Award-winning journalist David Oliver Relin has collaborated on this spellbinding account of Mortenson's incredible accomplishments in a region where Americans are often feared and hated. In pursuit of his goal, Mortenson has survived kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, repeated death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself. At last count, his Central Asia Institute had built 55 schools. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world, one school at a time.
©2006 Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc
"Three Cups of Tea is one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time....Not only a thrilling read, it's proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world." (Tom Brokaw)
I am fascinated by the concepts explored in this book and want so much to finish it, but the combination of the author's hero-worship writing style and the reader's odd effusive inflection throughout makes me keep abandoning it. I think I could tolerate the writing if the narrator's style fit the book's subject matter more closely. Based on all of the positive reviews, I will keep trying.
I would not have read this except that it was chosen by my book club. Although anyone must be impressed by the accomplishments of Mr. Mortensen, (he certainly is) I didn't need the depth of detail. I agree with many other reviewers who did not enjoy the voice of the reader, I found it whiney and annoying. I could have learned all I needed to know about this man and his mission in about half the words.
I'm sure the author is a lovely woman and her story and desire to investigate the real world of Muslim women is inspiring, but I could not get past her voice. The whiny, whisper that she spoke in made me crazy. She spoke without passion or enthusiasm even while describing intense and dramatic events. I don't know if this was by choice or this is her natural voice but I couldn't get through more than an hour of listening to her. I tried to ignore the monotone whine but it was really painfully annoying. It's a shame.
I feel that this moving, important, summary
of reality in our world has changed, and is changing, it for the better. Greg's work shores me up and reminds me that, while I still have breath, I, too, can make a difference.
An amazing story. Well written. Couldn't put it down. Learned so much about history, geography & cultures. Fantastic read.
Didn't meet up to the hype. Goes into detail on every boring little thing.
Quite listening when I wasn't into the book after 5 hours of listening.
This story had me almost in tears at times. What a great man. I wish that more people would reach out as he has done and truly try to help educate the needy in the world. It made me want to be a better person and help too. I highly recommend this book.
This remarkable book combines an adventure story, insightful commentary on the reasons terrorists emerge from remote parts of the Muslim world, and an inspiring account of the power of friendship, simple caring, and a courageous man's dogged persistence in creating a better life for his fellow man in neglected regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a remarkable story and is very well written. The book's vivid descriptions of the places and the numerous characters that are part of the Greg Mortenson saga make this a very engaging and instructive read.
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