Daughters of the Dragon

A Comfort Woman's Story
Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
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During World War II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or "comfort women" for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage, and promises kept.

In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon…someone she abandoned years ago.

Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th-century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by Mayhaven Award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm.

©2014 William Andrews (P)2014 William Andrews
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Great book! Don't like the narrator

Very clipped speech style that took away from my enjoyment of this very interesting book. I should have read it instead of listening.

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Destroyed by the narrator

Would you try another book from William Andrews and/or Valerie Gilbert?

Absolutely as long as it was a different narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughters of the Dragon?

I am about half way through listening to the book. Unfortunately I am so distracted by the awful narration that I have to keep going back to hear the story. I am only persevering because the actual story is so interesting but I am ot convinced I will be able to make it all the way. Such a pity.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Valerie Gilbert?

Anybody.

Was Daughters of the Dragon worth the listening time?

It is only out of respect to the author and the subject matter that I am continuing to listen to the excruciating narration.

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This is not fiction.

If history is written by the victors, how do we keep finding massive cover-ups like this? Holocaust deniers, masked and hidden histories? The story unfolds in painful and specific detail. I appreciate that. Truth does indeed help minimize shame. Great story telling. Don't quite understand where the narrator is coming from in her interpretation. Sounded condescending. But maybe not.

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Interesting history

The vocal was very good, comfortable listening. The story line excellent and good historical follow.

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didn't know this occurred

I really liked this book it opened my eyes to a situation I didn't know occurred

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Enthralling.

once i started it i didnt want it to end! Amazing Storytelling! Absolutely loved it!

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Great

This book is well worth the price. It is not only very interesting but informative. I searched the subject “comfort women” after watching a program on the topic on PBS. I’m so happy I found this book

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Amazing story!

I’m so glad I listened to this story. Well written, moving and informative. Both The Dragon Queen and this book will be recommended to my book buddies.

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definitely cried!

wow! what a moving story! the portrayal of these poor women was very dignified. this should be a staple for history classes

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wonderfully engaging

history combined w a good story..hoping fir a rhird book in this series.. get it

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  • Zoe Tomala
  • 02-06-19

first timer!

Narrator sounded a bit wooden, but it is the first time I have listened to rather than read a book. Nothing to compare it to. Got into the book towards the end but if I was reading, I would have read faster so I may have had a different opinion.

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  • Lorraine
  • 04-20-20

Excellent story. Really enjoyed it but the Audio voice can get really annoying.

Excellent story, really enjoyed it but the audio voice can get really annoying. It was to robotic.

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  • chrissy
  • 01-17-20

Gripping

I binge listened to this book hard. I guess you could say I couldn't put it down, in the metaphorical sense. The story was captivating, unpredictable, educational and touching. I've learnt about a culture I knew little about as well as historical events I really knew nothing about. Absolutely thrilled to discover this is part of a trilogy!

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  • Laurelle
  • 07-11-19

Extraordinary, harrowing and educational.

A spellbinding telling of a horrendous happening in history. We need to know about this so it never happens again. Somehow, this managed to be unputdownable. Andrews has created a marvel.

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  • P Biela
  • 06-09-19

A brutal history of women in Korea in WW2

Well written and poignant. It still shocks me at how Japan behaved and that there has been no restitution is even harder to accepr.

Thank you for writing this incredible book to provide the other side to this story that has been removed from Japanese history books.

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  • sam1
  • 02-06-19

memorable

not my usual type of read! but so glad I read this, and learnt a lot. horrific times and how it affected the rest of these poor women's (and families) lives.

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  • Louise
  • 07-28-18

A must read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was pleased to be on holiday so that I could get stuck in.

A beautifully written story on a heart breaking situation. It has history, tragedy and injustice but also endurance, love and perseverance. An incredible story which should be read. A part of history not taught in the history classroom.

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  • colette
  • 08-06-15

so moving, courageous

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I never knew these women even existed. This book tells the story through the eyes of a modern woman but mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers from all spectrums of society cannot fail to be moved and humbled by the life stories of these women. Even after the war, 7 decades on, they are still not recognised in Japan's history