The narration, hands down, is outstanding. It adds so much to the book.
As much as others have reviewed this book as being about the horrors of North Korea, to me, at its core is a love story. The interregator's love for his parents...and a man's love for "his" wife and children... And the lengths they will go to for that love. What would you do in a land of no hope and oppression for the ones you love?
This is one of the few books that I have listened to that I would enjoy listening to again to enjoy all of the literary nuances one more time.
My favorite so far
The end, describing the main characters feelings and new paradigm
I haven't listened to any other of his, but this one was excellent
The writing in this book was excellent. After acclimating to the darkness of the subject matter, the writing drew me in and didn't let go. The author takes a gloomy setting and is able to insert humor and life. It's a love story at it's heart - love of life, of surviving, of freedom. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
This is a horrifying story from North Korea. It is still fiction, but it could certainly have happened in that strange country, which must be slowly falling apart. This book picqued my interest in NK and I have read up on the country since and almost all stories told by those who have fled the country back up the general picture and the key elements in this fictional story.
It was virtually impossible to put my iPhone down, and I think I completed this story in less than 3 days (I normally listen only for an hour or so per day), since I just had to listen to it at every free moment I had. The suspense is great. And it is well narrated.
Nazi Germany was entertaining, it was exciting and it was shocking. Now we get to do it all again, but with an even more evil villain. The narration of this book is top notch and takes it beyond just good.
There are moments of peace and then things that mirror life so closely that it speaks volumes for the research and thought the writer has injected into what could have just been horrible.
If you're tired of zombie survival stuff, then this is a welcome partner for people who like real survivalist fiction.
no other - unique
hard to pick, but final scene with CDR Ga and Dear Leader was epic
Epic Tale of a North Korean
Outstanding realistic fiction with fascinating plot. Extremely well written. Not excessively violent or gross, but may not be for the squeamish - it is about North Korea.
What an amazing story! Excellent storytelling. It may take a bit to get into due to subject matter but if you stay with it, it is so rewarding. Easily my favorite audio book in a LONG time.
Fascinating. I recommended this to all of my friends within the first quarter of the book. It's well-written, an interesting story, and jam-packed with details about a society I'd previously not really considered. In the same way that "Memoirs of a Geisha" made me obsessed with geishas, this book prompted me to google "North Korea" to fact-check what I was reading. The story is epic; Adam Johnson does a great job weaving all the threads together. I could see some people losing patience with it, but it's a pretty elegant book.
"If a man and his story are in conflict, it is the man who must change.”
This moving epic had me intrigued from the start. Startling, sorrowful and often down-right hilarious. Don't miss it.
The print version could not be as entertaining as the voice work in the audio version.
In the preview I thought that the narration sounded very cliche or a caricature of Asian accented English but this was not the case in the book. After a few hours I came to enjoy the different voice work.
The Great Leader...just for the hell of it
I found that the book began to drag a bit in the last third
This story was just not for me. Listened for about 5 hours and just could not get into the book. My book club was reading it and I guess that it was pretty much divided between liked it and hated it. I just don't have time to listen to something that would take me so long to get into.