This is perhaps one of the most moving books I have ever read. Ali's narration - while somewhat choppy - conveys her personal struggle much better than a professional narrator ever could have. The power of her views comes from her story, and I believe that this recording does her justice.
It's a fascinating view of a culture I have experienced first hand - I used to live in North Africa. While I lived in the very liberal Tunisia, when I traveled around the Maghreb it was always distressing to see the state of women. I truly believe that Ali's personal account, an account which cannot be tainted with the accusations of racism which seem to plague anyone who brings up the rights of women in the Arab world, is one of the most important works that anyone interested in Islamic societies should read.
I am an American citizen currently living in a Muslim country. This book is so real and has a message that all Western societies, particulary women, should embrace and discuss. If I was still in the US, I would want to join a book club just to discuss this book. The author is an excellent narrator and you feel that you know her after listening to her story.
I usually don't write reviews but this one was a winner. Ayaan's story is riveting and heartfelt. I was just in Africa and saw the poverty and oppression that she described. I can't imagine living or tolerating the way she was raised and admire her strength to have risen above it all. This is a must read.
I listen to hundreds of books on tape because I have a really long commute. I was interested in reading this book after seeing Ayaan Hirsi Ali interviewed on several programs.
The book did not disappoint. It is a powerful, thought provoking book that is written by a courageous and spiritually enlightened woman. I had trouble getting out of my car at the end of my trip because I was so enthralled.
Ayann does a beautiful job of talking about both the good and bad of the Muslim religion and the journey she took to ultimately rejecting it at the cost of losing her family ties.
I find her voice and pronunciation to be melodious and add to the strength of the book. I did not at all find it difficult to understand. I will be thinking about this book long after I finish it.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali has lived an amazing life and accomplished outstanding achievements. Her story starts in Somalia and end in the United States. She developed a code of ethics and principles that left her at odds with her family and her culture. Her story is fascinating and I highly recommend this book.
I can't even imagine what it is like growing up in a Muslim culture! I can honestly say that just reading about it is life-changing.
This was my first audible book in years and was a great way to start. I was mesmerized by Ayaan's voice and thoroughly enjoyed the book. Very good.
This was a master piece of a book. It is direct, frank and challenging. It was distressing and disturbing, but it was a truth that only someone who has lived it, and was born into it could openly share and be validated. This book has so many different dimension. It is not strictly about women, poverty, culture or religious bondage. It is so many things. Freedom in its truest form, often has a terrible cost associated with it. Honor this person's willingness to openly relinquish hers by listening or reading this story. The obligation of every listener and reader is to pass her message forward and share her willingness to disclose the dark secrets of the millions who are threatened and threaten other humans who will not agree with their culture or religious beliefs. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE
Timely, compelling, mesmerizing and eye opening. Told by an activist who rejected her Islamic roots because of its failure to modernize, its violence against non-believers, obligatory submission, and enslavement of women. Highly recommend.