This is a great read. I highly recommend it after Three Cups of Tea. I also found the female reader very distracting since it was written by Greg in the first person. Odd choice of a narrator!! But it is well written, enthralling, inspiring and hard to put down. I didn't want it to end.
This amazing story is one for our times. My only downgrade on the book is the narrator -- it is distracting to hear a first person narrative written by a man read by a woman. However, if you can get by that, this book should be required reading/listening by all government officials and military.
It was fascinating to me to learn in this book of the progress made in educating girls - and now women - in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Not only is Greg an inspired leader, but also an articulate writer. He describes beautifully what has transpired since Three Cups of Tea. I also think his choice of narrators is most appropriate. After all, the whole focus of Greg and his institute's mission involves girls and now women, does it not?
Though I love the story and the narrator was quite good it was a little confusing for me to listen to a woman tell the story of Greg Mortenson when using the first person. I believe I would have enjoyed the narration much more had it been in a mail voice.
Though I am betting that given Greg's discomfort with the first person narration that he may have asked to have a woman tell the story. That made me smile.
The only book I have read that truly moved me. If you do not come away inspired by Greg Mortenson - either you do not have a heart or it is cold and hard as stone.
Both his books are treasures and I have recomended to service men and friends alike - all feel the same new understanding of Greg's work and love for this part of the world.
While much debated in the press, the story of cultural challenges in central asia has many examples that you only believe if you've been there. Worthwhile sequel.
I'm all for equality but when a book is written by a man and read by a woman, I'm not making the connection. I don't think this was a good decision by the audio book publishers. Her narration is very pleasant and she pronounces difficult words with ease, but not appropriate to the story.
Also find the story drags on in several sections. Not up to par with the Three Cups of Tea.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
I enjoyed this book roughly as much as Three Cups of Tea.
The narration is entirely different, but in contrast to some reviewers, I didn't mind it at all.
People such as those in this book are a credit to our species - it's too bad they're not more common.
Content is great as was Three Cups of Tea but the book is written in first person yet they have a female narrater. Big mistake and distracting when listening....
Three stars is a compromise review. The substance of the book is excellent. The narrator drove me crazy. I probably could have wrapped my head around a female reading a first person male book BUT her mispronunciation of numerous words or lisp or sloppy diction drove me to distraction.