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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (59 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Twesigye Jackson Kaguri Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400185726
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An incredibly inspiring and thrilling book, this is the story of Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, who grew up in rural southwestern Uganda, the son of an irascible small-time farmer and his loving wife. In spite of the family's poverty, Jackson succeeds and graduates from the national university with a calling to work in human rights that leads him to Columbia University. There he falls in love with and later marries an American scientist, Beronda. When Jackson returns to Uganda with his bride, they are overwhelmed by the many villagers who line up to ask for help with food and school fees-and having lost two siblings to AIDS, Jackson is especially moved by the plight of the thousands of abandoned AIDS orphans in his local district. Impulsively, he and Beronda vow to open the first tuition-free school for orphans. A newlywed with little money, and facing opposition from his domineering father and townspeople, Jackson doggedly builds one schoolroom at a time with the help of many supporters in Uganda and the financial pledges of churches in America, and with the sustenance of his strong faith in Jesus Christ. Weaving together stories from his youth in Uganda and the remarkable account of how one person with a dream can change lives-both his students' and his supporters'-this is an unforgettable book that demonstrates that one person can be a cup of cold water to a thirsty world. The book concludes with the graduation of the first class of Nyaka AIDS orphans, almost all of whom Jackson and his supporters are sponsoring as they continue their education and dream of becoming doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, and even, perhaps, the future president of Uganda. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Price of Stones is an inspiring account of turning tragedy into hope for others. Jimmy Carter

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toyrie Mcphaul | 10/8/2012

    " This book was very good from the beginning to the end. I was so moved by this person because of the commitment he had to his country and the forgotten children that need help the most. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeannette | 1/24/2012

    " The writing leaves a lot to be desired. But the facts of what Twesigye has accomplished nonetheless left me shaking my head with wonder and admiration. That was inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/24/2012

    " Wow this book is amazing and totally inspired me that one person can make a difference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/14/2012

    " A great story about the difference one man can make with faith in himself and others who share a common dream to better the lives of children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chanda Fausphoul | 11/11/2011

    " Very good story of a man and his family taking care of orphans whose parents all died from AIDS.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 5/22/2011

    " This is a wonderful true story of how one man saw that a school was built in his home village to help 60 out of 4,000 orphans (due to AIDS) in Africa get an education.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 5/5/2011

    " Inspiring book and a good look inside modern Ethiopia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennleephillips | 4/14/2011

    " This author is coming to my school in Korea! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy | 4/9/2011

    " Ugh. I don't know what happened to me during this book. It was for a book club so it wasn't one of my own picks, but as interesting as I found the topic itself, I couldn't get past the first chapter. I think that this was a personal issue rather than a book issue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Poppy | 4/3/2011

    " Beautiful book. A mans story of trying to save the village he grew up in by building a school for aids/HIV orphans in Uganda. What a simple man can accomplish with God on his side! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/28/2011

    " Very moving true story about growing up and family relationships and then turning heartbreak and grief into a school for orphans. A very quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 2/15/2011

    " I think that the book was trying to capitalize on the popularity of books like "Three Cups of Tea," but it fell flat. At times the story was interesting but certainly not gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaeley | 1/13/2011

    " A moving story of how an immigrant to the US started a school in his home country for AIDS orphans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/18/2010

    " This man has done some great work in Uganda, but I didn't find the book compelling enough to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 12/16/2010

    " He's not a writer, but it's my kind of read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 12/13/2010

    " Loved this book! It is amazing how one person can change the lives of so many children and the community. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 10/4/2010

    " Audiobook version. Narrator made it sound dull so I took it back not far into the first disc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/15/2010

    " This was an excellent book about how one determined person can change the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 8/12/2010

    " This is always my favorite genre, mission work in some part of the world. This time it's an orphanage for AIDS victims in Uganda. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/12/2010

    " An inspiring story of a man's return to his hometown in Uganda to build a tuition-free school for AIDS orphans. The writing is ok, but Kaguri's story reminds you that one person's dedication to a cause can make a difference. "

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About the Author

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri was born and raised in Uganda in the small village of Nyakagyezi. At a very young age he demonstrated an unquenchable desire to learn, which led him to study at and graduate from Makerere University in Kampala and attend Columbia University in New York City as a visiting scholar. He founded Nyaka project in 2001.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji.