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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chang-Rae Lee Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781423391487
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Narrator Henry Park, son of a Korean-American grocer, is an undercover operative for a vaguely sinister private intelligence agency. When he is assigned to spy on a rising Korean-American politician, Park finds his family, culture, and identity endangered by the secrets he uncovers. Swirled into the turbulent background of New York City politics and growing ethnic tensions, Park must come to terms with his American wife, Lelia, and the recent death of his young son while fighting an emotional attachment to the people he is investigating. A compelling intrigue builds while insights into current political events, love, culture, and family abound. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1995 Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Winner of the 1996 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Landon | 2/19/2014

    " This was quite a quick read and very engaging. On the surface, it could be thriller-esque about a somewhat over-confident undercover investigator who becomes a little too attached to his subject, but the human aspect that dominates this book is what really makes this worth reading. Lee obviously has a knack for storytelling and the way he presents these emotions perfectly describes the sadness and anger that arise with the human condition. A nice weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denis | 2/11/2014

    " It's difficult to put into words what this novel accomplishes. This is largely because the prose is often so poetic in its quality that it resists easy interpretation. That said, this book does explore the whole question of personal identity, loss, and the life and death of relationships. Language in this work stands as a conduit for the energy of one's life. Staying true to your native tongue and honoring the speech and dialects of others, however "broken", will serve to feed your life's energy, heal your hurts and allow you to grow. That's only a portion of the powerful insights that I gained from Native Speaker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian Phan | 2/7/2014

    " asian americans can relate to the main character but it wasn't stimulating enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/28/2014

    " Korean-American take on the Invisible Man, but more well-mannered and not as, I don't know, vast or groundbreaking. Still, good in an Intro to Am Lit kind of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasetyn | 1/26/2014

    " As a foreigner living in Korea I am drawn to Korean writers who are speaking about issues that I need to be sensitive to or aware of. I am so grateful for this as it lead me to read this fantastic book, the second one of Chang-Rae Lee's that I have read. I enjoy the way he writes, the beauty in which he shows the difficulties of color,identity, nationality, culture and family. He is definitely one of my favorite writers, and I loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 oriana | 1/26/2014

    " I read this book in college and thought it was amazing, but of course I don't remember anything about it now. Must be time to read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charmaine Morris | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent book. Written in the honest words of an immigrant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrin | 1/17/2014

    " This is a flat out great book. Not good; great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johnny Lin | 1/11/2014

    " eh. started strong but went sentimental and repetitive too quickly "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 suzyq | 1/3/2014

    " Required reading for Global Lit Class (UofU) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bamboo | 12/27/2013

    " It reminded me of someone, and a story he wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 11/5/2013

    " Took me a while to get through. Not a terrible novel by any means but definitely not my favorite. I look forward to reading more of Chang Rae Lee in the future as his writing develops. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Talbott | 8/23/2013

    " I really enjoyed this novel. Its politics are really interesting, and the story is great too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Linden | 8/15/2013

    " Gorgeous book. Amazingly skillfully crafted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 8/7/2013

    " This a great book about race, identity and city politics. I don't know what happened to him in "Aloft" - which I mistakenly read on my honeymoon - but this one is well worth the read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 K.C. | 6/27/2013

    " ALthough interesting, with some truly beautiful lines, I couldn't get into it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 12/9/2012

    " Hard to follow. Jumped both chronologically and from first to third person, without ANY warning. No clear story line. Wasn't interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 11/4/2012

    " I couldn't decided if I liked this book or not. The main character has identity issues which make him perfect for his job, but his life is crumbling apart because of those issues. I especially didn't like the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitt | 9/15/2012

    " Read this for a literature class, and I didn't enjoy it. The narrative is well-written, but there's a lot of jumping around. One critique we read said that it's an odd way to write what's essentially a spy-novel, and I think that was dead-on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri Pre | 3/28/2012

    " I couldn't make myself care about any of the characters. Boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valarie | 2/29/2012

    " A very interesting novel, with a lot of thought-provoking sections. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of resolution, though. Plus, my edition had a printing error that put about 20 pages completely out of order - very annoying! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kataklicik | 6/5/2011

    " This story is grim. Grim grim grim. And it requires too much thinking on the reader's part.

    (Was not exactly the right kind of read to bring along on a holiday!!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 5/23/2011

    " Loved it. Beautiful language, and characters. Henry Park is complicated, and sympathetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 5/2/2011

    " I wanted so much to like this book but I didn't! I just... just didn't get it. I mean, I got all the reference to Korean stuff.. but I didn't get the main character. I didn't understand him.. I guess maybe that was the point, since he didn't seem to understand himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 4/25/2011

    " this is a fascinating spy novel that also intensely discusses what language means and how it works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxine | 4/18/2011

    " I was not completely enthralled with this book. I did get into it but was longing for it to be done so I could get into other books that I had waiting. Again it was about Korean Americans this time in New York City area and the characters and politics were interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ke | 4/10/2011

    " He likes drinking, a lot. The themes of the novel were well-explored.

    I wonder if the ending was too pleasant.

    I had a hard time keeping up with the large cast of characters. Some became flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 3/17/2011

    " Exquisitely written, exploring some important issues like morals, ethics, family as well as the nature of being an immigrant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 3/3/2011

    " Good Korean-American perspective. Easy to read but a little boring sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mahasin | 2/7/2011

    " I take the ugh back, while I wasn't fond of this book, it was well written and the character does change enough that you don't wish he got hit by a bus any longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hieka | 12/15/2010

    " I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more of his books. "

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About the Author
Author Chang-Rae LeeChang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction; A Gesture Life; Aloft; and The Surrendered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the “20 Writers for the 21st Century,” Chang-rae Lee is Professor professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the a Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University.
About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.