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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: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400184071
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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. Download and start listening now!

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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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angst | 1/21/2014

    " One of the greatest books I've ever read. It's REALLY worth to read. I found out so much about bin Laden's life and I'm totally shocked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis Grey | 1/19/2014

    " I highly recommend this book. It's an inside view of life in the Osama bin Laden family, told from the personal viewpoint of his first wife and fourth son... both of whom left Osama for good shortly before 9/11. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colette Guerin | 1/2/2014

    " I didn't care for it. I unfortunately cannot read it without great cynicism. The mother and son's voice sounds remarkably the same. Read in the light of current events, it comes off as untrue in many ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca Rubenfeld | 12/29/2013

    " Gives some perspective on someone who has affected all our lives for the last 10 years. 3 stars only because while not poorly written, it wasn't necessarily well written either. also, unsurprisingly, after reading you still don't understand how a person could carry out 9/11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 12/2/2013

    " I could not put this book down. Written by a son and wife of Osama bin Laden, this book gives the reader a first-hand look at Osama's life pre-9/11. Well-written and equally captivating, Growing Up bin Laden is a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akshay Khandelwal | 10/31/2013

    " A bit sluggish at start but overall well narrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eReader1UK | 8/26/2013

    " Interesting read learnt a lot from reading it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smorney | 1/23/2013

    " Very disturbing look into the bin Laden world. Would have given 5 stars if I knew it was all true. Also a good intro to why the US is embroiled in all the current conflict overseas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 10/31/2012

    " Pleasantly surprised by this book. A great read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marize De Klerk | 6/28/2012

    " this was one of my favourite books ever. I really enjoyed this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Queenreese | 4/14/2012

    " I've just realized I've never really read a biography. Always a fictional account of someone's life, so I'm interested in humanizing a monster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/24/2012

    " This is the book that turned me into a non-fiction fan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dipti | 6/22/2011

    " An inside look to the life of the Bin Laden family growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/12/2011

    " A great insight into the lives of Osama bin Laden's wives and children through the eyes of his son and wife! Great read. Shows how the mind can change from a "normal" type of person to a psycho killer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colette | 5/5/2011

    " I didn't care for it. I unfortunately cannot read it without great cynicism. The mother and son's voice sounds remarkably the same. Read in the light of current events, it comes off as untrue in many ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue-Ellen | 3/12/2011

    " Very interesting to hear the inside story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Notty | 1/23/2011

    " Downright scary. The son was very forthcoming with all his thoughts both pro and against his father".......Am so glad I am not a women in their world!!!
    "

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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.”

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.