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I Am Malala Audiobook

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2014

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. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Malala Yousafzai (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir of the Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban. Her voice is youthful, lilting, and buoyant, invoking the key qualities of the now well-known young woman who, at the age of 15, was shot three times in the face by the Taliban because she actively advocated education for girls. Panjabi narrates with vigor; rapid sentences and warm tones evoke Malala's persona. The listener has the feeling of being told this story by Malala herself rather than by an actor, which is the best type of audiobook. Those who want to hear more about Afghanistan, Pakistan's Swat Valley, or the family behind this courageous young person will not be disappointed." (AudioFile)

"Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir.... Panjabi narrates with vigor; rapid sentences and warm tones evoke Malala's persona. The listener has the feeling of being told this story by Malala herself rather than by an actor, which is the best type of audiobook." (AudioFile)

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    John North Berwick, ME, United States 12-05-13
    John North Berwick, ME, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "More people need to know this story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Revive Bonita, CA, United States 11-04-13
    Revive Bonita, CA, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    maida smith Sandy Ut 10-22-13
    maida smith Sandy Ut 10-22-13 Member Since 2016

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    Where does I am Malala rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honest and simple approach to the feelings of this courageous little girl


    What does Archie Panjabi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent performance...Brought you to beleive the sincerity of the author


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Wows....What an insight into the functionings of another culture and the struggle for the education they find so essential to their future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-19-14
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Starts slow but great finish!"

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ninjachinchin 10-15-13 Member Since 2013

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    "MALALA WILL BE FREE AS A BIRD..."

    There is no other way to sum up this book other than 'humbling and awe-inspiring' and what's more is that this story is true. This is an account of one young girl’s struggle, tragedy and her ultimate triumph against a ruthless, irrational and unreasonable enemy. I absolutely loved the descriptive way in which Malala recounted her life in the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. This book opens with a prologue, which is narrated by Malala herself. In spite of the terror she has been through, one can hear the compassion and optimism in her gentle child's voice. Her story is powerful and just as she loves knowledge she uses her book to carefully educate the reader/listener about her beloved land. We are introduced to the beautiful Swat valley as we become familiar with Malala's family and friends, her people, her culture and also the cruel, unreasoning extremists/Taliban who, through fear and terror, force their repressive rules upon her and her townspeople.

    Malala is the girl who stood up for what she believed. With her father and family’s support she became known for her activism regarding the rights of girls/women to obtain an education; especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban banned girls from attending school and leaving their homes. Malala's outspokenness made her a target of these local Taliban, which caused her to be shot in the head at point-blank range. She nearly died but her assassin failed. Malala was critically injured but that did not stop her and in spite of the Taliban reiterating its death threats against her and her family, Malala has not faded away. She has not faltered and she has never compromised her dreams.

    The crime against Malala was inhumane and horrifying but through it all she remains serenely defiant and optimistic. With wisdom beyond her years this young girl's words inspire and it is this spirit of Malala’s that has captured the hearts of people around the world.

    I am so stirred by this gentle, optimistic, slight wisp of a girl who even now holds a book as her only ‘weapon’ against the army of Taliban who want her dead…and she is winning! It has taken a child to remind us once again that the pen is mightier than the sword and the world agrees because Malala was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; the youngest person to accomplish such a feat if she is chosen.

    I will tell as many people as I can that they should read/hear this story because this amazing young girl is a rare and precious gift with a very relevant and important message/struggle. So who is Malala?...I am Malala!

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    Robert J. 04-10-16
    Robert J. 04-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Great narrative. I would recommend this audio to anyone. Malala is a beatiful and heroic girl.

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    jocelyn ackerman 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    a must read. a must listen. she can change the world. very good autobiography. I couldn't stop listening.

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    Kimberly 04-08-16
    Kimberly 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful read"

    I wasn't sure what I was going to gain from this book. I gained so much more than I expected. Malala taught me about Pakistan, its history and its people. Helped me have a better understanding on what Islam truly is and how the terrorist skew the word for their own gain. Also, how to take something we are passionate about and never give up on making that happen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarai A. Conliffe Atlanta, GA United States 04-01-16
    Sarai A. Conliffe Atlanta, GA United States 04-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good and Inspiring Book"

    I am Malala was inspiring and was great material for my daughter she loved every page.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Deux-Montagnes, QC, Canada 03-23-16
    Carmen Deux-Montagnes, QC, Canada 03-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "a big WOW"

    this girl is strong and inspiring! a must read! I did not put down this book!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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