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Defectors Talk About Their Lives Inside the World's Most Secretive Nation
Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan, Greta Jung
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Understanding North Korea Through the Eyes of Defectors

The weekly column Ask a North Korean, published by NK News, invites readers from around the world to pose questions to North Korean defectors. By way of these fascinating interviews, the North Koreans themselves provide authentic firsthand testimonies about what is happening inside the "Hermit Kingdom."

North Korean contributors to this book include:

  • "Seong" who came to South Korea after dropping out during his final year of his university. He is now training to be an elementary school teacher.
  • "Kang" who left North Korea in 2005. He now lives in London, England.
  • "Cheol" who was from South Hamgyeong in North Korea and is now a second-year university student in Seoul.
  • "Park" worked and studied in Pyongyang before defecting to the U.S. in 2011. He is now studying at a U.S. college.

This book sheds critical light on all aspects of North Korean politics and society and shows that even in the world's most authoritarian regime, life goes on in ways that are very different from what you may think.

©2017 Daniel Tudor & NK Consulting, Inc. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Worst Narrator Ever.

I’m so sad to say the narration of this fell so flat, on such an incredible account of life in NK. He sounds like he should be working an infomercial or a low quality YouTube skit... I implore you to have someone else read this title, had a clicked “preview” before buying I probably wouldn’t have bought. Damn I’ll read it for free if you want! Horrible!!!

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Good information on NK

I have an interest in what life is like under oppressive regimes and have read a number of stories from NK defectors. This book is different in that it goes topic by topic and includes a compilation of voices that gives a range of experiences.

It is mostly quite current, dealing with the new young dictator and some of the more recent nuclear weapon development of the regime and relations with US.

May not be as interesting for those looking for a story, but is a fascinating book for those looking for insider/defector views of NK. I would recommend.

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Fascinating!

Very very interesting indepth view into everyday life for the average person in Norrh Korea.Some glimpses into the life of the elite.Sounds as though the average person is not as taken with the supreme leader as he would have the workd believe!

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  • New Jaa Yeong
  • 2018-09-01

Brilliant Narration on the unknown perspective

A unique perspective about the lifestyle of the N.Korean. This book offers a unique look on the people that common outsiders like us are not known about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-27

Very interesting!

Very interesting to hear North Koreans tell their stories about every day life of North Korea. it is amazing what you take for granted when you hear these stories. This is a must for anyone interested in North Korean life. Feels very genuine since the stories depicted in this book are very nuanced. The male narrator felt very stale to me at first but a few hours in I got used to it.

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  • Leslie
  • 2019-01-21

An amazing look at North Korea

This book was a series of essays by North Korean defectors about a variety of topics, mostly involving day-to-day life in North Korea. They ranged from medical care to education to cosmetics and was an absolutely fascinating look at the world’s most secretive country.