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Three Cups of Tea Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Margaret Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-30-10
    Margaret Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-30-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A 'can't-turn-it-off' story"

    This story is proof that things happen for a reason. A wrong turn at the end of a failed attempt to climb a mountain changed Greg Mortenson's life and the lives of thousands of children and their families in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The events are gripping. The characters come alive as you listen to Mr. Mortenson's determination to keep promises to people that so many others have forgotten or dismissed.

    By the end of the book, you will ask yourself what contribution you can make to improve the lives of others.

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    Cindy 01-16-10
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    "New narrator, please"

    How can a book that I've heard so much about be so difficult to listen to? Narration - makes or breaks an audiobook. New narrator, please.

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    W. S. Trowbridge 01-13-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Must Read for the World's Survival"

    Greg Mortensen's story gives us a path to a better world. We may not be as bold and brave as he, but we can support the ideals he shares and lives out. A wonderful story, uplifting and mind changing!

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    Lee Mukilteo, WA, USA 04-07-09
    Lee Mukilteo, WA, USA 04-07-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Perspective"

    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.

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    Celeste San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 03-31-09
    Celeste San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 03-31-09 Member Since 2014
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    "I learned so much."

    An amazing story. Well written. Couldn't put it down. Learned so much about history, geography & cultures. Fantastic read.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-06-09
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-06-09 Member Since 2010
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    "education vs. bullets"

    Terrific story about one man's mission to help bring education to some of the most remote and challenged parts of planet earth. This story is an inspiration to all who want to help repair the world.

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-17-09
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-17-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Go for abridged"

    Interesting story but too much repetitive detail at times, especially in the second half. I would recommend purchasing an abridged copy.

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    Mohamad Los Angeles, CA, USA 05-23-07
    Mohamad Los Angeles, CA, USA 05-23-07
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    "Being Human"

    This book really takes you to a place that many have not seen. The the book gives you a mental, physical, and spiritual and description of what it takes to be a true human being. Amazingly his struggle is humbly told. I believe that this book should be read by the young so they can see that there dreams can come through, by a little hard work and a lot of perseverance. A definite must read. Oh and you may find your self laughing and crying at the same time. The book is wonderful.

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    Mary Warwick, RI, USA 04-27-07
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    "Three Cups of Tea"

    I loved this book! A true story of an American who is working to promote peace in an area that many think will never have peace. The book also gives concrete ways that we too can help! Let's help build these schools and put an end to the reign of terror! Proof that each and every one of us is capable of making a difference! A book worthy of your time!

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    Melissa Woodruff, SC, United States 06-22-11
    Melissa Woodruff, SC, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspiring - definitely worth the time"

    This non-fiction story is an amazing account of philanthropy. Although I did not particulary care for the reader, the story made it completely worthwhile. It is heart wrenching to think about the desperation some people in our world have for the opportunity to receive an education, especially when comparing that desperation to the nonchalance - or even at times disdain - with which many American children approach their education. As with most non-fiction, the story moved a little slow, but it touched my heart in a way that fiction cannot, and I would highly reccommend it.

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