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Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Tracy Kidder

Narrated By: Tracy Kidder

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2003

Duration: 4 hours 41 minutes


“[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views . . . Kidder opens a window into Farmer’s soul, letting the reader peek in and see what truly makes the good doctor tick.”—Nicholas Thomas, USA Today

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidder’s magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction of politics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes people’s minds through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”

Praise for Mountains Beyond Mountains

“A true-to-life fairy tale, one that inspires you to believe in happy endings . . . Its stark sense of reality comes as much from the grit between the pages as from the pure gold those pages spin.”—Laura Claridge, Boston Sunday Globe

“Stunning . . . Mountains Beyond Mountains will move you, restore your faith in the ability of one person to make a difference in these increasingly maddening, dispiriting times.”—John Wilkens, The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Easily the most fascinating, most entertaining and, yes, most inspiring work of nonfiction I’ve read this year.”—Charles Matthews, San Jose Mercury News

“It’ll fill you equally with wonder and hope.”—Cathy Burke, People

“In this excellent work, Pulitzer Prize-winner Kidder immerses himself in and beautifully explores the rich drama that exists in the life of Dr. Paul Farmer. . . . Throughout, Kidder captures the almost saintly effect Farmer has on those whom he treats.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“[A] skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • Natacha villegas

    It was ok. It was hard to pay attention for long chunks of time.

  • Paul

    Kidder tells the story of one of the truly remarkable people of our era. Paul Farmer is a brilliant and independent thinker. His primary objective is to practice a preferential option for the poor, those who have no voice, in the area of medicine. He sees no reason why only the wealthy should have first rate health care. Farmer holds doctoral degrees from Harvard in medicine and anthropology. This combination has enabled him to take a holistic approach to medical care. He addresses immediate medical issues as well as the environmental factors that make the medical concerns likely. Farmers works part-time in Boston, but his primary work is done in Haiti and other third world countries. One cannot read this book without being challenged to review one's own priorities and thinking about wealth, poverty, medicine and the dignity of every human being.

  • Anonymous

    This was a good book but not great. I would have liked more interesting stories. Wonderful about Haiti

  • S. Nieveen

    Paul Farmer uses his life to model care and shows what can be done when a person puts their heart and passion into something. Refreshing to see someone reaching out to benefit someone else and not their own gain. Summed up well in a recent U2 lyric - "Where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die."

  • abr

    Very interesting man...good story!!

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