First They Killed My Father

  • by Loung Ung
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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)


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Customer Reviews

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Mind bogling.

Hard to listen to in places. A diary of a most shameful period in human history. Important that it is known and learned from.
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didn't enjoy the narrator but that is such a first world problem. hideous events described in all their brutal colours.
this happened in my lifetime. Syria is happening now. and what are we doing?...standing by and watching.
Mankind is horrid and we should be socially responsible enough to consider ourselves World Citizens and not allow these things to happen....but we never learn. Genocide repeats and repeats.
I just feel so sorry for Cambodia as a nation and for all its people who lived and survived such horrific times.
don't read this if u r fragile. do read this to understand a nation and it's people. leaves little to the imagination.
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- sasha pattinson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-06-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio