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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (866 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Najwa bin Laden, Omar bin Laden, Jean Sasson Narrator: Sherry Adams, Mel Foster, Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“I was not always the wife of Osama bin Laden. Once I was an innocent child dreaming little girl dreams.”

Thus begins this powerful story by Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of fifteen to become his first wife and the mother to eleven of his children, and her son, Omar bin Laden, the fourth-born son of Osama bin Laden. Together, mother and son tell an extraordinarily powerful story of a man hated by so many yet both loved and feared by his family, with spine-tingling details about the life and times of the man they knew as a husband and father, including:

  • Osama’s disapproval of modern conveniences, including electricity and medicine;
  • his plan to toughen up his sons by taking them into the desert without food or water;
  • transporting his wives and children to the rough terrain of Sudan, where he claimed to be preparing them for attacks from western powers, commanding them to dig holes and to sleep in those holes, allowing nothing more than sand and twigs for cover;
  • Omar’s horror at the rape and murder of a boy his own age by members of a jihadist group living among them in the Sudan;
  • what happened in the bin Laden home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the morning of September 11, 2001, and Omar’s surprise phone call with his mother, who escaped from Afghanistan only two days before the shattering events that killed so many innocent people.

Since September 11, 2001, journalists have struggled to uncover carefully guarded information about Osama’s private life. Until now, Osama bin Laden’s family members have not cooperated with any writers or journalists. Now, with unprecedented access and insight, Jean Sasson, author of the bestselling Princess: A True Story behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, takes us inside the secret world of Osama bin Laden.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Oddly fascinating…An inside-the-tent view of a person so blinded by his cause that he strips himself of all humanity.”

    Washington Post

  • “Omar and his mother…provide interesting anecdotes and personal vignettes that allow us a glimpse into bin Laden’s terrorist mindset.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mikki | 2/10/2014

    " VERY interesting! I liked it alot, but then read some stuff on the internet that makes the things Omar Bin Laden wrote undependable. He may be telling the truth in alot of the stories, but he seems to be somewhat of a questionable character. I'm not sure how you couldn't be, being raised by Obama. But, it was still very interesting and informative to read and I would highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cathy | 2/8/2014

    " Really found this book interesting and educational. The family of this terrible man never asked for him to take the path he took, and they suffered along the way as he did more and more that was radical and extreme and showed that he cared more about his perceived "revenge" on the West than he did the safety and happiness of his own wives and innocent children. The book was an interesting insight into a different culture and into a particular family and the culture of radical Islam. I definitely recommend this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by اویس | 2/3/2014

    " A fascinating inside view from a son of Bin Laden..I especially enjoyed the section on how the Taliban insulted Osama bin Laden.Osama was very strange in many ways e.g. He completely avoided using electricity or modern electric appliances as he thought it was a western invention.He used to reprimand his sons on laughing and actually used to tell them how many teeth they used to show when they laughed and not do it again.I was also suprised to know he could speak perfect English and Pushto. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Surbhi Nandrajog | 2/3/2014

    " It was a first hand peek into what the family of Osama Bin Laden had to endure during their years with him. This information was something that was unavailable to the public till now. A very well drafted book...engaging and fascinating. "

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About the Author

Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of fifteen, is his first wife and the mother to seven of his sons and four of his daughters. She currently lives with three of her eleven children in the Middle East.

About the Narrators

Sherry Adams is a voice talent with several commercial clients to her credit. Trained in acting at the University of Michigan, she brings an insightful presence to her audio narration.

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”