© 2003 Tracy Kidder; (P) 2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Many readers have come to expect that anything authored by Kidder...will be of high merit." (Library Journal)
"[This book] is inspiring, disturbing, daring, and completely absorbing." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A gifted storyteller, Mr. Kidder is able to explain the web of circumstances that contribute to the wretched conditions of the world's poor." (The New York Times)
"Paul Michael captures the book's mix of intensity and elaboration beautifully....Just the right amount of edge-of-your-seat passion....A very good rendition of an important book." (AudioFile)
True inspiration. A man that does what all just dream of. A must read for medicine people. Written well. Narrated ok.
Will probably return to this book for inspiration.
It is a good book in general. It brings out the challenges involved in making any substantial changes to any large society/community. It brings out the efforts involved, and the kind of sufferings that poor people face in many parts of the world. It does not talk about all the sufferings that poor face, or all the poor societies but it does talk about the medical conditions in many developing countries.
So this book is useful in two ways. First, the challenges involved in changing. Second, an insight into poorer societies' medical conditions. The state of affairs in such societies are really what they are even today in many developing counties. I being from one, know that to be true.
I believe that many people can help, just like farmer did (the main character in the book). If not on a very big level, there are smaller, much easier levels on which people can help other people. There are thousands that die every day of hunger! Can you believe that? Have you been hungry one full day and seen how it is?
A very good picture of health conditions in some of the poorest conditions in the Western Hemisphere. Farmer, the subject, is almost saintly, but he does have some serious problems becoming politically charged and believing rules are for everyone else. He shares an off-balance world view with of the Harvard elite, yet considers himself quite different. A worthwhile read (or listen).
I had to read this book for college and it is therefore different to my usual reads (more of a novel, and educationally different).
The writing is fantastic and Kidder has a very artful and accurate ability for describing scenes, people and feelings.
The audiobook is fantastic. The narrator is one of the best I have ever heard, and even does foreign accents. Great audiobook overall.
This is a great book to introduce or further knowledge on social justice and the inequalities that exist in our world.
While at first I thought the audiobook was a little monotone or computer like, I soon realized that wasn't the case. Michael brings to life many people in the book. However, I listened to it at double time, his reading was a little too slow for my purpose (reading for class) but if I had been looking to read it on my own time it would have been an enjoyable pace.
After reading some of the reviews, I had high hopes for this audible book. But I could only make it through the first half. If you are conservative minded you will hate the book. If you are liberal you may like it if you like to hear all the old liberal platitudes, preconceived notions, misconceptions, errors, erroneous sayings, false conclusions--repeated ad nauseam.....The dialogue is also poorly written and grates on the nerves.
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