• When Heaven and Earth Changed Places

  • A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace
  • By: Le Ly Hayslip, Jay Wurts
  • Narrated by: Nancy Kwan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-12-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (5 ratings)


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.
©1989 by Le Ly Hayslip and Charles Jay Wurts (P)1989 Dove Books on Tape Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By jamzon on 05-12-14

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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2 out of 5 stars
By heatherhg on 01-07-07

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Jodi on 31-03-11


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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