The narrative was fascinating. Real and relevant to 21st century and the women who travel, marry, and survive for their youngsters. Credible. Vibrant. Excellent.
This was an interesting book for the author's descriptions of the Saudi Arabia she lived in with her wealthy Bin Laden husband, one of 20+ brothers of Osama. Having been raised in Switzerland she had a western view of the Saudi culture as it restricted the lives of her female in-laws. At times near the end of the book more editing would have been helpful as there were some repetitions of previously told stories. However, overall the narration is chilling as it relates the Saudi and Islamic goals for the world.
It was educational and "entertaining" at the same time. Open window to a quite conservative society. The accent of the author is charming and adds appealing to the book!
During a time when Muslim fundamentalism and Middle Eastern terrorists are on everyone's mind, I found Carmen's observations chilling while very informative. The story of her love for her husband, the 10th of the bin Ladin sons, and her greater love for her daughters was very well done. This is a good read for anyone interested in the background of life in Saudi Arabia and in the entitlement mindset of the male Saudis. She speaks from a unique viewpoint--Swiss but with an Iranian born mother, nominal Muslim, American-educated, living in Saudi Arabia but free within her home as most Saudi woman are not. She has an understanding and compassion for the Saudi women while being able to stand back and see their blindness and refusal to acknowledge any view but the one they are told to have.
I have always been interested in other cultures. I found this book to be very vivid and thought provoking. As an outsider looking in Ms Bin Ladin's insider view gave me a new perspective on the Saudi societal structure. I would reccomend this book to anyone interested in different cultures.
Wow, what a wonderful, insightful book. I wish that every woman I know could read this work. I could not stop listening. I rented this book several months ago and I still think about it daily. Beautifully detailed, marvelous reader, fascinating topic....I could go on and on. Do yourself a favor and rent as soon as possible.
I found the book excellant, and fascinating. It was one of the best books I have read and really think Carmen has courage to speak about the life in Saudi Arabia, and what she had to overcome for freedom that we have come to expect. May we never give up the fight for the truth---and what is right.
What a fascinating look into the cloistered life of Saudi women and the men who control them. I found myself sitting in my car long after reaching my destination just to hear the next revelation. I found it fascinating how the male/female relations develop and survive inside the strict societal structures.
After getting past the first two chapters (which were just a bit slow), I rushed out to the car to listen to this story. If you're interested in Islamic or Saudi culture, women's status around the world or the story of the Bin Laden's, this book will keep you interested. Very well written. Narrator was superb!
Without question, one of the best books I've read all year. A must read!!! Carmen provides an insight into a world most of us cannot even imagine. The reader has a beautiful, soothing voice. The book moves quickly-I never lost interest. You will not be disappointed.