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Summary

Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west across four continents and over 14,000 miles - by foot - to become the first woman to walk around the world. In a spirit of adventure, along with the goal of raising global awareness for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. The world had embraced her. But in the middle of Polly's journey, 9/11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history, and she found herself navigating a vastly changing world.

©2011 Polly Letofsky (P)2014 Polly Letofsky

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Outstanding Narration

A well written adventure of a courageous lady. The narration was the most remarkable that I have ever listened to. The voices and the feeling that Polly puts into reading her own work overshadows any professional reading of any audiobook. I challenge anyone to better this. Truly an Oscar-worthy performance.

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Inspiring and roll on the floor hilarious!

An incredible story comprised of hundreds of detailed little memories & moments that are recounted in Polly's own worlds. She chats to us like an old friend as we walk alongside her, through her epic walk around the world. You feel every step, every frustration & every small victory through her eyes, (and feet!) READ ME! x

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Fantastic, gripping and funny

I loved listening to this book, Polly Letofsky is a great narrator, full of humour and totally honest.
There were many laugh out loud moments, and times when I wondered how she would carry on. Such grit and determination is admirable.
Loving this so much, I really didn’t want the book to end.

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Great story but screechy voice at times.

This is a fantastic story, well portrayed and thoroughly interesting. What a woman! However at times she does get a bit screechy which is a bit off putting. Can highly recommend it.

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Fantastic… but

First of all, the achievement, the courage, the determination, and just the sheer wonder of what Polly did… just wow! I am in awe and greatly admire anyone that could do what she has done. I really really wanted to hear this story. The content itself is gripping and interesting. Her enthusiasm and tenacity must be second to none. Amazing.

However, for me, and I feel awful saying this as I’m sure Ms Letofsky would probably have similar comments about my nasal tones, but for me, I’m afraid I started to find Polly’s high pitched voice, and occasional shrieking, kinda grating after a while. Add to that the terrible attempts at accents (several reviews warned me) and I’ve had to stop with the audio book. I wasn’t offended by the accents as people some are, and at times they were quite comical, but they do get a bit toe-curling I thought.

So for me, despite the truly amazing story, it can only be 3 stars for the audio book. I will definitely be reading the book, for sure, but I’ve had to give up on the audio book which is a great pity. Sorry Polly. I still think you are amazing, and what you did is a true inspiration, but the audio book would be much better if read by someone else in my personal opinion.

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Some of the accents she tries are bordering on rasicst, that made it a real struggle to finish the book.

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Fantastic!!

Absolutely loved the story which was brought to life by Polly’s brilliant narration. I laughed, I cried and cringed. Highly recommend it!

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Not a bad story, shame about the accents

Would have liked more about the physical demands involved. Hated the terrible accents and patronising at times too

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  • Been There Done That
  • 09-11-17

Nails on the blackboard

The story is okay however the author needs to find an accomplished narrator. Her constant raising of her shrill voice made listening very difficult. She obviously did NOT have much experience in narration.

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  • 22-09-15

So much fun to listen to while I "walk along"!

If you could sum up 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, adventure, connections

Who was your favorite character and why?

Polly herself! I love the detailed descriptions of the people she met and experiences she had - especially with local foods and customs.

What does Polly Letofsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I did read the book and loved it. But hearing Polly tell her story adds so much more color and fun to it. Listening to the book was like hanging out with Polly and listening to her in person.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It had nothing to do with the shoes.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended!

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  • Meribeth
  • 08-09-15

Wow ...What an amazing woman

Polly is one strong and courageous woman. Her journey was not an easy one but she put one foot in front of the other to accomplish her dream of walking around the world and raising awareness for breast cancer. The book is fantastic and I enjoyed ever minute of it and would highly recommend it to others.

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  • Mountain mama
  • 04-09-15

A very human travel memoir

Would you consider the audio edition of 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I thought listening to Polly's story in her own voice (and her takes on the world's accents) enhanced the experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed getting to know humanity as a central character...not just cultural differences like whether to take off your shoes at the door but the physical and psychological experience of being a woman immersed in and traveling through humanity every day.

Which scene was your favorite?

I listened while getting ready for work, and every day there was a scene that made me laugh out loud or well up with emotion. A favorite scene was the coming home to Colorado. Imagine reaching a hilltop after five years and finally seeing home.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The letter Polly wrote and had translated to her right-hand-man Thai crew support was beautiful and made me think of the many good friends I've relied upon in my own travels and then had to say good bye to.

Any additional comments?

Be prepared to break out your walking shoes after reading this book. You may not make it around the world, but it does inspire you to see the world at a slower pace.

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  • Cindi R. Rogers
  • 03-09-15

If You Need a Pick-Me-Up,This is the Book For You!

Have you had a hard day? Feeling defeated? Facing a challenge that is dragging you down? Well, plug this book into your ear and feel inspired! I had no idea what I would hear when I began this book, but it exceeded my expectations! I went from laughing to crying, to laughing to crying and back again. The story takes you through the daily lives of many cultures around the world as told through the experiences of Polly as she walks around the world. Hearing the Author narrate the book gave extra inflection and emotion to experience the journey with her. Her keen sense of humor (albeit dry) and love of life lifted each footstep to a new level.I will be recommending this book to all of my friends as a reading experience of humor, perspective and inspiration. Thank you, Polly, for giving five years of your life to entertain the masses.

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  • Laura
  • 01-09-15

What a story & What a storyteller!!

What made the experience of listening to 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World the most enjoyable?

Polly was a keynote speaker at a conference I attended. That's where I was enchanted by her story of walking around the world. I laughed out loud while reading the book; but to listen to Polly tell her own adventure was pure magic!!

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of Polly's and recommend her audio book to anyone with a sense of adventure and a love of a great tale!

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  • Leah
  • 16-08-15

Amazing Grace.

I was walking out of the breast surgeon's office in Duluth, MN with my ear buds in-looking at the Bong Bridge... and suddenly Philly is talking about walking across it. this book has given me peace and courage to make decisions. Thank you, Polly, for your amazing grace!

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  • Jen
  • 03-03-21

If you have wanderlust, listen to this book

I heard Polly speak about 10 years ago and never read (“listened”) to her book until now. It is so funny and real that any true traveler will connect with her adventures. The audible version makes it so fun to hear her actually voice describe the stories. If you are global minded and want a laugh, this book is it!

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  • Laurie
  • 28-06-19

wow! just wow!

This story is about so much more than walking around the world and raising awareness and an incredible amount of money for a worthy cause. (Which is a remarkable story on it's own.) It is about finding resilience in impossible situations. It is about accepting other cultures and having pride in your own. It is about having Incredibles strength you never knew you possessed, but knowing when to surrender to helping hands-if they're available, that is! Thank you, Polly, for this beautiful story!

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  • nicole ernst
  • 23-04-18

Felt like I was there with Polly

I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I was walking with her every step of the way. Polly is inspirational and funny. Loved this book!!