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Publisher's Summary

During World War II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or "comfort women" for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage, and promises kept.

In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon…someone she abandoned years ago.

Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th-century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by Mayhaven Award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm.

©2014 William Andrews (P)2014 William Andrews

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  • Julie Krugman
  • 03-02-2015

Great book! Don't like the narrator

Very clipped speech style that took away from my enjoyment of this very interesting book. I should have read it instead of listening.

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  • Tami
  • 20-02-2015

Destroyed by the narrator

Would you try another book from William Andrews and/or Valerie Gilbert?

Absolutely as long as it was a different narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughters of the Dragon?

I am about half way through listening to the book. Unfortunately I am so distracted by the awful narration that I have to keep going back to hear the story. I am only persevering because the actual story is so interesting but I am ot convinced I will be able to make it all the way. Such a pity.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Valerie Gilbert?

Anybody.

Was Daughters of the Dragon worth the listening time?

It is only out of respect to the author and the subject matter that I am continuing to listen to the excruciating narration.

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  • Mfeather56
  • 19-02-2015

This is not fiction.

If history is written by the victors, how do we keep finding massive cover-ups like this? Holocaust deniers, masked and hidden histories? The story unfolds in painful and specific detail. I appreciate that. Truth does indeed help minimize shame. Great story telling. Don't quite understand where the narrator is coming from in her interpretation. Sounded condescending. But maybe not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2015

didn't know this occurred

I really liked this book it opened my eyes to a situation I didn't know occurred

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  • Pamella DeFrancis
  • 15-05-2017

A Cry For Womens Justice

While I kept thinking, This is the script for a drama serial" , I kept reading because it was for book club. By chapter 25 I knew it was the right way. This is an excellent way to learn why there is so much acrimony in the area. It is also a Cry for many women, not just Korean. a sobering read.

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  • ReadMeAStory
  • 20-06-2016

They didn't cover this in my history classes...

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I was really... horrified. There is so much to cover when a child is in school and learning about the world. I know not all world events can be covered but... never, never had I heard about this. I want to thank the narrator, Valerie, for offering me this book. I am off to Google the besheeshus out of this slice of (eye opening) history

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  • Babe
  • 19-11-2014

A VEY GOOD READ

If you could sum up Daughters of the Dragon in three words, what would they be?

Captivating, fascinating heart-warming

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughters of the Dragon?

When she finally made love

Have you listened to any of Valerie Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but she was clear, made the story interesting

If you could take any character from Daughters of the Dragon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The 3 main characters.

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I have enjoyed stories Asia women since my teen years. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. I read the book in 3 days ( full time student) b/c I had to study.

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  • Susancona
  • 13-05-2018

Amazing story!

I’m so glad I listened to this story. Well written, moving and informative. Both The Dragon Queen and this book will be recommended to my book buddies.

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  • coach
  • 26-04-2018

Worst book I’ve bought!

If I could give this less than one star in any category I would! I almost always finish every book. I almost never write a review. I’m not finishing and I’m letting you know not to buy this book.

The author doesn’t understand women or how they think and function. The narrator is even worse than the book. Her cadence is atrocious. It’s like she is trying to sound oriental. But it is so distracting and difficult to follow that I found myself trying to think how I would do the reading. Talk about making you think more about the narrative style than the book. She also read so harshly that I could not relate to or care about her main characters. I’m only sorry I listened as long as I did.

If after reading this, you are still considering buying this book, listen to the sample. Uggg, wish I had!

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  • Ron Johnson
  • 21-04-2018

Distracting diction!

This reader did the various voices well but the rhythm and extreme attention to diction was really distracting. Does — she — all- ways— so— cris-p- ly-sep-ar-rate each word and syl- a- ble when she speaks in real life?

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  • colette
  • 06-08-2015

so moving, courageous

What did you like most about Daughters of the Dragon?

I never knew these women even existed. This book tells the story through the eyes of a modern woman but mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers from all spectrums of society cannot fail to be moved and humbled by the life stories of these women. Even after the war, 7 decades on, they are still not recognised in Japan's history