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The Family Law

Narrated by: Benjamin Law
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
3.6 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Meet the Law family - eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: Why won't his Chinese dad wear made-in-China underpants? Why was most of his extended family deported in the 1980s? Will his childhood dreams of Home and Away stardom come to nothing? What are his chances of finding love? Hilarious and moving, The Family Law is a linked series of tales from a wonderful Australian talent.

Warning: This title contains explicit content.

©2011 Benjamin Law (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critic Reviews

"Law is a writer of great wit and warmth who combines apparently artless and effortless comedian's patter with a high level of technical skill." ( Sydney Morning Herald)
"An addictive read." ( The Courier Mail)

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Some interesting insights

On listening to the first chapter of the book I was wondering what possessed me to buy this one, but once I'd got used to Ben's style I settled down to really enjoy the stories and quirks of this Australian Chinese family, and felt rather sorry to be leaving them as the final chapter came to a close.
In many ways the book is just a series of snapshots of any family growing up, but the peculiarities of Ben's parents, the family's sometimes strange ways and Ben's way of looking at events give the stories just enough differences to make me want to keep on, to find out what happened next, and how things were resolved.
Definitely worth a listen.

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Didn't grip me

I really tried to get into this book, I just didn't manage it. There is nothing I can pinpoint wrong with it, it just didn't grab me enough to bother to continue listening. I didn't finish it.

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Chinese Family Growing Up in Queensland

You will enjoy this book with the humour and history of a Chinese family growing up on the Sunshine Coast. Also the author does the reading. Fantastic read.

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Charming Story of a chinese/australian family

A charming story of a large chinese/ australian family.
Told so humours by one of the sons, in a funny ,but honest account of all the large and small issues of growing up.

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Funny, poignant with many great stories

Growing up gay in Brisbane and regularly travelling to the Sunshine Coast I loved this collection of stories. Really took me back to my youth! Benjamin shares the highs and lows and tells a great story. Highly recommended.

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Great Fun

I really enjoyed this funny and poignant story. Authentically narrated by the author. Lovely listen.

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I'm sorry Benjamin, i just did not like the book

As great as I think Benjamin Law is as a journalist and personality, I struggled to finish this book. His performance was great though and I love his voice, but the story didn't hook me in.

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funnier in person

I had so hoped this would be a true representation of Mr Laws as I'd seen him at discussions and talks, but I struggled to be engaged and found some thing decidedly unfunny. Couldn't finish listening. Zoe

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loved it

funny relatable well performed. I could easily listen to it again. well done Ben law

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Funny, sad, sometimes unsettling

An autobiography that mixes the challenges of race, immigration and sexuality in Australia in the setting of a home life that is both very difficult and somewhat privileged.
I enjoyed the story, it was a good ride. Written in a series of anecdotes, it's timeline wasn't linear and jumped back and forth across about a decade, which made it a little difficult to keep track of things. Each section ended with a little phrase or reference, most of which were funny or poignant, but a number missed the mark and felt contrived.
Law narrated well and allowed plenty of wry humour to come through.