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The Reluctant Communist

By: Charles Robert Jenkins,Jim Fredrick
Narrated by: John McLain
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Summary

In January of 1965, 24-year-old US Army sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins abandoned his post in South Korea, walked across the DMZ, and surrendered to communist North Korean soldiers standing sentry along the world's most heavily militarized border. He believed his action would get him back to the States and a short jail sentence.

Instead he found himself in another sort of prison, where for 40 years he suffered under one of the most brutal and repressive regimes the world has known. This fast-paced, harrowing tale, told plainly and simply by Jenkins (with journalist Jim Frederick), takes the listener behind the North Korean curtain and reveals the inner workings of its isolated society while offering a powerful testament to the human spirit.

©2008 The Regents of the University of California; Foreword copyright 2008 by Jim Frederick (P)2018 Tantor

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Annoying narrator

This is a great story but genuinely letdown by the narrator who constantly mispronounces 'Pyongyang'. Then there is the heavy accent which doesn't work effectively.
Redo the narration and this would be an amazing listen.

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Brilliant

Been waiting ages for this to come out as an audio book. It was worth the wait.

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A bit boring

I have read many books on North Korea, most of them very involving but this one is not. Not sure how the jurnalist author managed to make such a fascinating subject so boring.

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  • scott richard mack
  • 14-10-21

A story of treason.

As an American I'm ashamed I spent money on this book. It's about a person who turned his back on America and has more excuses than Kim jong Un. I feel like vomiting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-21

Excellent history and human story

Excellent historical perspective as well as a great human story. Super easy to stay engaged with this book. Great perspective on North Korea it’s relationship with the US, Japan and the world.

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  • Nivedita Maredia
  • 04-06-21

A very complex story.

At first, I judged the author harshly for deserting his post, but now I see the human side of him.

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  • 03-02-22

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The narration is so bad it’s distracting. Even if I speed it up, it becomes more comical but I still couldn’t listen to the story. This must have been an early recording before they realized that the voice matters. Check the sample, that isn’t just a comic stretch of bad reading. That’s the clowns voice.