There were some parts of this book I enjoyed. I liked hearing the geographic location descriptions and putting the story in place with recent history. I also feel I learned about the people of the region to some degree. However, it was tedious and slow.
This was disappointing. The story behind the book intrigued me and - as an educator - I thought I would enjoy it. Perhaps if it had been written by someone who writes novels for a living verses newspaper stories, we would have gotten a story that was as compelling as the events that inspired it.
In addition, the narrator's intonations and voice added nothing to the story and in fact, contributed to the feel that this was one long newspaper story or a 'guest lecturer' introduction. His intonation seemed forced and what he chooses to emphasize seems only to add a false enthusiasm - generally what you would expect to hear on infomercials.
Greg Mortenson..word word word Greg Mortenson word word word and by the way did I mention Greg Mortenson?
Is this guy for real or juuust another con arteest. I shall have to downgrade my review rating downwards. Creditability shot in tushie.
I had been told to read this book by a couple of people. As someone who has spent a lot of time in the mission field, I expected to find it very interesting. I tried three or four times, but never got past the first two hours. It literally put me to sleep. I'll try again because I just can't stand wasting the credit on a book I haven't read.
I purchased this on sale and would have felt jipped had I used a credit for it. As it was, I felt I learned a little about Greg Mortenson and his mission, got a glimpse of what makes religious extremists able to get a foothold in the middle east, and felt utterly apalled the next time I walked into Walmartt and saw all the things we waste money on there. The "lack of" FILL IN THE BLANK (food, water, penmcils, schools, cleanliness, medicine, doctors with real training) in Pakistan and Afghanistan is sad. The book-- eh. The narrative is dry, and the vocal narration is clumsy, not natural.
I feel bad giving this book 3 stars because the message is fantastic and everyone should read it. I thought the story dragged out a bit, and I found myself loosing interest about halfway though. I did manage to finish the story but I was a bit of a struggle.
... it came SO highly recommended from a reader friend and from so many here. I listen to books during my commute to and from work -- an average of 3 hours per workday. I should have finished this book weeks ago. I have tried. Out of loyalty to my friend, I will finish this book -- eventually -- but it is not entertaining or even very educational, as its details can be so repetitive. Perhaps in a few more hours, a few more weeks, when I have got to the end, I will have something more exciting to say and renege my opinion here. I can see that I am in the minority as it is; I must be too impatient.
A good story and a great man, but the book has a lot of repetitive detail and time shifts. I wanted to love this book but I just didn't.
The writer needs to brush up on basic points of storytelling. It was often difficult to understand because of tense and point of view changes. At times the story was told in first person and other times as from an omniscient point of view. However, the story itself kept me interested.