The Great Alone Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. A story of a family in crisis struggling to survive at the edge of the world, it is also a story of young and enduring love.
Cora Allbright and her husband, Ernt, a recently returned Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, uproot their 13-year-old daughter, Leni, to start a new life in Alaska. Utterly unprepared for the weather and the isolation, but welcomed by the close-knit community, they fight to build a home in this harsh, beautiful wilderness.
At once an epic story of human survival and love and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah has delivered an enormously powerful story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable and enduring strength of women.
About the highest stakes a family can face and the bonds that can tear a community apart, this is an audiobook as spectacular and powerful as Alaska itself. It is the finest example of Kristin Hannah's ability to weave together the deeply personal with the universal.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 2 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||08 February 2018|
|Publisher||Macmillan Digital Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 823 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
4 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
8 in Small Town & Rural Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
24 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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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.