• Dear Reader

  • The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il
  • By: Michael Malice
  • Narrated by: Marcus Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,283 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

No country is as misunderstood as North Korea, and no modern tyrant has remained more mysterious than the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. Now, celebrity ghostwriter Michael Malice pulls back the curtain to expose the life story of the "Incarnation of Love and Morality". Taken directly from books spirited out of Pyongyang, Dear Reader is a carefully reconstructed first-person account of the man behind the mythology.

From his miraculous rainbow-filled birth during the fiery conflict of World War II, Kim Jong Il watched as his beloved Korea finally earned its freedom from the cursed Japanese. Mere years later, the wicked US imperialists took their chance at conquering the liberated nation - with devastating results. But that's only the beginning of the Dear Leader's story.

In Dear Reader, Kim Jong Il explains:

  • How he can shrink time
  • Why he despises the Mona Lisa
  • How he recreated the arts in Korea
  • Why the Juche idea is the greatest concept ever discovered by man
  • How he handled the crippling famine
  • Why Kim Jong Un was chosen as successor over his elder brothers

With nothing left uncovered, drawing straight from dozens of books, hundreds of articles, and thousands of years of Korean history, Dear Reader is both the definitive account of Kim Jong Il's life and the complete stranger-than-fiction history of the world's most unique country.

©2014 Michael Malice (P)2017 Listen and Think Audio

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Great book

I read just, well listen, to just about everything about North Korea that audible has to offer and this is a very unique take - use the information publicly available about Kim Jong Il, about his amazing life and amazing achievements (according to the NK media) and write out an autobiography. It's more than just a joke book, it really does cover what is really known about his life and I think it does a good job of representing many ideas based on how the NK government claims to see it. The book is very entertaining and I learned a lot - and wow, what a sudden heel turn the book takes to close it out, a very strong ending.

If you read the description and find it interesting then certainly check it out. I do wish it covered more of Kim Jong Il's obsession with western culture, in particular in the 90s when he did things like bring over WCW professional wrestling just so a Korean could beat the evil American Ric Flair in front of 100,000 people who had no idea what in the world they were watching, it's one of my favorite things Kim Jong Il ever did.

The reader is a perfect fit for this book, excellent job.

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Simply brilliant!

The idea, the writing, the balance of hilarious sarcasm and sometimes surprisingly affecting accounts of the tragic events in the "Dear Leader's" life, even the performance of the narrator, all of it amounts to a work of genius. Even though this is a work of fiction, reportedly Michael Malice based all of the stories in the book on North Korean lore, on what the people there are taught in schools, on the official North Korean government statements or press releases, on many other published works of history (both in the Koreas and in other countries), as well as on what the western media knows about this reclusive, little known totalitarian regime. I couldn't stop listening to it. Highly recommended!

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Horrifying

Narration was perfect. The changing tone of the book perfectly captured. Michael Malice captures the personality cult of the North Korean regime and then gradually brings you into the real life horror film that is life in the DPRK.

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Remarkable

I now understand the North Korea situation so much better. Michael Malice does a fantastic job of bringing understanding to a truly contorted and improbable (and horrible) situation. "Sympathy for the devil" is the best phrase for what this brings out. God help the North Korean people.

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brutal misinformation

Malice does an excellent job covering the sheer horror of life in the DPRK. what a crazy place.

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fascinating read and perspective on north Korea.

Can't believe how fast I finished the audio book. Also happy to say I'm no longer ignorant of the achievements and struggle of the great leader. I've heard Michael Malice on the Tom Woods podcast and had to check this out.

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An eye opener.

Would you listen to Dear Reader again? Why?

Probably not because it is so long and also something I would not go back to as enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorites here

Which scene was your favorite?

This book is just not like that.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to cry and throw up. Very sad and very scary.

Any additional comments?

This book is very good as how that crazy man running a country thinks. It makes me curious as to how such a demented person could possibly get into and stay in power.
Everyone should listen to this so they can understand how his mind works. He is a sick man, very sick in the head.

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The real North Korea

I great story compiled for North Korean History. Malice does an incredible job making this book feel like Kim Jong Il is telling you his personal story.

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Thank you for the good book.

amazing. ghost writing takes talent. and mr. malice has a lot of that, so much even he was able to create a masterpiece with this hard to tackle subject.

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Interesting listen....

This story sounds so unrealistic. It's mind boggling that these situations are real. I had to stop and research certain moments because it was so unbelievable. I enjoyed and I would recommend this book.

