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Every Falling Star Audiobook

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

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Publisher's Summary

Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju, who is forced at age 12 to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his "brothers"; to be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. This riveting memoir allows young listeners to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.

©2016 Sungju Lee (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir." (Kirkus)

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    Daniel London, United Kingdom 30/07/2017
    Daniel London, United Kingdom 30/07/2017 Member Since 2013

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    "amazing story!"

    This book gives a different insight in to north korea then the others I have read. The life of a street kid is tougher then we can imagine. This book also contains loads of info into how North Koreans think. Great would recommend.

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    Stephen Galvin 29/05/2017
    Stephen Galvin 29/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A truly remarkable story"
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    Every Falling Star provides an almost unbelievable account of SungJu's life in North Korea. I had to keep reminding myself that this is not fiction. What SungJu describes is not just the trauma and troubles that he went through personally, but the same trauma that so many North Koreans have faced, and continue to face, in their daily lives. One can only try to imagine the horror these people experience, and from such a young age, is extremely saddening. <br/>I have to say that it is very well written, and is read perfectly by Shih. <br/>The book made me feel so lucky to be have been born in the U.K., and has helped me to appreciate a lot of the things that I take for granted. It's also eye opening to the issues we still face in the modern world. I'd recommend this book to everyone, as I believe the book provides a perspective that is important for many to see.

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  • Janis Creason
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    17/09/16
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    "Riveting, sad, and inspirational"

    I am an older reader. The narrator's cadence lends itself to a young readership. As I listened, I couldn't help but picture a teacher reading this book aloud with students at his or her feet, mouths gaping as they hung on every word. I believe that was the intention. The author painted vivid images of this young mans struggle to survive in deplorable and heartbreaking conditions. Excellently done. Highly recommended.

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  • hance
    18/06/17
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    "Eye opening"

    A story from the heart of true life in North Korea. A must read for anyone

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  • Gail
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    07/04/17
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    "GREAT memoir, great narrorator!"

    Sungju Lee's memoir could really add to the understanding of the plight of North Koreans' street children and all of North Korean atrocities being done in the name of the Un regime. I'm glad he is helping refugees settle in South Korea and elsewhere. The narrorator was superb. When I listen to a memoir, it's always great to have it ready by a person from the same decent. Even though he has an American accent, his voice is obviously Asian. I would listen to his narration again.

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  • D. Fearon
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    17/09/16
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    "Incredible"

    Without a doubt, the best book on North Korea I've listened to. So incredibly sad, yet awesome.

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