I love the format - written by a journalist formally of N. Korea in fictional form. It gives her a different freedom of expression.
It helps you see inside this country we would never see otherwise. Like they have only state TV, no internet or news of any kind about the world around them. They live a hermit life in a sense, but a very hard life under a communistic regime. The author follows several characters so we see life from different perspectives. The dictator sees himself as a god and demands he be venerated as such.
Haven't listened to her before to my knowledge.
I would put N. Korea in the title.
I'm fairly new to audio books and find it much different than reading a book.
This book was incredibly written. It followed several different people through their lives in North Korea, documented their living conditions and experiences. The stories were inspiring, heartbreaking, and painted a vivid picture of everyday life in this oppressive Communist regime. This is a must read!
I love words that can take me into other worlds.
I was really looking forward to this book, as I had heard so many excellent things about it. I am still looking forward to this book, only this time I will read it. The narrator's wooden style and robotic pronunciation of Korean names and words made it impossible to finish. I was forced to give up half-way through because the weirdly over-enunciated narration was making it impossible for me to focus on the story. What a waste!
I really enjoyed the book. Some have expressed dislike for the narrator but I found her voice appropriate.
The only criticism I have is that it is difficult sometimes to keep the characters and their stories separated.
One day the walls will come down and the world will see the horror of this totalitarian communist government.
I find this a fascinating subject. I have always been interested in what it must be like to live in this type of country. When I saw this book I jumped on the chance to listen to it. For the majority of the book it met my expectations however toward the end it lost my interest. I don;t know if the problem was with the book or me.
I didn't think there was any way on Earth the narration would be that bad, but it's practically surreal! It sounds like my computer reading it. It might as well be. I have no idea why the reader chose to use such unusual cadence for each and every sentence, it makes it really really hard to stay focused.
The book itself is a must READ. So interesting. It is such a shame to have it spoiled by this intensely irritating narration. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone who is just the slightest bit curious about North Korea. Definitely worth your time and energy. I would not recommend the audiobook to anyone.
We all know that a narrator can make or break a book, and I don't know what was going thru Karen White's head when she was narrating this. Why didn't someone stop her and say something? She overacts, is condescending, and has an odd "sing-song" quality to her words - plus she breathes constantly into the microphone.
If this was a children's book or a book that has a lot of humor in it, I'd be more accepting - however this book deals with a serious subject, and the narration is totally spoiling it for me - I'm an hour into it and the story is interesting, but I'm thinking of giving up on the rest of it - what a disappointment. Buyer beware!!
It is a dry description of a miserable life in North Korea. Even life in the Soviet Union where I lived until year 1974, could be considered quite an easy existence comparing it to North Korea everyday life. Such description kills any curiosity of visiting this land. One could only feel sorry for North Koreans...
I can usually ignore a narrator but in this case it is like listening to a computer generated voice. There is no passion, just monotone droning that makes a shallow book all the worse.
This is an eye-opening, riveting look at a world that any of us in this over-privileged, money-driven country would think existed only is the archaic past. While most Americans think "nuclear" and "communist" when we hear news of North Korea, and the one man behind the self-made wall, rarely do we think of the lives being controlled away from our view. I found myself realizing over and over that these lives and these stories being told were in my lifetime, in this decade. Absolutely sobering. My ONLY reason for rating it one less star is the reader. If you can block out the over-breathing that is extremely distracting in the firs few chapters, you will stumble across an intense need to be thankful for every small convenience you've ever dared taken advantage of. Highly recommend this book.