Solace of the Road

Author(s): Siobhan Dowd
Original Publish Date: Oct 13, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.08 hours)
Product Number: Z100011581
Released: Oct 13, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739385920
Narrator/s: Sile Bermingham
Publisher: Listening Library
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Holly's story will leave a lasting impression on all who travel with her. Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her stupid school, and the way everyone is always on at her. Then she finds the wig, and everything changes. Wearing the long, flowing blond locks she feels transformed. She's not Holly anymore, she's Solace: the girl with the slinkster walk and the supersharp talk. She's older, more confident—the kind of girl who can walk right out of her humdrum life, hitch to Ireland, and find her mum. The kind of girl who can face the world head-on. So begins a bittersweet and sometimes hilarious journey as Solace swaggers and Holly tiptoes across England and through memory, discovering her true self and unlocking the secrets of her past.

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Author(s): Siobhan Dowd
Product Number EB00155628
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780375893650

Professional reviews

"Holly Hogan runs away from her latest foster home in London. On the road, she becomes Solace, a tough girl who can realize Holly's dream of reuniting with her mother in Ireland. Sile Bermingham chronicles Holly's extended road trip in a poised but uneven fashion. As Bermingham presents English, Welsh, and Irish characters, she doesn't sufficiently differentiate the accents, especially for an American audience. She also has to cope with a story that builds slowly and a protagonist who isn't immediately likable. Further, flashbacks make this audiobok circuitous and complex, another challenge. Still contemplative listeners will find something meaningful in Bermingham's soft, steady tones and solid credibility as the voice of Holly. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"