“In our culture it takes three cups of tea to do business. On the first cup you are a stranger. The second cup you become a friend, and the third cup you become family. “
Title: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
Author: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Audio: 13 hours 28 minutes
Publisher: Tantor Media
Three Cups of Tea is the story of Greg Mortenson, an American building schools in Pakistan. I had high hopes for Three Cups of Tea. But like some other books that have wonderful stories yet aren’t told in a manner that I enjoy, I found myself just trying to get through this one.
Greg Mortenson is an amazing person. Once he was just a mountain climber. But a wayward journey on K2 led him to a life building schools for Pakistani’s youth. And the story is interesting. From corrupt tradesmen to political kidnapping, Mortenson has had anything but a boring life.
But sometimes a book just doesn’t tell the story in the same manner I would have told it. And that results in me not liking it as much. I’m having a hard time articulating exactly what it was but I just didn’t love it.
Part of my issues with the book may have been a result of the audio format. It would jump from Pakistan to San Francisco, from one time period to another, and I found this jarring in audio. I imagine this is a problem fixed by a few page breaks or headers. I also think I may have liked it better with a different narrator.