Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Malala opens her heart, family, neighborhood, religion, history and culture to our understanding in her simple, insightful voice. Nurtured as an equal by her educator father she started as a young child to advocate education for street children. As the Taliban invaded her beloved Swat Valley and closed girls schools, she became the face and voice of the girls in open defiance of their rulings. Did you know she has been nominated for the Noble Peace prize? I didn't. I couldn't put this book down and it helped me to understand the Pakistani view of recent historical events such as the war in Afghanistan and the killing of Ben Ladin. After reading I did an internet search and watched videos of her talks and "liked her" on her Facebook page which has pictures of the school, her family and valley. What a wonderful young woman - who made a difference and will continue to do so. This book is a keeper, I will read again.
I remember watching national news as Elizabeth was rescued... hoping her family could help her heal, but so afraid she would be forever scarred. I couldn't put this book down, as she with dignity, grace and humor, has opened her heart and the story of her 9 months captivity and the many miracles that allowed her return home. I had read the news and magazines, but much of the information presented was brand new to me... and so many of my questions were answered.
I worried about the audio, as so many writers make awful narrators... but she did fantastic and listening to her voice made me feel as if I know her. I worried that it would be too graphic or violent, but a simple "then he raped me," is as graphic as it gets. I was worried she would be forever scarred... and instead wept with joy as she described her gratitude, healing and the service she gives helping others to heal.
Thank you Elizabeth - this book moved me deeply!
Leon Leyson, the youngest child on Schindler's list, has shared the story of his survival in this simple, heartbreaking and uplifting autobiography. His pluck and determination are amazing as he moves through the Krakow ghetto, Plazow work camp and then on to the work camp in Brněnec, Czechoslovakia under Schindler's protection. I read and loved Schindler's Ark, but this being non-fiction and though Leon's eyes was even more touching to me. It appears in the children's and YA sections... probably too intense for under middle school would be my guess... but as an adult I couldn't stop listening and it didn't feel like a children's book. My only complaint was I didn't want it to end.
I bought this book on a whim, as it turns out, it has been the best audiobook purchase I have ever made. The writing is absolutely incredible. Edward Herrmann's reading is absolutely flawless.
This book is a must, I give it a 10 star rating!