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Publisher's Summary

Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now!

These were the final shouts nine-year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames - before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It's a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death.

Against all odds, Kim lived - but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country's freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul?

Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain.

©2017 Kim Phuc Phan Thi (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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  • 01-25-18

Exceptional

An excellent book. Powerful, encouraging, inspirational. Loved the narrator. Will and have recommended it to others.

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A Must Read

What a journey. recommend to anyone who wants to see how God answered prayer for Kim and she's really honest about how she feels.

I only rated the performance a little low because in the first half of the book the dialogue for some of the people on the story was way louder than the regular narration. But it seemed to get better as it went farther into the book.

This book had me in tears sometimes and laughing at God's goodness in others. The writing is a little choppy sometimes, but Kim says in the beginning she knows it may be and I think it's because of all the stuff she had to bring herself to remember.

It's such a wonderful story and all true that it's definitely worth reading!

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A powerful message of hope

The story is very powerful and captivating. Everyone should read it. The voice of the narrator is too soft and often trails off,makes it difficult to hear. When turn up the volume, the loud part becomes too loud. It’s a shame to have this experience in the midst of a incredible story.

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Touching Story

Would you listen to Fire Road again? Why?

No. I think I would have gotten a different perspective if I had read the book myself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely Kim, for all the pain that she's had to endure, the bravery, and inspiration towards hope of a better future.

What aspect of Emily Woo Zeller’s performance would you have changed?

It was too much of a performance read to me, and didn't feel personable. There was something in the voice of the narrator that I wasn't fond of. Maybe it's my own Vietnamese cultural background that biased how I interpreted the reader's voice and her pronunciation of the Vietnamese words. I did appreciate the emotions she carried out, however at times I felt it was over the top.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments in the book that moved me. The moments of her low self-confidence leading up to her finding her true love, when her husband decided to follow her to Canada, the moment her husband understand her love for God found his own calling, Kim being able to give birth to her own children, and the many other painful moments in her life when she continued to hold onto hope to survive her country's wrath.

Any additional comments?

This story was much more a memoir of Kim's experience and less based on the War, which was the reason I was drawn to the book in the first place. It doesn't make the story any less intriguing to read, just not what I was expecting. I was hoping to hear more perspective on the War aspect.

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A life unexplained without God's power

Few books give more than a few thought provoking ideas and repeatable antidotes. This whole book is rich and alive as you listen to how a life can be lived triumphantly under God's power. Frances Chan said "I don't want my life to be explainable without the Holy Spirit". Here truly is a life that isn't.

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What an emotional, terrifying, & wondrous journey!

Fire Road
The Napalm Girl's Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace
By: Kim Phuc Phan Thi, Ashley Wiersma
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
This was an amazing story of an amazing person. This tells of her life before the bombs, lying in the morgue while alive for three days, her time after while trying to heal, the painful treatments, her personal mental torment, the life in her country making her act as a mouth piece against the Americans when it wasn't the American bombs, trying to find love with scars, finding a new religion and being thrown out by her family, and escaping to Canada. All was so detailed that you felt like you were there. Very tense and exciting. Emotional and dramatic. The narration was perfect! Couldn't be a better narrator than this performer for this book! She was spot on! She really carried the emotions, the pain, loss, and excitement well. The book does have quite a bit of religion in it about half way through but this is important for her story.

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Spectacular!

I absolutely loved this book. The narrator was great. The story was so touching! Kim Phu's candor was so touching!

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Fire Road

I had a horrible time hearing the narrator. This is the first Audible book I couldn’t listen to. Voice did not project for my hearing abilities. Will have to buy the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful