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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.

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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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    Kent Woodson 07-30-17
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    "Leadership by example"

    Great insight into how the very poor are viewed as a group verses individuals even by humanitarian efforts and how one man has been able to influence so many by example and extraordinary perseverance.

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    Mr. George W. Ziegler Scotland 06-19-17
    Mr. George W. Ziegler Scotland 06-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic story"

    fantastic story for anyone interested in the history the politics and the conditions of Haiti

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    Kiley 05-19-17
    Kiley 05-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiration, Empathy, and Insightfulness"

    Few people are as successful as Paul Farmer or as hung-ho, but you don't have to be like Dr. Paul, you just do the things that need to be done.

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    J. Riley Orlando FL United States 04-29-17
    J. Riley Orlando FL United States 04-29-17 Member Since 2001
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    "good book, well read, a bit on the liberal side"

    good book, very well read, a bit on the liberal side... Probably a fair treatment of Dr Farmer and his work on serving the poor in Haiti and Puru, among others.

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    matthew 04-22-17
    matthew 04-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Everyone should read this."
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    This is an amazing story about an even more amazing human. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I honestly think it should be required reading for anyone going into a health profession. I would love to see Tracy do an update on Paul, who has continued being a huge asset to humanity. This book has became my default gift for friends and family,

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    Leinenm 01-26-17
    Leinenm 01-26-17
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    "A great learning experience"

    I've lived in Haiti before but this book taught me many new things. Especially on serving the poor and going against "cost effectiveness" when dealing with life.

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    Piano Player 01-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An unofficial guide to live your life like a Saint"

    The narrator was great. The author was eloquent. The subject was magnificent and the protagonist(s) was otherworldly.

    In 23 chapters Tracy Kidder and Dr. Paul J. Farmer disect the elements of godliness of the human heart, demonstrate true devotion to a worthy cause, and inevitably make you feel selfish for not doing more to help others. My eyes teared up countless times while listening to this book. Now that it is finished I feel the same way I would had I watched Schindler's List 100 times consecutively (though the books subject is different )

    Go on and buy this book. It will be your best listen this year. Then set up a recurring donation to Partners in Health so Dr. Paul can keep "fighting the long defeat". (that quote may shake you after you have finished the book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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