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The Great Alone: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kristin Hannah

Narrated By: Julia Whelan

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: February 2018

Duration: 15 hours 3 minutes


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

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.


  • Anonymous

    Beautifully written but it was predictable, painfully slow and seemed to drag on and on and on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Beth M

    This was not my favorite book. I thought it dragged out too long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Debra K

    Awesome book. Loved every minute. Kristin Hannah is a wonderful writer. The narrator was totally captivating. I am going to listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kathy L

    Captivating story, easy listening, well developed characters. One minute you’re shaking your fist at them and the next minute giving them a hug.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Molly G

    Good book! I really enjoyed all the emotions it brought out in, anger, sadness, love, the anticipation of what was going to happen next. Narration was exceptional.

  • Nicki K

    Great story, a little slow in places.

  • Jacklyn V

    I have had much curiosity about the people , weather ,the wonders , & dangers of Alaska since visiting there . . This book answered many of my questions. Yes , it’s long & drawn out but needed to complete the story .

  • Amy W

    A really absorbing story, especially the descriptions of Alaska and life in the bush. The parallel story of domestic violence was also well done. The last third of the book felt a little too much like a made-for-TV script, but by then I was so caught up in the story that it almost didn't matter.

  • Debra B

    This was a good story but harsh and kind of a downer.

  • Heather L

    I couldn't stop listening. Loved it.