Daring to Drive

A Saudi Woman's Awakening
Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (345 ratings)

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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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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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it was ok

Narrator was excellent. Story is exceptional only to the author. This story is that of many women all over the world.

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informative

Reading from around the world is empowering. so glad that our book club chose this to read.

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eye opening!

I learned so much reading this book, I am still shocked by how little I knew of Saudi Arabia and it's customs.

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Great story

A strong woman that is going against all the society in Saudi Arabia! Loved this book! The Narrator Lameece Issaq did a great job speaking Manal’s voice! She gave me strong emotions when listening to her!

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Wake up!

Loved it. A #compelling story of a woman in a world of man, made me re-think about our own story as woman in a "free" America and today's struggle to have a voice during the judicial confirmations of Judge Kavanaugh. A must read, we all have dearings to accomplish. #provocative #insightful #mindbending #culture #tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Hard to put into words

I often went home and spoke to my wife about this story. I spoke in astonishment, amazement, and horror about the life and experiences of manal al-sharif. she is an amazing woman who has led an extraordinary life. but now Sharif gave me a new appreciation and renewed Valor to honor my freedoms my life and my relationships wish my wife and my children.

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A Call for Decency and Respect

Ms. al-Sharif courageously addresses the blatant disregard for women in a religion dominated society. The horrid genital circumcision of young girls nearing puberty; the permission required from a male to travel, obtain a place to live, or obtain a divorce; aspects of control granted even to a widower's son or derelict old father. Ms. al-Sharif's awakening comes in her ability to overcome numerous obstacles in her job in a male dominated though westernized Saudi oil company; through her enjoyment and participation in her child's play at her place of employment in activities otherwise forbidden to girls in Saudi society; and in a year working in the eastern U.S. through friendships she made that included a man from Alabama and a Jewish woman. Followed by her daring to drive, resulting in jail time, where again she demonstrates her humanity through her care and consideration of those in jail with her, women more unfortunate than herself. After the publication of the book, success for Saudi women in being permitted to drive. Much more progress is still to be made.

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Awesome! Eye Opening and Inspirational

This book is a must read for anyone interested in civil rights, women's right's or more broadly human rights. It also gives a nuanced and eye opening account of life for women in Saudi Arabia. I was entertained and educated. Thank you for sharing your story!