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Thursday, November 1, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai @Malala @HachetteAudio

NARRATOR: Archie Panjabi
PUBLISHER: Hachette Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: October 8, 2013
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 55 mins
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir
ISBN: 9781478927990
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.

MY REVIEW:

This is quite an extraordinary young lady!

I remember the news reports from back in 2012 about a young girl in Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban while she was on her way to school. She miraculously survived. This story is about so much more than Malala. It starts with her equally inspiring father, who founded a school and was his daughter's biggest supporter in her efforts to fight for equal rights for not only girls but for the homeless children who lived in the streets. I really enjoyed hearing the story of Malala's father and what shaped his interest in education and then of course the influence on his daughter. In a cultural society that holds higher regard for male offspring, Malala's family definitely went against the grain. 

I enjoyed the beginning and ending of the book best, as the focus was more on Malala and her family. The middle part of the book was very political, which was helpful in the context of the book but less enjoyable.

The book's prologue was narrated by the author, and the remainder of the story was narrated by Archie Panjabi. Her voice was very pleasant to listen to, and it felt like I was listening to Malala herself as she told her story. For me, I much prefer to listen to the audio version of a book when there are names and places that I would mispronounce while reading. I think this story is ideally suited to audio for that reason. Here is a sample of the narration:


MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR if you enjoy memoirs!

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