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Jodi

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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
    (2270)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (531)

    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"
    "Impressive story"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Three Cups of Tea, although at times I thought the writing was sloppy and the reader was a bit too animated for my taste. I found the reading annoying, especially his emphasis on certain words, like Pakistan, which he insists of pronouncing "Pak-eeeee-stahn" at each opportunity. I think the reader really detracted from Greg Mortentson's impressive story of how a moneyless climber found a way to build a school in a remote village in the Baltistan region of Pakistan.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (746)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Man-Made Environmental Disaster"
    Overall

    For those of us who missed the depression years, "The Worst Hard Times" tells us the story of the Dustbowl years through the stories of those who remembered. The few historical photographs from that era fail to describe the harrowing storms, suffering, and strength of those who lived through the "Dirty Thirties". Egan's storytelling skills are impressive. Well told, well read and definitely recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sarah Chayes
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    As a National Public Radio reporter covering the last stand of the Taliban in Afghanistan's southern borderland, Sarah Chayes became deeply immersed in the attempt to rebuild a broken nation. With her NPR assignment finished in early 2002, she left reporting to help turn around the country's fortunes, accepting a job running a nonprofit founded by President Hamid Karzai's brother. With remarkable access to leading players in the postwar government, Chayes witnessed a tragic, perverse turn of events.

    Joshua says: "Pronunciation errors abound!"
    "Important Story"
    Overall

    Sarah Chayes never ceases to impress with the breadth of her understanding of her adopted country, Afghanistan. The Punishment of Virtue is dense with its descriptions of Afghan history and politics, but valuable as a guide to anyone interested in the region.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison.

    Ellen says: "Complex and compelling"
    "amazing story"
    Overall

    The story of Hannah, a revolutionary activist in The Weather Underground who flees to Liberia only to get involved in Charles Taylor's revolution and then watch it sour was riveting from start to finish. Unforgettable. Russell Banks does it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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