Native Speaker

Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Narrator Henry Park, son of a Korean-American grocer, is an undercover operative for a vaguely sinister private intelligence agency. When he is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician, Park finds his family, culture, and identity endangered by the secrets he uncovers.

Swirled into the turbulent background of New York City politics and growing ethnic tensions, Park must come to terms with his American wife, Lelia, and the recent death of his young son while fighting an emotional attachment to the people he is investigating. A compelling intrigue builds while insights into current political events, love, culture, and family abound.
©1996 Chang-rae Lee (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Espionage acts as a metaphor for the uneasy relationship of Amerasians to American society in this eloquent, thought-provoking tale of a young Korean-American's struggle to conjoin the fragments of his personality in culturally diverse New York City.....Writing in a precise yet freewheeling prose that takes us deep into Henry's head, first-novelist Lee packs this story, whose intrigue is well measured and compelling, with insights into both current political events and timeless questions of love, culture, family bonds and identity." ( Publishers Weekly)
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Native Speaker - Wonderful book, middling narrator

This book is very powerful - the kind that might be better read than listened to. The narrator is okay, but not spectacular. I would now like to get a hard copy of the book, which I would highly recommend reading.

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Fantastic listen on every level.

The reader, David Colacci, has a melodious voice, soothing on the ear, with gentle velvet-lined emotion. I thought he caught the exact tone of the novel. The novel itself carries its drama forward with nuanced pacing of words, easily leading the listener into the story until it is difficult to stop. A very interesting novel and a worthy award winner.

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Great book and recording really enjoyed it.

Loved it kept you on your toes.. wanting to read more . I really enjoyed this book.

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Meh

It was not very interesting at all. I had to read it for school and had trouble annotating it because it had no depth.

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Boring

started it a few times. Can't get through it.