Somewhere Inside

  • by Laura Ling, Lisa Ling
  • Narrated by Laura Ling, Lisa Ling
  • 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home
On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the desperate conditions in their homeland. While filming on the Chinese/North Korean border, they were chased down by North Korean soldiers who violently apprehended them. Laura and Euna were charged with trespassing and "hostile acts", and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il's notoriously secretive Communist state.
Kept totally apart, they endured months of interrogations and eventually a trial before North Korea's highest court. They were the first Americans ever to be sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a prison camp in North Korea.
When news of the arrest reached Laura's sister, journalist Lisa Ling, she immediately began a campaign to get her sister released, one that led her from the State Department to the higher echelons of the media world and eventually to the White House.
Somewhere Inside reveals for the first time Laura's gripping account of what really happened on the river, her treatment at the hands of North Korean guards, and the deprivations and rounds of harrowing interrogations she endured.
Told in the sisters' alternating voices, Somewhere Inside is a timely, inspiring tale of survival set against the canvas of international politics that goes beyond the headlines to reveal the impact on lives engulfed by forces beyond their control. But it is also a window into the unique bond these two sisters have always shared, a bond that sustained them throughout the most horrifying ordeal of their lives.


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I found this book dull and not very compelling. There are much better books out there about North Korea - "Nothing to Envy - Ordinary Lives in North Korea" for example. I thought there was too much name dropping from Lisa Ling and not much enlightening reflection from Laura Ling in this book. The way that Lisa Ling refers to her sister and Euna as "the girls" seems quite condescending and gets really old. They're not girls - they're professional women and Euna is a mother!
Also the audio version is read by Lisa and Laura and their voices sound quite similar so sometimes it's a bit hard to tell who is telling a particular story or anecdote.
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- amandasan

We are wonderfully important , connected sisters!

What would have made Somewhere Inside better?

Sticking to the subject of the plight of North Korean refugees rather than self promoting.

What could Laura Ling and Lisa Ling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop talking about themselves!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

This book should be titled " Somwhere inside the mind of two sisiters in love with themselves. "

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- LifetimeRoad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio