The Sister: North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong, the Most Dangerous Woman in the World

Hachette Audio. Sept. 2023. 6:44 hrs. ISBN 9781668635612. $24.99. POL SCI
Lee, a renowned expert on East Asian and Korean studies and an adviser to Congress, debuts with a scathing examination of Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Lee notes that although Yo Jong is outwardly demure, she has moved out of the shadow of her tyrannical brother and is exercising considerable power on the world stage. Indeed, Yo Jong seems only to respect and answer to her brother, making her a worryingly unpredictable and terrifying presence. Dexter Galang, a relative newcomer to audiobook narration, delivers an even and precise performance. Instead of drawing attention to himself, he allows the story to speak for itself. Listeners will be rapt as he describes the Kim dynasty’s horrific record of human rights violations and its attempts to hold its own nuclear arms race. According to Lee, Yo Jong is not afraid to use nuclear weapons; in the meantime, she spews vitriol at world leaders in general and the Republic of Korea in particular.
VERDICT Listeners won’t want to miss this timely and troubling account of the reportedly ruthless woman poised to take control of a brutal and dangerous regime.
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