The Great Alone: A Novel

By Kristin Hannah
Read by Julia Whelan , with acknowledgments read by Kristin Hannah

15.04 Hours 02/06/2018 unabridged
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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: “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

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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

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:

“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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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
“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

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Author Bio: Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is the author of several New York Times bestselling books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Great Alone.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 15.04
Audience: Adult
Language: English