What a captivating book!!! I fell in love with Ayaan, her genuine view of the world, her wisdom, and beautiful soul. I admire her courage to stay true to herself, and to continue her fight to open our eyes so we could understand what Islam stands for. Only when we are not afraid to tell it how it is, we could all work together towards a better world.
I couldn't stop listening. it places everything in context. it also shows us that the press and politicians refuse to see the truth about Islam and prefer to be hypocrites to the truth.
Education is the key to enlightenment. This book is a testament to that statement and a good place to start for those readers ignorant of the way a large part of the world lives.
Great book and performance! So many things I did not. I am grateful for the life I have and the life I am able to
Give my daughters. I did not realize that in some cultures things are so different. Ayaan is someone who is making a difference in our world for social justice. Thank you for sharing your story with the world!
Gripping story of her journey from enslavement to freedom both physically and intellectually! I look forward to reading more from Ms Ali.
I have learned much about what it must be like to grow up in a Muslim country. Ayaan is a survivor and I admire her greatly. Thank goodness that we have someone like her, with her experience, intelligence and fortitude, to support women's rights.
This is an intensely personal story 16 hours on audio of Ayaan's life growing up in Somalia as a Muslim. It is not overly political as much as it is wanting the Western world to understand what the problems are and why she helped Van Gough make the movie that ended up getting him assassinated. You will understand why it is not arrogant or hateful but a deep desire to help her people.
Thank you, Ayaan, for your courage and strength to tell your story and for narrating it yourself. I pray your words will bring about change and reform and that you may live long enough to see that change! The world needs more people like you. Although you do not believe in God, He believes in you! May God bless you and be with you!
The fact that one woman has gone through such a roller-coaster of a life is amazing, and even more so in light of how much she has accomplished. This is a heavy story, but one everyone should hear.
No matter what you think of Hirsi Ali's politics, I think it's important to hear both her life story and the arc of her thoughts as she transitioned between worlds. There is nothing simple about the challenges that religious faiths bring to the world, so it really does take a whole book (or more) to boil them down.
Her view on the "tolerance" movement is particularly important in modern Western society. It has devolved, and perhaps it takes an outsider to recognize what it is becoming. Tolerance means accepting people's differences, but it does not necessarily mean celebrating or pandering to them. And it certainly doesn't mean allowing those differences to trump others' rights. Hirsi Ali clearly recognizes the challenges and potential dangers in these differing definitions of tolerance, and she'll definitely make you think.