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Ann E Jackson

SCHENECTADY, NY, US | Member Since 2009

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  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (524)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "One long fundraiser"
    Overall

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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