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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781455801947
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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

  • “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

  • 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, multilayered reading experience, and an easy recommendation for book clubs.”

    Library Journal (starred)

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra Lapadula | 2/9/2014

    " Very, very depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nmew | 2/6/2014

    " Another tear jerker from Kristin Hannah. This should be a must read for teenagers. Haunting message. Excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Rineer church | 1/30/2014

    " Good! Good! Good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwen | 1/23/2014

    " like reading a lifetime movie "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dinah | 1/14/2014

    " This is one of the most moving books written by Kristin Hannah. The author did a wonderful job with developing each character and formed a very well put together plot. A must read. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 1/8/2014

    " Loved it, close to home "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/8/2014

    " Read in two days, couldn't put it down; only when I had to get tissues! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sienna | 1/3/2014

    " This book was a page turner. I cried and laugh. I would highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Rose wright | 12/24/2013

    " 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 Alix Radke glasgow | 12/23/2013

    " I liked this book, but I didn't love it. It was very difficult to get through many parts, being a mom to 3 girls. Other times I was really frustrated with the book. I can't decide if I like the author. I'm going to read another one of her books to decide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dolly | 11/28/2013

    " I could not put this book down and read it in 2 days. Having children of my own, I was intriqued by the storyline. It was incredible! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 11/21/2013

    " This is the best book I ever read. It realy touched my heart, I think because I could relate to the story because I have kids the same age as the ones in the story. This book is just amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 11/6/2013

    " I cried and cried through this book! The emotions of forgiveness and healing are so raw. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lathavanan | 10/28/2013

    " Not quite at the level of a Jodi Picoult or Chris Bohjalian story but awfully darn close. multilayered reading experience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Arnette | 8/21/2013

    " Such a wonderful book.For young or some of us with a little age on us, this book will not let you down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley Deyoung | 7/2/2013

    " I cried the last thirty minutes of reading this book. As all of Kristin Hannah's other novels, I could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 6/22/2013

    " Enjoyed this one. As a mom i could relate to a lot of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 5/21/2013

    " A bit too melodramatic... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rori | 4/17/2013

    " gut wrenching. i love her books. in this genre of family/drama/angsty stuff, she is so much better to me than jodi p "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Braun | 4/8/2013

    " Sad. The second half was slow but then it had a quick ending that wasn't as satisfying as some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 1/25/2013

    " I cruised through this. Really good story and characters. Horribly sad book all the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianne | 9/1/2012

    " Awesome story. Such a good read and so relatable for anyone who has a child.... Sad I finished it so quickly! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen Jerskey | 8/2/2012

    " Wow... Really personifies the split second decision to drink & drive. A complex personification of paying for mistakes made, forgiveness, letting go & moving on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 7/9/2012

    " Hardly any book makes me cry! This one did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/7/2012

    " I don't know how she does it but I cry every time I read her books. This one I cried a whole lot more, maybe it's because I have young children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi Stover | 4/19/2012

    " This is a great book but don't read it unless you want to cry like a baby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Ansorger | 9/1/2011

    " Easy read, the characters are easy to relate to. Some parts of the book were a little too cliche for my taste but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 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 seven 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.