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What did you love best about Good Muslim Boy?
It made me realise we are all the same, naughty boys are naughty the world over, young men have the same fears and worries and family is important
What did you like best about this story?
The journey made by Osamah from a child to adult and all the incredible problems that beset him everywhere.
Which character – as performed by Osamah Sami and David Tredinnick – was your favorite?
Osamah himself obviously and he was the perfect peson to narrate. But I had a great admiration for his father who dealt with his (shall we say wayward) son in a very sympathetic and caring way. As a leading cleric this surprised me.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A Good Muslim Boy is fine, perhaps Trying to be a Good Muslim Boy might be more accurate
Any additional comments?
Osamah is a funny and likeable character. I was lucky enough to hear him talk about his book and he is no different. His narration makes the book so personal and real I absolutly loved everything about it.
Osamah, I loved your story so much, I even got teary in your acknowledgements! Your father was a very special human indeed and I get the sense that he has taught you well in life to always be kind and considerate. These are the two most important attributes a person can have, and we need more people like you (and him) in this world. He would be so proud of the way you fought so hard to bring him home to Australia so his family could give him a proper farewell.
This book shines a light on the experiences of people who have gone through war, settling in new and strange lands and their endeavours to fit in and have a sense of belonging. It is not the usual trauma filled account of war and immigration. Osamah manages to somehow not be angry or resentful with the world. This is what truly grabbed me about his memoir. We could all learn a lot from his attitude to life.
Where does Good Muslim Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is the first Audible book I listened too, I've listened to other audio books years ago but this got me back into it. I listened to the whole book in under a week. So pleased it was read by Osamah Sami the author.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Osamah and his father. Full of love and trying to do their best, despite in Osamah's case, being a stupid kid
What does Osamah Sami and David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The emotion is evident
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Many moments, but no spoilers here
Any additional comments?