• by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.


What the Critics Say

"Crammed with harrowing details, Hirsi Ali's account is a significant contribution to our times." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A clearly written and fascinating account of exceptional courage." (Library Journal)
"Infidel is a unique book, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a unique writer, and both deserve to go far." (The Washington Post)


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Tough, Candid Assessment

The first half of this book details the coming of age of the author. The second half covers the issues of her public political life. The story is told in a sensitive and candid way, at turns both antagonistic and tender.

The underlying premise is that Islam, when practiced in a way consistent with its writings and history, is essentially about power and control rather than about peaceful pursuit of God.

But more importantly, it is a call to attention that to place high value on others' cultures without a critical evaluation of them is dangerous. Tolerance doesn't always optimize primary values in either the foreign or host culture.

The value of this book is broader than just its evaluation of Islam. Its highest value is in its call to think and speak clearly regardless of the political winds that blow.

I remember reading a quotation recently (but cannot remember the source) that "if 50,000 people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." That is certainly part of the message of this book.
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- Paul Mullen

A Story that Needed to be Told

This was one of those books I heard about some time ago, in fact a couple years ago, by a friend but never got around to reading it. It continued to be in the back of my mind that I should really read it but I (for whatever reason) simply never got around to doing it. I finally was able to get around to it.... And I must say.... This is one of those titles that makes you re-evaluate and seriously rethink some things.

I love titles that are self narrated. I always believe books that are self narrated by the author generally comes from a genial place and leaves a more lasting impact on the listener. You can be rest assured that the feeling that the author is trying to get, the emphasis on key terms and portions of the title will not be list due to someone's sometimes misguided interpretation of their work. It can be a clear and direct view of what the author themself was trying to express. And in such a highly personable title such as this, Ayaan Hirsi Ali did herself a great service by taking on this title herself.

The story was one that after you finished going through it, you thought that it was a story that needed to be told. Her life was extraordinary yes but so many parts of it is simply typical in the lives of women in the Middle East that it simply is a very sad and sobering truth. You understand where she is coming from with the title of Infidel and you can't help but root for her after seeing the triumph she experienced at various parts of the book. Obviously though the scars of certain situations will never be erased but that can't be helped when you have lived the life she has.

The book speaks such truth, of the sobering kind that I left this book reeling from all that I had to absorb. Truly a great title! I would recommend this to anyone.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books