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  • The Four Winds

  • A Novel
  • Von: Kristin Hannah
  • Gesprochen von: Julia Whelan
  • Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 2 Min.
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (137 Bewertungen)

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    Inhaltsangabe

    This program includes a bonus interview with the author.

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    #1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER

    #1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER

    #1 INDIE BESTSELLER

    "The Four Winds seems eerily prescient in 2021 . . . Its message is galvanizing and hopeful: We are a nation of scrappy survivors. We’ve been in dire straits before; we will be again. Hold your people close.”—The New York Times

    "A spectacular tour de force that shines a spotlight on the indispensable but often overlooked role of Greatest Generation women."—People

    "Through one woman’s survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind." Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

    From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.

    My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family.”

    Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

    By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

    In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

    The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it—the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

    A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

    ©2021 Kristin Hannah (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

    Kritikerstimmen

    2021, Amazon.com Best Books of the Year

    2021, Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year

    2021, Washington Post Best Books of the Year

    2021, USA Today Best Books of the Year

    2021, "Read with Jenna"

    "Julia Whelan is herself a master storyteller because it’s absolute magic how she brings this novel to life for listeners. Her emotional rendering will bring tears and laughter and she portrays every character perfectly, men women and children...Have the tissues close when you put those earbuds in." —Reading Franzy

    "With forceful narrative drive, Whelan delivers a compelling performance of Hannah's memorable new novel." —AudioFile Magazine

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    Incredible Story incredibly read!

    One of those rare books that really take you on the journey of the characters. A book that makes you feel everything that happens and gave me deeper sense of what it must feel like to come to a state or country without anything but hope, wanting a better life. Since I’m from Europe this topic spoke to me particularly since it’s so relevant and splits our societies. Further I loved the story for its historical content. I have never heard of dust storms and it was scary and breathtaking to hear about it and what it does to animals and humans.
    An absolutely incredible story that I won’t forget and again perfectly read by Whelan.

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    AN ABSOLUTE MUST!!!

    I am German and did not know very much about the drought that went on for so many years, aside from reading "The Grapes of Wrath" in Englush major in school and a few 1940s movies that touched on the subject. I had heard the word "Okies" before, but did not know the real deep hatred and plain ignorance that it really stood for.

    I admit I came across this book by mere chance, as I was looking for something new. Knowing that this author was great from past experience, I looked her up on Audible and found this novel and the great reviews. The topic did not really trigger my interest, but I just knew that Kristin Hannah's novels had always touched my heart, and boy was I right.

    This book has opened my eyes to a period of time in the American history that is rarely talked about anymore, but it should and needs to be remembered more. What those people had to go through, inflicted upon them firstly by nature, and then more horridly by "fellow humans" is unbelievable. The fact that they went on despite the odds against them, trying so hard not to give up hope, to keep their faith in the American Dream...it was so amazing.

    I loved all the protagonists of this story, feared with them, was happy with them, cried with them...oh boy did I cry (do get that box of tissues...it is heart wrenching).

    Julia Whelan brings them all to life before your ears with her astonishing way of reading, giving everyone their unique voice, giving them all their own soul. It was such a pleasure listening to her...I never wanted the story to end.

    Kristin Hannah & Julia Whelan are a real dream team, and I do hope they will work together again in the future!

    I fully recommend the purchase of this wonderful and inspirational book!

    And to everyone reading this now, tell your loved ones how much they mean to you before it is too late. You will forever carry that regret in your heart.

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    ongoing misery

    This audiobook makes you listen basically over 8 hours to misery ... quite a number of catastrophies caused by nature, the great depression and a husband... the only remedy is bravery and love, which is basically not wrong...but so pathetic in using the clichee of motherhood and trusting in good... in a way a very conservative, American book ... too bad... especially since the topics of climate change and migration are still important today...

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    wonderful

    stunning. beautiful, heartbreaking, and still so very relevant. Julia Whelan is as fabulous as ever.

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    Fesselnde und traurige Geschichte

    Ein tolles Hörbuch. Als Leser bekommt man einen guten Einblick in die Geschichte des Dust Bowl und seinen Folgen. Jeder hat schon von der Route 66 gehört, aber nur wenige kennen die traurige Geschichte der Farmer, die sich auf den Weg nach California gemacht haben. Die Geschichte hätte noch länger sein können, so gern habe ich sie gehört.

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    Epic story on a mother finding her own voice in the American dust bowl

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    Bildgewaltige Geschichte im wahren mit viel Gefühl

    Geschichtlektion at its best.
    Das Hörbuch hat mich in jeder Beziehung hineingezogen. Auch das Interview am Ende ist sehr hörenswert.

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