• Daughters of the Dragon

  • A Comfort Woman's Story
  • By: William Andrews
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (395 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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A VEY GOOD READ

If you could sum up Daughters of the Dragon in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, fascinating heart-warming

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

When she finally made love

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

No, but she was clear, made the story interesting

If you could take any character from Daughters of the Dragon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The 3 main characters.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed stories Asia women since my teen years. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. I read the book in 3 days ( full time student) b/c I had to study.

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good story, horrible performance.

I had a very hard time trying to listen to this book. had I read the book instead of listening to this awful performance, I might have enjoyed the book more. the reader messed up all the korean words and the performance of individual characters reminded me of a female version of William Shatner's acting in star trek. don't get me wrong, I love William Shatner but her reading was so over the top and confusing, I almost didn't finish the book.

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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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The narration was TERRIBLE!

A descriptive tale of what one woman suffered and endured in WWII Asia. I did not find the writing particularly good but the story held my interest. For an audiobook though, this was almost impossible for me to listen to. The narrator had some weird affectation with long pauses between words, giving it an interrupted, staccato feel. I don't know if it was her attempt to sound Asian? It was almost like listening to randomly-read words that had been spliced together by dubbing machine. I kept waiting for her to smooth out her reading but it never happened. I ended up listening at 1.5x speed just to get through. I probably would have enjoyed reading this as a traditional book. I really have no idea how they chose this woman to narrate.

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Amazing and sad story, but worst narrator ever

I have listened to over 100 audible books, I’ve never cringed as much as this narrator who speaks in the most annoying clipped tone. I’m not sure if she’s trying to mimic an Asian accent but it’s unbearable. I’m similar to other listeners who listened at 1.5 x speed just to know the story but to end this most awful narration. Audible-please find someone competent to read this beautiful novel!!! Amazing story that was sadly not taught in schools....everyone should know these atrocities that occurred during World War II. A tale of love, sacrifice,and survival.

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Terrible narrator

Do yourself a favor and read this one. The narrator is one of the worst I’ve listened to. Not only does she use a robotic, condescending yet wistfully sad tone THE ENTIRE TIME, but her Asian “accent” sounds French and she mispronounces almost every Korean word (which is annoying if you actually know Korean). The narration is so bad that I had to stop listening after an hour.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-21

An amazing but heartbreaking story!

I had never heard of ‘ Comfort Women’ and I’m so shocked that this went on in WW2 and the Japanese deny it took place! I loved the story but the narrator was so irritating and I’ve just checked that she isn’t reading the next books in the series before downloading them. Her intonations in sentences were very strange.

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  • Narissa Bailey
  • 06-07-21

Amazing story

This book had me gripped from the beginning.
It’s hard to believe how the Comfort Woman were treated by the Japanese & even harder to understand why they have never been acknowledged for the shocking trauma the suffered not even in their own countries.
An amazing story but incredibly sad story.

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  • Julie Raworth
  • 12-31-20

A tragic story that needed to be told

A beautifully written but tragic story that needed to be told of the comfort women of the Korea, whilst also painting an informative historical picture.

Unfortunately I occasionally nearly gave up because of the awful narration, sounding at times as though it was AI not real.

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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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  • Paula B
  • 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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  • 08-20-21

narrative

Enjoyed book but not the reader.The content of the book kept me listening
to the end. Hope future books are not so jutted.

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