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The Book of Jonas (Digital Audiobook)

By Stephen Dau, Simon Vance (Narrator)

Publication Date: March 14, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (3/15/2012)
MP3 CD (3/15/2012)
Compact Disc (3/15/2012)
Paperback (2/26/2013)
MP3 CD (3/15/2012)
Compact Disc (3/15/2012)
Compact Disc (3/15/2012)

April 2012 Indie Next List

“This debut deals with the aftermath of acts of war, told from the perspective of Jonas, a war orphan, relocated to the states, and Rose, the mother of the American soldier who aided him. Spare and moving, the story details the confusion and fear of both the soldiers and the civilians in an unnamed Muslim country. Tension builds as Jonas reveals more about the event that destroyed his home, and the inclusion of journal entries by Rose's son, Christopher, serves to add yet another view of the consequences of battle. Believable, intelligent, and ultimately redeeming, The Book of Jonas demonstrates the lasting impact of relationships even - maybe especially - in a time of war.”
— Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
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Description

Jonas is fifteen when his family is killed during an errant U.S.
military operation in an unnamed Muslim country. With the help of an
international relief organization, he is sent to America, where he
struggles to assimilate—foster family, school, a first love. Eventually,
he tells a court-mandated counselor and therapist about a U.S. soldier,
Christopher Henderson, responsible for saving his life on the tragic
night in question.

Christopher's mother, Rose, has dedicated her life to
finding out what really happened to her son, who disappeared after the
raid in which Jonas's village was destroyed. When Jonas meets Rose, a
shocking and painful secret gradually surfaces from the past, and builds
to a shattering conclusion that haunts long after the final sentence. Told
in spare, evocative prose, The Book of Jonas is about memory,
about the terrible choices made during war, and about what happens when
foreign disaster appears at our own doorstep. It is a rare and virtuosic
novel from an exciting new writer to watch.


About the Author

Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, including one for his narration of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. A multiple Audie finalist, Simon has won Audie Awards for The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. Winner of the 2008 Booklist Voice of Choice Award, Simon has also been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.