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  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (621)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Courageous Young Girl"
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    What made the experience of listening to I am Malala the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I am Malala?

    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.


    What about Archie Panjabi’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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