Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder audiobook

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

By Tracy Kidder
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“[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)

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A New York Times bestseller

“[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)

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Easily the most fascinating, most entertaining and, yes, most inspiring work of non-fiction I’ve read this year.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A treatise on goodness…Kidder, one of the best nonfiction writers living today, is a methodical researcher and a penetrating interviewer. Those qualities serve his readers well here…vivid and heartrending.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Kidder’s words reveal Farmer with such startling clarity that sometimes you are not aware you are reading. Instead, you are scrambling up a Haitian hill alongside a genius. And you can’t wait to hear what he says next.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“One of our finest writers of literary nonfiction brings his brilliant attentiveness to a Harvard-trained infectious-disease specialist, a real-life hero whose determination to improve health care in Haiti and elsewhere borders on the messianic.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“A profoundly inspiring and important book about one of the truly great men of our time.” Ethan Canin, author of Carry Me Across the Water
“Mountains Beyond Mountains is an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views. It is the perfect testament to a man who continues to reshape medicine and who has become, undoubtedly, an uncommon savior to a country that desperately needed one. If this book doesn’t scream Pulitzer, I don’t know what does.” USA Today
Mountains Beyond Mountains is the only book I’ve read in years that made me feel like cheering. It left me uncomfortable, guilty, and exhausted—but it also inspired me, kept me up all night, and moved me to tears…Tracy Kidder has given us not only an unforgettable book but an unignorable life lesson. Hurrah!” Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Here is a genuine hero alive in our times. Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with the force of gathering revelation. Like all of Tracy Kidder’s books, it is as hard to put down as any good and true story.” Annie Dillard, author of The Writing Life
The central character of this marvelous book is one of the most provocative, brilliant, funny, unsettling, endlessly energetic, irksome and charming characters ever to spring to life on the page…He wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you will see it.” Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action
“Recounts [Farmer’s] quest with grace and passion…both inspiring and guilt-provoking…the reader’s conscience will likely feel a deserved jab.”  Boston Magazine
“A fine writer and his extraordinary subject: Tracy Kidder, in giving us Paul Farmer, lifts up an image of hope—and challenge—that the world urgently needs. Simply put, this is an important book.” James Carroll, author of Constantine’s Sword
“Remind[s] us that we’re implicated in all the problems Farmer’s working to solve…His complicated humanity only makes him more like the rest of us in our shortcomings—and leaves us asking why we all aren't a little more like him in our virtues.” Newsday
“This sensitive, compelling portrait just might, beyond its educational value and absorbing reading, spur at least some readers to help with the kind of action Farmer has dedicated his life to. San Francisco Chronicle
“A tale that inspires, discomforts and provokes.” New York Times
“Kidder’s wonderful book is an antidote for cynics.” BookPage
“A true-to-life fairy tale, one that inspires you to believe in happy endings. It is one of those books you’ll buy for your family and friends.” People Magazine
“If I ever go on a retreat again, this is the kind of book I’d like to take for spiritual reading…[Kidder] knows it is impossible to live like Farmer, but the impossibility is the very thing that can somehow give us life.” Washington Post Book World
“[Kidder] turns the small details of daily life into a sort of grand, universal poetry.” Entertainment Weekly
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. [Kidder has] held his writer’s mirror up to an astonishing comet of a man whose reflection flatters us all for what it says about our capacity for mercy and healing.” San Diego Union-Tribune
“[A] skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A profoundly inspiring and important book about one of the truly great men of our time. Ethan Canin, author of Carry Me Across the Water
Here is a genuine hero alive in our times. Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with the force of gathering revelation. Like all of Tracy Kidder’s books, it is as hard to put down as any good and true story. Annie Dillard, author of The Writing Life
Mountains Beyond Mountains is the only book I’ve read in years that made me feel like cheering. It left me uncomfortable, guilty, and exhausted—but it also inspired me, kept me up all night, and moved me to tears. Some readers will find their lives changed forever; everyone else will emerge, at the very least, with an unexpectedly revised set of values. Tracy Kidder has given us not only an unforgettable book but an unignorable life lesson. Hurrah! Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Is there anything Tracy Kidder can't do? This is a beautiful book, and a masterful one. Even better, Mountains Beyond Mountains is a page-turner that will crack your conscience open. Stacey Schiff, author of Vera
“The central character of this marvelous book is one of the most provocative, brilliant, funny, unsettling, endlessly energetic, irksome, and charming characters ever to spring to life on the page. He has embarked on an epic struggle that will take you from the halls of Harvard Medical School to a sun-scorched plateau in Haiti, from the slums of Peru to the cold gray prisons of Moscow. He wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you see it. Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action
“An incredible story about an incredible man told by an incredible writer. Mountains Beyond Mountains is the sort of book that makes you want to buy a hundred copies and pass them out like a street corner evangelist. It's the sort of book that will affect your life in a profound way. In a good way. Thom Jones, author of The Pugilist at Rest
Rarely has idealism fared so well on the planet as in Tracy Kidder’s eloquently reported Mountains Beyond Mountains. One is tempted to call Paul Farmer’s passionate sensibilities and loving ambitions otherworldly, but only in sadness that there are too few of him in the world. Kidder has provided us all, as the Farmerites say, with a road map to decency, and such an endowment is beyond measure. Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Islands
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
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
[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
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
[A] skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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 fine writer and his extraordinary subject: Tracy Kidder, in giving us Paul Farmer, lifts up an image of hope–and challenge–that the world urgently needs. Simply put, this is an important book. James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword

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Author Bio: Tracy Kidder

Author Bio: Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, among other literary prizes. He is the author of The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, Home Town, and others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 4.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English