!

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  • Matthias Meier
  • 30-04-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-2018

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
  • 19-08-2018

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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  • Sigrin
  • 28-02-2019

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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  • Rachel
  • 14-06-2018

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
  • 09-05-2018

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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  • Kim
  • 24-03-2018

Gripping

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

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  • Mini Travellers
  • 11-03-2019

Just loved it

I cried and cried at times but it is so beautifully written. I loved it and got so wrapped up in it. Taking time at the end to just listen for hours on end. Hours I didn't have but needed to take to listen to this.

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  • Mrs Angela Dolan
  • 25-02-2019

A wonderful story

A page turner. Loved every second of it. Sad that it’s ended! Can’t wait to read more of Kristen Hannah’s novels .

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  • Veronika
  • 20-02-2019

A story that will never leave you

I love the books of Kristin Hannah, and this one shines the brightest for me so far. Captivating from the first chapter, with beautifully built characters that you care deeply for, heart wrenching and uplifting at the same time. A must read.

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  • Geraldine Williams
  • 19-02-2019

A heart wrenching, beautiful story

I don’t think I’ve been so emotionally touched by a book in years. This is a beautiful and harrowing tale of endurance, love and pain which made me smile and cry in equal parts. I loved it so much!