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The first two hours were really tough to get through but after that the book just gets better and better so don’t give up on it. The narrator, who I didn’t like at first, also grew on me as the book went on. Overall, it’s a great true story that touches the emotions but I must admit the names and places are so difficult to understand that the PDF is a must so that you could see some of those words, which may help you remember them.
A first-hand account of an incredibly brave hero, a young girl, who chose to speak truth to the world about the brutalities of the Taliban, was shot in the head, and recovered to carry on this mission. Malala should receive a Nobel Prize for her eloquence, her bravery, and her choice to continue speaking out even after her life was almost taken from her. She has earned this reader's eternal esteem.
YES, I loved this book! It's honest and straight forth, emotional and difficult to hear, but also kind, loving, clear and accessible. The story is her personal story but she weaves it through a complicated history, convoluted politics, and a people and faith that she obviously treasures and honors. In telling her story she teaches us about her culture and her home, a picture I've seen nowhere else. She retells her story, describing her feelings, opinions, and observations, but leaves the conclusions to her audience. When the book ended I felt heartbroken, inspired, humbled, and hopeful. When I grow up I hope to be more like this amazing young woman.
Malala, not surprising as it is an autobiography.
Archie Panjabi is fabulous as the narrator. Her voice, emotional inflection, and pacing are flawless, but the tenderness and humanity of her voice add a dimension to the experience that made it even more touching and personal for me. I would strongly encourage anyone looking into the book to consider the audio version.
A wonderful book, five stars all around.
I have been interested in reading this book for a few years and decided to finally do it. She does indeed deserve a Nobel Prize award. She was brave from a very young age and I was very impressed by her father. I am glad that I read the book, however I struggled with the writing, it seemed bland. I wanted to feel more enthusiasm from her for her great achievements. How did she feel when she was talking to large groups? Was she scared, happy, honored?
Again, I am so glad that I read the book because Malala stands apart as a heroine! I just struggled with connecting with her in the book.
From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.
It took me about 6 or 7 chapters of listening to really get in to the story, but then it started to flow more smoothly as the story unfolded. Not quite what I expected, but still just as intriguing and thought provoking. Very politically based in the back story. A lot of Middle Eastern names used as persons, places and customs; made it a little hard to follow along. I gave it a 4 rating all around. Worth the time.
Malala is very brave and extremely smart. I loved hearing her describe her region and the hospitality of her people during hard times.
I have not listened to anything else by Archie but she does a wonderful job. Her voice is amazing.
Everything was very interesting but I felt like some parts dragged a little. Some descriptions of the country and politics were confusing simply because I am not familiar with them. I had to pull up a map at one point to see where Swat Valley and all these towns and cities she talks about are located. She is a good story teller but I feel some things could have been left out.
My husband and I truly enjoyed this story in so many ways. It was so interesting to read about Pakistan from this young woman's patriotic point of view. I love that Malala is so insistent that girls should to be allowed to receive an education, despite the very real and present danger of Taliban threats. She is a worthy example for girls everywhere to courageously stand up for what is Right.
It is unfathomable that someone could shoot this young girl at point blank range. I felt the outrage and fear of time being of the essence for her recovery. And on the other hand, hearing about her reactions to a very different attitude toward her care, when she awoke in England was reassuring. I remember praying for Malala when I heard she was shot in the face, and it is wonderful to hear that this sweet girl is going to recover.
She sounded very similar to the author, at least to my untrained ear. Her voice is quite lovely; I had difficulty putting down the book.
I definitely shed tears for the plight of Malala and the girls everywhere who are not allowed to attend school. It is a senseless tragedy caused by evil people with evil intentions.
The story made me curious to find the places she mentions on the map, find photos of her valley, and read more about the development of Pakistan as a country. When I read about a new region of the world, I am reminded of the similarities of people everywhere, the need for family, love, understanding. Also, I am reminded that we must personally engage in the battle against evil, or it will overwhelm us. We must not ignore it. Every voice counts, and any voice might be the very one that makes the difference between good and evil.
Right at the top
The honest and simple approach to the feelings of this courageous little girl
Excellent performance...Brought you to beleive the sincerity of the author
Wows....What an insight into the functionings of another culture and the struggle for the education they find so essential to their future.
I was struck by the Christ-like story of Malala upon hearing this book. She is preaching a gospel to the poor, attacked and (nearly) killed by the defenders of her religion, returns to her gospel, but is rejected by her own people. It is a deeply moving tale that should inspire us all to heed her words and work to realize her vision of peace, education and equality.