I was immediately taken by this story and the reader's presentation. The reader (if not the writer himself) does an amazing job with tone and pacing -- I wasn't just listening, I was THERE with him, walking side by side. I lent the audiobook to one friend and soon had three others knocking on my office door, forming a queue! That has never happened before. This is an extraordinary listen where the total is not just more than the sum of the parts, but something mesmerizing and unforgettable.
This book is an amazing eyeopener as the US prepares to escalate our military commitment to Afghanistan. Mr Stewart's experiences clearly illustrates the logistical nightmare that is Afghanistan. The lives of the average Afghan is almost like going back in time. This country is full of poor, illiterate, isolated people who are none the less hospitable to a total stranger, sharing their very meager resources with him.
If I have any quarrel with Stewart it is that someone from such wealth and privilege (Dragon and Oxford) begging the bread out of the mouths of people so desperate and on the edge.
I am trying to imagine the success of travelling across this country the same way. "I have a letter of recommendation from your State Senator, may I have a nights lodgings and dinner?" Even though most of us have guest bedrooms and plenty of food, how many of us would open our doors?
I like when authors of non-fiction read their own works. While he doesn't do different voices or emote- he is British after all- it is more important to me to have the accuracy and first person account than showmanship. Their is one very emotional aspect to the book, that added to the story, but I wont go into it in the review. Just say it increased my interest in finishing the book to the very end.
I would recommend this book because not only is it entertaining and informative but also revealing of a person with deep insight into human nature, empathy toward diversity of ethnic groups and love of animals
"Three Cups of Tea" because it introduces peoples from the region with understanding, thereby dispelling prejudiced views due to generalizations based on the tragedy of 9/11.
The warmth of his personal experiences so evident in his narration.
Yes, and since that could not take place, I looked forward to every opportunity to enjoy it.
I wish Rory Stewart wrote more books.
Rory Stewart embarked on a truly interesting endeavor with humility and courage. His storytelling is inspiring and thoughtful. The story is made all the better by his narration. You can hear his feelings and attitudes about his experience through his tone and patient cadence.
Rory Stewart; Babur a close second.
The idea of a catchy tag line for this book insults the very nature of it!
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
the fact that the guy walked across afghanistan and wrote about it.
shantaram, born to run. it is the journey/endurance theme that i liked best.
the narrator seemed to be fine.
i liked the way the author never really passed judgment, he just told the story. a good report on his walk through afghanistan.
If this guy actually walked across Afghanistan on foot during the time period he claims then it truly was an amazing and death defying feat. I enjoyed the book and narration. Mr. Stewart really provides good insight into the people and places of Central Asia. Very interesting for its own sake, this book is.
I love this kind of book and really admire Rory Stewart. I think he has a lot of courage. I enjoyed his narration with the Scottish accent. The book started off great and had a lot of interesting parts but overall it just went on and on with very little variation in the plot and kinds of characters. I felt tired at the end and was glad the walk was over.
I first read this adventure while floating down the Colorado river in a raft on the slower sections of the journey and found it fascinating as an insight into the people of Afghanistan. It gave me a beginning understanding of their lives,attitudes,beliefs, and problems which our government appears to be totally ignoring in its' attempts to help them. The author's almost incomprehensibly foolhardy trip was so well told that he helped me to almost photographically accompany him and vicariously experience his travails. Read this and you will understand more of the people of this region as you did when you (hopefully) read Greg Mortenson's story of helping the people in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Read them both to get some comprehension of our challenges in this part of the world in addition to hearing two great personal adventure stories.
I bought this book because I'm fascinated by Afghanistan culture but I was somewhat disappointed in it. Yes, it certainly was quite a feat to walk across this country, but I never did get a real understanding of what drove the author to do it. I loved Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and recently, listened to the sequel, Stones into Schools. This book just fell flat by comparison. I don't understand why anyone would give it 5 stars. Maybe they haven't read Three Cups of Tea. Now that is one heck of an adventure about one man finding his purpose in life (building schools for girls in Afghanistan & Pakistan) and struggling to overcome incredible odds in pursuit of his life's work. Greg Mortenson is inspiring. This book wasn't.