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Home Front: A Novel

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Maggie-Meg Reed

15 Hours 8 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

January 2012

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The blockbuster bestselling author of Night Road and Firefly Lane delivers a masterful novel that explores the sacrifices of one American family and illuminates the true cost of honor, duty, and love
From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm's way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family. An intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family, Kristin Hannah's HOME FRONT is a provocative and timely portrait of hope, honor, loss, forgiveness, and the elusive nature of love.

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  • Christy

    This is one of those story you should read rather than listen to. The narrator was horrible. She made the main character sound manly, and don’t get me started on the children’s voices. I know teenagers can be a pain, but seriously. This 12 yr. old did nothing but complain and whined, dramatically and constantly. At least that is the way the narrator portrayed her. Both children actually. It kind of ruined the whole story for me. Because I kept thinking surely parents would not raise a child to be like this. I had to literally quit listening to the story and purchased the book because I just couldn’t take it anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Kristin Hannah is a special writer in every way. I’m 76 years old and have read maybe 5 books in my lifetime. I’ve now listened to every one of her books and they have now made me an audio book worm.

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  • Diane C.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book - Kristin Hannah was incredibly thoughtful and respectful in how she portrayed the characters, their individual challenges and sufferings in this book. She certainly did her military homework in how and what military families go through as their loved ones serve our nation along with the ongoing impacts of war. The narrator was not that great though but the strength of story made up for that and in multiple moments I had tears rolling down my cheeks.

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  • Wendy T.

    I enjoyed the book. I love Kristin Hannah’s books, but that reader needs to spare us the torture in her annoying kids voices! I honestly turned it off several times and fast forwarded anytime she spoke in her attempt to play the kids. SO BAD! Good way to ruin a good story.

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  • Katherine Williams

    I have read four of Kristin Hannah's books now it started with the Nightengale. Her writing just takes me away and puts me right there in the story as if I was a the ghost of Christmas Past/Present/Future watching the characters without them knowing.

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  • Anonymous

    I read all the good reviews and was excited to listen. I had no other books and was on a long drive. I choose to listen to nothing after a few hours of this. All the characters are one dimensional. Just when you think there will be growth . . . nope. The reader has a hard time with the teenager and four year old's voices. So I image the audio version is making their voices grate. I read the reviews on Amazon. Mostly great, but a few military folks chimes in and said how awful the characters were, and made no sense as a military family.

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  • Vicki Mueller

    Good book!! I've just discovered the author, I will make a point to lists to more of her books!

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