The Great Alone : A Novel

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In <i>The Great Alone. </i>the new novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska.

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In The Great Alone. the new novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska.

*The #1 New York Times bestseller*

The newest audiobook sensation from Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of The Nightingale.

This program is read by acclaimed narrator Julia Whelan, whose enchanting voice brought Gone Girl and Fates and Furies to life. Kristin Hannah reads the acknowledgements.

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America?s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents? passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights? lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt?s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska?a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night audiobook about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

Praise for The Great Alone:

"Listeners, beware: You won't want to stop listening to narrator Julia Whelan's performance of this complex story of survival and family...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 Magazine

"Reliably alluring...The Great Alone is packed with rapturous descriptions of Alaskan scenery? Hannah remembers and summons an undeveloped wilderness, describing a gloriously pristine region in the days before cruise ships discovered it." ? The New York Times Daily Review

"Kristin Hannah's new novel makes Alaska sound equally gorgeous and treacherous ? a glistening realm that lures folks into the wild and then kills them there." ? The Washington Post

Specifications

Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Book Format
Audio-CD
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
0
Author
Kristin Hannah
ISBN-13
9781427212689
Publication Date
February, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.00 x 5.02 x 1.14 Inches
ISBN-10
1427212686

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
This book immediately ...
This book immediately grabbed me with the descriptions of the main character, Leni, and her family. Then we arrived on the description of her travels before and in Alaska and it just got more vibrant with the location and the characters they met. This book made me smile, cry, and my heart move. I loved it.
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Stereotyped characters...
Stereotyped characters. Disappointing!
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
This book immediately ...
This book immediately grabbed me with the descriptions of the main character, Leni, and her family. Then we arrived on the description of her travels before and in Alaska and it just got more vibrant with the location and the characters they met. This book made me smile, cry, and my heart move. I loved it.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Stereotyped characters...
Stereotyped characters. Disappointing!
This book immediately grabbed me with the descriptions of the main character, Leni, and her family. Then we arrived on the description of her travels before and in Alaska and it just got more vibrant with the location and the characters they met. This book made me smile, cry, and my heart move. I loved it.
Stereotyped characters. Disappointing!

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

This book immediately ...

This book immediately grabbed me with the descriptions of the main character, Leni, and her family. Then we arrived on the description of her travels before and in Alaska and it just got more vibrant with the location and the characters they met. This book made me smile, cry, and my heart move. I loved it.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Before I read The Grea...

Before I read The Great Alone I didn't know much about Alaska - about the early settlers or the beauty of the state. The author does a wonderful job giving the reader a beautiful story along with wonderful descriptions of Alaska. I must admit that I felt cold sitting in my warm house when I read her descriptions of the blowing snow and the cold temperatures. This is a wonderful novel about love and family - both your family by blood and those you collect along the way. In the early 70s, Cora and Ernt decide to move to Alaska. Ernt is a Vietnam veteran who has spent time in a POW camp and is suffering from what we would refer to today as PTSD. Along with their 13 year old daughter Leni, they drive to Alaska to their new lives. They are totally unprepared for what is ahead of them and people in their small town help them get started. Life is tough and the family lives right on the edge of survival. Along with physical survival, Ernt is a violent man and Cora and Leni are always trying to keep him happy. Leni is a wonderful character and this is a real coming of age story for her as she grows from a 13 year old to an adult. This is a wonderful story of survival - physical as well as mental, love and family. I highly recommend it! Thanks to the girlfriend giveaway on facebook for a copy of this fantastic new book. All opinions in this review are my own

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I absolutely loved thi...

I absolutely loved this novel. It might have been slightly influenced by the fact we visited Alaska this year, but the majority of the reason I loved it was because of the character development. This is the kind of book that you will read and then miss it when you are finished. You will wonder how the characters are doing the next day even though you know they are not real. I even cried . . . a rare outcome for me when reading. If you love good character novels and know even a little bit about the state of Alaska, get this book right now!

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I listened to the Grea...

I listened to the Great Alone and was pulled in completely. I did get exasperated at the bad decision after bad decision after bad decision. Leni completely loves her mother and her mother loves her, but I also found Cora to be selfish. I also understand the time period because I am only a bit young than Leni, so I grew up in the time when women were considered almost property of their husbands and fathers. I know that Cora felt trapped, especially in the great alone of Alaska. They are both a combination of so strong and so weak, but doesn't that reflect the human condition? Cora shows strength in her ability to take abuse from her husband but weakness in her love for this man and inability to believe she can survive alone raising a child. Leni is survival strong but weak in being smart with decisions. Of course, that's easy for me to say because I'm listening instead of living with an abusive father. It's 1974 and Leni and Cora move to Alaska. Leni's father, Ernt, was a POW and has PTSD, as we now know. Living in a place that is dark most of the year is bad for someone with nightmares trailing him. The great outdoors is great for him in the summer. They can leave the noise of civilization and be independent. Of course, they are totally unprepared. Their cabin, left to them by a dead soldier from Vietnam, is a wreak. They must prepare for winter, but they have no money. Ernt is also paranoid, which is good and bad. He insists they can live off the land, be able to shoot, and be able to kill/catch food; but, the paranoia drives a wedge between them and civilization. This is a place where people must depend on each other. Relationships and Alaska frame the novel. The harsh land is brutal where the second mistake can kill you. In a land like this, relationships can keep you alive and give you reason to live. The Walkers have been settled this area, but Ernt sees the Walkers as representing all he is running from. He's jealous of their success although he can't consciously admit this truth. The relationship between these families, the harsh land, and Ernt's illusions pushes the plot to the heart wrenching choices that must be made. I listened to this novel and the narrator was outstanding. Pulling the earplugs to sleep or go to work or do anything that needed to be done was a challenge.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

This is by far one of ...

This is by far one of the best books of 2017! This is the story of the Allbright family. In the 1970's they decide to escape to the Alaskan Frontier. The father (Ernt) is a Vietnam POW that comes home from the war broken. His wife (Cora) and daughter (Leni) follow him to this wild frontier to try to become whole again.So much happens to this family and you just wonder how it is all going to turn out. Will they make it in this harsh land? Will they ever find peace and happiness?I highly recommend this to everyone! Preorder this book today, you will not be disappointed. My thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for this advanced readers copy!


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