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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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    Marian 03-16-14
    Marian 03-16-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is timely and goes to the background of the girl behind the fame.


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

    Perhaps other autobiographies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular. It was just a fascinating story over all.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the personal insights more interesting rather than the political details that were interspersed throughout the book. In fact I wondered if the specific names and details about political parties, government agencies, etc were added later by editorial design. At some level as precocious and aware as Malala is compared to many adults much less children, I questioned whether it was her or someone else's agenda with regard to political commentary in the book. None of this takes away from the audio book but I found her dealings with friends, parents, etc far more interesting and the focus should have been that. Also I would have been interested in hearing how her parents were adjusting to their new life in the UK. I forgot that she has other siblings - how is the family dynamic? Can't be easy. But perhaps those insights are too personal.

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    Sara 01-15-14
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    What did you love best about I am Malala?

    Malala is very brave and extremely smart. I loved hearing her describe her region and the hospitality of her people during hard times.


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

    I have not listened to anything else by Archie but she does a wonderful job. Her voice is amazing.


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

    Everything was very interesting but I felt like some parts dragged a little. Some descriptions of the country and politics were confusing simply because I am not familiar with them. I had to pull up a map at one point to see where Swat Valley and all these towns and cities she talks about are located. She is a good story teller but I feel some things could have been left out.


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    tracey ONEIDA, NY, United States 01-02-14
    tracey ONEIDA, NY, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I am Malala to be better than the print version?

    Not sure did not read the print edition


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

    Not sure


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

    Description of Pakistan was very good.


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    Cliff 12-29-13
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    Would you listen to I am Malala again? Why?

    Yes so much insight as to the life of ordinary folks in a bullshit world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 07-04-15
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    I enjoyed listening to this so I could hear the names and places pronounced correctly.

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    Margcol WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 07-04-15
    Margcol WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US 07-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "What a remarkable girl!"

    Exceptional young lady and human being! Love how she explains the thought processes and emotions. Admire her courage and determination. Wishing her a blessed life!!

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    Michael McMillen 07-03-15
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    "opinions on religion " Muslim" have changed."

    I would be more tolerant of Islam if more like her would speak about their dislike of extreme thinking on their religion. Americans will not go back in time where any religious group will take over our control of laws and government


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    Christian Malone Columbus, Ohio, USA 07-03-15
    Christian Malone Columbus, Ohio, USA 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    I feel closer to Malala and her region for having read this book. I highly recommend it both for its story and for the excellent telling. The narrator also had a pleasing voice.

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    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 07-02-15
    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 07-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    For those of us lacking knowledge of the real people who live in the places reported on in the headlines, this author provides an excellent guide in plain speak. A remarkable story, an amazing young lady, an exceptional family.

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    Elizabeth 07-02-15
    Elizabeth 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging, inspiring, educational"

    Fantastic book for everyone. I feel so much ore informed on many levels. Thank you Malala!

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