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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,020 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Loung Ung Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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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)

  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.