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Audiobook Tour: South Korea

Audiobook Tour: South Korea

Take an audiobook tour of South Korea! We've compiled a list of 23 audiobooks, featuring bestselling authors Min Jin Lee, Han Kang, Hye-Young Pyun, and others.

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Almond

A Novel

By Won-pyung Sohn
Narrated by: Greg Chun
Length: 4 hours 51 minutes

This story is, in short, about a monster meeting another monster. 

One of the monsters is me.

Yunjae was born with a brain condition called Alexithymia that makes it hard for him to feel emotions like fear or anger. He does not have friends—the two almond-shaped neurons located deep in his brain have seen to that—but his devoted mother and...

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Human Acts

A Novel

By Han Kang
Narrated by: Sandra Oh, Deborah Smith, Greta Jung, Jae Jung, Jennifer Kim, Raymond J. Lee & Keong Sim
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes

From the internationally bestselling author of THE VEGETARIAN, a “rare and astonishing” (The Observer) portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for justice

In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.
 
The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of... Read more »

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Heart and Seoul

By Jen Frederick
Narrated by: Greta Jung
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

One woman learns that the price of belonging is often steeper than expected in this heart-wrenching yet hopeful romantic novel and first in the Seoul duology by USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick.

As a Korean adoptee, Hara Wilson doesn’t need anyone telling her she looks different from her white parents. She knows. Every time Hara looks... Read more »

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Beasts of a Little Land

A Novel

By Juhea Kim
Narrated by: Sue Jean Kim & Raymond Lee
Length: 13 hours 29 minutes

Beasts of a Little Land

“Juhea Kim's debut novel is at once massive in breadth and intimate in scale. Upending Dickens and Tolstoy by setting some of their themes in Japanese occupied Korea, Kim delves into the depths of her characters - social outcasts all - and builds an ensemble of unique voices that speak to today's world nearly a century on from her setting. Parallels are exposed between the imperialism and revolution of early-twentieth-century Korea and early-twenty-first-century America, Britain, Brazil, Venezuela, Myanmar - take your pick - proving that we have not yet learned from history and are still dooming ourselves to repeat the horror of our past. The setting not only allows for a political backdrop that reverberates to modern readers, but also allows Kim to center her characters in a society shift as well; one where mysticism is giving way to harsh reality; where prior social mores are becoming popular entertainment; and where social outcasts can become leaders of industry. This is a thrilling read, and brought to mind the best of Merchant-Ivory films while also exploring the racist and colonizing effects of the aristocracy.”

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If I Had Your Face

A Novel

By Frances Cha
Narrated by: Frances Cha, Sue Jean Kim, Ruthie Ann Miles & Jeena Yi
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania
 
“Powerful and provocative . . . a novel about female strength, spirit, resilience—and the solace that... Read more »

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Flowers of Mold

Stories

By Ha Seong-nan
Narrated by: Cindy Kay & David Shih
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes

On the surface, Ha Seong-nan's stories seem pleasant enough, yet there's something disturbing just below the surface, ready to permanently disrupt the characters' lives.

A woman meets her next-door neighbor and loans her a spatula, then starts suffering horrific gaps in her memory. A man, feeling jilted by an unrequited love, becomes obsessed... Read more »

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

By Min Jin Lee
Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
Length: 18 hours 15 minutes

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

“A father's gentle nature, a mother's sacrifice, a daughter's trust, and a son's determination are the cornerstones of this grand, multilayered saga. Pachinko follows one family through an ever-changing cultural landscape, from 1910 Korea to 1989 Japan. As the bonds of family are put to the test in the harsh realities of their world, Sunja and those she holds dear manage to carve themselves a place to call home with hard work, self sacrifice, and a little kimchi. Through it all is a message about love, faith, and the deep-rooted bonds of family. Min Jin Lee gives us a phenomenal story about one family's struggle that resonates with us today. It will take hold of you and not let go!”

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The Vegetarian

A Novel

By Han Kang
Narrated by: Janet Song & Stephen Park
Length: 5 hours 13 minutes

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE • “[Han] Kang viscerally explores the limits of what a human brain and body can endure, and the strange beauty that can be found in even the most extreme forms of renunciation.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Ferocious.”—The New York Times Book Review (Ten Best Books of the Year)
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Korea

A Very Short Introduction

By Michael J. Seth
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Length: 4 hours 30 minutes

Having spent centuries in the shadows of its neighbors China and Japan, Korea is now the object of considerable interest for radically different reasons—the South as an economic success story and for its vibrant popular culture; the North as the home to one of the world's most repressive regimes, at once both bizarre and menacing.

