Home Front (Abridged): A Novel Audiobook, by Kristin Hannah Play Audiobook Sample

Home Front (Abridged): A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Maggi-Meg Reed Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2012 Format: Abridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781427215598

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

92

Longest Chapter Length:

06:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

26 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

05:07 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

20

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Publisher Description

"Home Front is Hannah's crowning achievement."—The Huffington Post In this powerhouse of a novel, Kristin Hannah explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war. All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . . Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life—children, careers, bills, chores—even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then a deployment sends Jolene deep into harm's way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider, she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own—for everything that matters to his family. At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope. "Hannah has written a remarkable tale of duty, love, strength, and hope that is at times poignant and always thoroughly captivating and relevant." —Library Journal (starred review)

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"This was a very moving and thought-provoking novel about war, its outcome overseas, and how those outcomes affect families and loved ones at home. I admit that I rarely thought about what was happening in those far-away countries and how soldiers there were defending our American beliefs and values. But now after I read Hannah's book, I will think even more about what is happening today and how our soldiers are keeping us safe here and losing their lives for our country. Hannah's research puts this story right out in front of us and everyone should read this book and understand why we have the freedoms we do in America. A sad, but wonderful journey into why we have such a great country."

— Tricia (5 out of 5 stars)

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  • The novel's second half, a moving exploration of the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on an already shaky family dynamic, is especially well read by Maggi-Meg Reed, who inhabits all the voices and characters with skill and heartfelt emotion. A timely book that is highly recommended for all audiences.

    — Library Journal, Starred Review
  • “Kristin Hannah's Home Front, read with fine emotional nuance by Maggi-Meg Reed, is the kind of novel that grabs your heart as it draws you in…Keep the Kleenex close, and breathe through the lumps in your throat.

    — Booklist

Home Front Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 4.11538461538462 out of 54.11538461538462 out of 54.11538461538462 out of 54.11538461538462 out of 54.11538461538462 out of 5 (4.12)
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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A book that helps those of us to begin to understand the lives of those who go to war and those families that help them return to a life as we know it and the many struggles they may face. Easy read. Hannah is not a complicated writer but does a good job with current topics. "

    — Naomi, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I always enjoy anything Kristen Hannah writes! However I believe this is her best yet! My heart broke for Jolene.....I don't know if I would have her courage and stamina. I didn't want this book to end. "

    — A, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This book too slow for me. "

    — Bridget, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was nice to see post traumatic stress disorder high lighted in this. "

    — Emily, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Kristin Hannah's books because they are every day reality based. another good book. "

    — Donna, 1/27/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Emotional. Traumatic. Wrenching. Increased my understanding and compassion. Read with many Kleenex on hand. "

    — Janille, 1/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Never quite realized what soldiers go through when they come back home. I can't imagine going through what they do, and to them, I will be forever grateful! "

    — Jessica, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Not as good as I thought it would be. I was to say the least dissapointed. "

    — Denise, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very hard to put down, beautiful story but have some tissues handy, major tears! "

    — Trish, 1/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent novel. I have been praying for our troups and their families and this novel made what they experience even more revealing. Some bad language but excellent. "

    — Margaret, 12/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another great read by Kristen! "

    — Angela, 11/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A novel that reminds us that not all of the soldiers put in harms way and/or injured are male. This story focuses on a woman and her family's experiences with living the military lifestyle, and the impact they have on both the returning solider and her family. "

    — Denise, 11/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " If you need a good cry, this is the book for you! It forces me to take a step back and stop being so involved in my own world and think about some other people! Such a great book! "

    — Nancy, 11/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Jolene Zarkades an BFF Tami are Guard Black Hawk pilots. They are deploied to Irag in 2006. They get shot down and Tami eventually dies from head injuries. Jolene looses a leg and almost her family. Tells a lot about PTSD. I liked it a lot. "

    — Judy, 11/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really liked this book. The author did a good job at creating characters that were flawed but heroic in their humanity. I liked all of the characters and the story. "

    — Diana, 10/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Even though I was looking for a light hearted romance and this is definitely not that, this is an incredible book. One that we should all read... "

    — Megan, 10/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read it in one day. Loved every page and cried throughout. Great modern war story and I respect the way Hannah brings PTSD attention in the two story lines "

    — Allison, 10/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book...couldn't put it down! "

    — Jaime, 7/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Some great writing and a great story though it all wrapped up a little too neatly and had a few too many elements of a Lifetime movie (which can be great in a Lifetime movie). A quick enjoyable read though. "

    — Antoinette, 5/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " As always... Loved it! Could not put it down. I love Kristin Hannah's writing style and the way she develops her characters. I felt like I was there. Love! "

    — Robyn, 2/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book! First one I have read of hers. I will read more. "

    — Linda, 1/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another great one by Kristin Hannah. Didn't like this one as well, since it was about the military. But it still was well-written and emotionally charged. I found a new great author and plan to read all her books! :) "

    — Marianne, 11/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " First book of kristin hannah i've ever! It had me crying from beginning to end . A great emotional read "

    — Michele, 8/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read this while I was in Seattle not knowing when I picked it that it is set in Seattle. Very cool to see all the places they mention. Great book!! "

    — Kristi, 6/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I won 10 copies of this book through a bookgroup promotion. I had never heard of Kristin Hannah before. This story was phenomenal! Grab your tissues, though. "

    — Elisa, 3/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Waste of time...simplistic, predictable. Some good info about active duty. Thought it would never end. Don't like to give up on an author and quit before I'm done, but I was very tempted. "

    — Janet, 3/9/2012

About Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah, a former lawyer turned writer, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The WomenThe Nightingale, The Great Alone, and The Four Winds.

About Maggi-Meg Reed

Maggi-Meg Reed has performed as an actress and singer both on and off-Broadway. She is a narrator of many popular audiobooks, including A Very Long Engagement and The Time Traveler’s Wife. She is the winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards.