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.
Creating readers in high school English. Choice matters. Let them read!
A student recommended I read this book. I am glad I did. no matter where we live, free or not, our hopes and dreams are the same. God bless people everywhere. Johnson's book sheds light on a people in darkness. The story is moving, the characters real.
Before listening to this book I listened to (I have to remember not to say "read") Dear Leader and I think that Dear Leader was in some way a prolog to understanding that the fantastical events in The Orphan Master's Son are not fantastical but are true. I read that Adam Johnson spent 4 years researching this book and that adds much credence as well.
At times this book is very difficult to listen to - some descriptions are so very distressful that I want to believe that they aren't happening on the other side of the world, but that is wishful thinking. The vivid images I have in my head as a result will take years to dissolve, but I don't regret listening to this book, just the opposite. Not knowing about something does not mean it is not happening.
This is a complex layered story but presented in a matter of fact way and so it is easy to understand the twisting events as they are played out, the key is given very early on that North Korea is a country built on deceptions. The willful suspension of disbelief is a way of life for the characters in the book, so much so that they use it to live - literally.
I have listened to two books since The Orphan Master's Son but I can't even recall their titles right now, the voices of these excellent narrators are still going on in my head - especially the Texas Senator's wife. Funnily, I did not even realize that there was a full cast until I started to write this review and think back on the characters, I was so caught up in the story that I was unconscious of the work that obviously went into the smooth flow.
Can't recommend at all. Writing was very tedious, hard to finish but I did! Trying to find something redeeming in the process.
Circling the Sun, about Beryl Markham, a fascinating denizen of early British settlement in Kenya.
maybe, story as told in such a slow, deliberate way made it hard to evaluate quality of narration.
Would have written completely differently...topic should have been engaging but as told was notl