Omnivorous reader since childhood with a love of intelligent, well written books, whether fiction or nonfiction.
Takes up where Three Cups of Tea ends. The quality of writing and the excellence of the reader mean this book is far better. I had been worrying about how the conditions in Pakistan and Afghanistan were affecting the work of the CAI and the answers have given me hope. Highly recommend A++++++
Investigations by 60 Minutes and Jon Krakauer have shown Mortenson lied about key parts of his stories, exaggerated the number and condition of schools he built, and runs his non-profit with no financial oversight or accounting. I enjoyed the book the first time through, but no I feel like I wasted my time and money.
To get a 5-star, the ficticious stories must be removed (afterall, this was supposed to be non-fiction), replaced with the real story of finances, schools built and people involved.
A great book and a great story. I have read Three Cups of Tea and this is a great continuation of the story bringing it up to mid 2009. As others have said, the female reader of a first person narrative is a very odd choice and somewhat distracting. Sometimes I got caught, but most of the time, I was able to look past it.
As one reviewer said, Greg Mortenson deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. This sequal to "Three Cups of Tea" portrays the human spirit that can be tapped in any situation. It takes you into the culture, tribes, and regions of Central Asia in an indepth way while telling a great story full of adventure and unbelievable circumstances. What Greg and his team have accomplished has made the world and, especially, Central Asia a better place.
Entertaining and very informative. a 5 star for sure.
I didn't want it to end. Greg's understanding of people and selflessness is admirable. We need more Greg Mortenson's in the world. Everybody should read this book after reading Three Cups of Tea.
I tried several times to listen to this. The reading and writing is very poor compared to the first book which I enjoyed very much,
60 Minutes' exposure of the exaggerations in this book saddened me, but didn’t surprise me. While Three Cups of Tea was quite interesting, this story was just a bit too wild to believe, even before 60 Minutes' revelations.
I'd read Three Cups of Tea and enjoyed it immensely. Although I felt that the first few chapters of this sequel were slow, the book sure clicked into gear and began to build a momentum. By the last third of the book, it felt like a thriller! And it's all the more amazing because it's a true story. The final chapters were very, very moving and I'll say this: Greg Mortenson and the activities of his group remind us all of what is really important in life.
I've enjoyed so many audiobooks through Audible over the years, but in both this one and Three Cups of Tea, the narrator is a detractor. I don't mind the female voice (despite that it's the autobio of a man) but I am having trouble getting past her awkward inflections. It is as though she's ending a sentence midway through - her delivery sounds like an unprepared first read-through instead of a finished product. The book is interesting but I think I'll have to finish the print version one day instead of listening on my commutes.