Home Front

  • by Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by Maggi-Meg Reed
  • 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The blockbuster best-selling 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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Evidently I don't share the same feeling about this novel as the editorial staff at audible. While the research involved - into recovery from traumatic war injuries - is thorough and detailed, the narration is too loud, too exaggerated and there is just too much crying. I have a very hard time listening to narrators crying, as the decibels are turned way up and the pitch reaches a dissonance that I can't tolerate. It is perfectly easy to portray crying in a softer voice.

The sullen daughter is overdone and nothing comes out of her mouth that isn't whiney, angry, shrieking and narcissistic. Granted, many kids her age are exactly like this, but the narrator made it much worse. I had to turn the iPod off several times just to get a break from this completely unlikeable person.

The story is a good one, just ruined for me by an overzealous narrator showcasing all the negative emotions in HD.

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- Pamela Harvey "glam"

Very Disappointed

I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. I have listened to other Kristin Hannah novels before and enjoyed them. I almost "quit" a few times but I had made an investment. I didn't care for any of the characters. The main character was out of touch with reality and her "I have to be perfect" attitude drove me crazy. Her children did not act their ages. The 12 year old was beyond obnoxious and totally self centered. All the youngest child did was whine.

The narration really is was ruined it for me. A good narrator allows me to interpret the writing. Ms. Reed tried to force emotions down my throat. Too melodramatic. The childrens' voices were terrible, so over done and loud.

I will try Kristin Hannah again, but I will avoid Maggi-Meg Reed, the narrator.
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- Elizabeth "Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio