With all the things happening in the world you wonder how many Islamic people's read this book and what their take is in it. I would Imagin it is very different for both males and females.
Everything this woman has experienced and talks about is moving and inspiring. She offers her opinions and she openly admits many people don't agree with her, but she fights for the constitutional right to have freedom of speech. She is hard working and dedicated and this book is powerful. I recommend this book to any one with a brain that is intelligent and wants to hear powerful and influential stuff. If you aren't a person who wouldn't want to hear this woman's empowering and influential story then you are the human equivalent to frozen yoghurt or celery. And frankly I don't want those kind of people in my life... just saying.
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.