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When Heaven and Earth Changed Places Audiobook

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Copyright ©1989 by Le Ly Hayslip and Charles Jay Wurts; (P)1989 Dove Books on Tape Inc.

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    "Difficult to listen to"

    This book is quite remarkable, but the narrator and the condition of the recording make it impossible to listen to, I had to resort to the book instead. Too bad.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi Saint Stephen, MN, United States 03-31-11
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    "Difficult"

    I was very disappointed with this audio for the book. It does not tell the whole book and it jumps around sentences. It is very frustrating. I am listening to it now and do not know where I am in the book as we speak. The chapters in the title is also wrong.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle United States 03-24-11
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    "Not enough"

    I was very excited to find this audiobook on audible.com initially, but I later found out that the reading did not include the complete book, which I need to have completed for class which left me to still need to actually buy the book and read it. :-(

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow"

    My heart is aching after listening to this book. It's incredible how strong this woman and others that lived through the war. It makes you appreciate woman, family and our lives today.

    The person reading says the viet words in a Chinese accent. That is awkward. Other than that, a good read by her.

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    Gabrielle 11-02-16
    Gabrielle 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    This is a horrible audible only because it doesn't read word for word of the book, and is skipped most of the book. I have no idea what was going on the entire time or where to read along to.

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    Kat 10-18-16
    Kat 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "an honest expression of the realities of war."

    This book gives insight into a peasant girl's experience of war. good to read to understand what 'taking sides' is really about, and how it matters less than loving and forgiveness. Very honest and real.

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    I am Vietnamese and I have no idea what Vietnamese word this narrator try to say
    I think this voice doesn't convey the meaning of the story

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    "Fascinating perspective"

    Having visited Danang several times and spoken with many people, including some of Hayslips contemporaries, I agree with some opinions that what this book may perhaps sacrifice in terms of literal adherence to events, it more than makes up for in a great story and vivid impression of those tragic and temultuous times. It also gives an insight into how some (of the many different peoples in and around that region) felt and were motivated to do what they did and how the events subsequently shaped their lives.

    I really enjoyed the narration. It was a unique style but seemed to me wholly fitting. I listened to this book while looking out at the similar life and scenery in a neighbouring country I was travelling through - it made it so much more memorable than focusing on a printed page could have ever been.

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