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Daring to Drive Audiobook

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening

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Publisher's Summary

A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women's right to drive.

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence she was a religious radical, melting her brother's boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her 20s she was a computer security engineer, one of few women working in a desert compound that resembled suburban America. That's when the Saudi kingdom's contradictions became too much to bear: She was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, her teenage brother chaperoned her on a business trip, and while she kept a car in her garage, she was forbidden from driving down city streets behind the wheel.

Daring to Drive is the fiercely intimate memoir of an accidental activist, a powerfully vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men - and won. Writing on the cusp of history, Manal offers a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia today. Her memoir is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny, the extraordinary power of education and female solidarity, and the difficulties, absurdities, and joys of making your voice heard.

©2017 Manal al-Sharif (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    "Favorite book for 2017"

    Beautifully written, educational, and quite moving! Best book I have read and listened to in 2017! Please do read/listen. Well done! KHS

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    Sara 07-01-17
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    "The rain begins with a single drop"

    Although I'm a female Saudi and often subjected to the same injustice as Manal; listening to this book made me cringe in disgust every time she's been mistreated and violated.

    I'm forever grateful for what she's done and I do believe that rain begins with a single drop. As of today, the campaign #stopEnslavingSaudiWomen has completed 360 days and the level of awareness and normalization of women's rights have never been this positive. Thank you, Manal.

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    "Thank you for writing this book Manal al-Sharif"

    loved this book! I now have a better idea of the way Saudi women see the world. Beautifully written.

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    Domenica Antonini 11-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the most inspirational books I have ever read"

    I cannot describe how much I admire Manal AlSharif. Her courage, honesty and sacrifices are helping to create progress in a backwards country whose cruel laws and customs serve to denigrate women, as well as exclude them from numerous important sectors of society. Thank you, Manal, For your bravery. You have inspired me and my daughters, not to mention the girls and women of Saudi Arabia.

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    Interesting to hear how hard women are fighting in other countries for things we are given as birth rights. I applaud these women for continuing to fight for a better world. The balance is off to many men in power and not enough women.

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    "Inspiring, suspenseful look inside Saudi Arabia"

    Gripping and fascinating story of the terrible restrictions on Saudi women today, and how one woman found the courage to push for change.

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    Everyone should read this. She has an immensely inspiring story and is a reminder of what other humans are currently going through. The narrator did very well also!

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    "the rain begins with a single drop"

    Manal al-sharif is a hero. her story is profound and moving. It is an important piece of feminist writing and it is very well-read. I wish I had children that I could ask to read this book.

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    loved it so much one of the best books I've ever heard just beautiful let it rain

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    What did you love best about Daring to Drive?

    The story is fascinating, heart-breaking, and eye-opening. I learned a lot about women's rights (or lack thereof) in Saudi Arabia.

    Manal's beliefs about her religion and culture change throughout her youth. She does such a nice job helping the reader understand the familial, social, and cultural influences that contributed to her beliefs and perspectives at various points in her adolescence and young adulthood. It is so easy to understand why, at one point in her life, she embraced an ultra-conservative form of Islam.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daring to Drive?

    Her excitement about getting a Barbie doll when she was a child was really interesting to read about -- as well as the ultimate demise of the Barbie.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lameece Issaq’s performances?

    Yes. However, I was really, really disappointed with her narration of this book. Manal experiences a great deal of pain, fear, grief, etc. throughout the book. However, Issaq's tone is consistently one of irritation. She just sounds irritated (and a bit egotistical) throughout. I find it hard to believe that when, for example, Manal was imprisoned and had no idea how long she would be held (and how long she would be away from her son, who becomes very, very ill while she is in prison) that her primary mood was one of irritation. I found the tone to be very distracting throughout the book.


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

    The whole book moved me! One moment in particular that I've thought about a lot was when she was finally released from jail. She says that she couldn't wait to sleep with her arms around her young son. As a mother myself with only one child -- a son -- that would have been my first thought, too.


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