I really enjoyed Three Cups of Tea. The story of Greg Mortenson's life building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan was inspiring and real. I usually feel that stories of people doing great things like this are too romanticized and don't tell the whole story, but this was not the case in this book. The story keeps you listening, it never fades into overly intricate detail. The other people in the story are humanized and not just flat extras. I would highly recommend this book.
I can't believe anyone could give this book less than 5 stars. It does start slowly, so maybe if you don't give it a chance, you would rate it less. This is the story of a traveling storyteller and you actually feel like you are in the livingrooms of Ireland with his audience. The narrator (the author) effortlessly takes you into each story and then back to present day ( 1950's Ireland). This is one of my favorite books! Enjoy!
I bought this book because off all the fabulous reviews (from years ago). The story was fine, but not exceptional. There were so many characters to follow, you never really bond with any of them. This may be a good thing because the author is not afraid to kill them off. When the book ended, I didn't feel like I listened to a story-- instead like I read the background or setup to a story. Of course it was 33 hours of setup. When I realized how many more books there were after this one, I decided to stop. I love a good trilogy, but I think there were 5 books and I couldnt spend another 33 hours hoping that it got better.
I found this book to be disappointing after all of the strong reviews. The author keeps repeating events that happen in the story as if you didn't hear about those events earlier in the book when they were actually taking place. I felt as if I was being talked down to as a reader. Events and feelings of the characters were explicitly explained as if I could not understand the characters actions without the author explaining them.
The actual tale is interesting but I couldn't help but feel it had the potential to be a much better book. I could at most see it being given 3 or 3.5 stars.
I am sorry, but I purchased this book because of all of the positive recommendations. This book was not good. It had a horribly silly plot. You have to believe that a 21 yr old bike messenger would risk his life to keep a package that he was sent to deliver to a parking lot. Oh yes and the book tries to take you into the very shady world of the ..... bike messenger. This book was like watching a B movie.
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