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Stones into Schools Audiobook

Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established.

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

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    Cathron United States 02-20-10
    Cathron United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2011

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    "Inspiring"

    Greg Mortenson deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. He has done more to advance the cause of women in underdeveloped countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan than any other person. The fact that the U.S. military listens to him and requires those serving in the region to read his books is testament to Greg's wisdom and experience. I recommend this book to everyone.

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 02-17-10
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 02-17-10 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Shadows of Self

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    "Education is a long term solution to fanaticism"

    I picked up this book right when I finished it's predecessor. Excellent writing and good narration. Listeners would find the female narrator narrating Greg Mortenson a little confusing at first but Atussa Leoni does a great job overall. First few hours in the book is a quick recap/summary of "three cups of tea" and "Stone Into..." starts exactly were the last one ended; on the roof of the world. Greg Mortenson is trying to achieve something that will fight the war on terror from it's core. I hope all his readers and listeners would understand the need for what he's trying to achieve. Some reviewers are right when they say, only 1 school is constructed by the half of the book. But this book is about how Dr Greg managed to and his journey towards creating a relationship with all the far end villages and tribals of Afghanistan. This book also covers the devastation by the 2005 earthquake in pakistan and Azad Kashmir. By the end of the book, there are many more schools created. Taliban and other groups realize now that education can be a threat to their existence and that is why they threaten teachers and female students. This and Three cups of tea should defintely be added to the curriculum just the way Three cups of tea is essential read in the few sections of US Army.

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    Ronald Albuquerque, NM, USA 01-11-10
    Ronald Albuquerque, NM, USA 01-11-10
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    "Diving into the greater masterpiece"

    I really enjoyed Mr Mortenson's bravery and foolishness in attempting to honor the great art of education. It is one thing to be a good student and entirely greater thing to create opportunity for the education of someone else, especially a perceived enemy. In a time of such hatred between religions, it is great to read about humans who seek out constructive understanding.

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    Julie Delio 01-02-10
    Julie Delio 01-02-10
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    "Odd Choice of Narrator"

    I find listening to a female narrator read this book distracting. I am by no means a misogynist, but the words are odd coming from a woman. Putting that aside, the information in this book is so vital. I recommend it to anyone.

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    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 03-09-10
    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 03-09-10 Member Since 2005

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    "A Worthy Sequel to Three Cups of Tea"

    It is hard to give this book too much praise. It combines adventure, colorful characters, and behind-the-headlines descriptions of life in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan, areas that have loomed large on the world stage since 9/11. The common thread through all is the amazing saga of Greg Mortenson: his organization has now built over 100 schools in these rural areas and he has built lasting and deep personal friendships with people from all walks of life and cultures as he pursues his mission to bring educational opportunities to the neglected villages of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The writing style seems more polished than his first book and includes informative background on the political and cultural background of the region.

    I read this book right after "The Good Soldiers." It provides in certain sections a helpful counterpoint to the dark description of US Military operations in the earlier book. In Mortenson's experience, the US Military now clearly gets the importance of building relationships of trust and goodwill with the local communities. In fact, they even have a term for it--"COIN." If you are not familiar with the lessons the US Military has learned from Greg Mortenson, that is another reason to read this book.

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    Belinda Somewhere, CA 02-11-10
    Belinda Somewhere, CA 02-11-10 Member Since 2016

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    "Drove me mad"

    I enjoyed reading 3 cups from Kindle, and bought this audio book instantly without a review there at that time - big mistake! - that sweet and lazy female voice representing a male former mountaineer just drove me crazy! 2 hours struggling and I still could not get into this book, so I have to stop listening to stop the torture.

    Change the reader please, and refund me that precious credit! At least I can use the refund to buy a Kindle book instead! So unbelievably unprofessional!

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    CFT 02-04-10
    CFT 02-04-10
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    "Why have a woman speak for Greg!"

    Having this read by a woman is a total turn off. I loved his first book and think he is a great man doing a job no one else would consider taking on but I am not ejoying listening to this book.

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    Marylou Bend, OR, United States 01-27-10
    Marylou Bend, OR, United States 01-27-10
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    "huge disappointment after 3 Cups of Tea"

    I just completed the 1st half of this audio book and NOT one school has been built AND it is read (in the first person) by a WOMAN... WHAT THE HELL? They couldn't find a man to read this book. I mean COME on!!!! ridiculous!!! Hopefully at least 1 school is built in the 2nd half. VERY DISAPPOINTING.. sadly played off the popularity of 3 Cups of Tea... shame on you G.M.

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