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Summary

For the first time, Kenneth Bae tells the full story surrounding his arrest and imprisonment in North Korea.

Not Forgotten is a modern story of intrigue, suspense, and heart. Driven by his passion to help the people of North Korea, Bae moves to neighboring China to lead guided tours into the secretive nation. Six years later, after 18 successful excursions in and out of the country, Ken is suddenly stopped at the border: He inadvertently brought his hard drive, which reveals the true nature of his visits, to customs. He is arrested, brought to Pyongyang for further questioning, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. His crime? Attempting to overthrow the North Korean government. He may never see his family again.

Back in America, family and friends rally support by establishing a website and creating a petition for Ken's release. Soon major media outlets decry Ken's unjust imprisonment, bringing needed attention that culminates in President Obama's call for prayer on behalf of Ken at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast. Meanwhile Ken grapples with his new solitary reality as a captive of one of the world's most brutal governments.

From the first harrowing moments of his ordeal to his release - and even today - Ken never wavers in his love for the North Korean people, even his captors. Not Forgotten is both a compelling narrative of one man's dedication to serving the less fortunate and a modern testament of a missionary forced to rely solely on the god who sent him into dangerous territory. Listeners will marvel at the rare firsthand tour of life inside the most shrouded country on the planet, meeting its people, experiencing their daily lives, taking in the landscape, and encountering the tyranny of a totalitarian regime. With its combined spiritual and secular appeal, this never-before-told story is sure to captivate and inspire listeners of all ages.

©2016 Kenneth Bae (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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If you want to learn about life in North Korea... this is not the book for you.

I bought this book hoping to learn about life in North Korea and about man's ability to endure harsh treatment. However this book seems primarily about one man's love of God... which is fine if you're into that kind of thing... but not me and if this was stated from the outset I wouldn't have purchased it.

There's the makings of a great story in here but Kenneth decided to focus on his love of God rather than giving real insights into a fascinating and cruel dictatorship.

At times there's a bit of an insight into what Kenneth had to endure but the sickly sweet narration hid any of the horrors of endurance.

If you're into Jesus I'm sure you'll love this. I didn't.

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The author is nuts !!!

The author is nuts. He talks to god and god is talking back to him.
North Korean people are living in extreme poverty for decades, they can be killed, impreasoned and tortured for an imaginery crime but god is directing and helping just Kenneth... The simple implication is that god murders, torture and starve all the others but Kenneth obviously does not see it. At some point he even laughs at North Koreans who thank to Kim Ill Song (instead of the doctor) for curing their eye sight, not seeing that he does exactly the same by attributing all positive events to god. Never mind god causing his predicament, this he conviniently does not notice... Whilst reading I wanted to shout: NORTH KOREANS NEED FOOD AND NOT YOUR PRAYERS, YOU NUTCASE !!! But Kenneth does not seem overtly concern with it... He believes instead that god brought him to his preason cell a soup which he crave for... Such a nice loving god. Never mind all those people god starved to death... I ended up fastforwarding all annoying talks about god who, as I learned, apparently loves people of North Korea. Starving them is a weird way to show it ...

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  • Daniel
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 02-09-17

The constant talk of god was really infuriating

I know this is a book by a missionary, but jesus h christ!
He constantly attributes things to god that are either insignificant, pure chance or obviously down to someone else.
I learnt little I didn't already know about North Korea.
By the end of the book I had sided with the North Koreans, I found him unbearable.

I mean, he went into North Korea to pray for the people, if god existed why would thr proximity of the prayer to the people being prayed for make any difference.

Only worth a read if you are fellow religious zealot. If you are a rational person who thinks they might learn about North Korea in this book, STOP read something else.

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A little heavy on God, but an incredible story!

An incredible account of survival, patience and the human spirit - though it was a little too religious for me, it was clearly a message Kenneth wanted to share and what kept him going, therefore I have no right to judge.
an incredible book and a fantastic narrator! highly recommended!

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Another compelling story from North Korea

I have listened to many books about North Korea. This book was very interesting but I found the narration difficult to listen to and the repeated biblical quotes for some reason irritated me.
Never the less, this almost unbelievable story is well worth a listen. This man has incredible strength.

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  • S. Miller
  • 12-07-17

Good story. Narrator didn't fit.

Interesting story about an American wrongfully charged in Korea and how his faith carried him through this terrible ordeal.

The Narrator's standard dialect and very slow pace just didn't match the story and actually took away from the experience.

I found the writing repetitious at times.

Overall, never once did I become disinterested in this thought provoking book. I hadn't realized just to what extent the Korean government works to control their citizens' thoughts and actions.

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  • CJrMom
  • 25-10-16

Good story, narration wasn't well suited to it.

The story is good. But the narrators voice did not fit. It did not "put you there". It was overly relaxed and too American for being told by a Korean man who wasn't an American till he was a 16. I wish I had read it instead of listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-16

captivating

What a testimony of faith! It's so awesome to see how relying on God got him through such difficult circumstances.

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  • Nereida
  • 07-08-16

Absolutely Amazing!

Loved it! Easy to read or listen to. Felt like I was watching it in a movie due to great description of everything. Motivating and faith growing. Absolutely amazing!

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  • Irene L. Soto
  • 10-07-16

The Lord is Good!

This is one of those books that you will want to read again and again, especially when one finds themselves in a bind or situation that causes great hardship. As a born again Christian, people ask me questions about God and why, if there is such a being as God does He allow bad things to happen. Through the years, I have gotten better at answering this question, displaying the answer and have been more compassionate with the people who ask, always giving praise even in the hardest of times. There is a line in this book that will stay with me forever, "...Sometimes, you are the only Jesus some people will ever see..." I truly, with all my heart, believe this. But, as Mr. Bae felt low and wondered if he was forgotten about, we all feel this way from time to time. Along with my Bible, this is the book I also plan to turn to when feeling low. I will continue to pray for Mr. Bae's Godly works and for the people of North Korea. 🙏

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  • N. Weddle
  • 07-06-16

Very good story.

This was a great story. Unbelievable that it took place just 2-3 yrs ago. It is always good to hear about real stories of people and faith, and what sacrifice looks like.

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  • Patrick
  • 11-07-18

An interesting story with bad narration.

You'll notice a theme with the reviews when it comes to the narration of this book. And they aren't wrong, the narration is pretty epically awful. Specifically it's how the narrator pronounces Korean words such as Pyoungyang. It's incredibly annoying and disappointing but it doesn't ruin the book. It's an interesting story and worth a read.

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  • Molly Carter
  • 03-04-18

Inspiring Story, Narrator Fine

I really enjoyed listening to this story. The narrator did a fine job and my attention was captivated and maintained. I found the story really inspiring. I usually stick to fiction but I’m glad I branched out a bit with this one. Definitely recommend.

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  • Lisabella40
  • 15-12-17

Faithful God

I love reading (listening to) books Christ followers write about the faithfulness of God. I love watching what God does in each person's situation and entire life.

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  • L. Pereira
  • 16-06-17

Great book! so uplifting!

I loved this book very much and will be recommending it to friends and family. There are few places worse than a N Korean prison camp, and Mr. Bae demonstrates how to stay positive and return the evil he faced with goodness and kindness.