© 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).
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.
Makes you think.
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.
Great voice, easy to listen to. Easy to understand and follow along with.
Be ready to have your outlook on life changed forever.
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
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.
This book is a must read. The reading/performance was first-rate. I will read it again and recommend it to my students. What an inspiration.
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