I Am Malala

I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Audiobook CD - 2013
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"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

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 became 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.

Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781478979784
Characteristics: 9 compact discs (ca. 10 hrs.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
digital, optical, 1.4 m. per second, Digital recording
audio file, CD audio, rda
Additional Contributors: Lamb, Christina
Panjabi, Archie


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Dec 07, 2019

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb is a book about a girl who stood up and spoke for her right to education. This resulted in her getting shot by the Taliban but instead of silencing Malala, the Taliban gave her an even bigger mic to speak with. Malala’s story is both inspiring and heartbreaking. Malala’s courage, bravery, perseverance, determination and forgiveness is something truly admirable. Malala was just an ordinary teenager/girl/woman/sister/daughter who spoke her mind, defied the odds and did what she could for a cause she believed in. The book wasn’t just about Malala's personal story/struggle, it was also about Pakistani politics, Pakistani history and the Taliban. The book shows why Malala got shot rather than just telling us how she got shot. Due to this, at times some people may find the book dry and boring but I personally loved it. The book was serious, humorous(surprisingly), succinct, and easy to follow. Reading I am Malala reminded me of all that we are fortunate enough to have and how much I/we take it for granted. The edition I acquired had pictures from/of Malala’s youth, her home, her country, her family, her friends, her achievements and her past life in Pakistan which I found interesting to look at. Malala is now 22 and is working for a world where all girls can learn and lead; she is also the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate. I rate this book a 5/5!
@isolemnlyswearthatiamuptonogood of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 21, 2018

I would like this book in print, but wonder if I could get it or you could get it in large print as I find that easier on my eyes...

Mar 18, 2017

* The preface is read by Malala herself. It's interesting to hear the author's own voice. This made me glad that I picked up the audio version instead of the printed book.

* The main text is read by Archie Panjabi, and I enjoyed her mellifluous reading voice. It's very different from the voice she used as Pinky in the film Bend it like Beckham! :)

* If you love poetry, then this book is for you. Malala quotes traditional Pashtun poetry frequently. These short, pithy poems are somewhat like haiku.

* The discs themselves are beautiful, printed with a delicate floral pattern. For some people this may not matter, but for me the added beauty enhances my enjoyment of the book.

* Malala emphasizes the importance of education and peace. Her spoken message focuses on girls' right to education. But she has another message, too. Though never stated directly in the text, her implied message seems to me to be that westerners ought to be better educated about the cultures and politics of Pakistan. Through her story, I certainly learned a lot of background information about Pakistan and its history. And many recent world events make much more sense to me now. It's my hope that the more we humans understand each other, the easier it will be to achieve peace. Malala gives me hope that such peace is possible.

May 02, 2016

I am so glad at the depth of explanation Malala has included in her story. I was most interested in the background of the events that would seek to answer the question "Why" and "What is it like in Pakistan", and I received it. This is not a drama - it is a richly written story without the Hollywood sensationalism.
I would greatly like to hear more about her father. No doubt Malala is a strong human, but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as they say.

Mar 21, 2015

A great autobiographical book. For a young girl she has lived quite a life. She wrote not only about being shot and how she recovered, but also about her life was as a child, her family, and how females are really nothing in her country. She overcame so much. She writes a lot about the history the power in her country and struggles people encounter when the brain-washing went on. I believe that she will one day one of the worlds greatest leaders.

Dec 30, 2014

Malala Yousafzai’s – ‘I am Malala’ was a terrific book. I read this book while I listened to the book on CD to heighten the experience and to at least to hear Malala’s own voice in the Prologue. It was well worth the extra time it took to read this book. It does have an untold number of names unfamiliar to a Westerner; the CD lessoned the frustration of constantly needing to interpret a new name of a person or place. Malala describes her life through a number of years in the Swat Valley in Pakistan, before, leading to, and after the Taliban took control; it certainly seemed like a paradise. While her story may be dry at times I do encourage every reader to finish her book. History seems to have somewhat repeated itself as the quality of life deteriorated in the Swat Valley similar to that of Germany when Hitler came to power. Freedom and basic human rights were eroded one after another. One poem with a significant message for us all, which Malala included in her book, reference page 140, written by Martin Niemöller who lived in Nazi Germany speaks volumes – “First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Catholic. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” What a powerful message.
I highly recommend this book, in particular to every young woman, young man, and to every adult who wants to be enlightened and informed; it is quite an eye opener. Malala is a very special young woman and I am sure and I hope that we have not heard the last of her. She should become a role model for many young women. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Jun 07, 2014

The amazing courage of a young lady faced with a life so challenging it is almost beyond comprehension. A true role model for any young woman.

Apr 05, 2014

Inspiring, courageous, informative. I wasn't able to listen to all of it, but what I heard I liked.

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