Not Forgotten

The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea
Narrated by: Wayne Campbell
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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For the first time, Kenneth Bae tells the full story surrounding his arrest and imprisonment in North Korea.

Not Forgotten is a modern story of intrigue, suspense, and heart. Driven by his passion to help the people of North Korea, Bae moves to neighboring China to lead guided tours into the secretive nation. Six years later, after 18 successful excursions in and out of the country, Ken is suddenly stopped at the border: He inadvertently brought his hard drive, which reveals the true nature of his visits, to customs. He is arrested, brought to Pyongyang for further questioning, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. His crime? Attempting to overthrow the North Korean government. He may never see his family again.

Back in America, family and friends rally support by establishing a website and creating a petition for Ken's release. Soon major media outlets decry Ken's unjust imprisonment, bringing needed attention that culminates in President Obama's call for prayer on behalf of Ken at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast. Meanwhile Ken grapples with his new solitary reality as a captive of one of the world's most brutal governments.

From the first harrowing moments of his ordeal to his release - and even today - Ken never wavers in his love for the North Korean people, even his captors. Not Forgotten is both a compelling narrative of one man's dedication to serving the less fortunate and a modern testament of a missionary forced to rely solely on the god who sent him into dangerous territory. Listeners will marvel at the rare firsthand tour of life inside the most shrouded country on the planet, meeting its people, experiencing their daily lives, taking in the landscape, and encountering the tyranny of a totalitarian regime. With its combined spiritual and secular appeal, this never-before-told story is sure to captivate and inspire listeners of all ages.

©2016 Kenneth Bae (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Good story, narration wasn't well suited to it.

The story is good. But the narrators voice did not fit. It did not "put you there". It was overly relaxed and too American for being told by a Korean man who wasn't an American till he was a 16. I wish I had read it instead of listening.

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captivating

What a testimony of faith! It's so awesome to see how relying on God got him through such difficult circumstances.

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Absolutely Amazing!

Loved it! Easy to read or listen to. Felt like I was watching it in a movie due to great description of everything. Motivating and faith growing. Absolutely amazing!

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The Lord is Good!

This is one of those books that you will want to read again and again, especially when one finds themselves in a bind or situation that causes great hardship. As a born again Christian, people ask me questions about God and why, if there is such a being as God does He allow bad things to happen. Through the years, I have gotten better at answering this question, displaying the answer and have been more compassionate with the people who ask, always giving praise even in the hardest of times. There is a line in this book that will stay with me forever, "...Sometimes, you are the only Jesus some people will ever see..." I truly, with all my heart, believe this. But, as Mr. Bae felt low and wondered if he was forgotten about, we all feel this way from time to time. Along with my Bible, this is the book I also plan to turn to when feeling low. I will continue to pray for Mr. Bae's Godly works and for the people of North Korea. 🙏

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Very good story.

This was a great story. Unbelievable that it took place just 2-3 yrs ago. It is always good to hear about real stories of people and faith, and what sacrifice looks like.

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Outstanding story, well told

very easy to get captivated by the events. insider's view into North Korea and US relations.

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An Encouraging Account from a Place of Suffering

This book was an encouraging account from Kenneth Bay describing his time in North Korea. What was most remarkable was his candor and depiction of a sanctifying process of surrender to God's will. It is also very clear that he downplayed the level of his suffering. I found this account fascinating encouraging and convicting.

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Inspiring Story

The book is worth reading at least once. It reminds us to trust God in all things and inspired me.

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not enough stories too much Bible verse

to be honest I did not finish the book I only went to chapter 5. I felt that the story had too much preaching between the stories. it made it very hard to focus on the actual story

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Thank You

On behalf of those that fill my life with joy, I want to thank you from the depths of my soul for being so courageous in the life you have lead and for sharing your story so that we may change the way we live our lives.

May God bless you in abundance!

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  • Rob
  • 01-30-17

If you want to learn about life in North Korea... this is not the book for you.

I bought this book hoping to learn about life in North Korea and about man's ability to endure harsh treatment. However this book seems primarily about one man's love of God... which is fine if you're into that kind of thing... but not me and if this was stated from the outset I wouldn't have purchased it.

There's the makings of a great story in here but Kenneth decided to focus on his love of God rather than giving real insights into a fascinating and cruel dictatorship.

At times there's a bit of an insight into what Kenneth had to endure but the sickly sweet narration hid any of the horrors of endurance.

If you're into Jesus I'm sure you'll love this. I didn't.

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  • ania
  • 10-17-17

The author is nuts !!!

The author is nuts. He talks to god and god is talking back to him.
North Korean people are living in extreme poverty for decades, they can be killed, impreasoned and tortured for an imaginery crime but god is directing and helping just Kenneth... The simple implication is that god murders, torture and starve all the others but Kenneth obviously does not see it. At some point he even laughs at North Koreans who thank to Kim Ill Song (instead of the doctor) for curing their eye sight, not seeing that he does exactly the same by attributing all positive events to god. Never mind god causing his predicament, this he conviniently does not notice... Whilst reading I wanted to shout: NORTH KOREANS NEED FOOD AND NOT YOUR PRAYERS, YOU NUTCASE !!! But Kenneth does not seem overtly concern with it... He believes instead that god brought him to his preason cell a soup which he crave for... Such a nice loving god. Never mind all those people god starved to death... I ended up fastforwarding all annoying talks about god who, as I learned, apparently loves people of North Korea. Starving them is a weird way to show it ...

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  • Daniel
  • 09-02-17

The constant talk of god was really infuriating

I know this is a book by a missionary, but jesus h christ!
He constantly attributes things to god that are either insignificant, pure chance or obviously down to someone else.
I learnt little I didn't already know about North Korea.
By the end of the book I had sided with the North Koreans, I found him unbearable.

I mean, he went into North Korea to pray for the people, if god existed why would thr proximity of the prayer to the people being prayed for make any difference.

Only worth a read if you are fellow religious zealot. If you are a rational person who thinks they might learn about North Korea in this book, STOP read something else.

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  • Matthew Elliott
  • 09-26-16

A little heavy on God, but an incredible story!

An incredible account of survival, patience and the human spirit - though it was a little too religious for me, it was clearly a message Kenneth wanted to share and what kept him going, therefore I have no right to judge.
an incredible book and a fantastic narrator! highly recommended!

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  • Andrea O.
  • 06-25-16

Another compelling story from North Korea

I have listened to many books about North Korea. This book was very interesting but I found the narration difficult to listen to and the repeated biblical quotes for some reason irritated me.
Never the less, this almost unbelievable story is well worth a listen. This man has incredible strength.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-19

An interesting story if you can sort through the noise

At times it is hard to tell if Kenneth wrote this book primarily as a piece of religious propaganda or an account of his time in DPRK. There is a fascinating story and look behind the scenes underneath it, but unfortunately there’s as much fantasy in the religious lessons and anecdotes in this book as there is in the DPRK’s official state history about its leaders. If he ever decides to give up preaching I’m sure he can get a job writing propaganda for the Kim family. It does spoil it a bit to read obviously fabricated stories of miracles and his bizarre conclusions about the meaning behind events, and his condescending attitude towards people who he decides have been brainwashed into idolising and loving their leader (the irony is real). However, the story is unique and if you’re interested in the DPRK and have read more widely much of it seems to check out... and it is one of a kind.