A story of a true American Hero! If you are looking for actual fist hand recent experience in the Pakistan and Afghanistan regions, this is the book for you. Beware, it's not about climbing.. it's about educating children. It's about fighting terrorism at it's roots. If you read or saw Charlie Wilson's War this is the follow-up story of the devastation and problems that another single man is cleaning up. It's the kind of story that sticks with you well after the book is over. Get it, listen and then send some money to Greg!
Put on your patience pants for this one. It is a wonderful saga of tenacity, travel, multi-cultural communications, and wisdom. The narrator is just hard to listen to, unfortunately. His reading is strident and unnecesarily breathless, but I have to give him credit for his knowledge and use of local accents. I was ready to give up until about 2/3 through the first CD, when it finally got interesting. I went back online to read another review just to remind myself why I chose it. In the end, it is worth the time it takes to listen, but I can think of several other narrators who would have kept me interested from the first page.
This book really takes you to a place that many have not seen. The the book gives you a mental, physical, and spiritual and description of what it takes to be a true human being. Amazingly his struggle is humbly told. I believe that this book should be read by the young so they can see that there dreams can come through, by a little hard work and a lot of perseverance. A definite must read. Oh and you may find your self laughing and crying at the same time. The book is wonderful.
I loved this book! A true story of an American who is working to promote peace in an area that many think will never have peace. The book also gives concrete ways that we too can help! Let's help build these schools and put an end to the reign of terror! Proof that each and every one of us is capable of making a difference! A book worthy of your time!
I am fascinated by the concepts explored in this book and want so much to finish it, but the combination of the author's hero-worship writing style and the reader's odd effusive inflection throughout makes me keep abandoning it. I think I could tolerate the writing if the narrator's style fit the book's subject matter more closely. Based on all of the positive reviews, I will keep trying.
I would not have read this except that it was chosen by my book club. Although anyone must be impressed by the accomplishments of Mr. Mortensen, (he certainly is) I didn't need the depth of detail. I agree with many other reviewers who did not enjoy the voice of the reader, I found it whiney and annoying. I could have learned all I needed to know about this man and his mission in about half the words.
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of reality in our world has changed, and is changing, it for the better. Greg's work shores me up and reminds me that, while I still have breath, I, too, can make a difference.
An amazing story. Well written. Couldn't put it down. Learned so much about history, geography & cultures. Fantastic read.