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I Am Malala Audiobook

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2014

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Malala Yousafzai (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir of the Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban. Her voice is youthful, lilting, and buoyant, invoking the key qualities of the now well-known young woman who, at the age of 15, was shot three times in the face by the Taliban because she actively advocated education for girls. Panjabi narrates with vigor; rapid sentences and warm tones evoke Malala's persona. The listener has the feeling of being told this story by Malala herself rather than by an actor, which is the best type of audiobook. Those who want to hear more about Afghanistan, Pakistan's Swat Valley, or the family behind this courageous young person will not be disappointed." (AudioFile)

"Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir.... Panjabi narrates with vigor; rapid sentences and warm tones evoke Malala's persona. The listener has the feeling of being told this story by Malala herself rather than by an actor, which is the best type of audiobook." (AudioFile)

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-19-14
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Starts slow but great finish!"

    The first two hours were really tough to get through but after that the book just gets better and better so don’t give up on it. The narrator, who I didn’t like at first, also grew on me as the book went on. Overall, it’s a great true story that touches the emotions but I must admit the names and places are so difficult to understand that the PDF is a must so that you could see some of those words, which may help you remember them.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    John North Berwick, ME, United States 12-05-13
    John North Berwick, ME, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "More people need to know this story"

    A first-hand account of an incredibly brave hero, a young girl, who chose to speak truth to the world about the brutalities of the Taliban, was shot in the head, and recovered to carry on this mission. Malala should receive a Nobel Prize for her eloquence, her bravery, and her choice to continue speaking out even after her life was almost taken from her. She has earned this reader's eternal esteem.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shileen 10-25-13
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    "Painful. Inspiring. Thought provoking. Amazing."
    Would you listen to I am Malala again? Why?

    YES, I loved this book! It's honest and straight forth, emotional and difficult to hear, but also kind, loving, clear and accessible. The story is her personal story but she weaves it through a complicated history, convoluted politics, and a people and faith that she obviously treasures and honors. In telling her story she teaches us about her culture and her home, a picture I've seen nowhere else. She retells her story, describing her feelings, opinions, and observations, but leaves the conclusions to her audience. When the book ended I felt heartbroken, inspired, humbled, and hopeful. When I grow up I hope to be more like this amazing young woman.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Malala, not surprising as it is an autobiography.


    What about Archie Panjabi’s performance did you like?

    Archie Panjabi is fabulous as the narrator. Her voice, emotional inflection, and pacing are flawless, but the tenderness and humanity of her voice add a dimension to the experience that made it even more touching and personal for me. I would strongly encourage anyone looking into the book to consider the audio version.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book, five stars all around.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    S. Shelton 07-07-16
    S. Shelton 07-07-16

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    "Interesting"

    I have been interested in reading this book for a few years and decided to finally do it. She does indeed deserve a Nobel Prize award. She was brave from a very young age and I was very impressed by her father. I am glad that I read the book, however I struggled with the writing, it seemed bland. I wanted to feel more enthusiasm from her for her great achievements. How did she feel when she was talking to large groups? Was she scared, happy, honored?

    Again, I am so glad that I read the book because Malala stands apart as a heroine! I just struggled with connecting with her in the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    nancy 03-22-16
    nancy 03-22-16 Member Since 2014

    From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.

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    "Politically Uplifting."

    It took me about 6 or 7 chapters of listening to really get in to the story, but then it started to flow more smoothly as the story unfolded. Not quite what I expected, but still just as intriguing and thought provoking. Very politically based in the back story. A lot of Middle Eastern names used as persons, places and customs; made it a little hard to follow along. I gave it a 4 rating all around. Worth the time.

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    Revive Bonita, CA, United States 11-04-13
    Revive Bonita, CA, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Courageous Young Girl"
    What made the experience of listening to I am Malala the most enjoyable?

    My husband and I truly enjoyed this story in so many ways. It was so interesting to read about Pakistan from this young woman's patriotic point of view. I love that Malala is so insistent that girls should to be allowed to receive an education, despite the very real and present danger of Taliban threats. She is a worthy example for girls everywhere to courageously stand up for what is Right.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I am Malala?

    It is unfathomable that someone could shoot this young girl at point blank range. I felt the outrage and fear of time being of the essence for her recovery. And on the other hand, hearing about her reactions to a very different attitude toward her care, when she awoke in England was reassuring. I remember praying for Malala when I heard she was shot in the face, and it is wonderful to hear that this sweet girl is going to recover.


    What about Archie Panjabi’s performance did you like?

    She sounded very similar to the author, at least to my untrained ear. Her voice is quite lovely; I had difficulty putting down the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely shed tears for the plight of Malala and the girls everywhere who are not allowed to attend school. It is a senseless tragedy caused by evil people with evil intentions.


    Any additional comments?

    The story made me curious to find the places she mentions on the map, find photos of her valley, and read more about the development of Pakistan as a country. When I read about a new region of the world, I am reminded of the similarities of people everywhere, the need for family, love, understanding. Also, I am reminded that we must personally engage in the battle against evil, or it will overwhelm us. We must not ignore it. Every voice counts, and any voice might be the very one that makes the difference between good and evil.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    maida smith Sandy Ut 10-22-13
    maida smith Sandy Ut 10-22-13 Member Since 2017

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    Where does I am Malala rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honest and simple approach to the feelings of this courageous little girl


    What does Archie Panjabi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent performance...Brought you to beleive the sincerity of the author


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Wows....What an insight into the functionings of another culture and the struggle for the education they find so essential to their future.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne B. 06-24-16
    Suzanne B. 06-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not engaging enough"

    She was a b courageous woman, but she is not a great narrator/story teller. A little boring.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-07-17
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 05-07-17 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "SYMBOL OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS"

    Malala Yousafzai may be narrowly identified as a symbol of women’s rights. That categorization is certainly earned but one is left wondering what will become of this young woman.

    Malala lives the life of an old soul--advocating for equal rights at eleven years old and being nearly murdered at 15. Malala will be 20 years old this July. As most know, Malala is shot in the head by two young Taliban who attack her school bus in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. We know they were Taliban because they acknowledged responsibility soon after the attack. Miraculously, the bullet did not penetrate Malala’s brain but bone fragments from the shock of impact severed a facial nerve and temporarily paralyzed most of her voluntary motor functions. Malala is rushed to a hospital in Pakistan and is saved from immediate danger by a competent Pakistani neurosurgeon. The world is apprised of the attempted assassination with citizens sending messages of support for Malala’s recovery. In “I Am Malala”, a listener finds that after-care in Pakistan nearly ends her chance for survival.

    “I Am Malala” shows a young girl with great resilience and ambition. One is left with the impression that Malala will return to Pakistan. She will attempt to become a leader in her home country. The message one gets from her book is that Pakistan is a great and beautiful country that can be a partner with the West as an independent and Islamic nation. Malala is a politician in waiting. One hopes for her success.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carole B. Regan Southern California 04-03-17
    Carole B. Regan Southern California 04-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspiring story told by inspiring young woman"
    If you could sum up I Am Malala in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, brave, legendary


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    We all know the ending in the book. The "real" ending is yet to come. She will amaze us.


    Which character – as performed by Archie Panjabi – was your favorite?

    Malala


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Malala's bravery was awesome. He has much to teach the world..


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be read by every high school student.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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