My Name Is Mahtob

  • by Mahtob Mahmoody
  • Narrated by Kristin James
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two decades ago, millions of listeners worldwide thrilled to the story told in the international best seller Not Without My Daughter - subsequently made into a film starring Sally Field - that told of an American mother and her six-year-old child's daring escape from an abusive and tyrannical Iranian husband and father. Now the daughter returns to tell the whole story - not only of that imprisonment and escape but of life after fleeing Tehran: living in fear of re-abduction, enduring recurring nightmares and panic attacks, attending school under a false name, and battling life-threatening illness - all under the menacing shadow of her father.
This is the story of an extraordinary young woman's triumph over life-crushing trauma to build a life of peace and forgiveness. Taking listeners from Michigan to Iran and from Ankara, Turkey, to Paris, France, My Name Is Mahtob depicts the profound resilience of a wounded soul healed by faith in God's goodness and in his care and love. And Mahmoody reveals the secret of how she liberated herself from a life of fear, learning to forgive the father who had shattered her life and discovering the joy and peace that comes from doing so.

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The beginning of this book, where she talks about escaping Iran with her mother is GREAT. Beautifully written, suspenseful, and heart wrenching. After about 2 hours the original story comes to an end. I wondered, with 7 more hours to fill, what would be the aftermath. A complicated multinational legal wrangling? Attempts by her father to get her back? Stories from her moms charity about other children abducted? No it's none of these. It's 7 hours of her daily life. When you get to the part where she's in college she literally is at the point where she's talking about her favorite foods. She talks about a term paper she's writing. Talks about going to the doctor and then for a recheck and so on. There is one part where it appears her father is trying to contact her, but it's dealt with swiftly and we're back to her daily life about drinking coffee. It seems like through other parts talking about her life she even tries to add some suspense, proposing that a locked door (gasp!) could be the work of her father! It never shakes out that way and it could possibly be that she just turned the knob wrong and couldn't get the door open. Read the original and I'm sure it will be much more fulfilling. I think the mother did a follow up account which might be worth checking into. This is two hours of great followed by 7 hours of nothing.
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- Meagan vR "I collect spores, molds, and fungus."

Everyone has a story - AMAZING

My Name is Mahtob
I would like to start with, I never heard of ‘Not without my daughter’. I will find the movie to watch. This biography, was a wonderful varied journey, to read. As any life, there happens to be many peaks and valleys. I found the saying to be truthful ‘A child is very resilient’. She went through a lot, she achieved a lot, and was rewarded much. The rewards received, with which I am referring were not the physical accolades but the inner peace, the strength and abilities of not only coping but prospering.
I was enriched by this read. Although you are not to compare one life to another, I have been blessed beyond measure. With gratitude I am filled not enduring the life which she lived.

Simply Amazing.
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- Nevada

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers