In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders, even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women - all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.
Since the 2006 publication of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials, and leading politicians, all of whom seek his advice and insight. The continued phenomenal success of Three Cups of Tea proves that there is an eager and committed audience for Mortenson's work and message.
©2009 Greg Mortenson; (P)2009 Penguin
Unlike some, I did not like the narrator at all. She read in an overly dramatic voice one would use in a children's storybook, and resulting in the narration lacking the gravity that it deserved. The characters sounded ridiculous in her voice especially Mortenson, as this was written in first person, and she was unable to create character distinctive character voices. When I looked her up, I was not surprised she had narrated the children's edition of Three Cups of Tea, on which I'm sure she did an excellent job. I liked the book despite the narrator, but will make sure to avoid her in the future. (I wanted to scream every time she said "Twenny" instead of "Twenty"?) Mortenson delivered, however, with the book, fabulous.
I love Greg Mortenson's work, loved reading Three Cups of Tea, and was excited to listen to this book. I was very disappointed by the choice of narrator. I enjoyed her narration of "A Thousand Splendid Suns" but her dramatic, syrupy voice just clashes with Greg's persona and words. Very disappointing.
Aaron L. M. Goodwin
Picking up where Three Cups of Tea left off, this work gives you everything you want from greater depth of the already told stories, updates on many of the people involved in Mortenson's quest to build school in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and more news about the past few years. What this man has been able to accomplish is astounding and can make even the most selfish feel the need to get outside themselves.
This would be four stars, but the narration is a bit odd. Since it's a first-person account, hearing the narrator of a man be a woman is a bit off-putting.
I love this book! I read Three Cups of Tea and listened to this book, the sequel, at work. It's inspirational, exciting, and the woman reading has a wonderful voice and an interesting accent.
The sequel is always a more difficult sell and this one does not deliver. It is a continuation of the story and introduces more of the characters. He is a great guy doing a wonderful work but this book is not up to the first.
I loved 3 Cups of Tea and have gone to all venues in Eugene OR where Greg has spoken. He is a true Hero. This book was great and inspiring. I found myself distracted by the narration. it would have been better with a male voice
Sorry, but I was disappointed with the narration of this second book by Mortenson. Because it is written in first-person, I think I would have felt closer to the material if a male narrator had been used. Worth listening to, but not as engaging as the first one: Three Cups of Tea.
I also found the narrator distracting. It was as if she was a computer reading the book. I loved 3 Cups, so I think I'll actually read the book rather than listen to it.
3 Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools are different. I really enjoyed reading 3 Cups and also liked listening to Stones. 3 Cups is about Mortenson while Stones is about the organization he built. Don't get me wrong, there are great uplifting stories in Stones but he is narrating rather than experiencing the triumphs. Definitely worth the time and money but like most follow-ups, a bit different from the original. It is obvious why the books are "required reading" for military going overseas.
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