In Order to Live

  • by Yeonmi Park
  • Narrated by Eji Kim
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Sylvia Green

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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- April

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd