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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban | [Malala Yousafzai]

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

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.
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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)

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    Heather Sepolen 06-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Remarkable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Malala to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Archie Panjabi's beautiful accent added to the overall experience of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story took me through a time, culture, and place in history of which I had little understanding. Hearing the adversity this family faced everyday because they refused to compromise their belief in education for girls was inspiring. I have now downloaded the story for my 17 yr old. Hopefully she hears the same message I did, education is never to be taken for granted and always worth fighting for.


    Have you listened to any of Archie Panjabi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No, but I can't wait for a movie!


    Any additional comments?

    A remarkable story about a family and a girl who never compromise their personal beliefs despite being faced with mounting social pressure and physical danger. A must read for every young female.

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-20-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-20-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A brave girl from a brave family"
    What made the experience of listening to I Am Malala the most enjoyable?

    I was fascinated from the first time I heard a snippet of Malala's speech to the UN last year. When I heard that there was a book about her experience, I eagerly waited to finish my backlog of books before purchasing it.
    Malala describes, in simple words, growing up in Pakistan, the rise of the Taliban, culminating in her shooting on her way home from school.

    I have heard Malala on interviews and enjoyed them immsensely; however, after Malala read the prologue to this book, I am glad that Archie Panjabi was chosen to read it. She incorporates a refinement and diction that Malala seems to lack from her reading, and she channels the energy that Malala presents in radio interviews.


    Have you listened to any of Archie Panjabi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I haven't even looked for them. Perhaps this is a good thing. her dialogue is fairly weak, so anything beyond this biography would always be compared to I am Malala.


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

    Yes. It is compelling and describes both the personal and geopolitical circumstances that led up to Malala's shooting and its aftermath. The writing in some places is clunky and disjointed, but that seems to add to the innocence of Malala's childhood growing up in an beautiful yet unstable area.


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    Sharnell 06-10-14
    Sharnell 06-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Malala's personal experience with the Taliban"
    Where does I Am Malala rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am just starting with Audiobooks but I still think this will rank high when I have heard more books. The story is very personal and to hear it from Malala's own voice makes it truly special.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I admired the bravery of this young woman and of her family. Americans need to hear what is really happening in these contested lands and hear what the taliban is about and how they progress into people's lives. It reminds me of the Nazi party's rise in Germany.


    What about Archie Panjabi’s performance did you like?

    Who is this?


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

    The story re-inforced my belief that education, especially including girls, is the biggest need in undeveloped, war-torn regions.



    Any additional comments?

    You will love Malala and would like to see all young girls read or listen to her story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dee ALPINE, CA, United States 05-07-14
    Dee ALPINE, CA, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen. It is an incredibly inspiring story about an amazing young woman.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malala of course! She is incredibly brave and selfless.

    Her parents are amazing - supportive, intelligent, and brave!


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    Lori ARLINGTON, Vatican City State (Holy See) 04-24-14
    Lori ARLINGTON, Vatican City State (Holy See) 04-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent perspective from another eyes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was an excellent story how the world is viewed from another eyes in a very different environment from those from the West. The story was inspiring to keep doing what you believe in to hope others by providing education even under great oppression and cruelty towards women and others.


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

    Yes the reading allows for inflection and proper pronunciation of names and people. She added a personalization of the story with the voice inflections.


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

    Made me laugh and cry. Also provided insight what we do in the West can be translated into something else and a different meaning. It also reminds me if we do nothing while others perform evil will result in evil everywhere. This reminds me to stand up to protect those who cannot protect themselves and education is the key for understanding for both men and woman.


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    Janie Michigan 04-24-14
    Janie Michigan 04-24-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Brilliant book. Amazing lessons"

    I have never been so impressed with another person's words as I was with this 16-year-old "little girl" who is endowed with wisdom, thoughtfulness and an innocence that does not even remotely resemble naivete. She is quite simply a beautiful human being. The narrator was AMAZING for this piece. She brought a depth to the words that could not have been there by reading it yourself in your own voice (accent). This story is rich in history as well as rich in its basic lessons of humanity, peace, love, tolerance and so many of the virtues which we have forgotten or are going at too fast a pace to remember every day. I am in awe.

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    Elaine Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-12-14
    Elaine Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Book I Have Listened to EVER"
    Would you listen to I Am Malala again? Why?

    I would listen to this book over and over again, catching the parts that I might have missed the first time over. There is so much to learn from what she experienced and saw in Swat and Birmingham that one can't remember it all the first time around.


    What other book might you compare I Am Malala to and why?

    I don't read many autobiographies so can't compare it.


    What about Archie Panjabi’s performance did you like?

    First off, I love Archie Panjabi on The Good Wife, so I already like her voice. She speaks softly and with the appropriate accent for the book. She can pronounciate all the words correctly and has great intonation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Overall her passion for peace and education for all and her total commitment to her cause.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 04-12-14
    Kelly 04-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Every young person in the U.S. Needs to read This!"
    Where does I Am Malala rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that this is a true story, and this young lady fought so hard to get an education! As an educator, It warms my heart to it's core!


    Have you listened to any of Archie Panjabi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will seek them out!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When her family decided they needed to send her alone to England, as her father needed to stay and protect the rest of the family.


    Any additional comments?

    What an amazing story. I would love to meet this young lady.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne L Harrigan 04-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    I enjoyed this because through Malala, I actually felt like I had a history lesson about her region and her people. Her story is hard to swallow. Hard because this girl should never have gone through what she did. All she ever said was that she wanted to go to school, it seems like such a silly thing to have campaign for. In attacking her, the Taliban made her an international beacon of hope and justice, the opposite of what they were going for. It's hard to believe someone so young has gone through this much. I only wish that she had read the entire book, and not just the forward.

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    Jean Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-28-14
    Jean Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "not my cup of tea"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes to read about different cultures might enjoy it. Also fans of The Good Wife will be fascinated by Archie Punjabi's accent.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I only listened to about 20 minutes of this book. Too much focus on warlike attributes as being positive.


    Have you listened to any of Archie Panjabi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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