The Refugees

  • by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen's next fiction book, The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of 20 years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.
With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.
The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

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What the Critics Say

“Nguyen's gentle and expressive voice contains an authenticity of emotion along with impeccable timing and perfect pronunciation.” (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

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Excellent collection of short stories by author of The Sympathizer

A very well-written, imaginative collection of short stories which, like The Sympathizer, rejuvenates thoughts and meaningful memories of the Vietnam War era and the relation of that era to today's world. Recommend.
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- BigLaggonBill

Terrific storytelling

What made the experience of listening to The Refugees the most enjoyable?

Mr. Nguyen command of the English language and his storytelling. Emotional, insightful, informative.


What did you like best about this story?

Different aspects and personalities of the characters in each story


Have you listened to any of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to The Sympathizer -- though written but not read by him.
That book was excellent - listened twice.
He reads as well as he writes.
Listened to this book twice as well.


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- Freyda Schwartz Greenman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios