I'm Waiting for You: And Other Stories Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“Her fiction is a breath-taking piece of a cinematic art itself. Reminiscent of the world we experienced in Matrix, Inception, and Dark City, still it leads us to this entirely original structure, which is a ground-breaking, mystic literary and cinematic experience. Indeed, powerful and graceful.” (Bong Joon-ho, Oscar-winning director of Parasite)
In this mind-expanding work of speculative fiction, available in English for the first time, one of South Korea’s most treasured writers explores the driving forces of humanity - love, hope, creation, destruction, and the very meaning of existence - in two pairs of thematically interconnected stories.
Two worlds, four stories, infinite possibilities
In “I’m Waiting for You” and “On My Way”, an engaged couple coordinates their separate missions to distant corners of the galaxy to ensure - through relativity - they can arrive back on Earth simultaneously to make it down the aisle. But small incidents wreak havoc on space and time, driving their wedding date further away. As centuries on Earth pass and the land and climate change, one thing is constant: the desire of the lovers to be together. In two separate yet linked stories, Kim Bo-Young cleverly demonstrate the idea love that is timeless and hope springs eternal, despite seemingly insurmountable challenges and the deepest despair.
In “The Prophet of Corruption” and “That One Life”, humanity is viewed through the eyes of its creators: godlike beings for which everything on Earth - from the richest woman to a speck of dirt - is an extension of their will. When one of the creations questions the righteousness of this arrangement, it is deemed a perversion - a disease - that must be excised and cured. Yet the Prophet Naban, whose “child” is rebelling, isn’t sure the rebellion is bad. What if that which is considered criminal is instead the natural order - and those who condemn it corrupt? Exploring the dichotomy between the philosophical and the corporeal, Kim ponders the fate of free will as she considers the most basic of questions: Who am I?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 59 minutes|
|Narrator||Greg Chun, Jackie Chung, Vico Ortiz|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 06 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #149,656 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#338 in Epistolary Fiction
#501 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
#2,417 in Science Fiction Anthologies
Top reviews from other countries
The second story not so much; although if I had read the notes at the end before I read the story itself it may have made more sense. I struggled to figure out what was going on and was never able to really connect with the story itself.