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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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    Jourey newell 01-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    This was a very enjoyable listen! A great story about an incredibly dedicated public servant. We can all aspire to be a little bit like Dr Farmer.

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    doctorJ 12-24-16
    doctorJ 12-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful read"

    I'm not a big fan of non fiction but I loved this story and the performance was very well done. Well written story about an amazing physician that we should all emulate

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    Natasha 12-12-16
    Natasha 12-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for discussion"

    Good read for a community health course - narration left something to be desired (voices were confusing at times) but otherwise great. Quick read that offers a great deal on insight on global health disparities

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    Steve-O-Mite 12-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story about an amazing man!"
    What did you love best about Mountains Beyond Mountains?

    I just had my first trip to Haiti about a month ago with my 17-year-old daughter and was so touched and moved I cannot get Haiti out of my mind. I soon picked up and finished Mountains Beyond Mountains. I highly recommend this compelling book for all the same reasons you will see in the other reviews!


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    H. Winslow 10-13-16
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    "Inspiring lives!"

    It was wonderful to learn about Paul farmer and his cohorts, the challenges, politics and financing of health care for the poor (Haiti, Peru, Russia), and the people of Haiti, where "bad death" is a daily occurrence. Would love to read what's happened since this book was written.

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    Jessica Prunet Garland JACKSONVILLE, FL, US 10-07-16
    Jessica Prunet Garland JACKSONVILLE, FL, US 10-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful Paul Farmer the Saints
    the book help me "

    see the Haitian community in a different light the book have history religious beliefs anything you would need to write a great essay if you were using this book for college-level

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    Amazon Customer 09-22-16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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