I rank this at the top of my list. I have recommended this book to several people.
I have not read another book like this, but I will be reading/listening to Ayaan Hirsi Ali's other book soon.
I don't have a favorite scene. But the reoccurring themes to not take things at face value and the importance of understanding what you are taught are important messages for all of us.
I wouldn't recommend listening to this book in one sitting. You periodically need time to process what the author's story means to our lives.
Listening to the author read her own story was very powerful. Her accent and tone added a lot to the experience.
Did not read the print, but enjoyed the audio. Read by the author so you get genuine reflection and tone as it was intended to have. I would have had trouble pronouncing many words, so this was excellent.
Enjoyed the entire performance. Tone, cadence, as if she sat down to tell you the story herself.
Did not laugh or cry, but completely amazed me and opened my eyes to a world we know little about.
Must read / listen!! Highly recommend.
the background the author presented about herself and her experiences helped to make me more aware of other cultures, so much more than the public media ever offers.
I would listen again because the story is compelling and the issues addressed are complex and fascinating.
This is an autobiography read by the author. Fortunately, she has a soothing voice and a charming accent. The fact that you are hearing about all these events directly from the author herself makes the book even more powerful. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is definitely my favorite character. Wish I could give her a big hug. What a brave and accomplished person!
Several... but those which were completely unexpected - when her genitals were mutilated for religious purposes, when she bribed guards to enter into another country to rescue refugees, how she navigated her way as an immigrant in Holland, how she found herself running for a seat in Parliament... so many more...
Journey of a Somalian Freethinker
I expected to be interested in this author's story. What I didn't expect was to be educated about the plight of immigrants, the impact of immigrants (in general) and fundamentalist Muslims on a modern European society, and the long road the author traveled from being a devout Muslim to being a nonbeliever. I'm so glad a long drive led me to purchase this particular book, and I have heartily recommended it to everyone i have spoken to the last few days.
The very best without exception
God is not Great .
The stories of people she had to translate for in Norway.
Not at all I wanted to listen to it every chance I got though.
I learned about Muslim societies, something I did not know -- but should.
Very professional, easy to hear, understand, and follow.
This book dramatically enhanced my knowledge, my sympathy, and empathy.
Yes, I would recommend this!! Great book that should be widely read. It reminded me of Frederick Douglass' Autobiography. Damn, what Mr. Douglass and Ms. Ali went through when they were young. And I'm in awe of what they did with themselves out of their anti-life, anti-man, anti-reason backgrounds, backgrounds into which they were forced.
The beginning of the book is ugly and hard to listen to -- I'm shocked, disgusted, outraged, and filled with contempt and hatred at how some people treat others, treat men, treat women, and treat precious life. But the last half of the book is a better read -- until we get to the part where Ms. Ali is threatened and has to go into hiding. Rooting for her all the way -- but scared for her, too.
Yes. To remind me that these horrible things are not from long ago past but happen still today in the world in many different cultures and systems. Also, to remind me how good my life is and how lucky I am.
Its true and honest. It opens ones eye to the reality, dark yes but real, that still exist today.
Narrating the story herself made it even more real. It is her story after all. She did a fabulous and I would imagine difficult job.
Yes it opened my eyes!
This book was totally inspirational. People need to wake up, reason and truly learn.
a great book I learned a lot about a culture I knew very little about
This is my favorite audio book so far. This story is so moving and heartfelt, narrated by the author, it gave me a perspective on this part of the world and Islam that I had never considered. Ayaan Hirsi Ali educated herself and made decisions for her life based on what she had learned, not what Islam dictated she should do. Amazing book.