I'll admit, like many westerners, I know relatively little about Africa, particularly Somalia and other Islamic states. After listening this book, I feel like
This book is incredibly inspiring. It is brutally honest about the conditions Ms. Ali had to deal with. At times, it is painful and very hard to listen to.
Although I tend to dislike authors reading their own work, I think Ms. Ali did a respectable job of it. Many of the names and terms would have been hard for a professional narrator to get correct.
No. It was missing chapter nine.
I was disappointed with the audio version and not being able to easily find my location after reading portions of it.
READ THIS BOOK!
The true story of one woman's amazing journey from virtual slavery as an Islamic female to a life of service to all who are oppressed by Islam.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a strong and likable character who overcomes mountains of obstacles to find love and success in the Western world.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as any internet search can tell you, has been demonized and vilified and she lives under constant protection from the very real death threats against her. Yet if you take the time to listen to her voice, you will always hear polite, reasonable and compassionate debate on an issue of world wide importance. Don't expect rantings, posturing, or name calling. Listen to this woman who has paid such a high price to bring the continued murder, terror, and enslavement she has witnessed first hand to the international conversation.
Entertaining and educational.
Yes, because it is such an amazing story.
I loved hearing the author's story in her own voice and words.
This was such an amazing book. I lived her life through her eyes and I really felt her feelings.
This was such an eye-opening book. I had no idea that half of these things were happening so recently and probably still.
Yes, I often enjoy when books, particularly memoirs, are narrated by the authors. Ayaan Hirsi Ali does a fantastic job and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali herself for being brave and courageous enough to write this book, even if that means lots of anger and hostility from many in the Muslim world.
I have not. I am looking forward to her second book, Nomad.
I loved the content and the narration. It seems that post-production was a bit sloppy however. There were hardly any pauses in between chapters which she's finish a sentence that would go straight into the next chapter. It was a bit jarring.
A book like this reminds me of how fortunate we in the U.S.A. are to have freedom of thought and expression. I suffered thru the first hour trying to understand the author/reader, but then Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography took off -- and I am glad that she did not hire a professional reader. Her accent served to draw me in deeper as she described her family, her religion which turned radical, her country, her clan -- well, her life. An inspiring book from a woman who I hope will live a very long life with a dash of happiness thrown in.
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.