Little Princes

One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
Narrated by: Conor Grennan
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,171 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.

Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined.

When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war - for a huge fee - by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life's work.

Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

©2011 Conor Grennan (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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Hope there is a sequel!

I picked this book because of the high reviews from others. I need my audio books to keep my attention or I feel like I wasted my $. This did not disappoint! I loved listening to it. It was in combination funny, educational, honest, inspirational and thought provoking. It was also a love story. How do you get all of that in one non-fiction book? If you like to learn about other cultures, have a heart for doing right in the world and get inspired by others who do so, I recommend this. I found myself more enthralled by this than the previously inspiring "Three Cups..." which I also enjoyed. "Three" did not keep me as captivated as "Princes." I loved that the author read this as his passion and humor came through. I predict many awards for this one!

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Amazing experience + Inspiring tale

The story is how Conor Grennan went to Nepal as a orphanage volunteer and gave his heart to the "orphans." Conor saw a problem and came up with an unrealistic solution to the problem: reconnect families in a remote part of the world that has no roads, limited air and telephone access. He did not have special connections or language talents but with the help of just a few others he was able to do some amazing things.


If you liked "Three Cups of Tea," this book is in the same vein. It is astonishing what one person can do when he is committed.


The book is equal parts sad, touching, poignant but overall amazingly inspiring. The first few hours of the book are good but a little slow. Stay with it because the middle is very good and from that point it becomes a "can't stop listening" story.

Conor Grennan reads the himself and does a very credible job. His voice is well-modulated, clear and with just the right amount of nuance without being annoying or irritating.

On another topic: Why won't Audible allow us to have paragraph breaks? Sorry for the single paragraph of many different ideas!

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Excellent

I listened to this book in two days . I was spell bound and could not stop listening . I highly recommend it .
Conar did an excellent job writing the book .

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A MUST HAVE

If you could sum up Little Princes in three words, what would they be?

Heart-wrenching, hilarious, inspiring

What other book might you compare Little Princes to and why?

No comparison in this genre

What about Conor Grennan’s performance did you like?

Conor has a wonderfully humorous and compelling voice. His character voices are delightful.

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

The title of this book is easy to overlook and sounds boring. It doesn't become important until you realize that it is the actual name of an orphanage. So maybe, 'Little Princes Orphanage' or 'Rescuing the Little Princes of Nepal'??

Any additional comments?

I have nearly 300 audio books, and this is the first time I've ever written a review.

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Inspiring, Educational and Fun

I so dearly love this book. Conor Grennan's personal narration of his experiences in Nepal working with these amazing children made this book especially enjoyable to listen to. While doing very serious work, he never takes himself too seriously, is laugh out loud funny at times, and most of all, you can tell what a labor of love this project is for him. I also enjoyed learning about the Nepali culture, history and gaining a better understanding of what it is like to live in such an impoverished country, something we westerners often forget exists. Outstanding work and an outstanding book.

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One of the best on Audible

I've listened to hundreds of Audible titles and base my choices on the ratings by other listeners. Little Princes is one of the top 5 books on my list. Truly amazing and simultaneously heart warming and heart breaking. I strongly recommend this as your next listen!!!

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A very honest, inspiring, self-deprecating story

I loved the story because the author did not present himself as someone who was out to save the world; he fully admits that he signed up for the stint at the orphanage to impress people. But little did he know that it would change his life. He seemed amazed that he could be happier than he'd ever been while living in incredibly difficult circumstances and eating a very meager diet. His amazement that a woman he cared for could be interested in him, someone who had no money or prospects at the moment and was spending his time taking care of orphans in Nepal was disarming and charming. A great read!

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Really Good

I don't even have the words to describe this. It was just really good and so refreshing to read about good in this crazy world.

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An education in a great story, exceptonally read!

I purchased this book based on the reviews I had read. I am so thankful I did! Mr Grennan found three callings, his gift with children, compassion for others and his writing! An exceptionally written story and superbly read on a subject that reminds us how fortunate we are and that we need to work together. Thank you to Mr. Grennan, his family and friends!

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Beautiful

So heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Truly gives you hope for humanity. This author is one special human being - different than most of us. He is also an excellent narrator. I felt like I personally knew everyone in this story -it pulls you in emotionally on many levels. Don’t miss this one.

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