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The Favored Daughter

One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future
Narrated by: Emily Durante
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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The 19th daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose to become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a series of poignant letters she wrote to her two daughters before each political trip - letters describing the future and freedoms she dreamed of for them and for all the women of Afghanistan.

Her story movingly captures the political and cultural moment in Afghanistan, a country caught between the hope of progress and the bitter truth of history.

©2012 Fawzia Koofi (P)2013 Tantor

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  • Brian
  • Tampa, FL
  • 04-07-15

Great insight

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

Yes. We in America know so little about what is going on in Afghanistan. I thought it was very interesting to see from the eyes of a woman who lived it and experienced it. Very touching.

Have you listened to any of Emily Durante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. Unfortunately cannot compare.

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

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Read/listen to this book

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I can imagine the whole story!!

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

yes!! This is very well written book!! It is a great book that describes the lives of people from Afghanistan. Explained how life continuously changed from good to bad to more bad to good. I was amazed how she survived such tragedies. I enjoyed this book so much!!!!

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Powerful!

I first learned of Fawzia Koofi when she was interviewed on The Daily Show. Jon Stewart asked her if she was afraid that people would try to assassinate her because she was seeking office in Afghanistan. Her reply was that people had been trying to kill her since she was born. One of the things that made this book significant to me is that many of the events she lived through are ones that I remember seeing on the news when I was growing up..... You won't regret adding this title to your library!

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  • Susan
  • BOONE, NC, United States
  • 01-07-14

good book

If you could sum up The Favored Daughter in three words, what would they be?

oppressed countries stink

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fascia because of her strength and determination

Which character – as performed by Emily Durante – was your favorite?

Fascia's husband

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

IT LEFT ME IN SORT OF A DESPAIR OR NUMB