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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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By S. Miller on 07-12-17

Good story. Narrator didn't fit.

Interesting story about an American wrongfully charged in Korea and how his faith carried him through this terrible ordeal.

The Narrator's standard dialect and very slow pace just didn't match the story and actually took away from the experience.

I found the writing repetitious at times.

Overall, never once did I become disinterested in this thought provoking book. I hadn't realized just to what extent the Korean government works to control their citizens' thoughts and actions.

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By CJrMom on 10-25-16

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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By Rob on 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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By ania on 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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