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
Though I love the story and the narrator was quite good it was a little confusing for me to listen to a woman tell the story of Greg Mortenson when using the first person. I believe I would have enjoyed the narration much more had it been in a mail voice.
Though I am betting that given Greg's discomfort with the first person narration that he may have asked to have a woman tell the story. That made me smile.
The only book I have read that truly moved me. If you do not come away inspired by Greg Mortenson - either you do not have a heart or it is cold and hard as stone.
Both his books are treasures and I have recomended to service men and friends alike - all feel the same new understanding of Greg's work and love for this part of the world.
I'm all for equality but when a book is written by a man and read by a woman, I'm not making the connection. I don't think this was a good decision by the audio book publishers. Her narration is very pleasant and she pronounces difficult words with ease, but not appropriate to the story.
Also find the story drags on in several sections. Not up to par with the Three Cups of Tea.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
I enjoyed this book roughly as much as Three Cups of Tea.
The narration is entirely different, but in contrast to some reviewers, I didn't mind it at all.
People such as those in this book are a credit to our species - it's too bad they're not more common.
Content is great as was Three Cups of Tea but the book is written in first person yet they have a female narrater. Big mistake and distracting when listening....
Three stars is a compromise review. The substance of the book is excellent. The narrator drove me crazy. I probably could have wrapped my head around a female reading a first person male book BUT her mispronunciation of numerous words or lisp or sloppy diction drove me to distraction.
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.
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.
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