I hated to finish the book
The best thing about the Orphan Master's Son is that makes you understand how a totalitarian regime controls its people and at the same time, how the human spirit cannot be destroyed. There have been suggestions as to how desperate the lives of North Koreans have become but just as information about life in Nazi Germany was reported over and over, no one could truly understand it until the American Army reached Dachau.The author makes every detail of life real and absorbing and the gradual transition of the "hero" from unthinking robot of the regime to a loving, self-sacrificing human being is totally believable.
I have heard that the difference between North and South Korea can be seen clearly at night when North Korea goes black. I have seen pictures of it, but have never thought deeply about what life must be like in blacked out cities and towns. The author makes every aspect of daily life believable. I am writing this review the night before Thanksgiving and this book certainly gives those of us who live in freedom, a reason to give thanks.
I have never heard any other book by these narrators; the book is performed by three very effective narrators. The transition from one to another is totally seamless and they are all believable and absorbing.
I would like to go to dinner with the Senator and his wife; to know what he knew about the hero's role in the recovery of the American rower.
I had read good reviews of this book but still thought it might be dreary; it is not. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in politics and the human psyche.
I have already listened to this book twice because there is so much information that I wanted to hear it twice
That Mike Lofgren worked with powerful Republicans and was so appalled by the fake debt crisis that the Republican leadership staged in the Summer of 2011 that he retired after a thirty year career. He has thought long and hard about our future as a democracy and has concrete suggestions about what has to be done.
Yes, this was an extremely compelling book; in some ways it is a who done it; who has gotten us to situation we are now in with a national legislature that spends it's time raising money from interest groups and corporations. The welfare of the country has taken second place to the need to raise massive amounts of money to get reelected.
Yes, this series is addictive; extremely well crafted plots combined with believable characters.
My favorite character is Gideon because he is complex, adept, and solves his cases in an interesting way
He creates the characters seamlessly; making the dialog real. I love having a good actor read to me.
I have downloaded all the books available in the Gideon series and I just wish there were more; they are wonderful.
I loved his explanation of history; the lies of the victors or the delusions of the defeated
Anthony, the protagonist, was my favorite as he was intended to be; and so when I discovered his bad acts I was shocked but forgiving of his youthful failures and self delusion.
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