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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, United States
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  • Escape from Camp 14

  • One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
  • By: Blaine Harden
  • Narrated by: Blaine Harden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels.

  • By Amanda on 05-17-12

Horrific but hopeful.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-12

Would you listen to Escape from Camp 14 again? Why?

I would--there's so much information of the current North Korea that I know I missed pertinent information.

What didn’t you like about Blaine Harden’s performance?

It seemed like at random times, a different voice was dubbed in. It made it distracting while listening.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend for everyone to check out LINK, the human rights organization that was mentioned in the book.

  • A Heart for Freedom

  • The Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China's Daughters
  • By: Chai Ling
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The dramatic and fascinating story of Chai Ling, commander-in-chief of the student protesters at Tiananmen Square and witness to the massacre of thousands of Chinese civilians. Risking imprisonment and possible death, she was on the run in China for 10 months while being hunted by the authorities. She eventually escaped to the U.S., completed her education, found true love, and became a highly successful entrepreneur. But her newfound passion for God led to her life's greatest mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, Inspiring.

  • By Michael on 01-17-12

Shocked in every chapter!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely--this book not only gave a historical context of China in times of uprise, but it gave me a new insight of the oppressive pressures that the Chinese people experienced.

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  • Not for Sale

  • The Return of the Global Slave Trade - and How We Can Fight It
  • By: David Batstone
  • Narrated by: Michael McIlhonnie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Award-winning journalist David Batstone reveals the story of a new generation of 21st century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage. In his accessible and inspiring book, Batstone carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Up from Slavery

  • By Roy on 04-20-09

Informative and engaging.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-12

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The stories intertwined with the informative information made it so captivating and real.

Any additional comments?

This book is for the informed or uninformed on the subject of human trafficking. Hopefully, it will open your eyes and heart towards these boys and girls, men and women, like it did mine.

  • A Chance in the World

  • An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
  • By: Steve Pemberton
  • Narrated by: Steve Pemberton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 212

A Chance in the World is the unbelievably true story of a wounded and broken boy destined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Through it all, Steve’s story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter how great our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to build a place where love awaits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, moving story

  • By Sandra on 03-27-12

Outstanding and heart-wrenching!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-12

What did you love best about A Chance in the World?

I enjoyed that the author was also the one who read out loud. It made me appreciate the story even more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I finished it within two days. It had excruciating parts that were difficult to listen to, however his story of strength and courage made me want to continue in listening.

Any additional comments?

I found that this was a prominent issue within the foster care system that is all too easily overlooked. It also was profoundly eye-opening when he was searching for his biological family. He describes feelings and issues that are not widely talked about, and I found it to be refreshing that he is unafraid to discuss these.

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