Second Suns

  • by David Oliver Relin
  • Narrated by Rob Shapiro
  • 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors - one from the United States, the other from Nepal - united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness.
In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, gifted ophthalmologists who have dedicated their lives to restoring sight to some of the world’s most isolated, impoverished people through the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization they founded in 1995. Tabin was the high-achieving bad boy of Harvard Medical School, an accomplished mountain climber and adrenaline junkie as brilliant as he was unconventional. Ruit grew up in a remote Nepalese village, where he became intimately acquainted with the human costs of inadequate access to health care. Together they found their life’s calling: tending to the afflicted people of the Himalayas, a vast mountainous region with an alarmingly high incidence of cataract blindness.
Second Suns takes us from improvised plywood operating tables in villages without electricity or plumbing to state-of-the-art surgical centers at major American universities where these two driven men are restoring sight - and hope - to patients from around the world. With their revolutionary, inexpensive style of surgery, Tabin and Ruit have been able to cure tens of thousands - all for about twenty dollars per operation. David Oliver Relin brings the doctors’ work to vivid life through poignant portraits of patients helped by the surgery, from old men who cannot walk treacherous mountain trails unaided to cataract-stricken children who have not seen their mothers’ faces for years. With the dexterity of a master storyteller, Relin shows the profound emotional and practical impact that these operations have had on patients’ lives.
Second Suns is the moving, unforgettable story of how two men with a shared dream are changing the world, one pair of eyes at a time.

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This guy should be madea Saint

One of the most inspirational stories ever. This guy is making a larger positive impact on the world today than ANYONE! A top recommendation, you will be not be disappointed.
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- Joe "Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas"

Amazing Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is a heartwarming story of returning sight to so many who would otherwise be blind. Unreal to think of all they had to go thru to make this happen...


What did you like best about this story?

The beauty of the wonderful deeds done thru hardship and determination...


What about Rob Shapiro’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to...


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me cry but also had some light moments too!!!


Any additional comments?

Beautiful true story that restores your faith in doctors who are true to themselves and their profession...

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- Ruth "ManyGoldens"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-18-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio