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The Last Story of Mina Lee

Auteur(s): Nancy Jooyoun Kim
Narrateur(s): Greta Jung
Durée: 10 h et 44 min
2,3 out of 5 stars (7 évaluations)

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A Reese’s Book Club Pick

Instant New York Times best seller

Riveting and unconventional, The Last Story of Mina Lee traces the far-reaching consequences of secrets in the lives of a Korean immigrant mother and her daughter

Margot Lee's mother is ignoring her calls. Margot can’t understand why, until she makes a surprise trip home to Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. 

Determined to discover the truth, Margot unravels her single mother’s past as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother, Mina.

Thirty years earlier, Mina Lee steps off a plane to take a chance on a new life in America. Stacking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing she expects is to fall in love. But that moment leads to repercussions for Mina that echo through the decades, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

Told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, The Last Story of Mina Lee is a powerful and exquisitely woven debut novel that explores identity, family, secrets, and what it truly means to belong.

Highly Anticipated by Fortune · Popsugar · Purewow · Betches · Gma.com · Vulture · Bustle · The Millions · Lithub · Bookriot · Bookish

“Painful, joyous... A story that cries out to be told.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Kim is a brilliant new voice in American fiction.” (Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel)

“Suspenseful and deeply felt.” (Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists)

©2020 Nancy Jooyoun Kim (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Didn’t like narration

I really didn’t enjoy the narrator of this story (sorry!). I couldn’t quite get into the characters either. It was as if I just didn’t care. I don’t recommend this book as an audio book. It might be ok to read yourself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-02

Audio Recording Terrible, distracting

The book is good but read it on paper. The voice for the audiobook is so robotic and distracting I can barely get through the book. I actually do wonder if it’s a robot/AI narrorator....

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  • MTrean
  • 2020-09-07

Robotic Narrator

The narration is so terrible I couldn’t finish it. I’ll order the book and read it to finish.

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  • Victoria L.
  • 2020-09-07

Narration is so important.

I think this is a great book, but the narrator IMO is terrible. So bad it interferes with the story.

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  • Tracey
  • 2020-09-13

First time I’ve doubted Reese’s book club choice...

Therefore I have to assume it’s a good read, NOT a good listen. The narration is horrific! It’s distracts so badly from the story, I can’t listen. I will be asking for a refund and might buy the book, although, if I had time to sit down and read, I wouldn’t need audible. I don’t want the book to get a bad review but with this narration, I’ll never know if it’s worthy of more.

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  • Mary Aalgaard
  • 2020-09-22

Drama with mystery and heartache

I liked the perspective and storytelling of Kim's novel. The premise is compelling. Margot hasn't heard from her mom in a while, so she travels from her home in Seattle to L.A. to check on her. When she finds her lying lifeless on her living room floor, she sets out to discover what happened. Along the way, she learns more about her mother than she ever knew, or suspected. Kim switches from present day with Margot's POV, to Mina's story in flashback chapters. I find this type of story a bit frustrating. Secrets are harmful, and when they're discovered after any explanation or reconciliation can happen, it makes for a sad story. Margot's reaction to what really happened to her mom is too quickly forgiven. Greta Jung did a good job with the characters and their voices and accents. The narration was choppy and slow which made it a little distracting. Still, it was a good book, giving perspective on immigrant life from people from Korea, its hardships and cruelty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-19

Unfinished business

I absolutely loved the rolls coaster of emotions reading this book. The ending leaves you wanting more. I hope the author continues her story! Thank you

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  • mary c martin
  • 2020-10-18

dont waste your time

I listened waiting for the story to improve, never happened. predictable story and narrator was terrible.

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  • Rach
  • 2020-10-18

Slightly boring

I found this book to be drawn out way too long. Not a big fan

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  • NCShopper
  • 2020-10-14

Plot and story were great

Plot and story were great but the reading was choppy and robotic. The voices of the characters were hard to follow and didn’t sound natural. I enjoyed the actual story line though.

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  • Monica E
  • 2020-10-13

Mina Lee

All the talk of food made me really crave chinese food. The audible performance was extremely annoying! She seemed to over annunciate and was very monotone. I was also really hoping for a romance at the end...