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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,617 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Ling, Lisa Ling Narrator: Laura Ling, Lisa Ling Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 they were 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 twelve 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. She speaks movingly about the emotional toll inflicted on her by her incarceration, including the measures she took to protect her sources and her fears that she might never see her family again.

Lisa writes about her unrelenting efforts to secure Laura and Euna’s release. Offering insights into the vast media campaign spearheaded on the women’s behalf, Lisa also takes us deep into the drama involving people at the highest levels of government, including secretary of state Hillary Clinton, former vice president Al Gore, senator John Kerry, and governor Bill Richardson—intense discussions that entailed strategically balancing the agendas and good intentions of the various players. She also describes her role in the back-and-forth between North Korea’s demands and the dramatic rescue by former president Bill Clinton.

Though they were thousands of miles apart while Laura was in captivity, the Ling sisters’ relationship became a way for the reclusive North Korean government to send messages to the United States government, which helped lead to Laura and Euna’s eventual release.

Told in the sisters’ alternating voices, Somewhere Inside is a timely and 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extraordinary…An inspiring story of sisters.”

    Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A memorable and lovely book.”

    Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A page-turning account of not only international geopolitics, sisterhood, and familial triumph but also a portrait of humanity at its best.”

    Deepak Chopra 

  • “A riveting story of captivity and the enduring faith, determination, and love of two sisters.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • A USA Today Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric Faris | 2/15/2014

    " spellbinding account of an unbeleivable story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/3/2014

    " Also looking forward to reading the book by the other woman held, Euna Lee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Audra Marvin | 2/2/2014

    " one of the best pieces of nonfiction I've read. this was a really compelling story, and I couldn't get enough. even though I knew things turned out okay and that everyone lived and came home, it was still an emotionally tough read and left me with an overall feeling of despondency about the state of the closed-off nation that is North Korea. and praying for peace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barb | 2/2/2014

    " I wept as I read this book... Very emotional. It was gripping. I couldn't wait to finish it and have them home. Love, love , love this book. "

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About the Author

Laura Ling is host and correspondent for E! Investigates. Previously she was vice president of Current TV’s investigative journalism series Vanguard.

About the Narrator

Lisa Ling is a special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show and a host of National Geographic Explorer. She was also a cohost of ABC’s The View and a reporter for Channel One News.