Jay Sylvano

Portland, USA
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  • In Order to Live

  • A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
  • By: Yeonmi Park
  • Narrated by: Eji Kim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 612

In Order to Live is the story of Yeonmi Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. What a story!

  • By Jfm on 02-01-16

An important story and a powerful performance

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Reviewed: 08-20-18

We very rarely get to hear the accounts of young women from North Korea who are trafficked and end up living as undocumented sex slaves in China, because they rarely escape. This account from a young woman who went through it and found freedom is commendable and beautifully written. Don’t let the narrator’s accent put you off. It can be a bit jarring at first because her annunciation and pronunciation is different, but it will grow on you, and in the end it adds to the story.

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  • Year of Wonders

  • A Novel of the Plague
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Awful Narrator

  • By Diana Dunn on 07-12-12

Good Story, Poor Narration

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Reviewed: 10-05-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Year of Wonders to be better than the print version?

Nope! I will be now be purchasing the print version to see if I can finish it in that format.

Would you recommend Year of Wonders to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, it's an interesting account of the plague told through the eyes of a strong protagonist with a moving backstory.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader narrates everything in a board, emotionless monotone that makes it sound as if she's stoned or really uninterested in what she's reading. I fell asleep on two occasions and my mind would wander when I did manage to keep awake and try to listen.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure this is a good book and I'm sure I'll be able to get into it much more in print. Consider listening to a sample before purchasing the audiobook.

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