A searing story of starvation and survival in North Korea, followed by a dramatic escape, rescue by activists and Christian missionaries, and success in the United States thanks to newfound faith and courage.
Inside the hidden and mysterious world of North Korea, Joseph Kim lived a young boy's normal life until he was five. Then disaster struck: the first wave of the Great Famine, a long, terrible ordeal that killed millions, including his father, and sent others, like his mother and only sister, on desperate escape routes into China.
Alone on the streets, Joseph learned to beg and steal. He had nothing but a street-hardened survival instinct. Finally, in desperation, he, too, crossed a frozen river to escape to China. There a kindly Christian woman took him in, kept him hidden from the authorities, and gave him hope. Soon, through an underground network of activists, he was spirited to the American consulate and became one of just a handful of North Koreans to be brought to the US as refugees.
Joseph knew no English and had never been a good student. Yet the kindness of his foster family changed his life. He turned a new leaf, became a dedicated student, mastered English, and made it to college, where he is now thriving thanks to his faith and inner strength.
Under the Same Sky is an unforgettable story of suffering and redemption.
©2015 Joseph Kim (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I would for the history if the friend wants to know more about North Korea.
The scene in the prologue where the main character has to fight off his prison guard, and he manages to win, and takes his place.
It was well done, but at times the accent was rather thick where I couldn't understand some parts.
A must-have for people wanting to know more about North Korea.
The narrator sounds very authentic. Pacing, speed and pronunciation is spot on. Nothing is awkward.
Some of the story was not particularly believable. After listening for a while, I was surprised to find out that all that had been shared were memories before the age of 7. While I would expect someone to have clear memories of important events in life, such vivid memories at such a young age, so many years later after starvation pushes it for authenticity.
The examples of fighting seemed fictionalized.
Not bad if you're a fan of North Korean memoirs.
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