©2007 Ayaan Hirsi Ali; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"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)
arbiter of great taste
The author has an amazing and compelling story for the world to hear. Unfortunately, for some unfathomable reason, she has chosen to narrate the book herself. When will authors come to understand that they are writers, not performers? Ms. Hirsi Ali's accent is very difficult to understand. VERY. I spent more time trying to figure out what she just said than actually listening to the harrowing tale. Why do they still allow authors to narrate? Do not get this book unless you want to struggle with every word.
Too amazing to put into words. A beautiful powerful story for everyone; women, men, non-muslim and muslim. It really makes you appreciate the lottery we have won just by being born in the USA and having Jesus as our God. The truth about Islam is scary. Those who want to "talk" to Iran, or any Muslim country really must read.
It was an amazing story, but it spent too much time discussing Somali family relationships and political infighting for a large portion of the book.. Also, I feel I missed about 1/3 of the words because it was read by the author who speaks with a very strong accent. It would have been much easier to follow and to listen to if it had been read by a professional reader.
I really don't know how to rate this book because I couldn't understand much of what she is saying hence I quit fairly early on. The book came highly recommended so I will download it to my Kindle app and read it there. It wasn't just the accent, but the place and people names are so different and I couldn't keep it all straight. I think that it will be easier if I can see the words.
I downloaded this book after reading a review that it was riveting, the kind of thing you just couldn't turn off. I did not find that to be the case, and since I listen to audiobooks while I am running, I need them to be somewhat high-octane.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali does a good job of narrating, and her insight into her culture is clear and penetrating. I think she is a great activist, and hers is a fascinating story.
I would enjoy this while on vacation. I just can't get into it on the treadmill.
Great story; however narrator/author makes fatal mistake by telling the story herself. Has an accent that most ears will find it difficult to adapt to. A good narrator could have made all the difference. Author knows a few different languages, but quite a few words spoken by her in English are confusing and misaccented.
Too bad, could have had a wider audience with a narrator like Robin Miles. sigh.
learning about different cultures
bad narration kills story.
so-so. trying for second time because I have no unlistened to books at this time.
I'm sure it is a great story but the author/reader's accent makes it hard to listen to. I finally put it away. I'll try again but it was very frustrating. Too bad she couldn't have paid a professional to read it.
I found this book disappointing because the author should not have been narrating her own book. A professional would have been much better. The content was good but the narration ruined it for me.
I enjoyed A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Kite Runner, but this one is too much. I got to the graphic description of the circumcision of the author and her sister and called it quits. It is amazing anyone could come out of a civilization this low on the food chain and make something of themselves.
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