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Margo

Rio Vista, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot
    • Narrated By Stephen Park
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea.

    Vanessa says: "Unique and Engaging"
    "A Horrifying Parallel Universe - A Must Listen!"
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    This was a hard story to listen to because of the topic. Stephen Park is an excellent narrator, and the high quality of the writing makes this horrific story impossible to "put down". I enjoy books that educate and this one does a good job of giving us an inside perspective on life in North Korea through a personal story of tragedy and triumph. I highly recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hilary Spurling
    • Narrated By Hilary Spurling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The author of the much honored two-volume biography of Henri Matisse unearths the life and work of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner Pearl Buck, whose novels in the 1930's and 40's were the first written for a Western audience to describe ordinary life in the still secret China of the late 19th and early 20th century.

    Miles says: "Very good"
    "Fascinating read with some thoughtful insights"
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    The portrayal of life in China at that time is a unique blend of personal memoir and historical journey, with perspectives on some of the often hidden aspects of living the ministry life in that part of the world - as well as here in the U.S. This book inspired me to read her complete trilogy and other writings on historical aspects of life in China, written in elegantly descriptive prose. She is a master story-teller in her later works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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