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4.00028481913985 out of 54.00028481913985 out of 54.00028481913985 out of 54.00028481913985 out of 54.00028481913985 out of 5 4.00 (7,022 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Loung Ung Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781452673271
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One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ung's memoir should serve as a reminder that some history is best not left just to historians but to those left standing when the terror ends. Booklist Starred Review
  • “Ung’s memoir should serve as a reminder that some history is best not left just to historians but to those left standing when the terror ends.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Skillfully constructed, this account also stands as an eyewitness history of the period, because as a child Ung was so aware of her surroundings, and because as an adult writer she adds details to clarify the family’s moves and separations.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tavia Gilbert takes us on [Ung’s] journey with a superb performance that includes a myriad of emotions—from audible crying to fear and anger.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Mathis | 10/6/2017

    " I felt like I was with this girl, this is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever listened to or would read. My heart will forever be next to this girl, and her poor family and the people of Cambodia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/16/2014

    " Oh my gosh, so good!!! I LOVED it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinna York-Rice | 2/10/2014

    " Great book. Learned about what really did occur in Cambodia from a child perspective during Khmer Rouge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 To the point | 2/10/2014

    " I read this book a number of years ago but still remember so much of it. It is a good introduction to what happened in Cambodia under Pol Pot, written from a child's viewpoint and memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/7/2014

    " Wow. I learned a lot from this book. Loung Ung has done a terrific job in recreating the dreadful condition Cambodia was left in after the American evacuation of Vietnam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Marks | 2/3/2014

    " I don't even know where to begin with this book except to say it's a truly amazing account of one woman's tragic story of her life during the years of Khmer Rouge tyranny in Cambodia. One of my best friends lived through this and none of us can ever really imagine what life, if you could call it that, was like for millions of Cambodians who survived this horrific era. Be sure to have a box of tissues, or two, handy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/28/2014

    " I think that my favorite part about this book is that although the author is writing about her memories as a 5-9 year old, she still has such vivid ones. And she writes as a child would write, with simple yet powerful descriptions to make it horrifying and real. I think this would be a good one to have in a Holocaust Lit class, or to use in studying memoirs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanyah | 1/27/2014

    " this was sooo sad!! im scarred for life! really good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pei Pei | 1/24/2014

    " Not the most subtly or artfully written book (and what's with some of the typos?), but there's no denying the power and importance of the story. I'm looking forward to using this one again in book clubs next year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriella | 1/20/2014

    " extremely heart wrenching but amazing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Issi Hook | 12/26/2013

    " A fantastic travel book, giving you a personal and moving account of Pol Pots genocide. War and famine from the eyes of a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori Endersbe | 11/28/2013

    " Incredible story! I read this while traveling in Cambodia and its really came alive! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 11/7/2013

    " Very difficult book to read. Had to set it down several times. Sad, intense, overwhelming....you name it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 7/19/2013

    " Another survivor's incredible journey. This is about the author's time from 6 - 10 years old. She saw and remembers with clarity the horrors of Cambodian killing fields. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise Love | 4/12/2013

    " Unforgettable story of middle class Cambodians forced into hard labor and starvation by the Khmer Rouge. Honest and heart-wrenching. Photos were helpful and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie Bates | 4/3/2013

    " Absolutely incredible... I learned so much about the recent history of Cambodia I hadn't known before. Her story is heart-breaking and moving. Her strength is unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat Mckaig | 3/3/2013

    " A very moving,memoir. It really brings Cambodia alive. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 12/9/2012

    " This book is a powerful memoir of Camboda's revolution. It is a difficult read, as the author is terribly hungry and loses much of her family. However, it gives a strong, child's eye view of the revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 7/5/2012

    " So sad and unbelievable that this happen and not that long ago. Such an amazing story of how a small girl survived. Be ready for a reality check. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S_saleh | 12/3/2011

    " I question certain aspects of this book...definitely moving but not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daisy | 8/23/2011

    " Pol Pot destroys girl's family. Girl joins Red Army. Girl eventually escapes Red Army and lets world know that both Pol Pot and land mines suck. Pretty depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zak | 7/24/2011

    " This is not exactly a fun read, but it is very worthwhile. Granted, the fact that I just returned from Cambodia made it particularly relevant for me. Hearing all the details from that horrible time had a sobering effect that drove home the reality of the events in a way my trip did not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 7/19/2011

    " once again, not sure how someone can live through something like this, but a gripping tale indeed it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 7/7/2011

    " Amazing first person account. It's haunting. I find myself thinking about Loung and wonder how she's doing... reflecting on her story and how she's managed to cope. Of course, it's not just her. Millions of Cambodians lived through that nightmare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rashmi | 6/22/2011

    " Absolutely loved this book. A quick read that taught me a lot about the Khmer Rouge and the Pol Pot Regime in the 1970s. Informational and truly a moving story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unc | 6/22/2011

    " I found this book pretty riveting after about the 1st 10 pages. Especially since it is a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 6/18/2011

    " such a sad story. cried a few times but it was very good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shazia | 6/11/2011

    " reminds you that u are lucky to be alive ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 6/7/2011

    " A remarkable story of perseverance. Ung writes vividly yet succinctly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denelle | 5/30/2011

    " A memoir of child's life in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. Learned more about the genocide in Cambodia in this book than I ever learned in school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa | 5/29/2011

    " Was a very poigniant, and often painful read. Told from the point of view of a 5-7 year old child, alternately inspiring and devastating. am starting to sequel, Lucky Child, ASAP! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 5/25/2011

    " This woman's account of what she and her fellow Cambodians went through was literally traumatizing to read about. Very powerful and disheartening. Good read

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 5/24/2011

    " I will be meeting this author in October at the Women Like Us tea at the Columbia Club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 5/24/2011

    " There are certain books where "style" is an obscenity - this book's truth outshines its minor writing flaws. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/21/2011

    " A really heart-wrenching novel about this poor little girls story through the Khmer Rouge. What a nasty and horrible time for these poor people. So hard to believe that happened in my lifetime. Horrible. Great book though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 5/20/2011

    " This is a true story about a family facing the life under the Khmer Rouge, in Cambodia during 1975. It holds a very special place in my heart due to the fact that Jacklyn was adopted from Cambodia. Even still ...i would give this book 5 stars! "

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About the Author

Loung Ung is a national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, and the author of Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind. She lives with her husband in Ohio.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time nominee for the Audie Award and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.