I'm not sure I can bring myself to fully approve how EL Doctorow made a departure from the facts of the Collyer brothers biographies. Its been a while so I dont' recall the specifics.
But as I gradually coaxed myself into just enjoying the story, I found myself enjoying it more and more. Narrator/Lector has a wonderful voice, just right for the material.
If you are wondering which account of life in North Korea to read first, pick this one. Ms Demick provides a wonderful overview. She walks the reader through how North Korea ended up as a "freak show" among opressive totalitarian nations. Then she settles her lense on the lives of several individuals and their lives in North Korea. She takes us along on their journeys to South Korea. Finally we get to cehck in on them and see where life's path has taken them during the adaptation process.
My favorite kind of audible book is the kind where I can't pry myself away, not for a minute. Nothing to envy is exactly this kind of book.
If this glimpse into North Korea is not enough--does not leave you sated, and you are "hungry" for more, read "Escape from Camp 14" next. Why? the background is not as through. And perhaps because "Escape from Camp 14" made me really curious about the lives of regular folks.
Funny and clever. It was a pleasure to get to know Ms Fey beyond what we've seen in "30 Rock" and SNL. Listened to it while staying in a cabin in Big Bear over Thanksgiving. It was the perfect book. Dont forget to visit your account at audible.com and look at the PDF she refers to periodically.
Narrative structure didnt seem super compelling, but I did enjoy the very vivid vignettes that included the weather, what people wore, what they were thinking about, what they were worried about. The lector was superb, too.
I loved Lorna Raver's voice and the material was interesting. Maybe not the most compelling Ive come across. On the other hand I don't hesitate in recomending this book.
It broke my heart to listen to this, knowing he had spent such a long time being ill. But on the other hand, its a piece of his wonderful wry legacy and I for that I am grateful.
Very interesting description of what its like to be in the thick of battle. In a word, horrific.
Interesting book, I recommend this to anyone who loves to be transported to a different era.
I love Michael Kitchen, I love the idea of Graham Greene. The subject matter sounded so promising--corruption in Colonial Africa. But oh my there was something just way to boring. I kept drifting off into other thoughts and daydreams. Finally I had to be honest with myself and abandon the book as my iphone is always short on memory.
Other people might enjoy it.
I couldn't stop listening to this brutally honest and illuminating account of growing up amish. Narrator took a bit of getting used to, but her voice finally grew on me.
This harrowing tale will perhaps help you feel more appreciative of the basics: freedom to choose what you want to eat, and when. Freedom to fall in love with whoever you want. Freedom to dream about the future or the past, or both. The story is painful and compelling especially in the beginning, when the book concentrates on the boy's life in Camp 14, and on his escape. Life in the "West"? "Capitalism"? offers its own treachery that is not easy to navigate. That's true of so many of us raised in this world. All the harder for basically a person who has lived on another planet his whole life.
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