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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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    Ellen Winfield, British Columbia, Canada 04-18-10
    Ellen Winfield, British Columbia, Canada 04-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "In the Author's Voice"

    This is a heart wrenching story of the author's life made all the more poignant by her own voice. It's a must-read for anyone interested in how women's rights are negatively affected by Islamic culture.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Santa Rosa, CA, United States 03-26-09
    Donald Santa Rosa, CA, United States 03-26-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Amazing Woman, Amazing Story, Wonderful Voice"

    This is one of those cases of an audiobook far exceeding an already great book. So much of Hirsi Ali's sincerity, intelligence and humanity come across through her wonderful voice, it makes her amazing life story more moving than it could ever be in print.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    01-08-08
    01-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Infidel Excellent"

    This book was a great eye opener about Islaam and the position woman have in the religion. It is narrated by the author which gives it more feeling and credibility. An example of this is the emotion in her voice when she describes her genital mutilation when she was a child. This is a gripping book by a brave woman no matter what your feeling about Islaam.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Brighton, MA, USA 03-30-08
    Michael Brighton, MA, USA 03-30-08
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    "Great!"

    This audio book just jumps out of the speakers! Some audio books just don't work well, or are not well read but this one might even be better than reading the book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 11-13-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2001

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    "A Brave and brilliant woman"
    What did you love best about Infidel?

    How Ms Ali expresses herself and her stand for womens rights in countries that not only oppress women but usually will kill or maim them to keep them from learning or leaving the control of their (Fathers, brothers, husbands)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Infidel?

    Too many to count, but this is an important book for anyone interested in how life is for women in Islamic countries.


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

    Yes and I am always impressed with her intelligence and expressive manor.


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

    I did, and was not disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to every book you can get by this woman she is the voice of woman who are trapped in countries, and are enslaved by the cruelty of Islamic law.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 07-06-10
    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 07-06-10 Member Since 2006

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    "She Really Lets Us Know! Pay Attention!!!"

    This is such a deep book in that it opens our eyes to dangerous sentiments of what we view as everyday Muslims, in which the majority of Americans may view as harmless or merely cultural. She clearly shows us that there is an ever growing segment of the world's population that are subscribing to Jihad and it's beliefs.

    It would be interesting to hear Ayaan's take on the Nation Of Islam here in the U.S.
    I wonder if she feels they are on board with the fundamentalist she speaks of in the sequal Nomad, and in this book and Infidel.
    Great listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Devine Massachusetts 03-06-10
    Donna Devine Massachusetts 03-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read"

    This book taught me so much. I loved hearing the book in the author's own voice, especially because of the many languages involved in her life. It made it all so much more real to hear her passion. I learnt about cultures, politics, religion and humanity. This is a book that changes you forever.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Rockville, MD, USA 05-25-09
    Linda Rockville, MD, USA 05-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Compelling and thought-provoking"

    This book will stay with me for a long time. It is eye-opening and an important book if you want to understand the impacts of Islam on women and children.

    As an "audible" book, the author is the narrator and this is a real treat. The story and events move like a thriller, yet it is the story of her first 35 years. I admire the author's courage and highly recommend the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Leo Las Vegas, NV, USA 02-10-08
    Leo Las Vegas, NV, USA 02-10-08 Member Since 2001

    Love listening to many different Styles and types of books.

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    "A great book about the issue of the century!"

    This book was fascinating! The Author's accent is not hard to understand, except in the case of the names of those she speaks about, however the names are irrelevant to the story.

    This is a story that should be required reading for high school senior and politicians alike. It also amazes me that the women's rights movement pays very little attention to the horrible abuses most women face in Islamic cultures. Rape, beatings, no real rights and genital mutilation just to name a few.

    This is a Must Read!

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Milford, CT, United States 05-04-10
    Peter Milford, CT, United States 05-04-10
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    "An Education"

    It takes something like Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book to drive home the mind-boggling differences between "our" culture and "their's" If you think our country is too mired in religion for its own mental health (which I do), well, as the man said, You ain't seen nothin' yet! For the rational Western (which is not to say that all Western minds are rational) Ali's story is a descent into true theocracy and religious madness. Hear it from a woman who survived Islamic lunacy and came out on top. Heroic. Recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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