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Author: Kristin Hannah Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781427287540
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*The #1 New York Times bestseller*

The newest audiobook sensation from Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of The Nightingale.

This program is read by acclaimed narrator Julia Whelan, whose enchanting voice brought Gone Girl and Fates and Furies to life. Kristin Hannah reads the acknowledgements.

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:

"Listeners, beware: You won't want to stop listening to narrator Julia Whelan's performance of this complex story of survival and family...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...a don't miss audiobook experience." — AudioFile Magazine

"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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • An InStyle Pick of Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018
  • A Seattle Times Best Book to Look Forward to in 2018
  • An Indie Next List selection
  • A Southern Living Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books This Winter
  • A Brit + Co Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the New Year
  • A Pop Sugar Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018
  • A LibraryReads Pick for February
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A #1 USA Today bestseller

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About the Author

Author Kristin Hannah

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

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and has also been a finalist for an Audie Award in other years. She was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of 2010, and two of her audio narrations were shortlisted for the American Library Association’s notable recordings of 2010. Her narration of Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer.