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Three Cups of Tea Audiobook

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

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Publisher's Summary

In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

Award-winning journalist David Oliver Relin has collaborated on this spellbinding account of Mortenson's incredible accomplishments in a region where Americans are often feared and hated. In pursuit of his goal, Mortenson has survived kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, repeated death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself. At last count, his Central Asia Institute had built 55 schools. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world, one school at a time.

©2006 Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc

What the Critics Say

"Three Cups of Tea is one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time....Not only a thrilling read, it's proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world." (Tom Brokaw)

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    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 08-09-10
    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 08-09-10 Member Since 2013
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    "This isn't about tea"

    I procrastinated reading this book because of the title. I expected a sappy seated story about a saintly humanitarian. (Not that there is anything wrong with saintly humanitarians.)

    Serendipity was a much bigger player in the story than I expected. The humanitarian didn't seem to start out with the outrageously high goal of "fight[ing] terrorism and build[ing] nations" it was more immediate and personal.

    It was interesting to hear about Mortenson's personal struggles in learning how one does this stuff. It was interesting to hear about his failures and to follow him as he learned how this other culture "works."

    A little background history of Pakistan and Afghanistan wouldn't hurt but probably isn't necessary. Of course we all are familiar (to some degree at least) with the events in Afghanistan that follow the main timeline of this book.

    The reader was good but there were a few places where the details of the story seemed to drag. A few times I got lost in events that might be summed up: He travelled all over Pakistan to check up on schools and it was sometimes tough to get them started."
    I don't begrude the superfluous details but I'm glad I was listening rather than reading them.

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    cort Kensington, CA, United States 06-01-10
    cort Kensington, CA, United States 06-01-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Story of a remarkable man"

    Well written and well read. Fascinating story about a remarkable man but it sometimes borders on a bit of hero worship.

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    R. Oliveira Boston, MA 05-15-10
    R. Oliveira Boston, MA 05-15-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Engaging and eye opening"

    The author brings to life the realities of life in Afghanistan by allowing us a glimpse into the life of "every man". His insight and love for the Afghan people shines through and causes one to be committed to their struggle. A great example of "not able to put down" nonfiction.

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    Margaret Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-30-10
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    "A 'can't-turn-it-off' story"

    This story is proof that things happen for a reason. A wrong turn at the end of a failed attempt to climb a mountain changed Greg Mortenson's life and the lives of thousands of children and their families in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The events are gripping. The characters come alive as you listen to Mr. Mortenson's determination to keep promises to people that so many others have forgotten or dismissed.

    By the end of the book, you will ask yourself what contribution you can make to improve the lives of others.

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    Cindy 01-16-10
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    "New narrator, please"

    How can a book that I've heard so much about be so difficult to listen to? Narration - makes or breaks an audiobook. New narrator, please.

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    W. S. Trowbridge 01-13-10 Listener Since 2006

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    "Must Read for the World's Survival"

    Greg Mortensen's story gives us a path to a better world. We may not be as bold and brave as he, but we can support the ideals he shares and lives out. A wonderful story, uplifting and mind changing!

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    Lee Mukilteo, WA, USA 04-07-09
    Lee Mukilteo, WA, USA 04-07-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Perspective"

    I feel that this moving, important, summary
    of reality in our world has changed, and is changing, it for the better. Greg's work shores me up and reminds me that, while I still have breath, I, too, can make a difference.

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    Celeste San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 03-31-09
    Celeste San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 03-31-09 Member Since 2017
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    "I learned so much."

    An amazing story. Well written. Couldn't put it down. Learned so much about history, geography & cultures. Fantastic read.

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-06-09
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 03-06-09 Member Since 2010
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    "education vs. bullets"

    Terrific story about one man's mission to help bring education to some of the most remote and challenged parts of planet earth. This story is an inspiration to all who want to help repair the world.

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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-17-09
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-17-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Go for abridged"

    Interesting story but too much repetitive detail at times, especially in the second half. I would recommend purchasing an abridged copy.

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