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  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (982)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Compelling and heartwrenching"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Orphan Master's Son to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I believe having the voices doing a bit of accent / dialect make it much better than anything I could envision in my own mind.


    What other book might you compare The Orphan Master's Son to and why?

    This is like seeing Animal Farm or 1984 come alive. The sad part is that so much of it was based on research, that this could possibly be the life some people have to live, or at least an approximation of it, since it is fiction after all.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The intonation for the speaker announcements and the character voices were very colorful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It is hard to pick any singular moment in the book. The main character is very touching, and it is difficult to stop listening, even though you know his life is essentially a long train wreck....the power of the story keeps you listening, and a curiousity about how this character can rise above everything that comes his way and yet continue to develop, and maintain his essential goodness and humanity in spite of it all.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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