• Rebel

  • My Escape from Saudi Arabia to Freedom
  • By: Rahaf Mohammed
  • Narrated by: anonymous
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A gripping memoir of bravery and sacrifice by a young woman whose escape from her abusive family and an oppressive culture in Saudi Arabia captivated the world

In early 2019, after three years of careful planning, Rahaf Mohammed finally escaped her abusive family in Saudi Arabia - but made it only to Bangkok before being stripped of her passport. If forced to return home, she was sure she would be killed, like other rebel women in her country. As men pounded at the door of her barricaded hotel room, she opened a Twitter account. The teenager reached out to the world, and the world answered - she gained 45,000 followers in one day, and those followers helped her seek asylum in the West.

Now Rahaf Mohammed tells her remarkable story in her own words, revealing untold truths about life in the closed kingdom, where young women are brought up in a repressive system that puts them under the legal control of a male guardian. Raised with immense financial privilege but under the control of her male relatives - including her high-profile politician father - she endured an abusive childhood in which oppression and deceit were the norm.

Moving from Rahaf’s early days on the underground online network of Saudi runaways, who use coded entries to learn how to flee the brutalities of their homeland, to her solo escape to Canada, Rebel is a breathtaking and life-affirming memoir about one woman’s tenacious pursuit of freedom.  

©2022 R. M. (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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incredible story even for me as a Saudi man

I can feel a small part of what she has been through because I live in the same environment but on the lucky side (male) , her family might be a bit more on the extreme side but still there’s so many families like hers and worse, and most of girls unfortunately don’t have the courage to rebel or escape, so they keep on living their lives under the wing of their families and just surviving day by day, so she is one of the few lucky ones.
On another side, there are some lucky girls raised in an open minded families, those one have almost no problems living in Saudi Arabia where the country is moving forward to provide more basic rights for women, but it still have a long way to go for the oppressed girls.
For Rahaf, unfortunately almost 95% of Saudi and Arab girls attack her on social media, claiming that she run away just to fulfill her sexual desires only, for those, it’s hard to explain to them what freedom is.
Saudi men; 99% attack her because they think she is setting a bad example for Saudi girls and encouraging them to disobey Islamic and traditional Saudi laws and this will lead to the collapse of society as they claim.
For me, I applaud Rahaf for her courage and intelligence, and I wish that my country and the families in my country will be more open and tolerant with the different types of personalities and orientations so that we don’t have to run away just to be ourselves.

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RIVETING!!!

And enthralling story about a woman escaping from the most oppressive country in the world when it comes to women’s rights, Saudi Arabia. How about that

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compelling

I couldn't quit listening to this story. What am amazing woman Rahaf is! It's hard to believe that 50% of the population in Saudi Arabia is of no account and treated in a sub- human manner! For all the Rahafs, there are likely 1000 women who don't escape the torture of womanhood in that backward country. It amazes me that so many western nations court the Saudi government when they have such an abominable human rights record.