Author: Malala Yousafzai
Narrated By: Archie Panjabi
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Duration: 9 hrs 55 minutes
My Rating: 10/10
Overview: Who is the girl who spoke out against the Taliban and survived a nearly fatal attack? Who stood up for females' rights to receive education in Pakistan? Who fiercely fought for her own education? Who became the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize? Who accomplished all of these incredible feats before turning 18 years old? Her name is Malala and this is her astounding story.
Through her story, Malala is able to bring attention to the horrible effects of the Taliban's influence on Pakistan. It almost sounds as though a second Holocaust has been happening overseas. She also shines light on her own culture and the challenges related to being a "good Muslim woman." For example, a female is not allowed to shop without a male relative and dancing in public is often banned.
This book is a must-read and I believe it should be required reading for young students. Maybe some would not take education for granted if they knew just how much someone was willing to risk in the name of learning. It would also do people good to realize that not all people of Middle-Eastern decent are terrorists and in fact, the Taliban attacked many of their own people.
Malala is an intelligent and beautiful soul. She has inspired me so much and it amazes me to know that she is 7 years my junior!
Best of all, I Am Malala will spark a desire to make you really think...
"Do you love something so much you would die for it?"
What I didn't: I loved every single chapter of this incredible memoir. However, I would have been interested to hear some parts of the story through the eyes of Malala's father and/or mother. I think a foreword provided by Malala's father would have made the book extra special.
What I loved about listening: The narrator, Archie Panjabi truly brought the memoir to life. Malala narrated her prologue, but Archie continued her story magnificently. I could listen to her voice any time.
What I didn't love about listening: Archie Panjabi did a wonderful job narrating Malala's story, but it did take me a few chapters to become accustomed to her accent. Once I adjusted though, her voice added a realistic touch to the performance as she is Indian, which sounds similar to Pakistani.
If you're interested in Malala's story, you should absolutely check out the New York Times' Documentary on her and her father called, Class Dismissed. This documentary was filmed prior to Malala's shooting and is extremely graphic, viewers' discretion is advised.