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Ellen

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  • The Surrendered

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chang-Rae Lee
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
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    At the end of the Korean War, the lives of orphan June Han and American soldier Hector Brennan collide. Thirty years later, they meet again and are forced to come to terms with the secrets of their devastating past.

    A User says: "this bibliophile could not finish this book"
    "Engrossing Portrayal of the Effect of War"
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    This book and the narrator are terrific despite the brutality of the content. Although I am familiar with the history of the conflicts between Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese in the 20th century and America's role in this complex part of the world, this fictional story vividly portrays the effect of war on civilians. I don't think that the average American reader has any idea how World War II and the Korean War affected people in those countries and how these effects continue to shape immigrants 50 years later. Chang- Rae Lee's prose is stunning, particularly in an audio book format. This is one of my favorites from Audible

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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