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The Happiest Refugee

By: Anh Do
Narrated by: Anh Do
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,194 ratings)

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You may know him from his television series, his stint on Dancing with the Stars, or his long career as a comedian and author. In The Happiest Refugee, Ahn Do gives a rendition as you'd expect, narrating his own life story and bringing it to life with his recognisable voice and familiar sense of humour. Exploring the perils he faced while immigrating, the struggle to make a life for himself in Australia and the glimmer of eventual stardom, this listen blends joy, tragedy and honest insight in a way that underscores the nature of true perseverance. 

Winning numerous awards, including the 2011 Australian Book of the Year, The Happiest Refugee will bring you closer to the Do you know as a successful comedian, author and star. Be prepared to laugh, cry and laugh until you cry.

Publisher's Summary

The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians.

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.

©2010 Anh Do (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Fabulous

I loved this book, an honest, interesting life story with hardship and kindness. Made better by Anh the author narrating himself.
I’d recommend to everyone who has a heart.

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Great read

Laughed and cried through Anh’s amazing story. The positivity he communicates throughout is brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, cover to cover!

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Heartwarming and funny

Funny, sweet, heartwarming and honest. Such a lovely memoir from one of Australia’s favourites. Lovely read!

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Wow!

This is an amazing book. One minute I was crying, the next laughing. Beautifully written and told.
A must read!!!

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  • Kim
  • 24-01-2018

Brilliant

Thank you Anh Do for sharing. A wonderful journey of your life. It was truly uplifting and inspirational. I will be a better person from this.

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An amazing story of strength and courage

Ahn has a very easy to listen to voice. I cried and laughed throughout this book. The experience of his families trip to Australia was truly incredible. Ahn is a very gentle and loving sounding man. I also loved the stories of the blending of his families with his wife. A very special story and I would highly recommend it.

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fantastic read. awsome book and trully amazing

amazing person ahn do. trully amazing read. big thanka for writting a wounderful book ahn

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To laugh and cry at the same time

Wow! Arn Do thank you for writing such a beautiful and inspiring true story. I loved listening to your narration and how your childhood and family upbringing shaped you to be the humble, kind, caring, loving creature you are today. Thank you for allowing people the insight into your life. A fabulous story.

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Fantastic!

Wow such an incredible story. Highly recommended! Even better hearing Anh read it out himself.

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Amazing

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

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  • Simon Forsyth
  • 20-07-2018

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!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-2020

This was utterly heartwarming and so funny

I must admit that I have a thing that when I do non fiction I have to do it in one sitting; this book I finished in one day in between uni classes.
Anh makes me enthused to continue perusing performance, even though I'm doing a degree I don't want a job in.
God bless Anh Do and your family <3 May you all keep laughing and loving.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-2019

The Happiest Refugee

Such a heartwarming affirmation of life even in the face of adversity. A delightful read!!