I would not listen to this book again, because the characters' names were too confusing in listening format. It would have been less problematic visually, I think.
The most interesting part of this book was the verisimilitude to current affairs. The horrific storyline was more than credible, knowing what we hear in the news about North Korea at present.
The performer was masterful at creating the cadence and enunciation of Korean speech, and equally adept at both female and male voices.
The story was SO painful, I had a hard time actually finishing this book.
My reading buddy recommended this--no my usual type of book. I found it fascinatingly warped in the sense that reality is not reality. It is what the environment dictates and accepts. Very well written and read. It made me do some research on N. Korea. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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.