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Dear Reader Audiobook

Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il

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Publisher's Summary

No country is as misunderstood as North Korea, and no modern tyrant has remained more mysterious than the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. Now, celebrity ghostwriter Michael Malice pulls back the curtain to expose the life story of the "Incarnation of Love and Morality". Taken directly from books spirited out of Pyongyang, Dear Reader is a carefully reconstructed first-person account of the man behind the mythology.

From his miraculous rainbow-filled birth during the fiery conflict of World War II, Kim Jong Il watched as his beloved Korea finally earned its freedom from the cursed Japanese. Mere years later, the wicked US imperialists took their chance at conquering the liberated nation - with devastating results. But that's only the beginning of the Dear Leader's story.

In Dear Reader, Kim Jong Il explains:

  • How he can shrink time
  • Why he despises the Mona Lisa
  • How he recreated the arts in Korea
  • Why the Juche idea is the greatest concept ever discovered by man
  • How he handled the crippling famine
  • Why Kim Jong Un was chosen as successor over his elder brothers

With nothing left uncovered, drawing straight from dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of years of Korean history, Dear Reader is both the definitive account of Kim Jong Il's life and the complete stranger-than-fiction history of the world's most unique country.

©2014 Michael Malice (P)2017 Listen and Think Audio

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    Couts A. Moseley San Antonio, TX 05-02-17
    Couts A. Moseley San Antonio, TX 05-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply brilliant!"

    The idea, the writing, the balance of hilarious sarcasm and sometimes surprisingly affecting accounts of the tragic events in the "Dear Leader's" life, even the performance of the narrator, all of it amounts to a work of genius. Even though this is a work of fiction, reportedly Michael Malice based all of the stories in the book on North Korean lore, on what the people there are taught in schools, on the official North Korean government statements or press releases, on many other published works of history (both in the Koreas and in other countries), as well as on what the western media knows about this reclusive, little known totalitarian regime. I couldn't stop listening to it. Highly recommended!

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    Michael Tasch 04-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fascinating read and perspective on north Korea."

    Can't believe how fast I finished the audio book. Also happy to say I'm no longer ignorant of the achievements and struggle of the great leader. I've heard Michael Malice on the Tom Woods podcast and had to check this out.

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    cttime 05-05-17
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    "Horrifying"

    Narration was perfect. The changing tone of the book perfectly captured. Michael Malice captures the personality cult of the North Korean regime and then gradually brings you into the real life horror film that is life in the DPRK.

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    Dan Byrum 06-08-17
    Dan Byrum 06-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The real North Korea"

    I great story compiled for North Korean History. Malice does an incredible job making this book feel like Kim Jong Il is telling you his personal story.

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    Terrell 06-03-17
    Terrell 06-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting listen...."

    This story sounds so unrealistic. It's mind boggling that these situations are real. I had to stop and research certain moments because it was so unbelievable. I enjoyed and I would recommend this book.

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    Rodney 05-24-17
    Rodney 05-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    I read just, well listen, to just about everything about North Korea that audible has to offer and this is a very unique take - use the information publicly available about Kim Jong Il, about his amazing life and amazing achievements (according to the NK media) and write out an autobiography. It's more than just a joke book, it really does cover what is really known about his life and I think it does a good job of representing many ideas based on how the NK government claims to see it. The book is very entertaining and I learned a lot - and wow, what a sudden heel turn the book takes to close it out, a very strong ending.

    If you read the description and find it interesting then certainly check it out. I do wish it covered more of Kim Jong Il's obsession with western culture, in particular in the 90s when he did things like bring over WCW professional wrestling just so a Korean could beat the evil American Ric Flair in front of 100,000 people who had no idea what in the world they were watching, it's one of my favorite things Kim Jong Il ever did.

    The reader is a perfect fit for this book, excellent job.

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    John Ferguson 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Remarkable"

    I now understand the North Korea situation so much better. Michael Malice does a fantastic job of bringing understanding to a truly contorted and improbable (and horrible) situation. "Sympathy for the devil" is the best phrase for what this brings out. God help the North Korean people.

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    Tyler Alan Barbaree 06-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank you for the good book."

    amazing. ghost writing takes talent. and mr. malice has a lot of that, so much even he was able to create a masterpiece with this hard to tackle subject.

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    Daniel M. 05-31-17
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    "brutal misinformation"

    Malice does an excellent job covering the sheer horror of life in the DPRK. what a crazy place.

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    stephen 05-27-17
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    "Joe Rogan once again brings in an amazing person"

    An amazing podcast the Joe Rogan Experience recently had the Author on his podcast. The Author is extremely interesting person and articulates his findings in this book in the most riveting manner. Highly recommend.

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    "Regret buying"

    I couldn't finish, the performance was frustratingly flat. The reader seemed like they were bored or had other things to do. When my battery ran out while listening, I was actually glad I could stop. The content wasn't very enlightening either.

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