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Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west across four continents and over 14,000 miles - by foot - to become the first woman to walk around the world. In a spirit of adventure, along with the goal of raising global awareness for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. The world had embraced her. But in the middle of Polly's journey, 9/11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history, and she found herself navigating a vastly changing world.

©2011 Polly Letofsky (P)2014 Polly Letofsky

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  • Charles
  • Salley, SC, United States
  • 11-09-17

Nails on the blackboard

The story is okay however the author needs to find an accomplished narrator. Her constant raising of her shrill voice made listening very difficult. She obviously did NOT have much experience in narration.

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So much fun to listen to while I "walk along"!

If you could sum up 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, adventure, connections

Who was your favorite character and why?

Polly herself! I love the detailed descriptions of the people she met and experiences she had - especially with local foods and customs.

What does Polly Letofsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I did read the book and loved it. But hearing Polly tell her story adds so much more color and fun to it. Listening to the book was like hanging out with Polly and listening to her in person.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It had nothing to do with the shoes.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended!

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Wow ...What an amazing woman

Polly is one strong and courageous woman. Her journey was not an easy one but she put one foot in front of the other to accomplish her dream of walking around the world and raising awareness for breast cancer. The book is fantastic and I enjoyed ever minute of it and would highly recommend it to others.

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A very human travel memoir

Would you consider the audio edition of 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I thought listening to Polly's story in her own voice (and her takes on the world's accents) enhanced the experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed getting to know humanity as a central character...not just cultural differences like whether to take off your shoes at the door but the physical and psychological experience of being a woman immersed in and traveling through humanity every day.

Which scene was your favorite?

I listened while getting ready for work, and every day there was a scene that made me laugh out loud or well up with emotion. A favorite scene was the coming home to Colorado. Imagine reaching a hilltop after five years and finally seeing home.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The letter Polly wrote and had translated to her right-hand-man Thai crew support was beautiful and made me think of the many good friends I've relied upon in my own travels and then had to say good bye to.

Any additional comments?

Be prepared to break out your walking shoes after reading this book. You may not make it around the world, but it does inspire you to see the world at a slower pace.

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If You Need a Pick-Me-Up,This is the Book For You!

Have you had a hard day? Feeling defeated? Facing a challenge that is dragging you down? Well, plug this book into your ear and feel inspired! I had no idea what I would hear when I began this book, but it exceeded my expectations! I went from laughing to crying, to laughing to crying and back again. The story takes you through the daily lives of many cultures around the world as told through the experiences of Polly as she walks around the world. Hearing the Author narrate the book gave extra inflection and emotion to experience the journey with her. Her keen sense of humor (albeit dry) and love of life lifted each footstep to a new level.I will be recommending this book to all of my friends as a reading experience of humor, perspective and inspiration. Thank you, Polly, for giving five years of your life to entertain the masses.

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What a story & What a storyteller!!

What made the experience of listening to 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World the most enjoyable?

Polly was a keynote speaker at a conference I attended. That's where I was enchanted by her story of walking around the world. I laughed out loud while reading the book; but to listen to Polly tell her own adventure was pure magic!!

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of Polly's and recommend her audio book to anyone with a sense of adventure and a love of a great tale!

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Wanted to like it but!!!!!

What disappointed you about 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World?

The narrator was the worst I have heard in any audible book. I wanted to hear her amazing story but lasted only a few hours. I will keep trying in small doses because of the accomplishment of what she did but its a shame someone with a calm voice was not selected as the narrator for this story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Polly Letofsky?

Anyone that could read without yelling.

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Amazing Grace.

I was walking out of the breast surgeon's office in Duluth, MN with my ear buds in-looking at the Bong Bridge... and suddenly Philly is talking about walking across it. this book has given me peace and courage to make decisions. Thank you, Polly, for your amazing grace!

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Felt like I was there with Polly

I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I was walking with her every step of the way. Polly is inspirational and funny. Loved this book!!

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Amazing story! Like taking a vacation!

Polly's trek around the world is funny, insightful, and heart warming! She gives you a true glimpse into the different cultures, traditions and food all while teaching perseverance and patience and the importance of a good support system and a sense of humor!

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  • Kevin
  • 08-11-15

Outstanding Narration

A well written adventure of a courageous lady. The narration was the most remarkable that I have ever listened to. The voices and the feeling that Polly puts into reading her own work overshadows any professional reading of any audiobook. I challenge anyone to better this. Truly an Oscar-worthy performance.

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  • 05-10-17

Inspiring and roll on the floor hilarious!

An incredible story comprised of hundreds of detailed little memories & moments that are recounted in Polly's own worlds. She chats to us like an old friend as we walk alongside her, through her epic walk around the world. You feel every step, every frustration & every small victory through her eyes, (and feet!) READ ME! x

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  • Alison
  • 10-11-16

Not a bad story, shame about the accents

Would have liked more about the physical demands involved. Hated the terrible accents and patronising at times too

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  • Petra
  • 11-11-17

Fulfilling dreams

Anytime I hear a story about someone who made a huge plan or dream and then saw it through, I'm fascinated. The sheer will required to walk across the planet is unimaginable.

My only issue with Polly and her book is that she vehemently defends the stereotypes many of us have for Americas, by proving them. She does come across as a bit arrogant and ignorant of the rest of the world and the cultural differences, despite walking across the globe and she's definitely loud and a bit screechy and over-the-top.