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The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story-logo

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

Hyeonseo Lee

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAn extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told “the best on the planet”?Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.She could not return, since rumours of her escape were spreading, and she and her family could incur the punishments of the government authorities – involving imprisonment, torture, and possible public execution. Hyeonseo instead remained in China and rapidly learned Chinese in an effort to adapt and survive. Twelve years and two lifetimes later, she would return to the North Korean border in a daring mission to spirit her mother and brother to South Korea, on one of the most arduous, costly and dangerous journeys imaginable.This is the unique story not only of Hyeonseo’s escape from the darkness into the light, but also of her coming of age, education and the resolve she found to rebuild her life – not once, but twice – first in China, then in South Korea. Strong, brave and eloquent, this memoir is a triumph of her remarkable spirit.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David John, Josie Dunn

Length:

10h 49m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:37


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

12:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

12:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

20:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

19:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

19:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

12:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

17:26


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

15:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

12:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

14:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:36