Author: Therin Knite
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Julia Knippen
Length: 11 hours, 1 minute
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Drama
Release Date: May 13, 2015
Publisher: Knite and Day Publishing
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Wow! I just finished listening to the audiobook version of Solace.
I’m not sure what I thought this audiobook would be like, but I know that I did not expect to be so completely sucked in to the story, nor did I expect the narration to be so incredibly well done.
If you follow my blog at amiesbookreviews dot wordpress dot com you know that I read A LOT of books and listen to A LOT of audiobooks. That is probably why I do not rate many books or audiobooks as 5 out of 5 stars. If I enjoy a book and like it a lot it gets a 4 star rating from me. To get a 5 star rating, it must be exceptional. The audiobook version of SOLACE is exceptional.
The author has captured the emotions of Corina Marion perfectly.
Corina Marion’s father is dead.
Before she was born, her father left to be Red Cross doctor in the War in Asia. That war has been going on for the entirety of her sixteen year life.
Luther Marion has never been a tangible presence in his daughter’s life. What little she knows about him has come from her mother or from the damaged pictures and letters he has sent home over the years.
But now Luther Marion has returned home at last, but not in the way his family had hoped. Instead of a joyful family reunion, Luther Marion arrives home in a body bag. His wife, Corina’s mother, is devastated and it is up to Corina to pick up the pieces of her mother’s shattered hopes.
The residents of the small town where Corina and her mother live all mourn the loss of Luther Marion and talk about him as if he were a hero. Everyone tells Corina how proud she should be of her father, but it is difficult for her to feel much (other than anger) about the man she sees as a ‘glory hound’ and who chose war over being a real parent to Corina.
But when a mysterious old man confronts Corina at her father’s funeral, she finds herself drawn to his impossible offer: a chance to know the now late Luther Marion. It’s an offer she can’t resist.
What she doesn’t expect is that her choice will send her to the last place she ever expected to go: Her father’s hometown. Six hundred miles south. And 25 years in the past.
You may think this sounds like a story that will be predictable and full of emotional trope, but you would be wrong. Corina is no push-over and she has a bone to pick with her father (and rightly so).
This story kept my interest for the entire 11 hours, which is a feat in itself.
I really liked the character of Corina. She came across as realistic and not just as a one dimensional character in a novel. She is snarky. She is strong and she’s a badass. But, she is also just a girl who missed out on having a father in her life.
I am sure that many readers/listeners will be able to relate to Corina and the things she has gone through in her fictional life.
This audiobook is very engaging and entertaining. Even though this is fiction, it addresses some very real and very socially relevant issues facing people in the real world.
With the “War on Terror” still being fought and with so many American and Canadian military, medical and volunteer personnel being deployed overseas, the media often overlooks or ignores the effect this has on those who are left behind. I cannot (thankfully) imagine what a spouse would go through emotionally knowing that their loved one is facing mortal danger on a daily basis. The stress and worry must be mind-numbing. I also cannot imagine the toll it takes on a child knowing their parent is in danger. It would be very difficult for a child to form any sort of emotional bond with someone that they rarely see.
This audiobook has a great story with terrific narration and interesting subject matter. I rate SOLACE as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