The Four Winds Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Four Winds is a deeply moving, powerful story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter, by the multimillion-copy number one best-selling author of The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah.
She will discover the best of herself in the worst of times....
Texas, 1934. Elsa Martinelli had finally found the life she’d yearned for. A family, a home and a livelihood on a farm on the Great Plains. But when drought threatens all she and her community hold dear, Elsa’s world is shattered to the winds.
Fearful of the future, when Elsa wakes to find her husband has fled, she is forced to make the most agonizing decision of her life. Fight for the land she loves or take her beloved children, Loreda and Ant, west to California in search of a better life. Will it be the land of milk and honey? Or will their experience challenge every ounce of strength they possess?
From the overriding love of a mother for her child, the value of female friendship and the ability to love again—against all odds, Elsa’s incredible journey is a story of survival, hope and what we do for the ones we love.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 1 minute|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||02 February 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 5,598 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
41 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
151 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
345 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Books)
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It brought alight a lot of historically hard times in the U.S that I wanted to learn more about prior to reading this book.
A feel that the author in writing this has given us insight to such brutal hardship times, that really should never be forgotten. It makes me appreciate everything in my life and stop whining about small things. And makes me realise that everything is fragile, except love.
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Am disappointed in her crafted story to promote Communism, wish I hadn’t spent $14.99 to support it.
As we enter a new year with the same pandemic and political strife, so much of this book will open your eyes to the plight of those less fortunate trying to feed their families and make a living in dire times and trying to right wrongs. Sound familiar? It's Heartbreaking that we are fighting for the same BASIC human rights as we did 90+ YEARS AGO!!!
The hardships faced by Elsa are simply relentless. Kristin Hannah wrote a visceral, richly detailed and atmospheric novel that will transport us back to the Dust Bowl and to the migrant settlements in California afterward, This is such a fascinating tale filled with captivating historical detail that gets glossed over in history books, Learning about the "company store" and how American citizens were forced to be basically slaves to these large farmers was eye-opening to me and I felt the desperation and hopelessness these people must have felt because they had nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
By the end of this book, I cried, I raised my fist in the air.. and I also wondered Kristin Hannah has written so many great novels that one can only ponder if she can continue on the winning streak..
Her writing will break you, move you, and heal you -all at once and she offers no regrets only explanations of why, how, and when she decided to choose such subjects to tackle with the upmost of respect, dignity, and courage.
Kristin Hannah began writing this novel over three years ago, before the pandemic, before the skyrocketing unemployment that would follow. And yet, this story is so relevant to our current days, the isolation, dwindling funds, people, as she says in her note at the end, frightened for their future, men in power shushing voices in order to further their own desires, wanting us to pay attention to what they say and not what they really mean or what they show by their actions. Or, as the Wizard of Oz said: ’Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.’