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The Old Woman with the Knife

A Novel

By Gu Byeong-mo
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

*A New York Times Editors' Choice* Pick
*A Most Anticipated Read in LitHub, CrimeReads, Thrillist, and Popsugar*

The kinetic story of a sixty-five-year-old female assassin who faces an unexpected threat in the twilight of her career—this is an international bestseller and the English language debut from an award-winning South Korean author 

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Diary of a Murderer

And Other Stories

By Young-ha Kim
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 6 hours

It's been twenty-five years since I last murdered someone, or has it been twenty-six?

Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge—between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on one final target: his... Read more »

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The White Book

By Han Kang
Narrated by: Jennifer Kim
Length: 1 hours 19 minutes

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE • A “formally daring, emotionally devastating, and deeply political” (The New York Times Book Review) exploration of personal grief through the prism of the color white, from the internationally bestselling author of The Vegetarian

“Stunningly beautiful writing . . . delicate and gorgeous . . .... Read more »

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XOXO

By Axie Oh
Narrated by: Greta Jung
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

If you enjoyed Once Upon a K-Prom, then you’ll love XOXO.

“I love a forbidden romance story - especially if it’s a forbidden romance with a K-Pop idol! An undercover K-Pop idol meets a high school cellist at a karaoke bar. Sparks fly, but what happens next since their lives are worlds apart?”

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My Brilliant Life

By Ae-ran Kim
Narrated by: Raymond J. Lee
Length: 5 hours 34 minutes

“A moving, earnest, and deeply-felt exploration of a unique family in all its joys and disappointments . . . an utter delight.” Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had

Ae-ran Kim's My Brilliant Life explores family bonds and out-of-the-ordinary friendships, interweaving the past and present of a tight-knit...

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The Plotters

A Novel

By Un-su Kim
Narrated by: Arthur Lee
Length: 10 hours

“[A] powerhouse of a novel....It reads as if Haruki Murakami rewrote The Day of the Jackal.” - Locus Magazine

"Editor's Choice" New York Times Book Review
"The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019" CrimeReads
“Most Anticipated Books of 2019” Lit Hub
"This Winter's Best Thrillers" Chicago Review of Books
"Best Books of the Year" Apple 


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Please Look After Mom

By Kyung-Sook Shin
Narrated by: Various
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes

Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom is a heartbreaking book. It follows a Korean family as they look for their mother, who went missing at the subway station during a trip to Seoul. Her two daughters, eldest son, and husband recount their memories with her, leaping between past and present—grieving, regretting, hoping. Kyung-sook Shin’s title character also narrates her journey, the unacknowledged Passion of a poor, illiterate Korean country woman with secrets and sorrows, attending to the smallest details with great care. This book reminds readers that every person is a whole, complex human being who deserves care and respect—even your mom.”

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Mindy Kim and the Trip to Korea

Mindy Kim: Book #5

By Lyla Lee
Narrated by: Jaine Ye
Length: 1 hours 14 minutes

Mindy Kim is about to go on her first big trip to Korea! And she cannot wait to: 1. HUG HER GRANDPARENTS AND EAT HER HALMONI’S HOMEMADE COOKING! 2. HANG OUT WITH HER COUSINS. 3. SEE THE BIG SITES IN SEOUL WITH DAD AND HIS GIRLFRIEND, JULIE! When Mindy and Julie decide to make some yummy Korean food, they can’t wait to impress everyone! But... Read more »

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Pimsleur Korean Level 1 Lessons 1-5

Learn to Speak and Understand Korean with Pimsleur Language Programs
Pimsleur Digital: Book #1

By Pimsleur
Narrated by: Pimsleur
Length: 2 hours 46 minutes

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Korean
With Pimsleur you’ll become conversational in Korean — to understand and be understood — quickly and effectively. You’ll learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation together through conversation. And our scientifically proven program will help you remember what you’ve learned, so you can put it into... Read more »

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The Disaster Tourist

A Novel

By Yun Ko-eun
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 5 hours 2 minutes

An eco-thriller with a fierce feminist sensibility, The Disaster Tourist engages with the global dialog around climate activism, dark tourism, and the #MeToo movement.

For ten years, Yona has been stuck behind a desk as a coordinator for Jungle, a travel company specializing in vacation packages to destinations devastated by disaster and climate...

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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

A Novel

By Sun-mi Hwang
Narrated by: Jill Larson
Length: 2 hours 58 minutes

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

“To become a mother, the self-named hen, Sprout, has to sacrifice the acceptance of others and has to face life as an outcast with an adopted child who is different from herself. She courageously fights every day to keep her little duckling safe, until he flies away and leaves her alone to face her own mortality. The same end that her duckling's parents have already met while keeping him safe. This is a simple yet wonderful tale of love and friendship. Subtly raising issues of the "unconventional family" prejudice, motherhood, freedom, sacrifice and mortality. Solidly told and well translated, a story for all ages. Compared to classics like Charlotte's Web and Seagull. Also compared to Animal Farm, but I would say it is an opposite view of humanity.”

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