After I listened to the whole story I found out the author is being sued for making a lot of it up and defrauding donors. Kind of spoils the story.
Even with all the scrutiny Graig Mortensen has received in the recent months, this book is still very enlightening. Greg gave this rural region of the world a voice, a few schools, and the rest of us a deeper cultural understanding and appreciation.
This is an inspiring book. I admit I am only half way thru this CD, but I have already put Stones into Schools on my list.
This is an interesting story, but the writing wasn't the best. The writer seems to assume that the reader already knows Greg Mortinsen's story, which I didn't. It took forever to get to the meat of the story. By then, the book was almost over. Mr. Mortinsen's story is really inspirational and moving. He's an admirable guy, and the story is really interesting, too. The narrator, who was clearly American, drove me crazy with the absolutely terrible attempt at foreign accents. For the first few discs, I thought all attempts at accents sounded like Russian, which none of the characters were. By the end, I found myself cringing everytime he said the word, "Pack EE stan". Never-the-less, the story is good enough to bear through the bad spots.
I didn’t know the story before I listened to it. It was a little Lengthy and some of the descriptions
What I liked most about this book is the rich cultural description. I knew nothing about Pakistan’s culture and now have a more well rounded understanding of the Pakistanis. Greg is certainly a hero for his one man effort to build schools for so many villages, against a variety of odds.
What an amazing story of the difference one man's life can make. It makes me realize that all children are made in the image of God and they all need education. I hope this story goes on and on forever. The descriptions of the places and the people are wonderful. The book gives hope that people will see good in us if we see good in them first.
This was a great book. Persistence is the key to greatness and Greg Mortenson never lost sight of his vision. His story is amazing and demonstrates what one man can do when he believes in something as wholehearted as Greg did. I learned alot about the Muslim culture as well as how we as Americans have a lot to learn about this part of the world. In the end, we all want the same things for our children.
This is an amazing book. I really enjoyed it. Typically, I read mysteries or fun stories, so this was much more serious than I normally go for. A friend recommended it so I signed up for it. It really was an amazing story. I enjoyed the whole book, and it was quite eye-opening. It is truely awesome what he was able to accomplish. I think that all political leaders of this country should be required to read this book. There are other ways to change a situation without bombing. I hope that Greg is still building schools today.
Ah, this story not only kept me entertained but inspired me to action. Thank YOU Greg Mortenson.
Interesting read. Amazing man Greg Mortenson. Liked it.
Greg Mortenson is a man of humble background who has done something great for people even more humble than himself. Mortenson is also not great at expressing himself, and even less good at promoting himself, so David Oliver Relin has done the world the favor of writing Mortenson's story, with Mortenson's help. It is a good story about projects in Pakistan and Afghanistan--parts of the world Americans understand way too little, but where we spend way too much money for destructive ends. This could be the most important book for you to read this year.
For a book to start out a young man who sounds as if he is having an early mid life crisis to evolve into great feats of Kindness and compassion was inspiring.
This is not the best WRITTEN story, but it is indeed an excellent one, none the less. I listened to this on the tail end of Infidel by Ayaan Ali Hirsi and the two books together have caused me to rethink a lot of what I thought about Islam, the middle east, even my own prejudices. If you struggle through the first few cds I promise, it is worth it.
I got about 2 cds into this book and still did not get to the school building part. I did not really care about such an extensive biography of the man before I heard about what he accomplished. Just couldn't waste any more time listening to his childhood, junior high, schoolyard crushes, etc. I figured that this could go on for several more hours, so I just gave up.
There may be an interesting story here, but this writer was not able to craft it.
I read the written version of this wonderful tale. It was so inspiring it gave me just a little bit of hope for American foreign policy. Greg tells of his experience building girl's schools in a very remote region of Pakistan. He is humble about his bumbling in another culture. The desire of the local people for schooling and their willingness to work with an American resonates from page one of this tale. When experiencing Pakistani people one on one as presented in this story they become very human, wanting the same things, a home, security, education, a job that Americans want. Through efforts of people like Greg, it might be possible to have peace with the Islamic world. I highly recommend this book.
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