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Infidel | [Ayaan Hirsi Ali]

Infidel

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.
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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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    Don K in Alaska Alaska 07-29-12
    Don K in Alaska Alaska 07-29-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Eye-opening"
    What did you love best about Infidel?

    I learned about Muslim societies, something I did not know -- but should.


    What about Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s performance did you like?

    Very professional, easy to hear, understand, and follow.


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

    This book dramatically enhanced my knowledge, my sympathy, and empathy.


    Any additional comments?

    Strongly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Tomball, TX, United States 04-06-12
    Michael Tomball, TX, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Story Everyone Should Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this!! Great book that should be widely read. It reminded me of Frederick Douglass' Autobiography. Damn, what Mr. Douglass and Ms. Ali went through when they were young. And I'm in awe of what they did with themselves out of their anti-life, anti-man, anti-reason backgrounds, backgrounds into which they were forced.

    The beginning of the book is ugly and hard to listen to -- I'm shocked, disgusted, outraged, and filled with contempt and hatred at how some people treat others, treat men, treat women, and treat precious life. But the last half of the book is a better read -- until we get to the part where Ms. Ali is threatened and has to go into hiding. Rooting for her all the way -- but scared for her, too.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shanti 02-11-12
    Shanti 02-11-12

    Shanti

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    "Wow."
    Would you listen to Infidel again? Why?

    Yes. To remind me that these horrible things are not from long ago past but happen still today in the world in many different cultures and systems. Also, to remind me how good my life is and how lucky I am.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its true and honest. It opens ones eye to the reality, dark yes but real, that still exist today.


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

    Narrating the story herself made it even more real. It is her story after all. She did a fabulous and I would imagine difficult job.


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

    Yes it opened my eyes!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was totally inspirational. People need to wake up, reason and truly learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Shackleton 02-05-12
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    "a strong brave womans story read in her own words"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    a great book I learned a lot about a culture I knew very little about


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 01-10-12
    Donna 01-10-12

    Loving audible

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    This is my favorite audio book so far. This story is so moving and heartfelt, narrated by the author, it gave me a perspective on this part of the world and Islam that I had never considered. Ayaan Hirsi Ali educated herself and made decisions for her life based on what she had learned, not what Islam dictated she should do. Amazing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula 12-25-11
    Paula 12-25-11 Member Since 2015
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    "I have recommended to everyone I know"
    Would you listen to Infidel again? Why?

    I have! On my 3rd listen~!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ayaan!


    Have you listened to any of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but because of this book I have started looking for more.


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

    there were several


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AV Tallahassee, Fl, United States 10-15-11
    AV Tallahassee, Fl, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "This book changed my view of the Islamic faith"

    Before listening to this book I thought, as many people do, that the Islamic faith is at it's core, a faith of peace and love and that it is the "fringe" elements causing all the trouble. But the author makes it clear that it is not; it is about oppression, separatism, intolerance, and blind adherence to a strict and violent faith. She comes to these conclusions through her upbringing in the faith and her study of the Qur'an. It is a sobering read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cupertino, CA, United States 09-26-11
    Michael Cupertino, CA, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed thoroughly and highly educational"

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali has beautifully written her story. She teaches us so much about the fundamentalist Islamic community in and disaster that is Somalia. Anyone that wants to understand how these people think and act should listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Vancouver, WA, United States 08-17-11
    Terri Vancouver, WA, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "amazing"

    I wanted to have a better understanding of the Muslim faith. This helped answer some questions. Ayaan did a wonderful job of sharing her life without coming across as a victim. She's an amazing woman!

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    Barbara 07-13-11
    Barbara 07-13-11
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    "Eye opening"

    I truly enjoyed this book. It was a fascinating look into a world I know nothing of. It is also very sad to see how human rights are trampled upon in muslim countries. The author states what most people are afraid to say aloud against the religion of islam. Bravo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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