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)
This is an amazing account of her experience growing up and her great love of education. It is also a portrayal of her Muslim faith of peace and love. Highly recommended.
I honestly can't imagine who WOULDN'T be moved by this book, especially women. I liked that Malala explained some backstory about what's been happening in Pakistan for the past decade. We hear a lot in the news, but hearing it from someone who lived there cleared thing up for me.
I honestly didn't think I would like this as much as I did. Malala is such a powerhouse and I truly look forward to the impact she is going to make in the future.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
Of course it's a wonderful slice of someone's life very well written, so all the stars. I shelve books at my public library and often see Malala's face in the young people's section. We must have several copies of this book. I loved the narrator with her very clear enunciation and a voice like little bells. I hope she is as pretty as she sounds and will read more books or or do something even better with her gifts.
In the book, we learn right away that a teenager on her way to school was shot point blank in the face by a Taliban gunman. Then we are taken back to before she was born and filled in with her family's situation, the political situation of the whole region, her family's place in the Muslim faith, her beautiful valley and her lovely town. Malala has a beautiful, bright but illiterate mother and an educated, English-speaking, liberal-minded citizen of the world father! He is thrilled with his baby daughter in a society that offers condolences when a girl-child is born. Of course Malala is bright and eager but I think a lot of us would have gone a lot farther than we did with a daddy like hers. I had a physician father who didn't answer my questions. Silent treatment! He was working in his shop in the garage, soldering and fooling with a radio. At 4 or 5 I asked about the colored bands on the resistors. NO ANSWER! I didn't know they were resistors, only suspected the colors had special meaning in the ham radio world. Questions mean a kid is bright! Little kids pick up on all the talk in a household! Of course Malala picked up on her dad's attitudes about education and the political scene. So in time she protested for education of girls and even made speeches about it, going with her dad to all kinds of gatherings. Two brothers came along after her. She says several times that her dad always explained things to her mother, translated, kept nothing from his devoted partner. [I wondered why someone didn't just sit down with Mama and start explaining the wonders of phonetics in the simplest way. I am a literacy coach and while we have marvelous teaching aids, it is not that hard to begin with CAT, HAT, THAT, THE, GO etc.]
The book fills in for us very well all the violent history of the area. If you only want to read about a pretty girl who got well, skip to the end! I was content to hear it again as Malala and her family lived it. I was helped greatly when Malala explains that artisans, hand workers, embroiderers, clothing makers and dancers are not valued in that society! People enjoy their work but don't value them as people. For shame! And the young and discontented Taliban come from that segment. After Malala is shot, her dad makes an heroic decision; he signs her off legally to a very good woman who will escort Malala to England for medical care, including rehab. He reasons that his wife and sons need him more than Malala does. As she says, he is not a tennis daddy! She describes her first thoughts on waking up. Nobody told her where she was or what had happened! Or maybe they did but she didn't retain it. She was hearing a lot of English but the speakers were from all different places! Her parents and brothers were delayed in coming to England by bureaucratic issues. Everything got better. There was a wonderful Muslim woman chaplain in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, England who prayed with Malala. I was fascinated by Malala's take on Western Civilization. Someone bought her clothes -- tights and pullovers in wild (to her taste) colors -- even a bra! Even though her English is fluent, she comes from such a different society. I wish the book had told more about her rehab, the routine of daily sessions trying to do . . . whatever, i.e., the slow grind back to wellness. Many people have to do this, learn to accept a scar or limitations or having a nice baby but never again a flat tummy. The process of doing one's best while healing and continuing in hope -- this part of the story helps young people especially, I think. . . .
Yes. Malala's story is simply very inspiring.
This is a unique story.
Her vocal variety was incredible. She was able to convey emotions which were appropriate for the incidents being related by adjusting her vocal variety so expertly.
The stories about Malala's family life, particularly her relationship with her parents made me smile. However, the mention of attacks on advocates as well as life under the Taliban brought a feeling of sadness.
This is a story about how one person through consistent and dedicated action can make a difference in world. So inspiring!
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.
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