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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.


  • Debra K

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Elizabeth J

    I will give it 4 stars for being predictable and slow at times. It was a good book. The narrator made this extremely exciting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lowry M.

    Well written, but very depressing. If it could go wrong, it did. The narrator is one of the best I've experienced. She made the book bearable.

  • Terry T.

    A true classic advantage a win for the human spirit

  • Wendy S.

    I love the author but found this book to be painfully slow. The fact that the narrator was flat didn’t help. If I had been reading the book, I surely would have not finished it.

  • Tabetha H.

    Loved this store!!

  • Shelly F.

    I have read reviews that this book dragged a bit but I did not feel it dragged it gave details you sometimes have to fill in for yourself and I was involved enough in the story I wanted the detail. It was a great read (listen). Would highly recommend this book!