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The Great Successor

The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un
Narrated by: Olivia Mackenzie-Smith
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The behind-the-scenes story of the rise and reign of the world's strangest and most elusive tyrant, Kim Jong Un, by the journalist with the best connections and insights into the bizarrely dangerous world of North Korea.

Since his birth in 1984, Kim Jong Un has been swaddled in myth and propaganda, from the plainly silly - he could supposedly drive a car at the age of three - to the grimly bloody stories of family members who perished at his command.

Anna Fifield reconstructs Kim's past and present with exclusive access to sources near him and brings her unique understanding to explain the dynastic mission of the Kim family in North Korea. The archaic notion of despotic family rule matches the almost medieval hardship the country has suffered under the Kims. Few people thought that a young, untested, unhealthy, Swiss-educated basketball fanatic could hold together a country that should have fallen apart years ago. But Kim Jong Un has not just survived, he has thrived, abetted by the approval of Donald Trump and diplomacy's weirdest bromance.

Skeptical yet insightful, Fifield creates a captivating portrait of the oddest and most secretive political regime in the world - one that is isolated yet internationally relevant, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons - and its ruler, the self-proclaimed Beloved and Respected Leader, Kim Jong Un.

©2019 Anna Fifield (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Intelligent, insightful, sometimes comic, and also worrying: Anna Fifield has written a vivid, compelling, and, above all, illuminating portrait of a rogue family's rule over the world's most reclusive nation." (General David Petraeus (US Army, ret.), director of the CIA when Kim Jong Un became leader)

"A compelling mix of biography, cultural history, and political intrigue." (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)

"With a journalist's eye for detail and with the gift of a storyteller, Anna Fifield has written the quintessential bible on Kim Jong Un. No one working to solve the North Korean puzzle should let The Great Successor sit on a bookshelf; it's a must-read." (Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, former undersecretary of state for political affairs and author of Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence

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Great book

I thought the book was great, the narrator was perfectly fine. Insightful analysis of KJU that takes him seriously as a biographical subject. Incidentally picks up right where Victor Cha’s “The Impossible State” left off, and does a great job carrying the ball. The reviewer that gave this one star is just a troll

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Awful

The narrator’s accent along with poor pronunciation is too distracting adding the letter “r” to every word that ends with a vowel is not neutral English pronunciation.

Story is nothing that can’t be found in a google search.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful