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Publisher's Summary

In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing a blog on BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in both Pakistani and international media, advocating the freedom to pursue education for all.

In October 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's school bus and shot her in the face, a bullet passing through her head and into her shoulder. Remarkably, Malala survived the shooting. At a very young age, Malala Yousafzai has become a worldwide symbol of courage and hope. Her shooting has sparked a wave of solidarity across Pakistan, not to mention globally, for the right to education, freedom from terror and female emancipation.

I Am Malala, the memoir of Malala Yousafzai, will shed insight into the lives of those children who cannot attend school, will tell the inspiring story of a schoolgirl faced the Taliban with courage and bravery. Read by Archie Panjabi, with a prologue read by Malala Yousafzai.

©2013 Salarzai Limited (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Great Book

What made the experience of listening to I Am Malala the most enjoyable?

The story is full of events within short period of time.
Narration was attractive. Realty, includes the events made the story so interested

Who was your favorite character and why?

Malala and her Parents for understanding Malala

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the scene when she went for opening a new school named after her in one of Pakistan cities

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Must have, to give

Any additional comments?

She is very good Educated, so she can give Generously

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Inspirational

Love love loved it. An incredible story and wonderful narration. I would listen to it again

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It's about the dreams

She is a example for everyone, everyone who believes we can change the world. It's about our dreams, our purpose to bring the goodness and peace in the world.

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brilliant one

truly life changing. this book has expanded my mind and educated me on so many levels. I highly recommend this to everyone

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great story

Me encantó este audiolibro, la historia es conmovedora, esa lucha por ideales, el amor a su país, a su cultura y el deseo de ayudar y desear un mejor país, llevado a través de la educación, es impresionante!

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Hermoso

Gran historia de ejemplo de una hermosa niña que lucha por hacer sus sueños realidad, que fortuna que estos sueños se puedan hacer realidad y poder ayudar en algo siempre será gratificante! Gracias Malala Yousafzai

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Source of inspiration.

I would recommend this book to everyone!
It educates on such topics as Islam, Pakistan and human rights, and shows how important the education is. Not only on the individual level, but on the level of society as well. By being a girl and going to school, Malala put her life at risk which is surprising if you don't know much about such issues.
"I am Malala" changed the way I think: how important education is? How to fight inequality in the world? Can one little girl from Pakistan help to children all around the world?

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very moving

extraordinary girl! her story is an inspiration and the way it was told is moving

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  • mohamed
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • 09-09-16

An excellent opportunity to understand and accept others

I recommend it for those seeking better understanding of Islam, Muslims and Pakistan
The story was inspiring and a proof that good will can make miracles

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A truly inspiring story

The story of Malala is the story of peace and education. Of bravery in the face of terror.

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  • Barbara
  • 07-04-14

An amazing true life wonder

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

Malala ranks amongst the highest in the books I have listened to. I had the book on my wish list for some time but was reluctant to listen to it. There had been so much media press about this very wonderfully brave, outspoken child, I thought there would be nothing else to learn. How wrong could I have been.

The book begins with her describing the life she had as a young child in a very loving and supportive family, the idyllic valley which became part of her being and why she so loved it.

She speaks openly about the struggles her parents faced in opening up a school for girls and boys. Her competitive spirit at school and her determination to get every child girl or boy educated, How her family fed the poor and introduces us to how wonderful the Koran. How it does not preach hatred and discourse but peace, love and kindness. She introduces us to some of their traditions and the close family bond the people of her valley have.

As a westerner who's so used to a lone, independent and broken society I thought very differently. As the book continued I began to question what we'd been taught though the media and about the lives we lead though out the world.

She shows us all her strength of character, hopes and dreams for the future.

This is a book everyone should read. May her dreams come true.

What other book might you compare I Am Malala to, and why?

Hotel Rwanda, Ann Frank,

Have you listened to any of Malala Yousafzai and Archie Panjabi ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A must watch film. A girl with the strength to show us hope, love, as well as immense bravery and courage.

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  • Anthea
  • 06-23-14

Outstanding

Would you listen to I Am Malala again? Why?

Yes. Incredibly inspiring, descriptive and thought provoking.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Malala of course!

