This book goes well beyond the typical description of North Korea's totalitarian regime, detailing what life is actually like inside the country through first-hand accounts of defectors. It's a fascinating but heartbreaking read, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an insight into the DPRK.
Others have mentioned issues with the narrator; however I think she did a fine job and I've found the sweet spot for her cadence to be 1.5x speed.
I learned a lot about North Korea through this book, through the struggles of those in the stories. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a better understanding in world history, culture, human rights, and wanting to expand their knowledge in foreign affairs.
Very good book I would highly recommend. the story telling is very well done interweaving the historical facts and political motivations affecting the characters lives
I knew the North Korean regime is totalitarian, but these true stories of escapees are out of the worst of dystopian literature. The more I listened, the angrier I became. I feel so bad for the North Koreans. We invaded Iraq, but they did not hold the a candle to the evil of the North Korean regime. But then, N.K. has nukes and no oil.
"An insightful and very human look at life in the socialist workers "paradise" that is North Korea."
The book chronicles the lives of a group of people and their families as they cope with the extreme poverty and misery of living in North Korea and how the came to escape and then cope with their new found freedom in South Korea.
Well written and very well narrated! I highly recommend it.
This book was very well written. I would recommend this to everyone & make it required reading in every High School in America.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Everything to hide, everything to lose, and “Nothing to Envy” summarizes Barbara Demick’s book about North Korea. Deception permeates everything the world knows about North Korea.
“Nothing to Envy” makes a listener believe North Korea’s government is destined to fail. Time and incident will cause its collapse.
I'm a retired professor of geography. A few years ago my health deteriorated and I had to give up reading. Audiobooks are my life-saver.
I've listened to this book twice. It was one of the first books that I read about North Korea and I enjoyed it as an overview of the economic, political, and social situation in the country. Since then I have read many other books about North Korea and then returned to this one with a new perspective from what I had learned in between the two readings. This book should be required reading for anyone who wants to know about contemporary North Korea. Highly recommended.