What a great way to get insight into a religion as well as a culture. Once the author freed herself by running away, I couldn't put the book down. I now understand Islamic women better and feel so much for them. I will never again not wonder what's or who is under the veil. I feel for their struggle and pray to the one true God for their deliverance. Thank you for sharing this story.
This is an outstanding autobiography of a brave and honorable woman committed to truth. Thank you, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, for sharing your story and for your passion to free women from tyranny.
I'm a 32 year old man brought up in the Russian culture. Men don't cry. Unlike in the Western culture, it is unacceptable under any circumstance. Today, I cried for the first time in 27 years.
I can't speak for the printed version, but I thought the Audio version was excellent overall. The author narrates her own story very clearly and compellingly.
I like the open honesty that the author has when she shares her experience and her perspective. She doesn't come across as a hero or victim, just a person who wants a decent life for herself and others. I would also say that part of the author's experiences growing up in a religious household and ultimately making the choice to embrace rationalism give me much to think about. I realize that I am not as rational as I thought I was, and I want to change that.
I had not even heard of Ayaan Hirsi Ali before Audible recommended this book to me.
Yes. I could hardly put it down
My only complaint is the lack of audio pauses between chapters. It was a bit jarring to listen to a chapter end, then abruptly begin the next one. I thought my audio player was malfunctioning until I realized it was part of the recording. I wish the audio engineers would have screened for this.
If you want to truly understand what Muslim culture is like, this is the book for you. The way women are treated is so awful, it is almost hard to believe, but believe it we must so perhaps those women can get the help they need one day.
The most lucid and unemotional presentation of Islam that I have ever read or heard. I have lived in Saudi Arabia for many years and have observed how women are treated and others as well. I have never been able to put into words the cruelty of it all. Strong emotions prevent me from expressing my feelings clearly. This book does it all. An absolute must read.
I have great respect for this courageous and intelligent woman. Her insights are eye-opening and her courage to stand up for herself is mostly unmatched. Anyone who is not emotionally and intellectually dishonest will respect and admire her journey.
Gary R. Beddingfield
Everyone should read/listen to this book. Very powerful and should be taken seriously. Well done, Ayaan.