The Four Winds: A Novel Audiobook, by Kristin Hannah Play Audiobook Sample

The Four Winds: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Julia Whelan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781250317247

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

43

Longest Chapter Length:

40:40 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

44 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

21:24 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

19

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Publisher Description

This program includes a bonus interview with the author. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER #1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER #1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER #1 INDIE BESTSELLER "The Four Winds seems eerily prescient in 2021 . . . Its message is galvanizing and hopeful: We are a nation of scrappy survivors. We’ve been in dire straits before; we will be again. Hold your people close.”—The New York Times "A spectacular tour de force that shines a spotlight on the indispensable but often overlooked role of Greatest Generation women."—People "Through one woman’s survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind." Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them. My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family.” Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows. By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive. In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family. The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it—the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press "Julia Whelan is herself a master storyteller because it’s absolute magic how she brings this novel to life for listeners. Her emotional rendering will bring tears and laughter and she portrays every character perfectly, men women and children...Have the tissues close when you put those earbuds in." -- Reading Franzy "With forceful narrative drive, Whelan delivers a compelling performance of Hannah's memorable new novel." -- AudioFile Magazine

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"I love Kristin Hannah's books. I really enjoyed this one because it helped me to understand a lot about what was going on during the dust bowl period of our country. It was easy to listen to and understand the characters. I recommend this book/audio 100%."

— MamaT (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “Its message is galvanizing and hopeful: We are a nation of scrappy survivors. We’ve been in dire straits before; we will be again.”

    — New York Times
  • “Brutally beautiful.”

    — Newsweek
  • “Epic and transporting, a stirring story of hardship and love…Majestic and absorbing.”

    — USA Today
  • “A sweeping epic…[that]  feels eerily timely as it highlights the ways women rally during a national crisis.”

    — Real Simple
  • “Brings Dust Bowl migration to life in this riveting story of love, courage, and sacrifice.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Outstanding…[A] rewarding read about family ties, perseverance, and women’s friendships and fortitude.”

    — Booklist (starred review)

Awards

  • A February 2021 LibraryReads Pick
  • A "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club Pick for February
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller
  • A Working Mother Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2021
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • An Audie Award Finalist for Best Fiction Narration
  • A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection of the Year's Best Books
  • Finalist for the Audie Award for Best Female Narrator
  • Among longlisted titles for Read with Jenna, 2021
  • Among longlisted titles for Washington Post Best Books of the Year, 2021
  • Among longlisted titles for Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2021
  • Among longlisted titles for Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2021
  • Among longlisted titles for USA Today Best Books of the Year, 2021

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    " The book was written well. The audio missed parts of the book. I got tired of the narrator trying to sound like the characters in the story. "

    — MannyButt, 3/2/2024
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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 Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong actor, and multiple award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows.