In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.7 • 183 Ratings
    • $14.99

    • $14.99

Publisher Description

“I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.” - Yeonmi Park

"One of the most harrowing stories I have ever heard - and one of the most inspiring." - The Bookseller

“Park's remarkable and inspiring story shines a light on a country whose inhabitants live in misery beyond comprehension. Park's important memoir showcases the strength of the human spirit and one young woman's incredible determination to never be hungry again.” —Publishers Weekly

In In Order to Live, Yeonmi Park shines a light not just into the darkest corners of life in North Korea, describing the deprivation and deception she endured and which millions of North Korean people continue to endure to this day, but also onto her own most painful and difficult memories. She tells with bravery and dignity for the first time the story of how she and her mother were betrayed and sold into sexual slavery in China and forced to suffer terrible psychological and physical hardship before they finally made their way to Seoul, South Korea—and to freedom.

Park confronts her past with a startling resilience. In spite of everything, she has never stopped being proud of where she is from, and never stopped striving for a better life. Indeed, today she is a human rights activist working determinedly to bring attention to the oppression taking place in her home country. Park’s testimony is heartbreaking and unimaginable, but never without hope. This is the human spirit at its most indomitable.

Biographies & Memoirs
Eji Kim
hr min
September 29
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

Lost it all. ,

Harrowing but…

You can’t downgrade a book that details such atrocity and hopes to enlighten the world on its horrific effects. Yet there seems to be things missing and I got the sense that the editing started in Yeonmi’s mind as she was introduced to life outside NK. Read this but I feel there’s more to come.

Reader_6 ,

Great, but…

The Narrator is not good. Maybe it’s meant to add authenticity, but the read is quite bad and distracting from the story…


So close to perfect

Just an amazing and brave story. My only regret is buying it as an audible book. The Narrator is so bad and emotionless, it was hard to finish. I did speed up the narration and it helped. I highly recommend buying this to read in your own voice or until they get a different person to read this outstanding story of bravery and the love of family.

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