compare to Lisa's Dream. Get the true picture of life lived under socialist freedom.
The Glorious Leader
So many moments you want the characters to rebel. The anxious moments at the end. What will happen to Sun Moon and her children?
The young, the idealist will profit in their thinking about just what kind of government nurtures the human spirit.
Yes this is a novel. However I could not help but come away with a new understanding of how people could come to hate us. I know the author, Adam Johnson, did his research and it shows in each vivid scene. By having the story read I was free to listen and paint each scene with my own version, very much a plus.
The characters were full and rich, brought to life by the wonderful narraters. I would encourage anyone who is the least bit curious (and has a strong stomach for the very dark nature of the book) to find out for yourselves what makes a Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
I did find it repulsive in spots, yet I could not tear myself away for too long, so intriguing were the story lines. This was an investment which continues to pay me dividends. Highly recommended!
Loved this. I've read a few non-fiction books about North Korea, but never before a fiction.
Adam Johnson did a wonderful job crafting this story. And I have no idea where he got his ideas from. If he's even half right about life in North Korea it would be scary enough. I understand he spent time there, but when no pre-scripted person can speak to you without significant fear of arrest it must be pretty tough to get a story.
However much is based on stories from ex-North Koreans & how much is pure imagination I wouldn't know but it makes for an attention grabber.
Well written & well narrated. Definitely something out of the ordinary & very special.
Modern day 1984.
The narrative was compelling and well researched. It is a very disturbing book, and makes me question my tolerance for the atrocities that are active in the world today, rather than simply expressing disgust at what has gone on in the past. I really feel for the people of North Korea.
Commander Ga. I believe that his story is the national anthem of the common man of North Korea.
Fantastic story and extremely good performances. What a bizarre world this book takes us to. I was engrossed from beginning to end.
This is a good time to learn about North Korea. Having listened to the biographical "Nothing to Envy..." earlier, this novel seemed the logical next choice.
This book is fascinating, disturbing, and surprising at every turn. The first half of the book is stronger than the second and the story becomes less grounded as you go, but it never loses momentum. The characters would be unbelievable were they placed in our society, but given how other worldly North Korea is, they make sense.
The readers change as the point of view moves between characters. The reader during the title character's view is more effective, but as a group, they are very good.
If you don't know much about North Korea, my suggestion would be to listen to "Nothing to Envy..." or another slice of life book about the country before this one. By all means, though, take the time to enjoy "The Orphan Masters Son."
This is one of the best I have listened to - among the top three, I would say.
Where do I start? First, I love how well researched it is. I learned something (a lot, actually) about North Korea while being engrossed in a complex, human story. I really cared about the characters and did not want the book to end. I love how it folds back on itself without ever straining to do so. The conclusion is satisfying in a weird way, but feels like the only possible one.
The various narrators help one understand the structure of the story beautifully, and each is a stellar performance.
In North Korea, the stories you tell are more important than the man you are.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. A great read, a great listen and one of the most engrossing, transporting tales I have read in a long, long, time. I'll be telling all my friends to read this one.
Yes, I would listen to the book again. It is extremely rich and all the elements are woven together so skillfully that I think repeated listens will always show something new.
The author made the characters very lifelike, which is all the more surprising given the horrific context.
The events in Texas were my favorite, primarily because the characters were not in mortal danger while they were there.
It didn't make me laugh or cry, but it has stayed with me. It comes back at odd moments. I often think (and grieve) about the people in North Korea when I am doing something normal for us but completely foreign to them - like riding an escalator in Macy's.
This book deserves all the accolades it is receiving. It is a remarkable achievement.
There are 3 narrators to this book and each is told by a different reader which helps so much. I love it when audio books do that! This book is crazy (in a good way). It leaves you with a heavy feeling because this isn't a book about something that happened long ago - this book is about a country that is existing like this now. Crazy. Its a must listen to book.
incredible story and narration
the use of multiple narrators was done to great affect in this audiobook. one of the real pleasures of listening to a story is the chance to take in the dialect and cadence of a text -to hear places name spoken in the local accent, a person's name, and so on.
this book has given me a ground level context into the life in N.Korea that I think would be hard to capture in any other medium