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Infidel Audiobook

Infidel

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Publisher's Summary

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

©2007 Ayaan Hirsi Ali; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Crammed with harrowing details, Hirsi Ali's account is a significant contribution to our times." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A clearly written and fascinating account of exceptional courage." (Library Journal)
"Infidel is a unique book, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a unique writer, and both deserve to go far." (The Washington Post)

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    Dr. C. 02-09-15
    Dr. C. 02-09-15
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    "An interesting life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infidel to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition allows to hear the right pronunciation of Arabic names and places. I enjoyed that.


    What three words best describe Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s voice?

    I understand the value of having the writer tell her own story, especially in an autobiography. On the other hand, Ayaan seemed many times emotionally detached from the terrible episodes of her life she was describing.


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

    I listen to audiobooks mainly during commutes, and it was hard to get out of the car sometimes.


    Any additional comments?

    The editing of the story was very poor. Many times the narrator finished a sentence, and the next one started without a second's pause.

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    James 02-05-15
    James 02-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly powerful story"

    This is an essential read/listen for anyone who wants to get a thorough understanding of what it is like for women to grow up in Islamic societies in North Africa and the Middle East. It highlights problems within Western societies and what can be done about them.

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    qwertyuiop 01-18-15
    qwertyuiop 01-18-15
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    "Describes a culture foreign to someone from USA"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It offers a perspective on islamic and western culture which is new to somebody who has never been to an islamic country and compared the Islamic World to the West. It talks about life in Somalia, the famine of 1992, and Hirsi Ali's experience coming to the West for the first time. It is amazing how everything was so new to her in the Netherlands. From there, it tells the story of how Hirsi Ali became one of the most famous atheists and critics of islam. It is a very good book and it is hard to put down in parts. Atypical for a nonfiction story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    She has an accent which is hard to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    She employs very strong criticism of islam, especially towards the end of the book. So be prepared.

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    k2wier St. Paul, MN USA 01-17-15
    k2wier St. Paul, MN USA 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoughtful and full of thought"

    This book was an eye opener for me.
    It made me both sad and angry and sometimes hopeless . Not at ayaan, but at the situation in general.

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    had to read it for school 10-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"
    What did you love best about Infidel?

    I loved hearing her amazing life story and was very inspired by her rise from obscurity


    What other book might you compare Infidel to and why?

    I have nothing I could compare it too


    What does Ayaan Hirsi Ali bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her pronunciation of words in Dutch, Arabic, and Somali were correct and much better then I could have done


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she went passed the Kenyan border into Somali to find her distant family members to bring into Kenya. Also when she worked as a translator in holland. Those stories broke my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing lady!

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    Debi 10-02-14
    Debi 10-02-14
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    "I So Admire Aiyaan Hirsi Ali"

    I read this book several years back and couldn't put it down! Hearing it narrated by Hirsi Ali was such a thrill! Everyone should read this book today so they would understand what might be coming our way if we don't stop it!!! I wish those in power would listen to her!

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    Kendra Knight 08-13-14 Member Since 2016

    Feminist with a literary interest in thought-provoking nonfiction, captivating memoirs, and fiction I've been meaning to read for years.

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    "I listened to this book my accident and loved it.."
    What did you love best about Infidel?

    I was headed on a long trip and stopped by my local library to pick up some audiobooks. This was one of the books I chose because I had little to knowledge of the content and it caught my eye. A day later, when I was traveling by train (without my car's CD player) I joined Audible SO THAT I COULD CONTINUE LISTENING TO THIS BOOK. seriously, that's how gripping I found the content. What I loved most about Infidel was harrowing, authentic, and vulnerable story.


    What other book might you compare Infidel to and why?

    I have never read another book like Infidel however I had a similar reaction to the first time I attended a performance of The Vagina Monolougues a hundred years ago.


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

    I earned several Audible badges while listening to this book because I could not out it down.


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    Carole G.Pezet Grass Valley, CA USA 07-29-14
    Carole G.Pezet Grass Valley, CA USA 07-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enlightening!"
    Would you listen to Infidel again? Why?

    Perhaps. Much to absorb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali.


    What three words best describe Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s voice?

    Intriguing...slurring...accented


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

    I would if I was on a long trip or working at something that didn't absorb my mind; however, no time to listen for hours straight.


    Any additional comments?

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    SmartBean 05-10-14
    SmartBean 05-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating story, hard to put down"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of the stories about women abused by their fundamentalist (mostly male) relatives were disturbing. The author had a dramatic and difficult life, full of episodes that would traumatize most of us.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fascinating story that takes us from the author's early childhood in Somalia to her emigration to the US. Along the way, she witnesses and is the victim of many dramatic events, including civil war, child abuse, forced marriage, and other things not experienced by those of us born in the developed world. She learns to take control of her life and becomes a leading fighter for the rights of women from the Islamic world. Very inspiring.

    Since English is not the author's native language, she is a little difficult to understand at first, but I found my ear adapted fairly quickly.

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    Ernest J. Levesque Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA 04-29-14
    Ernest J. Levesque Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An Excellent book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Infidel to be better than the print version?

    Yes, The book is read by the author and you can feel the emotion and hear the "ring of truth" in every word.


    What other book might you compare Infidel to and why?

    There is a similarity to "I am Malala" by Malala Yousatzai. The books are both about the treatment of women under Islam. Malala's book does not question Islam only certain factions (i.e. Tali-ban).


    What does Ayaan Hirsi Ali bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As I mentioned in the earlier question. Hearing the author read her own book gives you considerably more insight into the work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book is non-stop. It was riveting and compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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