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

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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (12 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: March 2007 ISBN:
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Katie | 6/23/2009

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 4/5/2009

    " Sincere account of Cullin's 3 & 1/2 year ordeal as a prisoner in South Korea. Interesting insights into culture, 'criminals', and just growing up. I really loved this book. It was very thoughtful and quite well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 9/23/2008

    " Great book! Lesson learned. Never graduate from college and try to smuggle hashish in Korea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 7/8/2008

    " This is a must read! So far its the best book I have read in 2008.

    A stellar tale of what happens when common sense takes a holiday in Korea. Also a good analysis of what happens when you are reduced to almost nothing for a long period of time and how that shapes you forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 3/19/2008

    " This is the memoir of a very young (23) man who goes to Korea to teach English, gets arrested for smuggling hashish from the Phillipines to South Korea, and the 3 1/2 years he spends in prison. It's interesting so far, though as some memoirs can be, a little too introspective and navel-gazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/13/2007

    " Disclaimer: this is my friend's book so I might be a little biased. While this is not great literature, I think it is a really fun read and provides needed, at least for me, catharsis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/19/2007

    " pretty fascinating. i hope to take some inspiration from the story and make the whatever situation i'm in tolerable at worst. not everyone has this ability, to adapt and overcome pitfalls both large and small. being a pessimist isn't as fun at 30 as it was at 20. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 4/16/2007

    " This was an insightful, eye-opening read highlighting both the differences and similarities among people and cultures while examining the fundamentals of freedom, imprisonment, and redemptive growth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jodi | 4/8/2007

    " A very worthwhile read. The story of expat Cullen Thomas's 3 1/2 year imprisonment in South Korea at age 23 for a narcotics smuggling conviction is simply told but incredibly compelling. "

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About the Author

Cullen Thomas’s writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Salon, the Korea Times, Penthouse, Chamber Music Magazine, and Current Biography, among other publications. He is endlessly curious and writes about anything that grabs him. His interests include current affairs, history, literature, general anthropology, travel, and sports. He is fond of the Mughal Empire, Dwyane Wade, coffee, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, cemeteries, good conversation. Cullen is currently at work on a new book.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and award-winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.