When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

  • by Le Ly Hayslip, Jay Wurts
  • Narrated by Nancy Kwan
  • 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.


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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.
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- heatherhg


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.
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- Jodi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books