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The Best Girls

Disorder collection, Book 1
Narrated by: Greta Jung
Series: Disorder collection, Book 1
Length: 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by a true event, this powerful short story from the author of National Book Award finalist Pachinko explores the meaning of patriarchy and the cost of female silence through the eyes of a dutiful young girl.

An excellent student from a poor, traditional family in Seoul, the narrator has absorbed the same message her whole life: Only a boy can provide the family with dignity and wealth. Not her. Not her three sisters. Receiving approval only for uncomplaining sacrifice, she has resolved to take on her family’s troubles. She is a good girl. And she knows what good girls must do.

The Best Girls is part of Disorder, a collection of six short stories of living nightmares, chilling visions, and uncanny imagination that explore a world losing its balance in terrifying ways. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single disorienting sitting.

©2019 Min Jin Lee (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Unbearable listening

I sped up the speed of this audio book to 1.5 because it was unbearable how the narrator's reading of it was so slow and constipated. Barely made it through this short story.

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Diverted to my headphones.

My heart almost stopped at the end. Breathless and utterly captivated is how I felt after hearing the ending...

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The Best Girls is honestly not the best story

The narrator did an amazing job telling this story, my review isn't about that. It reflects more of the nature of this story in general. Honestly it was not the best. It felt rushed and really short. I know it is a short story but it was not much of a story to tell. The ending is too rushed, almost feels unfinished. Would not recommend.

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Touchingly Distubring

Great story. I don't really feel like it was finished though. I'm hoping that what I'm taking from the ending isn't accurate!

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What?

I never saw that ending coming! No spoiler alerts here. You gotta read this tale to find out what I mean.

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  • Sarah
  • North Little Rock, AR, United States
  • 06-29-19

Sad, but thoughtful

I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to follow, and culturally interesting. This was a very sad story from beginning to end, but it didn’t have a dark feel to it in my opinion.

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Good Story!

A simple narrative with a dismal undertone. The innocence of the narrator belies the underlying truths. These truths poke at us just below the surface throughout the story, then finally quietly explode by the end. Well done!