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Three Cups of Tea Audiobook
Three Cups of Tea
Written by: 
Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
Narrated by: 
Patrick Lawlor
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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    Ann E Jackson 06-12-10
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    "One long fundraiser"

    There were some parts of this book I enjoyed. I liked hearing the geographic location descriptions and putting the story in place with recent history. I also feel I learned about the people of the region to some degree. However, it was tedious and slow.
    This was disappointing. The story behind the book intrigued me and - as an educator - I thought I would enjoy it. Perhaps if it had been written by someone who writes novels for a living verses newspaper stories, we would have gotten a story that was as compelling as the events that inspired it.
    In addition, the narrator's intonations and voice added nothing to the story and in fact, contributed to the feel that this was one long newspaper story or a 'guest lecturer' introduction. His intonation seemed forced and what he chooses to emphasize seems only to add a false enthusiasm - generally what you would expect to hear on infomercials.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Glentana, MT, United States 10-03-13
    Tracy Glentana, MT, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Greg Mortenson..word word word Greg Mortenson"
    What disappointed you about Three Cups of Tea?

    Greg Mortenson..word word word Greg Mortenson word word word and by the way did I mention Greg Mortenson?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael tinley park, IL, United States 05-09-11
    Michael tinley park, IL, United States 05-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "what?"

    Is this guy for real or juuust another con arteest. I shall have to downgrade my review rating downwards. Creditability shot in tushie.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Babette Loveland, CO, United States 09-20-10
    Babette Loveland, CO, United States 09-20-10 Member Since 2013
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    "I wanted to love this book"

    I had been told to read this book by a couple of people. As someone who has spent a lot of time in the mission field, I expected to find it very interesting. I tried three or four times, but never got past the first two hours. It literally put me to sleep. I'll try again because I just can't stand wasting the credit on a book I haven't read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Jefferson City, Macau 08-01-10
    Hannah Jefferson City, Macau 08-01-10
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    "So-so"

    I purchased this on sale and would have felt jipped had I used a credit for it. As it was, I felt I learned a little about Greg Mortenson and his mission, got a glimpse of what makes religious extremists able to get a foothold in the middle east, and felt utterly apalled the next time I walked into Walmartt and saw all the things we waste money on there. The "lack of" FILL IN THE BLANK (food, water, penmcils, schools, cleanliness, medicine, doctors with real training) in Pakistan and Afghanistan is sad. The book-- eh. The narrative is dry, and the vocal narration is clumsy, not natural.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Floyd 05-26-09
    David Floyd 05-26-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Great message, but slow read"

    I feel bad giving this book 3 stars because the message is fantastic and everyone should read it. I thought the story dragged out a bit, and I found myself loosing interest about halfway though. I did manage to finish the story but I was a bit of a struggle.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 04-07-09
    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 04-07-09
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    "I just couldn't get into it."

    I'm giving it 3 stars because I really love what the book was ABOUT. I couldn't stick with it though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthea 06-19-08
    Matthea 06-19-08
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    "I wanted to love this book..."

    ... it came SO highly recommended from a reader friend and from so many here. I listen to books during my commute to and from work -- an average of 3 hours per workday. I should have finished this book weeks ago. I have tried. Out of loyalty to my friend, I will finish this book -- eventually -- but it is not entertaining or even very educational, as its details can be so repetitive. Perhaps in a few more hours, a few more weeks, when I have got to the end, I will have something more exciting to say and renege my opinion here. I can see that I am in the minority as it is; I must be too impatient.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Laura S. Gold River, CA USA 03-26-09
    Laura S. Gold River, CA USA 03-26-09 Member Since 2016
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    "I wished it had been better"

    A good story and a great man, but the book has a lot of repetitive detail and time shifts. I wanted to love this book but I just didn't.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debara Denver, CO, USA 07-16-08
    Debara Denver, CO, USA 07-16-08
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    "a compelling story poorly written"

    The writer needs to brush up on basic points of storytelling. It was often difficult to understand because of tense and point of view changes. At times the story was told in first person and other times as from an omniscient point of view. However, the story itself kept me interested.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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