Posted by: kewhite | January 1, 2011

NOTHING TO ENVY: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY LISTEN UP AWARD

AUDIBLE BEST OF 2010 NON FICTION

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2010 FINALIST

AUDIO SAMPLE: 

AVAILABLE FROM TANTOR MEDIA

“LOS ANGELES TIMES reporter Barbara Demick uses the firsthand experiences of six North Korean defectors to reveal the starvation, corruption, and poverty of daily life under the nation’s repressive Communist regime. Despite the dismal subject, narrator Karen White is engaging; further, she handles the Korean names and accents expertly. As she delivers the defectors’ riveting descriptions of life in North Korea during the famine years, the individual stories are deeply touching and ultimately inspiring. She powerfully recounts the great risks they took to escape to South Korea or China. This is an eye-opening and heartbreaking listen.” B.C.E. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

“Following six North Koreans over the course of 15 years, Demick offers a haunting portrait of life in North Korea. Her subjects are instantly relatable—they fall in love, raise families—but as their country grows increasingly isolated, totalitarian, and repressive, and is ravaged by unemployment and famine, they risk everything to leave. Karen White delivers a stunning reading; her character interpretations are confident and well-rounded, and she forges a strong bond with the audience. Powerful without becoming overwrought, White handles the harrowing material with sensitivity and intelligence. An unforgettable listening experience that will resonate long after the final sentence.”  (Publishers Weekly, Reviews, Sept. 28).


About these ads

Responses

  1. […] Weekly says of  Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are […]

  2. […] Nothing to Envy, by the amazing journalist Barbara Demick, I learned that North Korea viewed from a satellite at […]

  3. […] Weekly says of  Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, “Karen White delivers a stunning reading, her character interpretations are […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,189 other followers

%d bloggers like this: