This book should be half the length. There is just a lot of duplicated content, and then frankly Henrietta's uneducated family is hard to listen too. I can only listen to so many hours of ignorant conspiracy theories. I understand the point the author is trying to make - that there is a deep distrust in the black community based on a legacy of unethical behaviors - but when I have to listen to extended passages about whether so and so really saw a room full of human-sized rabbits in the basement of John Hopkins frankly I lose patience. I really tried to stick this out - probably made it 9 hours into the book - but at some point I realized I wasn't getting anything out of it.
I really enjoyed this title. The author really did a good job of weaving together the story of these defectors with the politics and history of N Korea in a way that transcends the individual pieces. By the end you feel like you really care about these people, and the story is proof that sometimes truth is as compelling as fiction.
The narration was pretty jarring at first to the point where I almost returned it - but I got used to it after a half hour.
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