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)
The book was good as it showed how single-minded and sure a child can be, even in the face of serious threats. I applaud her parents for being so supportive of her. I also applaud her for her bravery and indeed stubbornness in standing up for what she values. Definitely this book, and her other efforts, are making a positive difference in promoting all children's rights to education. I appreciated the author's honesty as she spoke not only of positives about herself and her parents but also revealed their weaknesses. This showed their humanness.
While the book shone a spotlight on Malala, it should not have allowed her brothers to fade so much into the background. Surely they must have been learning and shaping unique viewpoints that would have enriched the storyline.
Archie did a good job reading the book, but something was lacking. Her accent remained similar enough to the author's to connect me with the story setting, but something about it fell flat. Perhaps it was that there were no voice changes, but that would be because the book is written as a recounting by Malala in the first person. I guess that is one thing I would change about the book. Some different voices could have injected more proof of different perspectives and international scope, as we would have heard different tones and accents, conveying reticence from a beaten down character, or arrogance from an enforcement character, or patience from an English nurse, for example.
The story captures the best parts of education as development. Malala's story is now known world-wide, as she has been both positioned and positions herself as an advocate and crusader for expanding educational opportunities. I wish she would have shared more about what educational customs exist that are less formal in her community.
Her self awareness about her political role was refreshing.
What this story does not do is provide a critical view of how western education has changed the area and the customs, etc.
I learned a lot about a country that I have never visited but only heard about. learned more of how the Taliban started and what it was like to live in constant fear of their violence. I appreciated the author sharing her story, her feelings and what she lived and stood for. It was probably difficult for her to share what actually happened both in the hard and difficult and suffering times as well as the awards and recognitions without it sounding bragadocious
I learned a lot about Islam, Pakistan, and the way the U.S. is perceived by Pakistani's.
Learning the history of Pakistan and the Swat Valley from Ms. Yousafzai, who clearly loves her homeland.
Very well modulated and paced. She sounded just like I would expect Malala to sound - like a young woman!
The way Malala's father teaches her about the politics of the region and world, and why education is so important. It helped me understand why the Taliban was able to convince Pakistani's that they were the true followers of Islam. Educated Muslims knew that the Koran was subverted by the Taliban.
This is so much more than a biography - it's a wonderful history lesson too.
This story is amazing, Malala is an extremely brave girl and I commend her for all of her efforts! I loved this Audiobook so much I will most definitely re-listen to this again and I would recommend it to anyone.
Very instructive and inspiring story. Despite the horrible events described the book is uplifting because of this extraordinary young girl's faith in humankind. Reader has a pleasant voice.
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