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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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    Vanessa 05/08/2016
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    "Eye-opening, captivating story"

    My world is bigger because of this book. My eyes were opened to the level of mind control by the north Korean government and trafficking in China. How dignity and expressing emotions were not things that every human believed they had a right to. I had never considered the reality of adjusting to a free life, not just practically but changing your mindset that you need to think for yourself. Highly recommended for those who want to expand their view and put their own world in perspective!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin 08/10/2015
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    "Absolutely, mind-blowingly powerful"

    An incredibly emotional story brimming with pain and compassion. It feels as if you are transported directly into Yeonmi's life and experience her traumas with her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal 24/09/2016
    Crystal 24/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic."

    Couldn't stop listening. Such a strong and resilient woman. Very inspirational story about family and the will to live.

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  • April
    24/12/15
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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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  • Eleanor
    29/10/15
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    "Fantastic"

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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • d
    29/11/15
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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
  • Kathryn de Ferrer
    UK
    29/11/15
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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
  • Louisa
    Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom
    30/06/16
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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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  • Matthew Elliott
    29/09/16
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    "Heart-wrenching and Inspirational!"

    An Incredible tale of courage, bravery and daring. Beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. Highly recommended!

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  • mrs jlh milborrow
    2/08/16
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    "A gripping and important story"

    I couldn't stop listening, truly inspirational. I learnt a lot about both north and south Korea.

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  • ultraviolet
    3/07/16
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    "An eye opening story"

    Truly an amazing story to listen too, 5 stars easily. It will have you hooked from the very beginning, it's shows the true joys and horrors of life. That some people have to go through on a daily basis. I love this book and will highly recommend it.

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  • Chris Anderson
    18/03/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TonyM
    UK
    17/03/16
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    "This remarkable young woman represents all abused women"

    Yeonmi Park seems to have more fire in her belly than is possible to calculate. She is also heroic in a way rarely seen. She is humble as her story is the story of many millions of North Koreans. She writes of many personal tragedies in a factual manner, devoid of emotive embellishment which is entirely admirable. Her spirit quietly triumphs on every page - she is utterly indomitable but full of empathy for others. She makes no complaint as she chose to defect from her nightmarish existence with no illusions about ultimate success - she simply could bear it no longer. I sincerely hope some people will have her back!

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  • Andrea O.
    28/02/16
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    "Amazing"

    Incredible book- wonderfully narrated and something everyone should listen to- Yeonmi Park's story is truly inspirational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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