The Great Alone (audiobook)

A Novel

Read by Julia Whelan, with acknowledgments read by Kristin Hannah
15.0 hrs • 12 CDs • Unabridged
Fiction
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 02/06/18
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Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Apple iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A #1 USA Today bestseller

An InStyle Pick of Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

A Seattle Times Best Book to Look Forward to in 2018

A Southern Living Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books This Winter

An Indie Next List selection

A Pop Sugar Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A LibraryReads Pick for February

A Brit + Co Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the New Year

*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

Review Quotes

Absolutely riveting!...Read this book.Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher InstituteBeautifully written and richly evocative.Sara Gruen,#1 New York Times bestselling authorHaunting, action-packed, and compelling.Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling authorHannah 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:
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)A heart-pounding story.USA TodayA respectful and absorbing page-turner.Kirkus ReviewsI 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

Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war.PeopleExpect 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 AwarenessTender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France.Jewish Book CouncilIn 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 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.BooklistAudioFile 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. Whelan's believable portrayals of the local population; her heart-grabbing delivery of young Leni's seen-too-much, grown-up-too fast perspective; and her performance of Ernt's terrifying bouts with PTSD, all set against gorgeous descriptions of an unforgiving, untamed Alaska, create a don't-miss audiobook experience.
AudioFile

“Listeners, beware: You won’t want to stop listening to narrator Julia Whelan’s performance of this complex story…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. Whelan’s believable portrayals of the local population; her heart-grabbing delivery of young Leni’s seen-too-much, grown-up-too fast perspective; and her performance of Ernt’s terrifying bouts with PTSD, all set against gorgeous descriptions of an unforgiving, untamed Alaska, create a don’t-miss audiobook experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

AudioFile

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)

“This epic atmospheric novel examines humans’ will to endure the unthinkable.”

Real Simple

“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.”

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.”

Washington Post

“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 (4 stars)

“Tautly drawn characters…contribute not only to Leni’s improbable survival but to her salvation amid her family’s tragedy.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Hannah’s The Great Alone] will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet–like coming-of-age story, and domestic potboiler. She re-creates in magical detail the lives of Alaska’s homesteaders in both of the state’s seasons (they really only have two) and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Fans will appreciate the astuteness of the story and the unbreakable connection between mother and child.”

Library Journal