Other Sellers on Amazon
Follow the Author
The Great Alone Audio CD – Unabridged, 6 February 2018
|New from||Used from|
Enhance your purchase
Praise for The Great Alone:
A 2018 Indie Next Pick
Southern Living's Books Coming Out This Winter That We Can't Wait to Read
Popsugar's 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2018
Working Mother's Most Anticipated Books of 2018
Brit & Co's Most Anticipated Books of 2018
Seattle Times' Books to Look Forward to in 2018
The Everygirl's 10 New Novels to Read this Winter
AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
Listeners, beware: You won't want to stop listening to narrator Julia Whelan's performance of this complex story of survival and family set in a 1970s Alaskan homesteading community. ...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
[Julia] Whelan ratchets up the suspense in her tense narration of this tale...This edge-of-your-seat audiobook will keep listeners riveted. -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
This epic atmospheric novel examines humans' will to endure the unthinkable. --Real Simple magazine
There are many great things about this book...It will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming of age story and domestic potboiler. She recreates in magical detailthe lives of Alaska's homesteaders...and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force. --Kirkus (starred review)
Hannah vividly evokes the natural beauty and danger of Alaska and paints a compelling portrait of a family in crisis and a community on the brink of change. --Booklist
In this latest from Hannah, the landscape is hard and bleak but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self...fans will appreciate the astuteness of the story and the unbreakable connection between mother and child. --Library Journal
Hannah skillfully situates the emotional family saga in the events and culture of the late '70s... But it's her tautly drawn characters--Large Marge, Genny, Mad Earl, Tica, Tom--who contribute not only to Leni's improbable survival but to her salvation amid her family's tragedy. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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
Praise for The Nightingale:
Haunting, action-packed, and compelling.--Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Absolutely riveting!...Read this book. --Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute
Beautifully written and richly evocative. --Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"A heart-pounding story." --USA Today
A respectful and absorbing page-turner. --Kirkus Reviews
Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France. --Jewish Book Council
"Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won't allow any rest until all of their fates are known." --Shelf Awareness
Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war.--People
I enjoyed [Julie Whelan's] beautifully articulate voice which is a perfect way to enjoy this epic tale as she dots all her Is and crosses her Ts and gives an unforgettably emotional rendition of the novel bringing to life the absolute enormousness of Alaska. Her vocal interpretations are remarkable and she catches both female and male intonations perfectly but her child voice is absolutely amazing. -The Reading Frenzy
About the Author
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (6 February 2018)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1427212686
- ISBN-13 : 978-1427212689
- Dimensions : 12.83 x 2.95 x 15.24 cm
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Review this product
Top reviews from Australia
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
An amazing book that you will read and have to stop every now and again just to catch your breath only to rush back and see what happens next.
Top reviews from other countries
A disappointment. Repetitive. Set pieces that lacked authenticity, characters that didn’t engage.
Thin descriptions of Alaska, of the cold, of the scenery.
Far too long a book for little good content. Lazy ending.
Moving to Alaska is supposed to be a fresh start for the Allbright family... Except Ernt, a Vietnam war veteran finds his demons travel to Alaska with him, seeing his wife, Cora, and daughter, Leni, bearing the brunt of it. Note: domestic violence is strong and recurring throughout this book. The Great Alone makes for hard reading, not only because of the domestic violence, but also actions and events that occur due to Ernt’s paranoid state of mind.
The Great Alone spans a course of more than ten years, through which we see the trials & tribulations of the Allbright family – especially the growth and perseverance of Leni; a young girl who we see transform into a woman as we page turn, a female protagonist that possesses an astounding strength.
Without a doubt Leni stands out to me by way of characters, and she is someone who will stay with me for a while, but also I greatly enjoyed the character of Large Marge. Large Marge is a shopkeeper in the Alaskan town the family settle into, and someone who very quickly befriends the females of the Allbright family. She is such a character! I actually quite enjoyed the entire community of Kaneq, liking not only the dynamics of the town but also the individuality of the characters found there.
The setting of the Alaskan wilderness felt like a character in its own right at times; I just love when a location feels like that. There is such beauty to be found there but a severe harshness also, which is depicted so well. I like how we were able to experience Alaska during each season, especially during winter. Upon reflection, I think the way in which Alaska is written mirrors the personality of Ernt Allbright a fair bit.
I have a number of positive thoughts and takeaways from my reading experience of The Great Alone, but I also have quite a significant negative: the ending. The end of The Great Alone felt rushed in my opinion and didn’t have the same depth I found in the first three quarters of the book. Overall, I would still recommend this book to others – especially for the landscape & themes of love, courage, and strength.