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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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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.

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Moved beyond words

What a deeply impacting story! Yeonmi Park - thank you for being completely vulnerable with your story and recognising the potential of how this can effect change across the world including your home of North Korea.

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Extremely interesting story

I found this story so interesting. Quite an eye opener and very sad realizing it's still going on today no doubt. Very well spoken and read.

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Wow what a story. Yeonmi Pak is inspirational.

Wow what a story. Yeonmi Pak is inspirational and courageous. I have read many books like this and this was up there with the best of them. She shows her flaws and depth as a human and the nuances of people she met along the way. The horrors she survived are unthinkable yet she writes about them with humility and shows such empathy for other humans. The story is difficult to read in parts but leaves you feeling a sense of wonder at her and others strength, proud and heartwarmed for where she is at now and grateful for all of the things we take for granted in developed countries. Highly recommend for anyone that wants to learn more about North Korea, human trafficking or anyone who likes reading inspiring stories about surviving.

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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!

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Harrowing Nth Korean biography.

This is from the viewpoint of a young lass who had the lousey misfortune of bring born into the world's largest prison camp in a famished and brainwashed existance. We hear the well read account from a Korean narrator ...rightly so...and she does great. Enjoyed but its ...upsetting.

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interesting insight

it's such an interesting insight into NK it might as well be a sequel to 1984

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What a harrowing story

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to share this personal story of such a secret country. I learnt a lot. The narrator compliments the story perfectly.

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great book and very impressive young lady

I think it is better to read as a book rather than to listen to.

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I was deeply touched

Yeonmi's story moved me to the core and took my breath away repeatedly. It is astounding how much trauma she went through, yet she never gave up. With an amazing resilience and an unshakable will to live she is a true inspiration for me and will be for anyone who is willing to open their heart and listen to her story.

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  • Sylvia Green
  • 02-09-2017

A book we should all read

What made the experience of listening to In Order to Live the most enjoyable?

The narrator made it more natural and took you right into the feelings involved

What did you like best about this story?

How much I learned and realised about a regime that expects worship at the expense of life

Which character – as performed by Eji Kim – was your favorite?

Obviously the main character, the whole book revolved round her, and her intelligence came through and thankfully she survived to help and inform all of us

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think it was when she found her sister, I had tears in my eyes

Any additional comments?

I would tell everyone to read this, we need to understand how lucky we are to live in a country with freedom, freedom we should never take for granted. But for the grace of God we could have been born into such a country.

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  • Basil
  • 14-01-2018

Heart wrenching, educational, must read.

A story that's incredibly difficult to hear but one that is important and will illustrates painfully and beautifully the human instinct to survive and protect those you love. must read.

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  • April
  • 24-12-2015

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
  • 29-10-2015

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

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

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  • Kathryn de Ferrer
  • 29-11-2015

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.

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  • Chris Anderson
  • 18-03-2016

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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  • Louisa
  • 30-06-2016

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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  • craig
  • 15-11-2020

excellent

I like true stories and this did not disappoint , it's good to hear from someone that has lived through an event for it to be told from the heart and this is told from the heart. I remember this event from media coverage I remember my god 16yrs old . We are lucky our lives are not the same ,appreciate life guys be kind spread love

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  • Joshua Pritchard
  • 01-11-2020

heartbreaking

Eye opening, something everyone should read. made me cry a lot. North Korea must be freed!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-2020

Great insight in to life in North Korea

This is well worth a listen. Yeonmi gives an honest insight into the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime and draws much needed attention to the miss treatment of North Korean refugees in China. I struggled with the narrators accent at times but you get used to it as the novel goes on.

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  • Mrs. Jill Harrison
  • 10-08-2020

a true story that will stay with me for many years

impactful and sad, I couldn't stop listening. I just had to find out what happened to her. her courage and writing talent shine through. strong accent makes it sometimes hard to listen for long periods but it's more authentic hearing it from her own lips. at the end I wanted to both cry and applaud. her reflections on the power of books in her life is one of the best parts and the book deserves to be essential school curriculum reading for those 14+.

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  • MariaTs
  • 31-05-2020

Amazing

I love this biography, very interesting and inspiring. Thank you for sharing thiswith us. One of my favourite 10 books now

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