My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Please note – the star rating is based off the book and content itself, while the below review focuses mainly on the audiobook version.
The author contacted me directly to review this title. According to Terry, the book is “a Christian suspense about a young girl sent to a North Korean prison camp for her father’s faith. It has won awards from The Book Club Network and Women of Faith. It also reached #5 in Christian suspense in the Amazon Kindle Store.”
The book follows Chung-Cha and her father, being a vocal and active Christian in the community. Based in North Korea, this presents issues within the community that places the family at risk of imprisonment. The book follows Chung-Cha from her family and into a prison camp, facing the horrors first-hand.
Kathy Garver, the narrator, has won four Audie Awards in her career as a narrator, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Motion Picture Council. Being aware of this, I stepped into the audiobook experience with high expectations. Having listened to Garver’s performance in this project, I can definitely understand her past awards she has received. Garver has passion, that much is evident. In this project, however, I do not feel her passion translated as perfectly as it could have.
Garver’s performance shows a high level of effort, no doubt, but I do not think this was the best selection for her. She carries on an excellent accent to give life to the characters, but the differences between the characters is difficult to establish. Additionally, the narrators speeds on at a faster pace, forcing listeners to keep careful note of the non-emphasized transitions and changes.
Well-versed audiobook enthusiasts will no doubt love the recording of this book, but newcomers to the world of audiobooks may find this title best read instead of listened. The story keeps in continuity with being a four or five star tale, but the performance of the audio is closer to three stars. If you are going to check out this title, then take a look at the written edition, either as an ebook or print book.
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