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Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal | [Conor Grennan]

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.
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Consider yourself warned. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, written and read by Conor Grennan, could very well be a life-changing listen.

Grennan’s tale of how he came to found Next Generation Nepal, a group dedicated to reuniting trafficked children with their families, has so many heart-grabbing highs that it is impossible not to become emotionally involved with the story. Which will linger longer: the image of the father who learns that his son, gone for nine years, is alive, or the description of the 14-year-old boy — told at age five that his parents had died — as he is told that his parents are alive and very, very eager to see him?

The author’s style is comically self-deprecating, and he admits that at the beginning of this adventure his goal in volunteering at a Nepali orphanage was simply a justification for the luxury of a year-long break from the tedium of work. He wanted to be able to say that he had volunteered at an orphanage. Unwittingly, Grennan stepped into the world of the Little Princes Children’s Home outside of Katmandu and found his purpose in life.

Grennan’s incredulity at the reality of the situation — that the children were not orphans but the victims of a child trafficker — re-shaped his life. The honesty with which he assessed what he had planned for himself and what he became compelled to do will give any listener hope for the future. The outrage is palpable as Grennan describes the ordeal of the children and the audacity of the trafficker who had tricked simple village people into thinking that, in the midst of their country’s civil unrest, they were paying to have their children taken to safety from Maoist rebels.

That Grennan becomes a man driven is apparent in the energy with which he describes his rapid education into non-profits and fund-raising and realizes his goal to work full-time to find trafficked children in Nepal and reunite them with their families.

Grennan’s descriptions of his journey to the remote Humla province, where most of the first group of children were from, are jaw-dropping in terms of physical hardship and deprivation. Besides not having electricity or running water, Humla also lacks roads. Walking from village to village through mountainous terrain, Grennan and his companions connect with the families of the children at Little Princes. Meeting and talking (through interpreters) with the families of the children helps the author truly understand the extraordinary bond between parent and child and the desire that parents have to make their children’s lives better.

Little Princes is not simply the recounting of an adventure. It is the wondrous intellectual, emotional, and spiritual metamorphosis of a young American man who recognized a cause greater than his own desires and never hesitated to take on the challenge. In doing so, he found his life’s work and, delightfully related in the book in his own voice, his life’s love. Grennan’s joy in telling his story will make you willingly open your heart and possibly your pocketbook to help the children of Nepal. —Carole Chouinard

Publisher's Summary

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.

Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined.

When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war - for a huge fee - by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life's work.

Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

©2011 Conor Grennan (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 02-06-11
    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 02-06-11
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    "Amazing experience + Inspiring tale"

    The story is how Conor Grennan went to Nepal as a orphanage volunteer and gave his heart to the "orphans." Conor saw a problem and came up with an unrealistic solution to the problem: reconnect families in a remote part of the world that has no roads, limited air and telephone access. He did not have special connections or language talents but with the help of just a few others he was able to do some amazing things.


    If you liked "Three Cups of Tea," this book is in the same vein. It is astonishing what one person can do when he is committed.


    The book is equal parts sad, touching, poignant but overall amazingly inspiring. The first few hours of the book are good but a little slow. Stay with it because the middle is very good and from that point it becomes a "can't stop listening" story.

    Conor Grennan reads the himself and does a very credible job. His voice is well-modulated, clear and with just the right amount of nuance without being annoying or irritating.

    On another topic: Why won't Audible allow us to have paragraph breaks? Sorry for the single paragraph of many different ideas!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Goldhara Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-13-11
    Goldhara Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved this book"

    having been to Nepal many times... in 80's and 90's I was delighted by this book of more current events. What an amazing person you are Conor! You should be so so pleased with what you have accomplished. I long to go back!
    Great job narrating, great story, great turn out.
    I agree with previous review, story starts out with some resistance and gains momentum as book progresses... similar, I would think, to the way this young man's life transitioned from self-absorbed adolescent to proactive adulthood. Bravo!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    R. Cotton Sunnyvale, Ca United States 02-19-11
    R. Cotton Sunnyvale, Ca United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Hope there is a sequel!"

    I picked this book because of the high reviews from others. I need my audio books to keep my attention or I feel like I wasted my $. This did not disappoint! I loved listening to it. It was in combination funny, educational, honest, inspirational and thought provoking. It was also a love story. How do you get all of that in one non-fiction book? If you like to learn about other cultures, have a heart for doing right in the world and get inspired by others who do so, I recommend this. I found myself more enthralled by this than the previously inspiring "Three Cups..." which I also enjoyed. "Three" did not keep me as captivated as "Princes." I loved that the author read this as his passion and humor came through. I predict many awards for this one!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole port alberni, British Columbia, Canada 02-18-11
    Nicole port alberni, British Columbia, Canada 02-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"

    I listened to this book in two days . I was spell bound and could not stop listening . I highly recommend it .
    Conar did an excellent job writing the book .

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Maplewood, MN, United States 02-11-11
    Joanna Maplewood, MN, United States 02-11-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Really Good"

    I don't even have the words to describe this. It was just really good and so refreshing to read about good in this crazy world.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    nikolas Manchester, NH, United States 03-13-11
    nikolas Manchester, NH, United States 03-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    I wish I coud give it ten stars...This explains all. Very emotional at some parts , crying or laughing .

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    Mandy Kernersville, NC, United States 03-10-11
    Mandy Kernersville, NC, United States 03-10-11
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    "Inspiring, Educational and Fun"

    I so dearly love this book. Conor Grennan's personal narration of his experiences in Nepal working with these amazing children made this book especially enjoyable to listen to. While doing very serious work, he never takes himself too seriously, is laugh out loud funny at times, and most of all, you can tell what a labor of love this project is for him. I also enjoyed learning about the Nepali culture, history and gaining a better understanding of what it is like to live in such an impoverished country, something we westerners often forget exists. Outstanding work and an outstanding book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SamanthaG Marietta GA 01-02-14
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 01-02-14 Member Since 2010

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    "A very honest, inspiring, self-deprecating story"

    I loved the story because the author did not present himself as someone who was out to save the world; he fully admits that he signed up for the stint at the orphanage to impress people. But little did he know that it would change his life. He seemed amazed that he could be happier than he'd ever been while living in incredibly difficult circumstances and eating a very meager diet. His amazement that a woman he cared for could be interested in him, someone who had no money or prospects at the moment and was spending his time taking care of orphans in Nepal was disarming and charming. A great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 06-05-12
    Anna 06-05-12 Member Since 2009

    When I have a little money I buy books and if there is any left over, I buy food.

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    "I didn't want it to end!"

    It's really been a long time since I've read a book such as this. It being a true story impressed me and the authors telling made it an emotional one. I played about 20-30 minuetes of the story each day and so enjoyed it that I now miss the story!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Edmonton, AB, Canada 02-24-12
    Barbara Edmonton, AB, Canada 02-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A MUST HAVE"
    If you could sum up Little Princes in three words, what would they be?

    Heart-wrenching, hilarious, inspiring


    What other book might you compare Little Princes to and why?

    No comparison in this genre


    What about Conor Grennan’s performance did you like?

    Conor has a wonderfully humorous and compelling voice. His character voices are delightful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The title of this book is easy to overlook and sounds boring. It doesn't become important until you realize that it is the actual name of an orphanage. So maybe, 'Little Princes Orphanage' or 'Rescuing the Little Princes of Nepal'??


    Any additional comments?

    I have nearly 300 audio books, and this is the first time I've ever written a review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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