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)
Malala is an amazing young woman , inquisitive and strong in her convictions of right and wrong, Malala is courageous, risking her safety for what she believes in. I felt like giving her a bear hug.
The story itself is incredible and gives you a perspective on a part of the world many have a hard time understanding. A very courageous family that is only doing what they believe is right. Humbling and beautiful. The listen is wonderful. Just do it. It will elevate you intellectually and culturally. Once you read it/listen to it, you will thank the world for people like this family. :) enjoy
Brave; Humble; Inspiring
This brave girl is so inspiring. Malala shares her story in a humble way that allows us to hear about her life before she was shot. She was not an overnight sensation, she had dedicated her life to the cause of education long before that fateful day we all know about. I also appreciated hearing more about the Taliban as well as her love for her country, beautiful Pakistan.
Panjabi did justice to this story. Her narration allowed the story to grab us without overpowering Malala's voice.
Malala's relationship with her Father as well as the occasional reminder that she might be fighting the Taliban, but she's still a girl growing up.
This book is truly inspiring for anyone wanting to make a difference in the world. Malala is one of the most intelligent, strong and beautiful souls to walk this earth. I feel privileged to have been able to read a book from her own words.
Obviously, the author is still very young and writing a memoir at this age might seem odd. But I do think now it is the time for her to get her message out. To have a real effect in the world and also educate the western world that Islamic extremist don't represent Islam as a religion in general.
In general, I think the book is beautifully written. It intertwines her life with the events and explains how she is a product of her upbringing and her surroundings.
I listen to the Audible version of the book and often wished I had gotten the Kindle version instead, so I can highlight the lines and have easy access to the clippings of the most powerful lines.
I would recommend it to some of my friends who read for information rather than well crafted writing.
I think an abridged version might be better because this version had a lot of superflous detail.
I didn't care for the narrator's accent or the voice.
I don't usually read non-fiction so this book was outside of my usual genre and would help to explain why I didn't enjoy reading it.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
THIS IS NOT AN ORDINARY BOOK. And Malala is no ordinary girl. She came from a poor family; her father was a teacher who had enough grit to form his own school and was doing relatively well, growing bit by bit; her mother was illiterate (was, because, in the end, she was taking lessons willing to change that status). And they lived in Pakistan, the country where Bin Laden was found, Benazir Bhutto was killed and where talibans grew like cockroaches, disrupting the already turbulent life of its people. The Talibans preach religious extremism and they use of extreme measures (like destroying schools, killing innocent people, exploding centuries old statues...) to reinforce it.
Malala describes in richness of details this gunpowder environment. And, with the backing of her father, she fights for girl's right for education. She shows her face, exposes herself. She shouts to the world... and we hear, but don't do a thing. Until she was shot in the head. She got operated but almost died anyway. With the help of great doctors, she was safe, but not with her usual smile, instead, with a distorted one. With another surgery she almost recovered completely. Anyway, she has the strength to keep fighting for world peace, for freedom and for a better world.
"I am Malala" is very well written, emotions tinting every words. And Malala does a great job narrating it.
This book reveals a young leader, one who is courageous enough to wrestle for what she believes in.
Thanks for sharing, Malala.
Thanks for being such a bright light where darkness prevails.
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.
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.
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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