True inspiration. A man that does what all just dream of. A must read for medicine people. Written well. Narrated ok.
Will probably return to this book for inspiration.
It is a good book in general. It brings out the challenges involved in making any substantial changes to any large society/community. It brings out the efforts involved, and the kind of sufferings that poor people face in many parts of the world. It does not talk about all the sufferings that poor face, or all the poor societies but it does talk about the medical conditions in many developing countries.
So this book is useful in two ways. First, the challenges involved in changing. Second, an insight into poorer societies' medical conditions. The state of affairs in such societies are really what they are even today in many developing counties. I being from one, know that to be true.
I believe that many people can help, just like farmer did (the main character in the book). If not on a very big level, there are smaller, much easier levels on which people can help other people. There are thousands that die every day of hunger! Can you believe that? Have you been hungry one full day and seen how it is?
A very good picture of health conditions in some of the poorest conditions in the Western Hemisphere. Farmer, the subject, is almost saintly, but he does have some serious problems becoming politically charged and believing rules are for everyone else. He shares an off-balance world view with of the Harvard elite, yet considers himself quite different. A worthwhile read (or listen).
This is an amazing story about an even more amazing human. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I honestly think it should be required reading for anyone going into a health profession. I would love to see Tracy do an update on Paul, who has continued being a huge asset to humanity. This book has became my default gift for friends and family,
The narrator was great. The author was eloquent. The subject was magnificent and the protagonist(s) was otherworldly.
In 23 chapters Tracy Kidder and Dr. Paul J. Farmer disect the elements of godliness of the human heart, demonstrate true devotion to a worthy cause, and inevitably make you feel selfish for not doing more to help others. My eyes teared up countless times while listening to this book. Now that it is finished I feel the same way I would had I watched Schindler's List 100 times consecutively (though the books subject is different )
Go on and buy this book. It will be your best listen this year. Then set up a recurring donation to Partners in Health so Dr. Paul can keep "fighting the long defeat". (that quote may shake you after you have finished the book).
I'm not a big fan of non fiction but I loved this story and the performance was very well done. Well written story about an amazing physician that we should all emulate
Good read for a community health course - narration left something to be desired (voices were confusing at times) but otherwise great. Quick read that offers a great deal on insight on global health disparities
I just had my first trip to Haiti about a month ago with my 17-year-old daughter and was so touched and moved I cannot get Haiti out of my mind. I soon picked up and finished Mountains Beyond Mountains. I highly recommend this compelling book for all the same reasons you will see in the other reviews!