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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced Audiobook
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
Written by: 
Nujood Ali
Narrated by: 
Meera Simhan
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced Audiobook

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

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Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only 10 years old.

Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled, not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood's case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age. Since their unprecedented victory in April 2008, Nujood's courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. Her story even incited change in Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, where underage marriage laws are being increasingly enforced and other child brides have been granted divorces.

Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine's women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sanaa to the cement-block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.

©2010 Nujood Ali (P)2010 Random House

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    Takumi Anchorage, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-06-13
    Takumi Anchorage, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing girl"
    What made the experience of listening to I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced the most enjoyable?

    I got goosebumps all over me during the part when her divorce was granted in the court. Maybe goosebumps of being overjoyed for the girl? :)


    What did you like best about this story?

    all of it


    Which character – as performed by Meera Simhan – was your favorite?

    Of course being Nujood


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    almost cried?


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect - inspiring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dayle Hoover, Al, United States 03-13-13
    Dayle Hoover, Al, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "shockingly moving"
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    Told in her voice, this is a moving account of the bravery of a lone girl, in the face of poverty and violence. Most of us cannot imagine the events of this sweet girls life unfolding within this story. I definately plan to follow her life as best as I can. Amazing. A must 'listen' to for all.

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    Lindsay Groveland, FL, United States 12-07-12
    Lindsay Groveland, FL, United States 12-07-12
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    "Incredible tale of courage"
    If you could sum up I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced in three words, what would they be?

    There is hope.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nujood's courage and determination. I used this book as a companion to the text in an Intensive Reading course I teach and the voice helped keep the students engaged and interested. The story exposes one of the greatest middle eastern tragedies: the injustice and inequity for girls and women. Nujood's hope through the most horrifying circumstances encourages listeners to persevere.


    What about Meera Simhan’s performance did you like?

    You could actually hear Nujood through her voice.


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    fanny New Westminster, BC, Canada 05-15-12
    fanny New Westminster, BC, Canada 05-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Glad i "read" this book"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

    What is memorable to me from reading this book is that this horrible "tradition" is at all acceptable. It is a tragedy.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Im glad this book is a choice for elementary students to read. We all need to be educated on this very important subject and try to make changes.

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    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 04-17-12
    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Important but Difficult Story"

    This book was a selection at my book club. I found the story very disturbing, as I imagine anyone would. It was very interesting to learn a little bit about life in Yemen incluidng the culture and practices. The history of marriage at such a young age was hard to learn of. I hope that Nujood will be able to acheive her dreams, but she has had a very difficult start.

    While I recognize that the narrator was telling the first-person story of a young girl, I sometimes found her stacato narration a bit affected and an impediment to my being able to relax into the story. Because I have not had a chance to also read the book, I can't tell whether or not the writing style contributed to this as well -- but I suspect it may have.

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    Heidi 01-02-12
    Heidi 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read!"
    What did you love best about I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

    I love the inspiration I felt after reading her story.


    What other book might you compare I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced to and why?

    I recently read


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

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wanted to share it right away with my friends.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy memoirs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wood Carlisle, Australia 09-07-11
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    "Wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced the most enjoyable?

    Simply written and read of such a difficult story


    What did you like best about this story?

    A Divorce party very cool


    What about Meera Simhan’s performance did you like?

    showing all the voices in a great role


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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