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In Order to Live Audiobook

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

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Publisher's Summary

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die - from starvation or disease or even execution.

This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on Earth; her harrowing escape to South Korea through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.

©2015 Penguin Books Ltd (P)2015 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Eleanor 29/10/2015
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    "Fantastic"

    So interesting and amazing that we are starting to listen to the stories of these refugees. Would highly recommend

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    d 29/11/2015
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    "informative story well told"
    Where does In Order to Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    memorable


    What did you like best about this story?

    the insight into north Korea, the regime, everyday life and the treatment of immigrants in China


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eji Kim?

    her narrative was a bit jarring but was acceptable due to the fact it was a Korean story


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn de Ferrer UK 29/11/2015
    Kathryn de Ferrer UK 29/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A Powerful story"
    Would you listen to In Order to Live again? Why?

    Initially the narrator's voice took some getting used to, but as the story was revealed the slightly halting delivery seemed appropriate. This is an astounding story and shows just what the human spirit is capable of. It makes for compulsive listening, it genuinely was a story I could not stop listening to - I have now bought the book for my daughter to read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Yeonmi - for her spirit, her determination and single-mindedness.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    This is an extremely important book, which opens a tiny window into the closed horrific regime of North Korea.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louisa Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom 30/06/2016
    Louisa Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom 30/06/2016 Member Since 2014

    Painter, jeweller, teacher. Passionate listener to audiobooks and reader of print books.

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    "Excellent and fascinating"

    Among the biographies and non fictions audiobooks I have listened to this is one of the best although I did have some difficulty with the reader whose accent was rather pronounced. One does get used to the voice and then the story is quite gripping and very surprising. This young woman is ambitious and admirable and I would recommend the book to anybody who is interested in North Korea and the effects of extreme communism on the human psyche. My recommendation is don't be put off by the reader and if you persist you will learn much that is both surprising and appalling.

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    Chris Anderson 18/03/2016
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    "An amazing story let down in parts by flat delivery"

    The story is excellent, and a real eye opener into the workings of North Korea. It's harrowing, gripping and very difficult to stop listening to. However, the narration of the story is in a very monotonous manner, with very little emotion in the speakers voice. While this does, in places, reflect the story well, it is very difficult to concentrate on a story being told this way for long periods of time. I found myself drifting on several occasions and it was difficult to keep focuses. A more emotive delivery from a similar speaker would improve the overall result vastly.

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    Lynda Yong 21/05/2017
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    "Hope"

    For me this story shows the courage and resilience that some humans and especially young children and adults have .This story allows us to be part of Yeonmi's journey , it gives us a small glimpse , of the cruelty ,pain and suffering that can be inflicted on fellow human beings through this we can support and help those who escape by lobbying .the authorities and country's to do more
    For me , it also shows ,I believe , that the people who support this dictatorship in North Korea will one day be held to account ,sooner rather than later, especially if more people speak out
    Thankyou Yeonmi for having the courage to speak out

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    Alskals London 03/05/2017
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    "Incredible story that should be heard."

    This incredible, moving story brought me to tears on several occasions. I had no idea what poverty and hardship could really be like before. The horrors of the North Korean regime need to be known and understood by the world. This book goes some way to achieving that.

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    "Recommended - Amazong story of survival"

    Great book though English of reader is only okay. Mispronunciations and incorrect inflection are distracting.

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    "Remarkable true story"

    Very enlightening account of life in North Korea and a very brave and immensely dangerous escape to China having been sold and trafficked,raped and more until managing another very precarious escape across the dessert to freedom in South Korea. Then begins another long journey of rehabilitation and study to become a spokeswoman for justice and human rights.

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    "Excellent stuff"

    A great story well told! I liked the narrator's accent. Listened twice to this book and loved it. Gives a sense of hope at the end - unfortunately not every defector is so lucky.

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    "In Order To Live Review"

    This memoir is the most moving and inspiring piece of literature I have read to date.
    Yeonmi Park has the beautiful talent of giving light and hope to those who have had similar struggles to her. She does not hold back when it comes to explaining her struggles, she tells it as it happened and lets the dark reality stand for itself. It is a real gift to be able to shine light on situations such as Yeonmi's, and still be able to say that there is so much more to be done.

    Who Kim's performance was down to earth and bare. She kept the integrity of Yeonmi's memories and told her story with care and honesty. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    I would highly recommend listening to this audiobook. I have never felt so moved or inspired by a piece of writing before. I congratulate Yeonmi's courage and bravery. A must read from me.

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