The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Narrated by: Stephen Park
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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The harrowing memoir of life inside North Korea

Amid escalating nuclear tensions, Kim Jong-un and North Korea's other leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party state, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education".

Kang Chol-Hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea. Sent to the notorious labor camp Yodok when he was nine years old, for 10 years, Kang observed frequent public executions and endured forced labor and near-starvation rations. In 1992, he escaped to South Korea, where he found God and now advocates for human rights in North Korea. 

This record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to the abuses perpetrated by the North Korean regime.

©2005 Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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North Korea is a true Hunger Games world

scary stuff, especially since its all real and occuring right now. someone needs to enlighten these leaders and educate them to the current world.... or just, u know, get rid of them.

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A very interesting point of view

I have been listening to a number of books on both North and South Korea recently. Most are not set this far back, and few have as much detail about what went on(and presumably still goes on) in the prison/re-education camps. hearing this account after listening to accounts such as those in In Order to Live, which seems a fair bit more recent, really puts thing in perspective. It is interesting to see how defection has changed over time. I felt that the writing and flow of this book was considerably better than many of the books I have listened to recently. I would definitely recommend it.

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A captivating and extremely informative read!

A captivating and informative read about the North Korean Gulag system under the Kim IL-Sung regime.