• Mountains Beyond Mountains

  • By: Tracy Kidder
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-09-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (2 ratings)

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.
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Critic reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By MikeInOhio on 22-11-03

A Great Book

I wish that I could rate this book twice. The first half of the book describes Dr. Farmer's childhood, the life choices he made and the strongly held beliefs that have guided him in his service to the poor. This first half gets 5 out of 5 stars.
The second half is a current view of Dr. Farmer's day to day schedule. The writer follows Dr. Farmer as he travels between clinics in Central America, Peru, Russia and elswhere while engaging the Doctor in philosophical arguments about healthcare funding and politics. This second half gets 4 out of 5 stars.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 14-10-03

Great Subject

I wish that John McPhee had written this book, but I guess I am being greedy. At 72 I suppose McPhee could not have kept up with Paul Farmer well enough to do him justice. This stunning account of Dr. Farmers' work with the worlds sick and poor(the two seem to be synonymous) moved me more deeply than I could have imagined. Be prepared to sell your house and car and move to Central America.

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