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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,156 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Le Ly Hayslip Narrator: Nancy Kwan Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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This haunting memoir tells the brutal story of the Vietnam War from the perspective of an innocent victim whose childhood was dominated by violence, devastation, and conflicts between the teachings of her culture and the realities of war. The youngest in a close-knit Buddhist family, Le Ly Hayslip was 12 years old when U.S. helicopters landed in her village. She was raped and ruined for marriage by Viet Cong soldiers, imprisoned and tortured by the South Vietnamese, and sentenced to death by the Viet Cong. Ultimately fleeing to the U.S. with her children, she finally found peace, and in 1986, she was reunited with her family in Vietnam. The story of her homecoming, interwoven with her memories of the war years, paints a vivid picture of a noble, optimistic woman and her native country. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/7/2014

    " History will never let us forget the war in Vietnam. But how often do you get to read an account from a Vietnamese woman's view. Not just about the war, but how it affected her life as a child into adulthood. Written in first person narrative, the author shares some of the most traumatic events of her past, like starvation, torture, rape, teen pregnancy, living on the streets, prostitution, and a rocky marriage to an American soldier. Much can be learned emotionally and spiritually from the biographical life journey. The writing is fluid and very easy to read, although sometimes there are jumps between the present and the past. I highly encourage readers to take a chance in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee Rice | 2/7/2014

    " I was so captivated by this story I was compelled to learn more about the war. It has been a long time since I thought about it. The victims are the innocent. The circumstances the war put these people through is unthinkable. The book does an excellent job of describing the day to day tragedies of the family and the struggle to survive during the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Tuplin | 2/1/2014

    " This was a riviting book that was the closest you can come to living through a war without actually being there. It was presented with sensitivity and without undue graphic content, but with unmistakable clarity as to what really happened. The author presents the story without anger or judgment, and seeks only forgiveness for both sides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selena | 2/1/2014

    " An amazing story of survival, but even more amazing a story demonstrative of the power of forgiveness in such a cruel world. If you want to know a different perspective of the Vietnam War, this is a must read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzi | 1/30/2014

    " I thought this was going to be interesting b/c its from a different pt. of view than all the other Vietnam books I've read. However, she finishes describing cultural parts of her life on page 50 or so and the rest is very self congraulatory. It might be the translation, but the book really grates on my nerves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Spears | 1/20/2014

    " Awesome book; eye-opening perspective of the war and what one will do to survive "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emiline | 1/18/2014

    " I read this when I was very young. I'm going to re-read it from a slightly more "experienced" perspective. I'll probably have to re-read it again in another 20 years or so! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby | 11/24/2013

    " Both sides of the war are told through this woman. I have not finished the book yet but so far, so good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/14/2013

    " I read this after I saw the movie because I liked the movie. The book is even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stevi Quate | 10/30/2013

    " For anyone who was alive during the Vietnam War, protested against it, thought it was the right war, or fought in it, this is a must read. Le Ly was a young girl in a small village just out of Danang during the French and American War. Her story is powerful and provocative. You've got to read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 8/18/2013

    " Amazing. I learned so much from this book. A woman caught in central Vietnam as a girl, during the middle of the conflict, eventually ends up in the US. The book is about her trip back home and is told in flashbacks and present day chapters. Beautiful and emotional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 6/29/2013

    " Awesome book while traveling in Vietnam or if you want to learn more about Vietnam during the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Haugen | 4/17/2013

    " An incredible book written by an indomitable woman who persevered through the unspeakable horror and the craziness of war to find a way to live - Le Ly Hayslip's story is amazing as is she - and as is her book! Definitely recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karilu James | 4/8/2013

    " Vietnam War novel. Great historical fiction. Some graphic parts. Chronicles the protagonists entire life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Harris | 10/9/2012

    " A great story of survival during the the war years of Vietnam. I loved this true story and would love to meet the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 8/19/2012

    " This really gives perspective on the Vietnam War from the native Vietnamese point of view. War is never good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Shields | 7/25/2012

    " Haunting, Powerful, this book shows the horror and atrocities of war... While it's a tough read, and by tough... I mean it's hard to stomach some of the event's that actually transpired, it's a read everyone should make at least once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharyn | 7/19/2012

    " Read for HSTAS 265: Viet Nam Between Revolution & War, 1940-1990 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/9/2012

    " A marvelous book about a turbulent time in the soul of a women. Her torment and struggle growing up in a devastated country where survival and death are constant. Lots of interplay between past memories and present action all co-mingling. A true warrior in the not distant past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wordwizard | 10/15/2011

    " Read for a class. Fairly well-written, insightful--the Vietnamese view of the Vietnam war. What these people went through was terrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skylanth | 7/17/2011

    " Read for a class at UC Santa Cruz. A wonderful autobiography with chilling details of war and poverty. I still worry a bit every time the radio station broadcasts an empty signal, remembering a terrifying scene in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 6/11/2011

    " A good depiction of what life in Vietnam for those living in villages along the DMZ must have been like. It also gives an inside view of how women had to earn a living to make lives better for themselves once they decided to leave their village. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samlayla | 1/21/2011

    " I though it was pretty good. I'm not really a fan of books like this one I like to read more of the love story type books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel | 12/22/2010

    " Wow, this book is absolutely amazing! I have a totally different perspective of the Vietnam War, and of war in general - I don't think I ever learnt more from any other book (or text book in school) in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 11/11/2010

    " This really gives perspective on the Vietnam War from the native Vietnamese point of view. War is never good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 10/24/2010

    " Hayslip's account of the war and how it affected people really shed light on the consequences that the Vietnam war had on the Vietnamese citizens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 10/6/2010

    " Amazing true story! This woman is so strong even through all of the horrible things that happened to her. She is a true hero!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hunter | 9/30/2010

    " Amazing story, filled with tragedy and happiness, but not a very good writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 9/13/2010

    " An incredible book written by an indomitable woman who persevered through the unspeakable horror and the craziness of war to find a way to live - Le Ly Hayslip's story is amazing as is she - and as is her book! Definitely recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 7/28/2010

    " this is a powerful memoir ... So worth reading~ "

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