The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son

Audiobook CD - 2012
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The Orphan master's son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2012
Edition: Unabridged ed,
ISBN: 9780307939692
0307939693
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (19 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Eowyn27
Dec 11, 2013

Adam Johnson delves the reader into the world that is North Korea, along with all it's nuances and tragedies. The book was at times poignant and at same time confusing. Once I knew how Adam was telling the story, things seemed to fall in place better. Jun Do, the Orphan Master's son and main character, finds himself on a roller coaster of one day being a hero of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea and another day is working in a work camp. Through the story, Jun Do and others make daily sacrifices to insure the lives of those they love. In the end, I'm glad I listened to it. It is not something I probably would have picked up normally. The cd audio I think makes the story easier to understand and more enjoyable with the various accents.

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SuzeParker
Mar 30, 2013

I don't doubt that Adam Johnson accurately captured the baffling nature of life in North Korea, where no one is trustworthy, truth is a guessing game and life can change in a moment based on the shifting whims of mercurial leaders. In that achievement, however, The Orphan Master's Son became confusing and hard to follow. Sometimes the story jumped forward without filling in details needed to understand why the protaganist's situation had changed, or why he went from being nearly invisible in the culture to being a hero to being an enemy of the state. So many have liked this book that I must be missing something, but I made it halfway and then gave up.

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paulipre
Sep 06, 2012

Follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

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