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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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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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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
  • 10-29-15

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

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  • 11-29-15

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

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  • Kathryn de Ferrer
  • 11-29-15

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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  • Louisa
  • 06-30-16

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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  • Chris Anderson
  • 03-18-16

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-17

Fascinating

I devoured this book in 2 days. Please do yourself a favour and buy this infinitely important book.

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  • Daniel
  • 10-25-17

Narrater is unbearable. I had to stop

The narrater's English is very jarring and distracting.
I found myself concentrating on her pronunciation errors rather than the story. So i had to stop listening. I know the author is Korean, but that doesn't mean tje narrator needs to be. None of the other Korean audiobooks have this.
I'll have to get the proper book instead.

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  • MASTER
  • 10-18-17

Inspirational

What an incredibly powerful and at times TRUE story. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with the narration but it made it all the more real and moving.

I came to this story by recommendation and knew very little about the reality of North Korea. But more than being just educational it is human and that’s what makes it so poignant. I will think about this book for a long time and perhaps revisit it. Definitely recommended.

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  • Michael
  • 07-12-17

Wow! What a book

This book is for anyone who wants to get a real life time view of North Korea. The difference of-course is that we the listener are lucky to b elsewhere. Yeomni Park gives us her story and includes an amazing view of what life is like in North Korea, and what the risks are of getting out and having a better life.

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  • Alskals
  • 05-03-17

Incredible story that should be heard.

This incredible, moving story brought me to tears on several occasions. I had no idea what poverty and hardship could really be like before. The horrors of the North Korean regime need to be known and understood by the world. This book goes some way to achieving that.

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  • Vanessa
  • 08-05-16

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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  • Colin
  • 10-08-15

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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  • Natalie
  • 03-07-17

An incredible and inspiring story

It's unbelievable to hear the horrors Yeonmi faced as a young girl living in North Korea all before she was 20 years old. I couldn't stop reading this book and was inspired by Yeonmis bravery in sharing her story. Highly recommend.

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  • Crystal
  • 09-24-16

Fantastic.

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