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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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.
Yes. It is timely and goes to the background of the girl behind the fame.
Perhaps other autobiographies.
None in particular. It was just a fascinating story over all.
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.
Malala is very brave and extremely smart. I loved hearing her describe her region and the hospitality of her people during hard times.
I have not listened to anything else by Archie but she does a wonderful job. Her voice is amazing.
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.
Not sure did not read the print edition
Description of Pakistan was very good.
Motivation, Malala really puts you in her shoes and the injustices she faces become your own or those of your child.
In the Epilogue and Prologue, Malala points out a lot of the things that we take for granted in the western world. It's a wake up call to all of those living a privileged life. I don't mean money, but freedom from murderous fascism. Any American who complains about their life or government needs to get some perspective. (First world problems...) We are all brothers and sisters and arbitrary borders are meaningless.
Malala reuniting with her family in the Birmingham Hospital.
This needs to be a global block buster movie for the masses.
Malala Yousafzai's story has the potential to help advance a stone age religion to a modern compassionate and tolerant theology that many wish it to be. Malala shows us that women's rights are the keystone to a communities progress.
The fact that she was a normal girl with normal thoughts, but wanted more for the girls in her world.
Her determination to continue to do well in school while helping others
I love Archie Panjabi and it was as tho she was Malala. I forgot it was Archie.
I would like to keep up with Malala and see what her future brings.
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.
This is one of the best I have heard. The story line is very gripping.
I am Malala
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