I Am Malala

  • by Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by Archie Panjabi
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Biography/Memoir, 2014
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.

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What the Critics Say

"Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir of the Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban. Her voice is youthful, lilting, and buoyant, invoking the key qualities of the now well-known young woman who, at the age of 15, was shot three times in the face by the Taliban because she actively advocated education for girls. Panjabi narrates with vigor; rapid sentences and warm tones evoke Malala's persona. The listener has the feeling of being told this story by Malala herself rather than by an actor, which is the best type of audiobook. Those who want to hear more about Afghanistan, Pakistan's Swat Valley, or the family behind this courageous young person will not be disappointed." (AudioFile)
"Narrator Archie Panjabi is an excellent choice to deliver this memoir.... Panjabi narrates with vigor; rapid sentences and warm tones evoke Malala's persona. The listener has the feeling of being told this story by Malala herself rather than by an actor, which is the best type of audiobook." (AudioFile)

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If you could sum up I am Malala in three words, what would they be?

This book SOARS!! Malala is a major inspiration to me, and I am 60 years old. I did read one review that said it would be hard to tell where the ghostwriter stops and the real Malala begins. There is no doubt that the ghostwriter here captured the TRUE MALALA. I wish I could meet this brilliant young and MOST insightful girl. In this day and age when Muslims are getting such a bad rep, she lets us know what is really in the hearts of Muslims.

Malala, it would be a miracle if someday I met you. It would be a dream for me. I could honestly put this one on my bucket list.

This book is phenomenal. I am not one for present-day literature, for autobiographies, or books of this nature. But this book just SOARS way above anything of its kind. How can I describe what this girl means for her country and for peace? I can understand why she was passed over for the Nobel Peace Prize. But it's like an Academy Award Nomination. The nomination is a feather away from the actual award. Kudos, Sweet Girl. Stay at your stand and become even more well known. You are an admirable human being, and I humbly acknowledge your inspiration!


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- Janet

So much more than expected...

Malala opens her heart, family, neighborhood, religion, history and culture to our understanding in her simple, insightful voice. Nurtured as an equal by her educator father she started as a young child to advocate education for street children. As the Taliban invaded her beloved Swat Valley and closed girls schools, she became the face and voice of the girls in open defiance of their rulings. Did you know she has been nominated for the Noble Peace prize? I didn't. I couldn't put this book down and it helped me to understand the Pakistani view of recent historical events such as the war in Afghanistan and the killing of Ben Ladin. After reading I did an internet search and watched videos of her talks and "liked her" on her Facebook page which has pictures of the school, her family and valley. What a wonderful young woman - who made a difference and will continue to do so. This book is a keeper, I will read again.
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- Jan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio