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Download Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cullen Thomas Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At age 23, Cullen Thomas was, like most middle-class kids his age, looking for something meaningful and exciting to do before settling into the 9-to-5 routine. Possessed of a youthful, romantic view of the world, he set off for adventure in Asia and a job teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. But he got more than he ever bargained for when an ill-advised stunt led to a drug-smuggling arrest and a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Brother One Cell is Cullen's memoir of that time - the harrowing and unusual story of a good kid forced to grow up in very unusual circumstances.

One of only a handful of foreign inmates, Cullen shared a cell block with human-traffickers, jewel smugglers, murderers, and thieves. Fortunately for him, the strict Confucian social mores that dominated the prison made it almost a safe place, different from the brutal, lawless setting most would imagine. In the relative calm of this environment, Cullen would learn invaluable life lessons and come out of the experience a wise and grounded adult.

With its gritty descriptions of life behind the concrete walls, colorful depictions of his fellow inmates, and acute insights about Korean society, Brother One Cell is part gritty prison story, part cautionary tale, and part insightful travelogue into the places most people never see.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amar | 5/14/2010

    " Not terribly written but not terribly compelling either.. I flipped through it and not enough happens to justify spending more time on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelli | 8/19/2009

    " Thrown in Korean prison at 23 for smuggling hashish into the country, Cullen Thomas shares his experiences. This book was an interesting and detailed account of an American man's 3.5 years in a Korean prison. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luna | 8/17/2009

    " Ok, people, it's not a good idea to sell drugs in South Korea, and think you can get away with it. Cullen Thomas, who was in Korea to teach English tries as a way to supplement his income, and ends up in prison. His story is very compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 6/23/2009

    " A young man imprisoned in a South Korean jail for like three years. What a drag, but interesting. "

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