I'm sure the author is a lovely woman and her story and desire to investigate the real world of Muslim women is inspiring, but I could not get past her voice. The whiny, whisper that she spoke in made me crazy. She spoke without passion or enthusiasm even while describing intense and dramatic events. I don't know if this was by choice or this is her natural voice but I couldn't get through more than an hour of listening to her. I tried to ignore the monotone whine but it was really painfully annoying. It's a shame.
Great story of real courage. The narrator was excellent. Does in some ways make me feel the political and cultural bridges might never be crossed.
I like true stories and found Greg Mortenson's to be inspiring at first. I did learn a great deal about the cultures in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but was put off by a sort of anti-American turn the book takes near the end. It's not one I would recommend to my friends.
Inspirational and frustrating. Greg has been out building school for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1993 and this is his story.
It is inspirational and surprising, but at times his frustration is palpable. He is a doer and as always goes with those that do, there is a large amount of criticism leveled against him. (Nothing bothers me more than the non-doer armchair quarterbacks but it's part of the culture we live in.)
This book is a great introduction to the outlying tribal cultures in Pakistan and Afghanistan and there is an excellent explanation and examples of Pashtunwali / Lokhay Warkawa as also described in Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
Having trekked in Nepal on my way to Everest Base Camp this really brought back memories.
Three Cups of Tea is a phenomenal book written about an amazing man. I laughed, I cried- truthfully I did. This book is one of those rare books that motivates one to change... this book reminded me what a huge difference one person can make.
This book gives a touch of hope in the education of girls in regions where women are needed for the reconstruction of their country, and for the reconstruction of the women's rol in our world.
Wow...what a selfless man. And how wonderful to tell the story. Very uplifting to listen to. Reminds me that there is still good in the world. I suspect that some of the motivation of sharing the adventure with us is to generate funds for the Central Asia Institute, but really, what a wonderful cause to support. Narrator has a great voice too.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I loved the story that is told in this book, but the writing was not good. It was all I could do to get through it. I admire Mortenson and all that he has accomplished, but he should have chosen a different collaborator, one who could actually write. Although it claims to have been written by Mortenson, it is written in third person by a collaborator, which got really old. I couldn't hear " . . . Mortenson said" many more times!!!
The narrator's voice was annoying after a while. He did great accents of foreign characters. I liked him best when he was doing those, but I got to the point that I couldn't listen to his natural voice much longer.