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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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