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  • freelancephil
  • 06-02-20

A true story

Hannah Arendt wrote of the banality of evil having witnessed the Nuremberg nazi trials. Malice uses the vehicle of the ghosted celebrity autobiography, a supremely banal genre, to explain and document the evil in a manner that will coax, cajole and finally threaten you to empathise with the dear leader.

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  • Moses Buicke
  • 03-09-19

The best audio book I've bought.

This is by far the best audio book I've listened to yet. I use it when I can't sleep. The narrators voice is so relaxing and the style of writing is so humorous despite the dark subject matter.

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  • A. Barton
  • 11-02-18

Thin line between fiction and non-fiction.

While the format is interesting and entertaining, it is difficult for the reader to discern what is true, what is North Korean propaganda and what is a fictional improvisation from the writer.

As such if you want to learn about North Korea it would be better to watch a Michael Malice talk.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-03-22

Getting inside the head of an evil man

Michael somehow gets inside this dictators head and sees things through his eyes. Must have been a dark and disturbing journey to experience the same thoughts and to see some reasoning in his decision making process. He strongman's him as a patriotic leader who cares so much about this ideology and his country that he will do anything to uphold it, which is admirable in some sense, but then you find out that does include sending any North Korean who dares question him or the Juche idea to either be executed or condemned to a life of slavery, then you see how far this man is willing to go. There are a few funny moments throughout, like how he is so full of himself and where he claims that his ideas are somehow better than any expert's in every industry in the country, such as in movie making, agriculture, manufacturing and architecture. I remember Michael speaking on a podcast saying that he read something like 40 books on North Korean history as part of the research when writing this book, I looked up a lot of the points that were mentioned throughout (all of them true) such as the Japanese military invasion and the extreme lengths they went to wipe out Koreans culture and identity, the war between North and South Korea, and several other things, thank you Michael for bringing these important events to our attention. I pray that the pschological and physical torture that has happened and is still happening to the Korean people right now will end.

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  • Nathan Watson
  • 01-01-22

Great book poor performance

Needs a better narrator, good narrative format although sometimes a bit too communist in terms of talking about facts and figures

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-21

Not the book we want but the one we need.

Michael Malice masterfully puts together this book that is centered around Kim Jong Il's life story which is parallel to North Korea's modern history.
It is written in a very clever fashion that retains humour and the irony of some matters that are found in North Korean propaganda and or literature.
I've done a fair amount of research on the author and the subject to see that it is a constructive piece of literature and one of the rare contemporary western works that are not trying to inject their point of view into the writings, the tone and irony retained in it can be perceived as such but most of the content of the book is presented in North Korean fashion.
Leaves me wanting for more such inside information made easy to consume by an NPC such as myself.
Highly Recommended.

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  • Brian
  • 02-03-21

Weirdly engrossing

Darkly and dryly humorous, with excellent narrated style well suited to the material. fourteen fifteen

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  • N. Booth
  • 12-05-20

Brilliant

At times hilarious and delivered in such a deadpan manner; this was great fun to listen to.

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  • G J Santana
  • 01-18-20

great book and a must read

after finishing it, the only comparison I could make was with the film 'the usual suspects' you spend time wondering what was real, what was implied by the Mr malice's research, what was put down by the North Korean propaganda machine, and lastly what was written by the man himself. this book works on many levels, but at its heart is a story of power over people in a system that is no where else on earth.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-19

Interesting and fun

got this after seeing podcast with without, the book is simply fun and comedic but has a dark undertone throughout as much is based of facts we can research to day but from the view of the man himself

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  • 05-27-17

Paradigm shift

absolutely loved this audiobook, the narrator gave an excellent portrayal of the leader. I actually found myself agreeing with some of his philosophy. excellent, thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-22

Amazingly entertaining, and chilling

There are many parts which make you almost sympathetic to Kim Jong Il, but that is all sorted by the last chapter as you are reminded of the brutal reality of the DKRP

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-21

Hell is a real place!

A horrifying glimpse into the socialist's utopia.

A truly dark and chilling ending.

Mmasterfully performed and presented.

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  • EOE
  • 06-11-18

Guilty Entertainment

The missing link to my year 9 History classes. Who said history had to be boring and true? Actually it may have been the Great Leader.....

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  • 09-21-17

Great presentation of a hard-to-swallow topic

The content is presented as obvious propaganda. This forces you to think about the topics from a strange point of view and look up all dates and events referenced, resulting in shocking discoveries. Great writing and voice acting. That ending though :'(