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The Great Successor

The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong Un
Narrated by: Olivia Mackenzie-Smith
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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The behind-the-scenes story of the rise and reign of the world's strangest and most elusive tyrant, Kim Jong Un, by the journalist with the best connections and insights into the bizarrely dangerous world of North Korea.  

The Great Successor is an irreverent yet insightful quest to understand the life of Kim Jong Un, one of the world's most secretive dictators. Kim's life is swathed in myth and propaganda, from the plainly silly - he supposedly ate so much Swiss cheese that his ankles gave way - to the grimly bloody stories of the ways his enemies and rival family members have perished at his command.  

One of the most knowledgeable journalists on modern Korea, Anna Fifield has exclusive access to Kim's aunt and uncle who posed as his parents while he was growing up in Switzerland, members of the entourage that accompanied Dennis Rodman on his quasi-ambassadorial visits with Kim, and the Japanese sushi chef whom Kim befriended and who was the first outsider to identify him as the inevitable successor to his father as supreme ruler. She has been able to create a captivating portrait of the oddest and most isolated political regime in the world, one that is broken yet able to summon a US president for peace talks, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Un: ridiculous but deadly, and a man of our times. 

©2019 Anna Fifield (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Good listen

Really well researched and narrated. If NK is your thing this is a really good book

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Absolute Madness.

Really interesting book. Absolutely blew my mind and opened my eyes to the nut house that is the KIM dynasty and how their control the North Koreans. I feel sorry for them.

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  • 09-03-2020

Required Listening for Anyone Interested In NK

It is incredibly detailed and the anecdotes are very interesting. Fifield also provides all the context necessary to understand the background of the regime.

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  • mr lustalux
  • 08-08-2019

Fascinating and brilliantly researched

A brilliantly detailed account of the life and times of a monstrous dictatorial dynasty. A compelling account beautifully narrated by Olivia in her lovely clear, diction perfect antipodean accent.

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  • Phil...H
  • 19-07-2019

Narrator abysmal

The narrator sounds like she is standing on a podium,narrating to hundreds of people,I much prefer it when it seems as though a book is being read to me,and me alone.