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"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)
Love listening to many different Styles and types of books.
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!
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.
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.
Armchair traveler and Audible Editor w/ penchant for literary, lyrical & lighthearted listens. And alliteration.
This is one of those life-changing books, one that I listened to years ago, but still think of quite often. In this memoir, Ayaan tells her story of leaving Islam, her journey from Africa and Saudi Arabia where she was a devout Muslim, to the Netherlands where she escaped a pre-arranged marriage and became a vocal activist of women’s rights. She lived in hiding for many years due to threats made on her life for participating in Theo van Gogh’s short film criticizing the treatment of women in Islamic society – the same film that he was murdered for making.
Ayaan’s heroic strength and courage are evident in her soft-spoken yet resolute narration of Infidel, and this heart-wrenching story is made all the more poignant by the telling in her own voice. I am so grateful for brave writers like Ayaan, she literally lends a voice to the many incapable of being heard themselves.
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.
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.
This is one of the finest books I have read in my lifetime. I used to read accounts of life in Afghanistan in the late 90s, when few but feminists were concerned about the Taliban's activities, but that was always an outside view. In Infidel, we are able to see an intimate portrait of life in Somalia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, etc, from the point of view of one remarkable woman who saw through and rose above the abuses and limitions of her human rights.
In this book, the reader is able to to feel a deep connection to the humanity of the individuals, while at the same time understanding the entrenched problems with the social systems they have been born into.
Not only is this an education about social life in Western Africa, but also presents a great deal of information about the history and politics of the region in recent decades.
The story is told in clear, luminous prose, and I think the experience is greatly enhanced by hearing the author's own voice. I hung on every single word.
The author relates experiences of true horror in a way that is bearable, and even leaves the reader with a genuine sense of hope, and, if you are like me, renewed vigor to embrace life and fight for justice.
This is an absolute must-read. I saw a newspaper review that named Infidel as a "great work of literature" and I must agree. The book is compelling, and the author is clear-thinking, compassionate, frank, and committed to sharing her truth.
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.
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.
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