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Mountains Beyond Mountains Audiobook

Mountains Beyond Mountains

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder introduces us to a remarkable man who tackles some of the world's most frightening medical and social problems through principled actions. Harvard Medical School graduate and MacArthur "genius" fellow Paul Farmer spent much of his med school years in Haiti, where he created a health care system and clinic in one of the most grindingly poor places in the world. Owning only one suit and living part of each year in a house without hot water, he travels widely and takes a global approach to the interaction between politics, wealth, social problems, and disease. Farmer makes a difference quietly, using his intellectual gifts and his charisma to further his philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity."

© 2003 Tracy Kidder; (P) 2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Assi Hillsboro, WV, USA 09-16-04
    Assi Hillsboro, WV, USA 09-16-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen!!!"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pankaj Jersey City, NJ, USA 10-11-04
    Pankaj Jersey City, NJ, USA 10-11-04
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    "A good book"

    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?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 11-01-03
    Tim 11-01-03
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    "OK but not great."

    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).

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you this audible covered every world"

    I am so thankful for this audible book and it was a pleasure listening to and following along with the book.

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    writeonmama Indiana 05-28-16
    writeonmama Indiana 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging but too long"

    This is a really fascinating story of one man's crusade to bring health care to the poorest of the world's poor. But I lost interest after about 12 hours (of the 15 total). The reader would be better served if this was presented as 2 books.

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    Nick 05-05-16
    Nick 05-05-16
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    "This book inspired my life! "

    I literally have shaped my career and found solace during times of struggle from this book!

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    Jennifer McNeely MIDDLETOWN, VIRGINIA, US 04-22-16
    Jennifer McNeely MIDDLETOWN, VIRGINIA, US 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully written and read"
    If you could sum up Mountains Beyond Mountains in three words, what would they be?

    Makes you think.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story made me think outside of my cookie cutter like here in the US and opened my eyes to some real life problems that there are in the world. Paul Farmer is a fantastic human being and this was an amazing book about his life and experiences.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, easy to listen to. Easy to understand and follow along with.


    If you could give Mountains Beyond Mountains a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Be ready to have your outlook on life changed forever.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Perry Carrison 03-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "21st Century Schwitzer"

    Tracy Kidder has a powerful experience of Dr. Paul Farmer and is able to share it with his fast paced, evocative story. I got a good sense of where Dr. Farmer came from, nature & nurture, and a view into his heart & mind.
    The only aspect about Dr. Farmer that wasn't much explored was why he was driven as he was to attend to the poor. It's assumed that his intent is noble. Yet, as a human, Dr. Farmer can't escape the human reality: humans aren't just noble. They are noble and (comma).
    I enjoyed the story and the way it was told. I

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 02-05-16
    Matthew 02-05-16
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    "Be inspired."

    Whether you have a medical background or not, if your interest is in global health and the betterment of humanity, this book is an inspiration and a testament to what can be accomplished when you simply do.

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    Amazon Customer 07-24-15
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    "Great Story"

    Fascinating story that anyone interested in global health should hear. Farmer is an inspiration to us all.

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