• Daughters of the Dragon

  • A Comfort Woman's Story
  • By: William Andrews
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-04-2014
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: MADhouse Press
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (3 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

During World War II, the Japanese forced 200,000 young Korean women to be sex slaves or "comfort women" for their soldiers. This is one woman’s riveting story of strength, courage, and promises kept.
In 1943, the Japanese tear young Ja-hee and her sister from their peaceful family farm to be comfort women for the Imperial Army. Before they leave home, their mother gives them a magnificent antique comb with an ivory inlay of a two-headed dragon, saying it will protect them. The sisters suffer terribly at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war, Ja-hee must flee while her sister lies dying. Ja-hee keeps her time as a comfort woman a secret while she struggles to rebuild her life. She meets a man in North Korea who shows her what true love is. But the communists take him away in the middle of the night, and she escapes to the South. There, she finally finds success as the country rebuilds after the Korean War. However when her terrible secret is revealed, she’s thrown into poverty. In the depths of despair, she’s tempted to sell the comb with the two-headed dragon that she believes has no magic for her. Then one day she discovers its true meaning and her surprising heredity. And now she must find the only person who can carry on the legacy of the two-headed dragon…someone she abandoned years ago.
Set within the tumultuous backdrop of 20th-century Korea, Daughters of the Dragon by Mayhaven Award-winning author William Andrews will make you cry and cheer for Ja-hee. And in the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the Land of the Morning Calm.
©2014 William Andrews (P)2014 William Andrews
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4 out of 5 stars
By Julie Krugman on 03-02-2015

Great book! Don't like the narrator

Very clipped speech style that took away from my enjoyment of this very interesting book. I should have read it instead of listening.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Tami on 20-02-2015

Destroyed by the narrator

Would you try another book from William Andrews and/or Valerie Gilbert?

Absolutely as long as it was a different narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughters of the Dragon?

I am about half way through listening to the book. Unfortunately I am so distracted by the awful narration that I have to keep going back to hear the story. I am only persevering because the actual story is so interesting but I am ot convinced I will be able to make it all the way. Such a pity.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Valerie Gilbert?


Was Daughters of the Dragon worth the listening time?

It is only out of respect to the author and the subject matter that I am continuing to listen to the excruciating narration.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 28-07-2018

A must read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was pleased to be on holiday so that I could get stuck in.

A beautifully written story on a heart breaking situation. It has history, tragedy and injustice but also endurance, love and perseverance. An incredible story which should be read. A part of history not taught in the history classroom.

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5 out of 5 stars
By colette on 06-08-2015

so moving, courageous

What did you like most about Daughters of the Dragon?

I never knew these women even existed. This book tells the story through the eyes of a modern woman but mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers from all spectrums of society cannot fail to be moved and humbled by the life stories of these women. Even after the war, 7 decades on, they are still not recognised in Japan's history

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