Download The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky Audiobook

The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky Audiobook, by Farah Ahmedi Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Farah Ahmedi Narrator: Masuda Sultan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780743551687
3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $17.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $14.95$7.95$7.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

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.

Download and start listening now!


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 Reviews

Write a Review
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 2/8/2011

    " Farah had such a harrowing experience. She is who young girls should look up to, not the Kardashians and Hannah Montana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/16/2010

    " Not a literary masterpiece by any stretch, but a good story - an important one for young people in particular to read, but informative and insightful for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 7/25/2010

    " I appreciate this view into Afghan life and the comparison between a free country and one that is not. Much of what I read here reinforced what I had learned about Afghanistan from "The Kite Runner." "

About the Author

Farah Ahmedi is the author of The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir, her poignant story of survival from violent Kabul to America. She is an ambassador to the United Nations’ Adopt-A-Minefield program. 

About the Narrator

Masuda Sultan is an Afghan American international human rights advocate. She is the author of My War at Home, a memoir reflecting on her life as an Afghan American, in which she speaks of conflicts arising from her need for independence in the scheme of Afghan traditional culture. She is also president and founder of Young Afghan-World Alliance and was featured in the documentary From Ground Zero to Ground Zero.