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  • The Orphan Master's Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Went From Well Written To Pulitzer Prize Worthy

  • By Brigham on 12-15-15

A MUST READ

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-12

What did you love best about The Orphan Master's Son?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Orphan Master's Son?

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.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you could take any character from The Orphan Master's Son out to dinner, who would it be and why?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

  • The Party Is Over

  • How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk - they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties - those halcyon, post-Nixonian glory days - for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Analysis

  • By Dan D on 09-04-12

An Insider's Expose

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-12

Would you listen to The Party Is Over again? Why?

I have already listened to this book twice because there is so much information that I wanted to hear it twice

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Gideon's Ride

  • Gideon of Scotland Yard
  • By: John Creasey (JJ Marric)
  • Narrated by: Raymond Sawyer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Available to download for the first thiem, The Gideon of Scotland Yard Series by JJ Marric (pseudonym of Grand Master John Creasey).A gang is at working robbing any passenger they find travelling alone on the top deck of London's buses. One night they strike too hard and murder results, followed by another killing of the bus conductress who could have indentified them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Police procedural at its best

  • By Susan on 04-24-12

Police procedural at its best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-12

Would you listen to Gideon's Ride again? Why?

Yes, this series is addictive; extremely well crafted plots combined with believable characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Gideon because he is complex, adept, and solves his cases in an interesting way

What does Raymond Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He creates the characters seamlessly; making the dialog real. I love having a good actor read to me.

Any additional comments?

I have downloaded all the books available in the Gideon series and I just wish there were more; they are wonderful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 836

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Something Happened'...

  • By Mel on 01-09-12

What is history?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-11

What did you love best about The Sense of an Ending?

I loved his explanation of history; the lies of the victors or the delusions of the defeated

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece. And now that novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, this novel is a triumph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read

  • By RBL on 05-07-12

Wonderful expansion of Old Filth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-11

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I hated to finish the book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful