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4.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 54.36 out of 5 4.36 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Farah Ahmedi Narrator: Masuda Sultan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When ABC News' Good Morning America asked its viewers to write essays describing true-life experiences, the network never imagined receiving more than twenty thousand pages of inspiring stories. After a panel of bestselling authors and editors chose three finalists, America was given the opportunity to vote on which aspiring author's story would be published. This audiobook is the result of the most ambitious search ever conducted to publish an extraordinary life story.

Farah Ahmedi is born into the world just as the war between the mujahideen and the Soviets reaches its peak in Afghanistan. Bombs are falling all over her country, and her native Kabul is swelling with thousands of people looking for homes and jobs. When Farah steps on a land mine on her way to school, her world becomes much smaller than the dreams and hopes in her heart.

The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky recounts an epic journey. It deftly interweaves a childhood in Afghanistan-where the classrooms are naked chambers with only chalkboards on the walls-with an American adolescence, where teenagers struggle to decide whether to try out for school plays and where to go to college.

Thanks to a number of good people who crossed her path at critical moments, Farah is thriving. She is actively enjoying the realization of her childhood dreams. Farah is living proof that not only can the human heart endure, it can also thrive. The Story of My Life is our new great American memoir.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Very compellingHere you have a girl, a child, who suffered her own disability, [and] the loss of her family and her homeland. She’s taking care of her aging mother and adapting to this new culture, and she’s a bright, shining light in the world…Very moving.”

    Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of The Liar's Club and Cherry 

  • The Story of My Life has that wonderful quality of survival and is most compelling. Seeing Afghanistan from the eyes of this girl provides a deep, rich look that we havent seen before.”

    Mary Higgins Clark, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Inspiring....A wonderful story.

    James McBride, New York Times bestselling author of The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna 

  • “A great twenty-first century American immigrant story. The Story of My Life is the modern American dream, and its rich with details of the Taliban and Afghanistan.” 

    Peter Castro, executive editor of People magazine 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tyra | 5/4/2011

    " Very interesting...what a challenging you life this girl has led and with such a positive attitude. I can see this girl going far and helping many throughout her life. I wish her the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colleen | 4/18/2011

    " Simply written but a very moving memoir of events we can only hope we never have to endure. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by lorena | 3/31/2011

    " Survival story of an Afghan girl who lost her leg in a land mine. Good book to listen to as we traveled through Montana and Idaho. Our journey was much easier than hers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abby | 3/24/2011

    " So touching! A true story can always entertain us, but this one broke my heart. My heart ached for this girl when she had to leave her family to get medical treatment elsewhere. I'm happy that she made it to America, but I'm still wondering where her brothers are. "

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