Have you listened to any of Malala Yousafzai and Archie Panjabi ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Archie Panjabi read this story superbly.

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

"One child, one teacher, one pen, one book can change the world."

Any additional comments?

Brilliant and incredible, the story of a Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban on her way home from school because she wanted education for girls.

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  • Nigel
  • 10-22-13

Well worth the read

What did you like most about I Am Malala?

As a father of three daughters, I found Malala's story inspiring. It's served as a reality check for me, as well as reminding me how much I take for granted, for myself and my family. Obviously there at least two sides to every story, however, I don't doubt there are clearly many battles still to be fought (and worth fighting) so that children all over the world can have the opportunity for education and pull themselves out of poverty.
Found myself extolling the book to family, friends and colleagues - and this is something I very rarely do!The narration in the audio version of the book was excellent.

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  • Caroline
  • 05-20-15

An important read for all.

Excellent history lesson and life lesson. Should be read to all children of the western world. They will know how lucky they are.

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  • Jess
  • 03-19-14

amazing!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

this was an incredible book, definitely worth a read! really puts things into perspective.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Malala is such a brave girl!

What does Malala Yousafzai and Archie Panjabi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Every little detail made you feel like you were there being a part of it making it that bit more emotional, i cried during this book.

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  • Cebe Seren
  • 06-02-15

Loved her character

I was particularly impressed with how lovely a person Malala and how even more impressive her dad is

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  • Katherine
  • 04-28-15

an amazing and inspiring story

This story is wonderfully written and read. Malala is the strongest young women I have ever heard of and I am so excited to see where she goes in her life and have no doubt she will change the way the world views education for women. well done Malala you are an inspiration!

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  • lsanderson65
  • 04-13-15

Had my doubts as book group book, but amazing read

Very good narration, interesting story about her life before the shooting, which happens towards end of book. Lots of history around a county and people that are on our news everyday.
Highly recommend as not the heavy, dull story I thought it might be. Glad I read it as it will inform my thoughts on what is happening in the Afghanistan/Pakistan regions.

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  • Fiona
  • 03-06-15

you have to listen to this

this is an amazing book...full of history and context. malala's voice is strong but I.feel.like I.got.to know her father, her friends and so much more.

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  • J E Carrington
  • 12-31-13

Inspirational

This is a wonderful book. Malala has that rare combination especially in one so young, strength, humility, and an unshakable certainty of what is right.

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  • Katie Barrett
  • 09-03-18

Don't wait to read, read it now!

This is a beautifully written and read book. Very educational and an interesting read. Everyone should read this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-18

did not work on my computer

I tried for a whole hour trying to get this book to work but it kept coming up with saying I needed to authorise my computer with audible but the website for some reason would not allow e to do that

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  • Emma
  • 04-03-18

I loved it.

Great book, well written, informative but easy to read. The narration was great also and really interesting to find out more about her life in Pakistan and the context of the political situation there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-18

so so so inspiring!

Everybody should read! It helps to understand the history, but also to feel proud of having people that still fight for a better world!

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  • Glen
  • 07-19-17

incredibly touching story

loved it. it's an inspirational story that I hope you listen to. please support her cause and donate or campaign for education for all children.

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  • leanne
  • 12-04-16

a beautiful soul

a beautiful insight into the hardship of life and a culture of peace, education and respect. .. would love to share a meal with this young lady and her family.

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  • Tim
  • 11-28-16

The insiders perspective on a very real conflict.

well written and excellent narration. Malala shares her heart and fears and draws you into her story

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  • Alison C Jasper
  • 08-06-16

Inspirational

A must read for all. An amazing, inspirational woman who will continue to empower this world

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  • Vanessa
  • 06-28-16

Loved it, eye-opening, inspiring

Eye-opening and inspiring story, a great introduction to a situation and a country I know very little about. A young girl's experience of a country at war with itself and her struggle for the right to education. Peppered with anecdotes of her everyday teenage life which make you realise she is not much different from yourself.

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  • luis
  • 06-15-16

Incredible

This was an amazing story about the sweetest girl who dreamed of a better world, I was in tears for most of it, loved it.