This is a great audio read. It's a bit on the order of 1984 revisited, set in present day in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It's historic fiction of the scariest type, based on information that has come out of North Korea in recent years. The characters are very well developed over the course of the story, the writing is beautiful, and the recording is superb. Enjoy!
Audio book addict.
It is great to get a glimpse into what lives might look like in North Korea. It's a quirky, odd novel however that left me feeling uncomfortable and feeling like I missed something. The narration is on point
To some friends, yes.
He had an engaging, optimistic voice that played well with the subject matter. Optimistic yet subversive,
The pacing and organization of the story was very interesting. The book kept my interest the whole time.
Bak Jun Do, of course! But I also really liked Wanda. Jun Do is the protagonist, and he is so well characterized. And Wanda tries to understand Jun Do, which is really cool.
The Dear Leader
All of the characters are very memorable. But Bak Jun Do is the most memorable because he is the protagonist.
A great listen, especially if you're interested in the hermit kingdom.
While I am as happy as the next guy to see someone poke the teeny fluffy dear leader in the eye, or beat his fat ass at his own game, I found this book to be big on needlessly disgusting descriptions of mutilation, torture and other unspeakable horrors.
That said; the Orphan Masters Son was an eye opener. It was fascinating, well researched and most of the stories smacked of absolute truth..
The descriptions of the camps and the limits of human endurance will haunt my dreams. What was more frightening was the depiction of the dreary horror of the every day struggle for physical survival and mental health - given that the society has taken away "the self" via endless invasive daily piped in propaganda and a life lived in fear
How do we combat crimes against humanity perpetrated against an entire country?
Loved it. I'm still shocked by it. I wonder if we'll ever know what it's really like there? I imagine this comes pretty close. Excellent narration, incredible stories woven together perfectly.
I "Audible" while commuting, and now am working two lists: high school classics I missed and the BBC's best books published since 2000.
I would listen to it again. A first-rate story with excellent vocal performances by the narrators.
Many; I enjoyed the scenes aboard the fishing boat, and the scene in Texas.
Probably the scene in Texas or those with 'Dear Leader'
So: This has become one of my favorite books of all time - definitely a top 15 of anything I've read. Excellent, fitting vocal performances made the listening experience absorbing and thrilling.