The Happiest Refugee
- Narrated by: Anh Do
- Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-24-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in a country where freedom existed.
Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of backbreaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. But there was a loving extended family and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother, Khoa, and their sister, Tram. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was 13 - they felt his loss very deeply, and their mother struggled to support the family on her own.
His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh, and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university. Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour-a-week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. 'Four', the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian!
The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who hear it.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Simon Forsyth on 07-20-18
Despite narration and writing shortfalls
Anh is pretty poor as a narrator, and the story is all over the place in time, pacing, completeness, description. Strangely, none of that seems to matter. This is one of the best listens that I have come across in a long time. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Angela on 08-18-17
What did you like most about The Happiest Refugee?
Anh's positivity throughout his life experience
What other book might you compare The Happiest Refugee to, and why?
none that I have read
What about Anh Do’s performance did you like?
everything! he tells the story so well
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
the whole story was very moving and emotional
Any additional comments?
This is by far one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Ahn does a great job narrating the story of his life. He truly is an inspiration
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By 🦋 Percyville 🦋 on 04-30-18
I loved this book from cover to cover. A family history of strength, courage, devotion and love. Thank you Anh Do for the down to earth person you are and for us to appreciate life in general. Beautifully written.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful