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Infidel Audiobook

Infidel

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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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    AV Tallahassee, Fl, United States 10-15-11
    AV Tallahassee, Fl, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2016
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    "This book changed my view of the Islamic faith"

    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.

    3 of 3 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 2010

    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!

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Leeper 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 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jess - Audible Jersey City, NJ, United States 12-26-12
    Jess - Audible Jersey City, NJ, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Armchair traveler and Audible Editor w/ penchant for literary, lyrical & lighthearted listens. And alliteration.

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    "Breathtaking Story, Brilliant Narration"

    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.

    6 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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando V. N. Demelo Pickering, Ontario Canada 05-15-17
    Orlando V. N. Demelo Pickering, Ontario Canada 05-15-17 Member Since 2016

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    "A fresh perspective"

    Islam for the most part makes it easy to live life as it should be lived in 1st century Middle East. Where it fails is its reluctance to accept change and its total disregard of women's rights. I know a lot of Muslim people and get on very well with them. But they are the ones who do not delve into the Koran.
    Ayaan has managed to point that out weaving it into the story of her life.
    Wonderfully written and narrated. Her accent brings in the essence of authenticity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ML in MN 07-07-15
    ML in MN 07-07-15
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    "Shocking, but things that need to be said"

    The author is simply an amazing person. I have so much respect for her survival skills and bravery. I admit that I found parts of the first half of the book to be a little "draggy" and confusing, most likely because of the stark difference between her culture and mine. (It was little frustrating trying to keep up with proper nouns so some parts felt long.) But narration aside, her life story is amazing and inspirational. Her opinions were sometimes jaw-dropping, but I couldn't help but think that she raises very valid and important points. Personally I feel I'm one of those she speaks of, when she talks about how political correctness keeps westerners from questioning the oppression of women. So not only would I recommend reading this book, I would even more highly recommend talking about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 07-06-10
    THATZLIFE PASADENA, CA 07-06-10 Member Since 2012

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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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 06-09-10
    Sara 06-09-10
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    "Great Work of Literature"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 04-18-10
    Ellen 04-18-10
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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 4 people found this review helpful

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