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.
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"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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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.
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.
What I love most about this book is the way it humanizes the different players. You are presented with these people who do great things, good or bad, and the ones doing good are very inspiring.
Top ten for sure!
The narrator captured Malala's personality beautifully.
I highly recommend this audiobook to you. It helped me understand things about Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, as well as Islam, and other religions of the area. I also understood the Taliban and Osama bin Laden from the viewpoint of a native Pakistani. It is not depressing or concerning. It is interesting and uplifting and delightful, while, at the same time, being very informative. The attitude and life of this Pakistani girl, Malala, is an example to us all. It was hard to turn it off when I had other things I needed to do (like go to work, go to sleep, etc.). Fascinating and beautifully written.
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