Her story is unique. She mention many real things about Islam whereas several things were not. Some Muslims created it.
Her hate to Islam is not excused. There is NO reason to disseminate that hate towards Muslims and Islam. Blame your people not the religion.
I am wonder WHY she hates Islam in the mean time, she likes Christianity and Judaism !!!
The audio edition allows to hear the right pronunciation of Arabic names and places. I enjoyed that.
I understand the value of having the writer tell her own story, especially in an autobiography. On the other hand, Ayaan seemed many times emotionally detached from the terrible episodes of her life she was describing.
I listen to audiobooks mainly during commutes, and it was hard to get out of the car sometimes.
The editing of the story was very poor. Many times the narrator finished a sentence, and the next one started without a second's pause.
This is an essential read/listen for anyone who wants to get a thorough understanding of what it is like for women to grow up in Islamic societies in North Africa and the Middle East. It highlights problems within Western societies and what can be done about them.
Yes. It offers a perspective on islamic and western culture which is new to somebody who has never been to an islamic country and compared the Islamic World to the West. It talks about life in Somalia, the famine of 1992, and Hirsi Ali's experience coming to the West for the first time. It is amazing how everything was so new to her in the Netherlands. From there, it tells the story of how Hirsi Ali became one of the most famous atheists and critics of islam. It is a very good book and it is hard to put down in parts. Atypical for a nonfiction story.
She has an accent which is hard to understand.
She employs very strong criticism of islam, especially towards the end of the book. So be prepared.
This book was an eye opener for me.
It made me both sad and angry and sometimes hopeless . Not at ayaan, but at the situation in general.
I loved hearing her amazing life story and was very inspired by her rise from obscurity
I have nothing I could compare it too
Her pronunciation of words in Dutch, Arabic, and Somali were correct and much better then I could have done
When she went passed the Kenyan border into Somali to find her distant family members to bring into Kenya. Also when she worked as a translator in holland. Those stories broke my heart.
I read this book several years back and couldn't put it down! Hearing it narrated by Hirsi Ali was such a thrill! Everyone should read this book today so they would understand what might be coming our way if we don't stop it!!! I wish those in power would listen to her!
Feminist with a literary interest in thought-provoking nonfiction, captivating memoirs, and fiction I've been meaning to read for years.
I was headed on a long trip and stopped by my local library to pick up some audiobooks. This was one of the books I chose because I had little to knowledge of the content and it caught my eye. A day later, when I was traveling by train (without my car's CD player) I joined Audible SO THAT I COULD CONTINUE LISTENING TO THIS BOOK. seriously, that's how gripping I found the content. What I loved most about Infidel was harrowing, authentic, and vulnerable story.
I have never read another book like Infidel however I had a similar reaction to the first time I attended a performance of The Vagina Monolougues a hundred years ago.
I earned several Audible badges while listening to this book because I could not out it down.
Perhaps. Much to absorb.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
I would if I was on a long trip or working at something that didn't absorb my mind; however, no time to listen for hours straight.