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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rory Stewart Narrator: Rory Stewart Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781436101042
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In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers" floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way Stewart met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion-a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following. Through these encounters-by turns touching, confounding, surprising, and funny- Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry | 2/13/2014

    " An incredible journey shared with simple but gripping detail. Steward is truly an impressive individual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stef Asalone | 2/6/2014

    " Amazing story of a guy who walked across Afghanistan shortly after the fall of the Taliban. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 2/4/2014

    " About a reporter walking across the mountains of Afghanistan. Lots of history interspersed with his personal account. You learn a lot about the oral culture and customs of the people, and it makes you realize why we've been screwing up our diplomacy with our cultural insensitivity. sigh "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin Tuttle | 1/29/2014

    " This is a great story of what a totally different part of the world is like. It is fascinating to hear a completely different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kettie | 1/26/2014

    " An interesting look at Afghanistan from a man insane enough to walk across it in winter. Without using gore tex or packing freeze dried food. Or even decent boots. Don't get attached to the dog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 1/24/2014

    " I first started this book with high expectations and at first was let down but then it made up for it in the end. I was excited to read a book about a man who walked across Afghanistan, I mean come on! How crazy is that?! It was hard for me to get into though, possibly because there were big chunks of time in between reading it (at first) or maybe because all of the names of people and places were so foreign to me, probably both. I then committed to it and really began getting into it. I would have liked more details though, because I am a detail person. I was hoping for more insightful conversations with the people he met. There were some, I just wanted more. But I guess there were reasons for this (i.e. language barrier, dangerous situations, time, etc.). I was impressed though that the author actually took this journey and that he seemed to know so much about the culture and history going into it, usually more than the people who lived there. He even knew some of the languages. Impressive. I came away from the book with a slightly increased knowledge of the area and people. I say slightly only for the fact that my brain has troubles retaining certain facts and really any information in general! I think you will have a deeper appreciation of the area and its people after you read it, along with a frustration for them as well. One of the frustrations I had was the total disregard for preserving history that most of them seemed to have. (You will have to read it to see what I mean.) But I guess that did go to show the different needs/wants of the people (Maslow's hierarchy) compared to my own. It was news to me at how divided that country really is. The different regions fighting against each other for years and years and years. Some of the people liked the coalition forces there, others didn't. Some want to progress, others don't. That was another eye-opening fact. You really think that everyone would like and deserve a kind of world that we live in, right? A world where we have rights and choices and freedom to do so many things. I think everyone deserves that right, but does everyone really want it? And how far do we go to 'push' it onto others? This book made me consider my stance on that issue. Wow! I really wrote a long review about this book! I should stop now before it tells me there is no more space to write more! Read the book, it was interesting. I am almost wanting to rate it as 4 stars, but will keep it at 3 for now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/22/2014

    " Overrated. Rory Stewart comes across as incredibly arrogant, foolish and self-absorbed as he puts himself and others in danger in his hardheaded decision to cross Afghanistan on foot in the months following the US invasion. He demands his keep and accommodation wherever he goes, shamelessly name-drops to gain entry and is terribly put out when he is banished to a stable or a mosque. The man seems devoid of any common sense or self-moderation, yet he now serves as a member of the British Parliament. Figures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonnie | 1/20/2014

    " If you are interested in the Middle East, this book gives a good taste of what life is like there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/13/2014

    " Enjoyed the feeling of "place" transmitted by the author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauri | 1/4/2014

    " LLLs' April book choice by Pam C. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 11/12/2013

    " A very non-political, humanizing look at Afghanistan post US invasion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelcie | 10/31/2013

    " Incredible story of a man's journey across Afghanistan during a tumultuous time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Holt | 10/22/2013

    " Topical information about life in Afganistan. For hikers and adventuresome travelers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy | 10/20/2013

    " Well-written and entertaining but I was looking for a central theme or a deeper meaning that would be a presumable goal of walking through Afghanistan and I didn't get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Calabretta | 8/27/2013

    " This book completely changed my understanding of Afganistan -- the country, its people, the Taliban. Rory Stewart is a great writer and a really amazing person. It's too bad that people like him don't have more to do with policy making. The world would be so much better for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 8/1/2013

    " I love how this book shows the humanity of the Afghani people rather than making them into monsters. This country is more than what the media portrays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Ziegler | 3/25/2013

    " Apparently this was my week for journeys. Stewart walked across Afghanistan in 2002 following the route taken by Babur, the first Emperor of Mughal, India. Battling political unrest, snow and dysentery, he still manages to meet interesting people and see unusual things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg Linster | 1/30/2013

    " This is an interesting tale about Rory Stewart's walking journey across Afghanistan in 2002. I finished the book, but I found myself losing interest after I was several chapters into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 12/1/2012

    " Excellent narrative of Stewart's walk across Afghanastan 3 months after the Taliban fell. Amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 10/1/2012

    " Don't expect a great story or easy to remember names. However, it was interesting in a non-fictiony sort of way. Made me want to eat naan bread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Kierstead | 7/1/2012

    " Really good read about his walk across Afghanistan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcie | 5/25/2012

    " Was interesting to see a glimpse into the Afgan hard life, but not much else. Why did he walk across and can you really get to know the people in one night at each place you stay? Not really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Erickson | 5/20/2012

    " A very engaging and informative read. Afghanistan is an awful and untenable place for any human to live because of the nature of its...humans. Especially if you're a woman. They will still be fighting each other 100 years from after all the foriegners have left. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamiewas | 3/7/2012

    " Inspiring story about Stewart's journey across Afghanistan and what we can learn simply by going to unknown places and observing those whose lives are infinitely different from ours. Human nature crosses all borders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janelle | 3/1/2012

    " Very interesting. Dad, you should totally read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/20/2012

    " Funny--made me feel I should read more travel writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 9/3/2011

    " Even with the recent controversial concerns, I think I would recommend Three Cups of Tea instead of this book if someone wants to better understand or get a sense of life in this region of the world (Afghanistan/Pakistan). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Chamberlain | 8/13/2011

    " Thoughtful, somber, and in some places, a bit plodding. Overall, it confirmed something I knew already: I'm really really really really really glad I wasn't born in Afghanistan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 5/16/2011

    " A long book about somebody who seeks out the toughest places on earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/15/2011

    " Enlightening, entertaining read detailing the author's walk across Afghanistan in 2002. The perfect example of educational, yet engaging, nonfiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/25/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Well written - a facinating insight into Afghan history and culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 3/27/2011

    " This fellow walked across Afghanistan in 2002. I think he was completely crazy to want to do that, but he tells a fascinating story about the people all along the way, as well as their history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sriram | 3/26/2011

    " Rory Stewart treks through Afghanistan in 2002, right after 9/11. He is pretty gutsy and has some good insights into the country, and the quagmire known as our intervention in Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 3/13/2011

    " Log of a long walk through Afghanistan shortly asfter the Russians are defeated. Intersting and readable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidney | 3/1/2011

    " very pedestrian prose, but an interesting glimpse into a land we'll never know "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 2/16/2011

    " I was on an Afghanistan themed reading kick for awhile so this fell in nicely. Excellent story about all the stuff you can't get on the news. The author is pretty out of his mind to have done this but the reader really benefits from his bad decision to walk across Afghanistan. "

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