Daring to Drive

  • by Manal al-Sharif
  • Narrated by Lameece Issaq
  • 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Amazing story of a woman of courage

This is a beautifully written book. Gives you a clear view into the life of an ordinary citizen of Saudi Arabia and her path to become an activist. It is amazing to see the courage inside a person and the forces she is willing to take on.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio