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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27,066 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristin Hannah Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781423325321
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For a mother, life comes down to a series of choices. To hold on…to let go…to forget…to forgive.… Which road will you take?

For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.

Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy—until senior year of high school tests them all. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time Mia and Zach leave the house, she worries about them.

On a hot summer’s night her worst fears are realized. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.

Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

“A rich, multilayered reading experience, and an easy recommendation for book clubs.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“You cannot read Night Road and not be affected by the story and the characters. The total impact of the book will stay with you for days to come after it is finished.” —The Huffington Post

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Quotes & Awards

  • Night Road is one special book that can transform the lives of [listeners] by influencing how they think about certain important life issues. The [listener] becomes a first-hand witness to the pitfalls of parenthood, mortality, heartbreak, guilt, life choices, grief, forgiveness, and much more. In short, the entire range of human emotions are explored in this…hopeful book about the triumphant power of the human spirit in the process of forgiveness.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Movingly written and plotted with the heartless skill of a Greek tragedy.”

    Daily Mail

  • “A rich, multi-layered reading experience and an easy recommendation for book clubs.”

    Library Journal (starred)

  • “Hannah masterfully details the unraveling of a family.”

    People

  • “Kristin Hannah is back in top form with Night Road…It will hook Hannah fans from start to suspenseful finish.”

    Seattle Times

  • Selected for the April 2011 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Smith | 2/17/2014

    " Heart wrenching but so well written I couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/16/2014

    " If you are a mother, get the tissues ready when you settle in with this book. I was in tears for about 50 pages. That said, I loved the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Gabel | 2/13/2014

    " This book was incredible. Heartbreaking but wonderful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene Mcaleney | 2/12/2014

    " Good book but a bit predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Sweeney | 2/12/2014

    " Kristin Hannah's books always make me cry. The subject matter is so personal and so easy to relate to. Any of us could be Jude. Any of us could make a mistake that results in a unimaginable end. She's able to write in such a way that I feel the emotions of the character. The sadness. The regret. The sorrow. Yet her stories always end on a positive note. Inspiring. Good triumphs over evil. Wrongs are eventually righted. It's quite a ride to read a Kristin Hannah book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 2/8/2014

    " This was a powerful read about the parents of twins and a foster child who end up making choices that affect the rest of their lives, but the entire family. A good portrait of the stages of grief, and how revenge can turn to redemption. Made me grateful that I am past the years of raising a teenager, particularly in today's world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Johnson coffey | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and stayed up late reading it! It was an easy read, but also had depth to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 2/2/2014

    " Saw this at the book fair... it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 1/20/2014

    " From the rave reviews, I kept waiting for the book to be extraordinary. It was memorable, but it never reached the excellence I hoped for... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Stelzer | 1/8/2014

    " Great read! At first the storyline was hard to accept, but it was really interesting to watch it unfold!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Klopfer | 12/7/2013

    " Loved this book and cried through it all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Rose wright | 12/6/2013

    " Emotional love story with a mother's love and how to deal with tragedy. I really enjoyed this book. A quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Rineer church | 12/5/2013

    " Good! Good! Good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/27/2013

    " A must read for teens & moms alike. When you really love someone as a mother does, you see how fragile life can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Mcglasson | 9/7/2013

    " Holy cow, this is gut wrenching & tearful but SO good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Hill | 5/4/2013

    " Wonderful, moving story of a mother's loss and the tragedy that befalls a young woman who makes a bad decision. You will need a whole box of Kleenex to finish this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Derocher | 12/21/2012

    " LOVE this book. I cried my eyes out! Such a compelling story- this needs to be made into a movie, and every teenager should see it or read the book. SO good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Parker | 10/27/2012

    " I couldn't put this book down. It did get me teary eyed a couple of time but it was an amazing book. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly D. | 10/14/2012

    " Another wonderful book by Kristin Hannah. Great story about mothers & daughters; husbands & wives; families that have been hurt and families that show signs of healing. Great book that deals with 3 generations. Very much enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Haring caccese | 8/31/2012

    " Great story line. Keeps you interested! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luanne | 7/4/2012

    " Gripping, and heart-wrenching. Made me cry, and made me think about the decisions we make to forgive, and get past HARD things in our lives. And, how those decisions ripple down through the years. Will read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ritchiealm Ritchie | 6/30/2012

    " It was good, but kind of depressing. Seemed it went on and on and then it just ended. Could have had a more endepth ending. Felt incomplete. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Carter | 1/1/2012

    " a brilliant book that as a mother is every mothers worse nightmare characters scarily real "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benchpress | 7/12/2011

    " This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Dealing with friendship, family and choices.... I knew it would make me cry and laugh... I really did not WANT to like it but it was so well written that it kept me glued..(I just don't like books that make me cry but I liked this one). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliegsorensen | 5/23/2011

    " Somewhat predictable, but a good read. I liked the multidimensional characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 5/20/2011

    " Sad, sad, sad... Very bittersweet. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 5/19/2011

    " This was a great book. It really makes you think of what you would do as a parent or as a person in love. It made me teary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 5/17/2011

    " This is definitely a great Kristin Hannah book - not as good as my favorite True Colors, but I couldn't put it down!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/17/2011

    " LOVED it!!! Love, love, love, LOVED it! Best book I've read in a long time. I was sorry to come to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/17/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mendy | 5/17/2011

    " This was a great book about healing and forgiveness. It's a heart wrenching (but also heartwarming) story about a mother's capacity to love her children. I cried my way through the last 200 pages of this book. Great book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy T | 5/17/2011

    " Oh My Gosh this was a good book, I could not put this book down. I think this is my favorite Kristin Hannah book now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/15/2011

    " good book, made me cry a few times, but I thought it wrapped up to quickly at the end. 300 pages in and the family is broken...ends on page 323 and everything is fixed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/15/2011

    " Hard for me to read, too close to home. But well written an hard to put down. I'm glad I've finished it though, as it's heartbreaking to read.
    "

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About the Author
Author Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of On Mystic Lake, Angel Falls, Distant Shores, Between Sisters, and The Things We Do For Love. Born in Southern California, she lives with her husband and son in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.