I think Adam Johnson writes with a clear eye and able to use words well to convey the starkness of the life of a young man in North Korea. At times I had to turn off the book and wait serveral days to resume it. It made my chest hurt. I will have to see what he writes about next before I will get another book.
Not for me. My skin is not tough enough
English major. Love to read
I had to stop listening to this book. The more I listened, the more I got saddened and depressed. I was hit over the head over and over how oppressed the main character (and all of his friends and family) were. I like to understand different cultures but I couldn't continue and enjoy the spring weather in Seattle. The story became ponderous and weighed down with the dark nature of its content.
I was fooled by the Pulitzer. This is a singularly uninteresting, charmless book about a topic that is currently newsworthy, but about which the author knows next to nothing. The glowing reviews must be coming from other innocent people who know even less about the topic. Very disappointing. Three stars because he got a lot of words onto a lot of pages and someone was patient enough to do a good job of reading them.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
This book is effective against insomnia. Thanks, but still, the slow-moving story and lifeless narration could not convince me to continue listening after the first 1,000 hours or so. Or maybe it just felt like 1,000 hours, and that didn't even get me out of Part I. Waste of time, waste of money
OMG! don't get me started
NO!! slap yourself for suggesting that
I want my money back.
Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?
I had really high hopes for this book, but it is one of the worse novels that I ever read. It seems like the author doesn't really go in depth at what it is like being in North Korea. It seems like the author just watched a few documentaries, read news articles on North Korea and started writing the story around the premise. Yet another top secret, James Bond, spy novel. If you change the country to other than North Korea, you will have the same story with slightly alter cultural facts.
The narrators are equally as bad. I understand that you need to act like your characters, but it is almost unbearable to listen to with their Korean accents with broken English.
If you want to read about North Korea from a first person perspective, look elsewhere, like "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" or even, "The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea."
They are much better books on the subject and the struggle, living/captive in a communist country.. If you don't believe me, you can search my reviews.
Read something else other than the Orphan Master's Son. The book is poorly written on speculations on Kim Jong Il and the country.
While this book takes place in North Korea following the life of an orphan, and this aspect of the story is fascinating, what struck or surprised me most was how much more important the narrative of one's life conformed with reality as described by state propaganda and not actual reality. It made me reflect on the narratives that exist in our own country to explain the world. Could we ever progress to the point of North Korea? For this insight I am grateful to the author and beyond the great story, this is the reason to listen to this book.
This is, without question, a masterwork, both of literary fiction and of audiobook production. The story is fascinating and engaging for those interested in North Korea, as well as those who just enjoy an intricately crafted narrative that articulates characters, locations, and experiences with equal depth and richness. The narration is superb, and adds tremendously to the experience of the book. I can't recommend The Orphan Master's Son highly enough.
Strongly recommend Orphan's Master's Son. Readers did a great job. Story kept me interested the entire time.
could not understand the pronunciation of many of the narrators words. so moch so that it made it very difficult to follow the story which was well thought out.