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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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    Patricia Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-20-17
    Patricia Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-20-17 Member Since 2017

    I love Audible for their variety and number of options of books available. I can enjoy books, take care of my grandchildren and drive too.

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    "Horrific"

    This entire book makes me so thankful I was born in the Western Hemisphere to parents who felt even for the time in which my sisters and I were raised valued education for each one of us and was determined we all would graduate from college. The facts that the author in this book had the issues she had were because of the fact of her gender and the land in which she was born and the politics of the time. What she was subjected was horrific for driving a car. She went to prison for driving a car. Let that sink in for a minute. Listen to this book. You will value your laws and the people who help to help uphold them.

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    Suzanne 07-15-17
    Suzanne 07-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An eye opening story"

    Such a young writer with an emotional and eventful life. Written in a fluid way, I learned a lot and enjoyed every bit of it. We need more women with her intelligent courage. Thank you Manal.

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    mary sheeleigh 07-15-17
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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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    AGR Walnut Creek, CA USA 07-14-17
    AGR Walnut Creek, CA USA 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read"

    This was an amazing story of one woman's passion for all women's rights. That she began her fight in female oppressed Saudi Arabia is incredible. This book reads like a page-turner novel, in part, as a result of the passionate & expressive narrator. Don't miss this one!

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    Cindy Boaze LA PORTE, TX, US 07-03-17
    Cindy Boaze LA PORTE, TX, US 07-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    This book shows how fortunate women are in countries where they are equal to men and also the simple amenities we take for granted every day such as running water. If you want to know how fortunate you are select this book.

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    Sara 07-01-17
    Sara 07-01-17

    a stolen life.

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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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    Lubna Khader 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"

    The content is great. The narrator pronunciation of Arabic words was incorrect a lot of times.

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    jayzee 06-24-17
    jayzee 06-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story of a woman of courage"

    This is a beautifully written book. Gives you a clear view into the life of an ordinary citizen of Saudi Arabia and her path to become an activist. It is amazing to see the courage inside a person and the forces she is willing to take on.

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