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Night Road

Written by: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
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Publisher's Summary

For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.

Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time Mia and Zach leave the house, she worries about them. On a hot summer’s night her worst fears are realized. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget... or the courage to forgive.Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.

©2011 Kristin Hannah (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good until the end

I really liked the book but the almost magical way it ended was so far beyond realistic it was silly, quite frankly. Everyone changed almost instantly when the author was ready to finish the book and it was wrapped up with a tidy, happy bow. Years of misery and every single person changed in a week.

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A novel in search of a plot

It was a soap opera masquerading as a novel. I stopped listening just past midway.

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Great story

I found this a great book and well written. Kristin Hannah did a great job at building and creating a relationship with the characters. The ending felt a bit rushed and could have gone into another book

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Not as advertised

This book is listed as a thriller/suspense. Believe me there is nothing thrilling or suspenseful about this book. It is a teen romance/tragedy/morality tale. If this is the kind of book you like, then by all means read it. But don't expect suspense.

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Don’t waste your time on this one!

The first half of this book had me grinding my teeth. Hard. The characters were impractical and unbelievable. The biggest concern of the teenagers is that they not be late for curfew? The mother is so absorbed in the teenagers lives that she breaks down over a promise ring? It was ridiculous and the narration of the teen girls made them sound like mentally challenged children. The book got somewhat better at the halfway point but not good enough for me to recommend it. I regret the time I wasted on this book.

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Really nice story

I think the characters were ordinary people with ordinary lives and the event that changed everything was indeed plausible. Bit dramatic for an old lady like me but I remember much of the emotional conflicts described here. It’s a remarkable story of forgiveness both of others and ourselves and for that this work is commendable.

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Slow winding road

I feel the story will stay with me for a long time. Hannah weaved a relatable story of love and holding on too hard to the expectations of that love between parents and children. It did take awhile to get through things and I did not feel as much as I would’ve liked for any one character in particular and possibly the narration of this did not endear me to the characters. As slow as it was it seemed to magically wrap up in two chapters and I’m left feeling like it was rushed.

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Emotional roller coaster

I love how this author presents her stories. There are always twist and turns along the way and you just never know which character to root for. This story is food for thought as it can happen to any one of us.

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good read for teens

it was a very predictable read. Not worth the time spent. It may appeal to teens

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Touching

I really enjoyed this book, although the ending is a bit too magical, but I like happy endings from time to time.

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  • Angela
  • 2011-10-24

Oh for heaven's sake

The storyline was good. I did appreciate the fact that it didn't sugar coat the issues in the book. It presented them realistically and kept the message going throughout the story. When my kids are teenagers, this is a story I'd like them to hear.

However - the mother - she spent the first half other the book smothering her children with everything her time and money could provide - and the second half of the book, she litterally checked out. Of course until the last 1hr 44min. Then somehow she put herself back together in the span of a day or two... even though she apparantly couldn't function for years. I was so irritated with her behavior - that I found myself cringing.



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  • selena
  • 2011-05-10

Took awhile to get into but worth it

I understand why one reviewer would say it's geared toward teenagers except for the mothers perspective and depth of loss would be too much for a younger person to relate to. It took a bit to get into, but the author takes her time to develop the intricacies and inner turmoils of the relationships with the characters so once the true drama begins you are so familiar with them that it was worth going thru.

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  • Mollie
  • 2011-05-03

Like a Harlequin romance

The writing is overly dramatic and forced. The story is dull and full of cliches. Save your money.

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  • Christine
  • 2012-01-21

Well Written and Worth the Read

This should be required reading for all teenagers. It shows the major consequences of making the simple but very bad decision of drinking and driving. It was heart wrenching. And after showing all of the pain of making certain life choices, it also showed how to forgive and move on from the past to live in the present and have hope for the future.

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  • Charla H.
  • 2015-10-27

Disappointed in Night Road

After reading Kristin Hannah's wonderful book "The Nightingale" I was looking forward to another book by the author. "Night Road" was a disappointment both in the writing style and the story content. The book was overblown and read very much like a "soap opera" story. Skip this one but don't miss "The Nightingale".

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 2018-09-14

✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

Another great book by Kristin Hannah. This book was heartbreaking and sad with a very heavy subject. Until about the last few chapters, I was angry with the out come, angry at most of the characters and angry at the reality of a "simple" mistake. Young Adults make mistakes and sadly sometimes the mistake affect a lot of things and it was hard for me to watch one teen pay for the many mistakes made one night by everyone involved. The blame and hate in this book was the hardest part for me but thankfully it has a (bittersweet) happy ending even if the outcome was a little far fetched in my opinion. This author can write a story about anything I think and I would be enthralled. And yes I cried during this book which is a big thing since I rarely shed actual tears for books.

The narration was good, she did a good job of separating the character voices.

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  • Erica
  • 2012-06-18

This is a must read but bring tissues.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book and have spoken to most of my friends about it already. This book had me so engrossed in the story that I broke into tears on a few different occasions. At one point, my husband had called and I was so caught up in the book that I was crying to him about a chapter. That has never happened before. Kristin Hannah never disappoints but she outdid herself with this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Road?

When one of the characters was giving birth I cried for her. I held my breathe as I listened to the details. My heart ached for her. I don't remember ever being so emotionally involved with a book.

What does Kathleen McInerney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a great voice and it took me right into the story.

If you could take any character from Night Road out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I don't know the answer to that.

Any additional comments?

It was a beautiful book that exposed you to so many raw emotions. As sad as it was, I loved reading it. I went through the emotions with the characters and so few books do that for the reader.

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  • Ezinwanyi
  • 2015-10-11

The best Kristin Hannah stories I've read

I thought the author's writing style was very descriptive and vivid. Her tone was conversational and engaging. The narrator brought everything to life. I was just blown away.

Night Road introduces us to a young woman named Alexa “Lexi” Baill, who was a product of a heroin addicted mother. She was in and out of various foster homes until a great-aunt named Eva Lange came to claim her. I knew this book would leave me in tears when Lexi met her great-aunt for the first time and said “If you keep me, you won’t regret. I swear it.” I knew then that this young woman was going to captivate me.

This book weaves a story about 3 teenagers pushing boundaries, learning responsibilities, making choices and living with the consequences of those choices. It was heart wrenching.

I loved the easy friendship between Mia and Lexi—the way they accepted each other after experiencing so many rejections in life. I loved how Zach and Lexi fell in love and how Mia ultimately accepted their love. I also loved how hard Zach worked at protecting Mia in all things. This book is about relationships with siblings, parents, and lovers. It reminds me that sometimes in life one bad decision can completely alter the path of your future. Drinking and Driving is always a bad choice, but forgiveness can be a healing comfort.

The author told a wonderful story about acceptance, love, anger, loss and ultimately forgiveness. I was rooting for everyone. I really think Miles Farraday and Eva Lange and the attorney Scott were the unsung heros in this book. I don’t want to give it all away but they were the supporting cast that held the primary characters together.

I LOVED THIS BOOK and I wish I could give it more stars.

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  • Linda Megna
  • 2011-05-07

Don't Waste Your Time

The audience for this book should be teen-age girls. Very predictable. Narrative is frequently repetitive.

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  • Klehan
  • 2011-04-23

Loved it!

I loved this book. The charachters are so real and the circumstances in this book could happen to anyone. It reminds me of Jodi Picoult's books. I highley recommend it.

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